The Joy of Running an Old Shed

The Joy of Running an Old Shed

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Jazoli

7,875 posts

208 months

Friday 18th September
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Boiled linseed oil works best on plastic exterior trim, it stays black for about 6 months or so smile

S100HP

11,035 posts

125 months

Saturday 19th September
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Think I'm heading back to the shed having just sold my Legacy. There is some perverse please in trundling around in a car worth so little isn't there. Let the hunt commence.

Pit Pony

3,109 posts

79 months

Saturday 19th September
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S100HP said:
Think I'm heading back to the shed having just sold my Legacy. There is some perverse please in trundling around in a car worth so little isn't there. Let the hunt commence.
My wife asked me, if I'd buy a grown up car next time. By this she means spending 10 times the amount and getting something that is mediocre at best. Like her mk6 Astra I suppose. Nothing wrong with it, not too slow not too fast, not too uncomfortable.
I explained that if the omega has to go, I'd be buying something like a V8 Monaro or a transit van. She insists I keep the omega until the next MOT.

Captain Answer

645 posts

145 months

Saturday 19th September
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tomble22 said:
Mondeo is going well so far, apart from a rogue parking sensor issue it's just working.

What was thought by the seller as DMF rattle is I think auxillary pulley rattle as it only occurs when you switch the air con off.

Lovely car to drive, economical for a big estate car with a bit of oomph (averaging about 46mpg on the trip computer) and I think it looks pretty good for a (slightly over budget) shed.
Wobble plate clutch in the compressor is going

giblet

7,728 posts

135 months

Saturday 19th September
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Still scrubs up well

gman88667733

740 posts

25 months

Saturday 19th September
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giblet said:


Still scrubs up well
Doesn't look like a shed at all! :Laugh:

M4cruiser

2,187 posts

108 months

Saturday 19th September
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A.J.M said:
Whoever, designed the headlight mounting arrangement for the Corsa needs placed in a barrel and thrown down some stairs.

Jesus that’s an awful design.
You have to partially remove the bumper to get to the 3rd screw if you need to take the headlight out.
Bulbs changed, hands cut to shreds and some lovely bruises and blood marks to show for it.
If you think that's bad, try a Renault Modus ....

giblet

7,728 posts

135 months

Saturday 19th September
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gman88667733 said:
Doesn't look like a shed at all! :Laugh:
Sub £2k so towards the top end of shed budget but definitely a shed to most people

Slow Hand

13 posts

78 months

Sunday 20th September
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Just got this C1, 2006/56 one owner car with 5,700 miles on it for £700. The thought was buy it for the daughter in law to learn to drive in, but after driving it about i think I’ll run it for 6 months and give my other car a 6 month break then the DIL can have it.

S

MrGTI6

1,797 posts

88 months

Sunday 20th September
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Slow Hand said:


Just got this C1, 2006/56 one owner car with 5,700 miles on it for £700. The thought was buy it for the daughter in law to learn to drive in, but after driving it about i think I’ll run it for 6 months and give my other car a 6 month break then the DIL can have it.

S
Looks like a bargain for £700 with that mileage. Fantastic little motors!

Eyersey1234

1,870 posts

37 months

Sunday 20th September
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Slow Hand said:


Just got this C1, 2006/56 one owner car with 5,700 miles on it for £700. The thought was buy it for the daughter in law to learn to drive in, but after driving it about i think I’ll run it for 6 months and give my other car a 6 month break then the DIL can have it.

S
Not many miles for a car of its age, mind you I know of a Ka Mk2 that has only done 1700 miles from when it was new in 2009. It did 8 miles last year between MOTs

Slow Hand

13 posts

78 months

Sunday 20th September
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Eyersey1234 said:
Slow Hand said:


Just got this C1, 2006/56 one owner car with 5,700 miles on it for £700. The thought was buy it for the daughter in law to learn to drive in, but after driving it about i think I’ll run it for 6 months and give my other car a 6 month break then the DIL can have it.

S
Not many miles for a car of its age, mind you I know of a Ka Mk2 that has only done 1700 miles from when it was new in 2009. It did 8 miles last year between MOTs
I know the owner - she bought it for shopping trips and uses it for Tesco once or twice a week, it’s cheaper for her to use Uber now...hence why I’ve bought it.

stevesuk

1,094 posts

140 months

Sunday 20th September
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Another liberating thing about running an older car, is the ability to "give it a go" when it comes to repairs, without fear of causing expensive damage to an expensive possession.

With our 2005 325i, one of the rear window lifters failed last week (with the window wide open).

Pulled door card off, pushed the glass shut, and wedged it securely in place with some zip ties, and the first piece of scrap timber I found in the shed. Waiting now for the £19 second hand part to arrive from eBay, which I shall attempt to fit next weekend. I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing, but it doesn't look too hard. If it doesn't work, I'll just leave the block of wood in place and reattach the door card (because we hardly ever open the rear windows anyway)

If I wind the clock back 10+ years ago when the car was worth nearer to £15k, I'd have been frightened of breaking the door card, the glass, or the wiring loom - and would probably have taken it to the main dealer and paid them an astronomical figure to fix it instead. £19 is fine, £319 not so fine smile

Digby

7,798 posts

204 months

Sunday 20th September
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Horsey McHorseface said:
re. Swift

Flexible engine and slick g/box?
Yeah, not too bad. In fact the gear stick and feel of the box (ooer) are exactly the same as in my Sedici (suzuki SX4 with a Fiat badge)

I stuck some Mini wheels on it today. The suzuki centre caps from the old wheels wouldn't fit, so I snapped the tabs off and bonded them on..


DailyHack

1,064 posts

69 months

Sunday 20th September
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giblet said:


Still scrubs up well
beer

Funny thing SAAB's they really do break the mould for "shedding" as they still look sharp and are modern and safe...and you can get a rather new car for shed money.

but they are considerably at "shed money" not a bad place to be, l love my 9-3, cost me so little, but offers so much and a perfect motorway companion, a lot more interesting than anything newer imo.

W00DY

12,521 posts

184 months

Sunday 20th September
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Slow Hand said:


Just got this C1, 2006/56 one owner car with 5,700 miles on it for £700. The thought was buy it for the daughter in law to learn to drive in, but after driving it about i think I’ll run it for 6 months and give my other car a 6 month break then the DIL can have it.

S
Looks perfect for a racing upgrade!

lost in espace

5,089 posts

165 months

Sunday 20th September
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W00DY said:
Looks perfect for a racing upgrade!
Bad Obsession Motorsport's latest video is about converting one of these to racing spec for a one make contest. They paid a lot for theirs I thought, you got a deal there.

Slow Hand

13 posts

78 months

Sunday 20th September
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lost in espace said:
W00DY said:
Looks perfect for a racing upgrade!
Bad Obsession Motorsport's latest video is about converting one of these to racing spec for a one make contest. They paid a lot for theirs I thought, you got a deal there.
I watched that earlier as well....must resist.....must resist.....must resist.

Horsey McHorseface

1,691 posts

142 months

Sunday 20th September
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Digby said:
Horsey McHorseface said:
re. Swift

Flexible engine and slick g/box?
Yeah, not too bad. In fact the gear stick and feel of the box (ooer) are exactly the same as in my Sedici (suzuki SX4 with a Fiat badge)

I stuck some Mini wheels on it today. The suzuki centre caps from the old wheels wouldn't fit, so I snapped the tabs off and bonded them on..

Thanks. Looks lovely. Are those Mini wheels 16's?

Jimmy Recard

17,183 posts

137 months

Sunday 20th September
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Slow Hand said:
lost in espace said:
W00DY said:
Looks perfect for a racing upgrade!
Bad Obsession Motorsport's latest video is about converting one of these to racing spec for a one make contest. They paid a lot for theirs I thought, you got a deal there.
I watched that earlier as well....must resist.....must resist.....must resist.
One day I would absolutely love to do that with a C1!