Dad’s Surprise Retirement Present – Day 9

Today is the last day that we have to work on the shed before Dad gets back. We had a lot to do, all the tools to sort and hang on the shadowboard, all the rubbish to take up the tip and we still needed to sort the garden tools. We also had to get rid of the wood we tore out of the shed when we were emptying it, so we spent the evening over the allotment with beer. Check it all out in the final episode of our video diary series.

Dylan Pfohl – Rubber Side Down

I know we’re right in the middle of Dad’s Retirement Shed Building week but I just had to post this.
This video has such a good vibe and the riding is sweet too. Nice to see lots of dirt and a handful of riders I actually know. Hucker, Kris Fox and Ryan Nyquist and Cory Nastazio all make an appearance. The song matches the atmosphere nicely and that last trick…
Check it!

Dad’s Surprise Retirement Present – Day 6

Day 6 and we’re finally beginning to see some light at the end of the garden.
Alfred and I had some help from our friend, Jess, today and we managed to get the electrics sorted. Not before Alfred received a decent shock though!
Also, it turns out Alfred, who I was relying on to sort the electric bits because I thought he knew more than me, didn’t know what the different coloured wires were…

Watch the hilarity that ensured in today’s video diary.

Dads Surprise Retirement Present – Day 4

Today felt like a slow day. I feel like I haven’t really achieved much but I think that’s because building stuff takes longer. I managed to buy all the materials for the new bench and build it.
Check the video diary for full details.

Tomorrow I’m working so Leo and Alfred will be picking up from where I left off. I’m leaving them to sort the electrics. I’m not sure if that’s a good idea or not yet…

Dad’s Retirement Present – Day 2

Here’s the video diary from day 2 of cleaning out the shed. We managed to get most of the shed cleared but it feels like the hard work is only just starting. I think the biggest task is going to be sorting through all the stuff and deciding what to keep and what to throw away. I hope Dad’s not annoyed if we chuck anything out that he wants to keep!

Dad’s surprise retirement present – Day 1

Dad retired last week and this week Mum’s taken him away on holiday. This has been in the works for ages. While he’s away, us kids are going to clear out his shed, build a new workbench and buy him a load of new tools.

He’s got a couple of old Lambretta scooters that he’s been saving for his retirement but with the shed in its current state, there’s no way he’d be able to restore them. Hopefully this’ll make up for all the years of us kids borrowing, breaking and loosing his tools.

I’ll be keeping a video diary of our progress each day. Here’s day one, so you can see what it looks like before we start. Not pretty.

FOR SALE: Citroen Dispatch Van – £750 ono

I originally bought this van to transport the Voodoo Unicycles kit around the country but since leaving the company, I’ve had no use for it, so it’s up for sale. It’s not a perfect van, it’s 14 years old, but it’ll do someone a good turn. I’ll list all the faults, something the guy I bought it from didn’t do.

Model: Citroen Dispatch

Year: 2000

Mileage: 180359

Tax: 30/04/14

MOT: 30/10/14

Location: Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire

Price: £750ono

Contact details: Email: or 07595051030

I’ll list the bad points first.

  • The temperature gauge has a mind of its own. The bloke I bought it from told me it wasn’t overheating but I was sceptical. Turns out it doesn’t overheat. The needle flicks between halfway and max on the gauge, sometimes when you’re stationary at lights or in traffic. There’s no way it can heat up and cool that fast so I think it’s either the sender or the gauge itself. I’ve used it since October last year as it is and it’s been fine.
  • The guy I bought it from told me not to trust the fuel gauge. He told me not to let it go below a quarter of a tank and if the light came on, to fill up straight away. I haven’t been brave enough to test this theory, so I’ve always assumed it’s empty at a quarter of a tank and filled up. It might be fine but worth a mention. I’ve read that the dash clocks can go faulty in these vans, which could explain this and the temperature gauge fault.
  • The ignition key is broken. Luckily it’s broken off in the ignition barrel, so it still works as normal, although you could probably start it with a spoon. It also means the key occasionally falls out of the ignition as you’re driving.
  • It could do with a new battery. It turns over extremely slowly sometimes and after being stood for a week or so without being used it needs to be jumped. When I was using it every day it was ok though.
  • Could do with a couple of tyres on the back.
  • The heater fan controls have lost their knobs.
  • It has a couple of chips in the windscreen. They aren’t in the sweep of the drivers side wiper though. Not even mentioned at MOT time.
  • It’s French.

That makes it sound quite bad but it’s a nice little van really, I just want to be honest about it so potential buyers have no nasty surprises like I did.

I have actually done a lot of work on this van since I bought it. It’s had 2 new wishbones with all new bushes, 2x CV gaiters, both track rod ends, a front wheel bearing, I replaced the rear brake lines and repaired the exhaust hanger. None of the locks worked when I bought it. I’ve read this is a common problem with the locks on these. I stripped them all out, lubricated and refitted them. Now most of them work most of the time. It’s got a brand new drivers side wing mirror and housing.

The engine is sweet. It’s got 180359 miles on the clock but the heater plugs heat up and the light goes off, it starts with no trouble and idles lovely. It’s the 1.9 non-turbo version and although it’s a little sluggish it’s pretty good on diesel.

The bodywork is average for its age. Obviously it’s not going to win any show and shines, it’s got a couple of speed dents, but it’s pretty good on the whole and has no rust anywhere. The bonnet has somehow (Probably because the van’s so fast) got loads of stone chips in it. It has twin sliding doors, which is pretty handy. Comes with The Worlds Most Secure Lock on the back doors and a sticker that must add at least 10 style points. The interior is pretty clean for a 14 year old van. It’s not been used as a builders van so doesn’t have the usual brick dust/cement/paint marks in the back. I’ll take all my crap out of it before it goes. The drivers seat is just starting to show some wear but the passenger seats (it’s a 3 seater, bonus!) are in good, clean condition. The stereo wiring is all intact and has the factory ISO connector and radio antenna in an unmolested state. It’s also got a nice set of Trident roof bars fitted.

I have a few old MOT certificates for it and the V5 in my name. It has a month left on the tax and is ready to be driven away.  I’m after £750 ono. It owes me much more than that but I realise it’s an old van and not worth a million quid. I’m only selling up because I have no use for a van anymore and it’s taking up space on the driveway. Come and get it!