Shed Virus - Revcounter 438

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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In these trying times, Editor Allen reckons it's a great time to hit those unloved projects!

RIGHT, SO we’re all to stay indoors and avoid crowds until further notice, is that the idea?

Like you, I was initially horrified at the thought of Covid-19-generated restrictions, particularly since I’d just had a brilliant day ambling along pit lane at Phillip Island for the big annual historics meeting. Now, there’s a set of sheds to die for.


But we won’t be doing that again for a while, will we? Apparently there’s a risk we’ll breathe the great galloping virus over each other.

There is, however, an upside, quickly spotted by resident designer and Thunderbird life-support system, Angelo. He reckons he has shelves filled with assorted parts, polishes, cleaning potions, powered buffers and therefore the thought of being locked up at home holds no fears.


Assuming he can somehow dodge the assorted offspring, he envisions long happy days in the shed, bringing his T-bird up to a level of gleam where, on a clear night, you’ll be able to see it from the moon.

Maybe he has something there. And the more I think about it, we all have more than a few projects to tackle in the shed.


Young Alex has just seen his Nissan GT-R spring an unwelcome coolant leak, and he may require several days to work his way through the maze of plumbing to find the culprit. I’ve suggested he tie a long rope to his ankle in case we need to fish him out again – a suggestion which was not greeted warmly.

Meanwhile muggins has a few little projects that need attention, such as finally wiring up the speakers in the old six series coupe, giving the works Chev ute a much-needed service, or maybe, just maybe, hunting down that irritating intermittent bloody knock that’s been coming from under the Kingswood for the last two decades. The latter has so far defeated me and a long procession of mechanics, and I half expect it to one day be the topic of a PhD thesis.


Then again, we could live really dangerously and finally have a crack at using that paint spray gun that’s been lurking in the back of the shed for the last few years. There is, after all, a very ratty Toyota Soarer bonnet that’s in desperate need of a tidy up. What could possibly go wrong?

This could be a golden opportunity. What will you tackle with our newfound time-off?

(Don’t forget to check out our Phillip Island galleries right here)

-Guy ‘Guido’ Allen

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