For car enthusiasts living in the snowy regions, there comes a time each year when we have to store away our beautiful classic cars. To help you keep your classic automobile in perfect shape this winter, we put together a classic car storage checklist. Follow these steps to ensure your baby is safely stored in wait for spring!
Find a dark, dry space with little access. Your best bet to avoid moisture damage is a place with concrete flooring. If your only option is dirt flooring, lay down a plastic barrier and place plywood under the tires of your vehicle.
Fill up the fuel tank with premium gas and fuel stabilizer. Start and run your classic car to transport the fuel stabilizer into the carburetor, injectors, and fuel rails. (A full tank helps prevent air from carrying moisture that could contaminate the fuel or rust the tank.) Also, do an oil change and replace the filter right before storage. (Clean oil will reduce the risk of contaminants from harming your engine, and will make sure your vehicle is ready to go in spring!). Lastly, check the antifreeze.
Give your classic car one last wash and wax. (Laying or removing a cover over a dirty vehicle could cause scratches.) After that, add air to your tires.
Check with your insurance provider to find out if they require you to report the address of where you will be storing your vehicle (in case you store it offsite).
Unhook the car battery (remove negative cable first) and store it separately. Keep it away from concrete flooring or any areas where it could freeze. If you plan on starting the vehicle a few times over the winter, you could leave the battery in the car and use a battery tender (if power is available).
Remove any personal items that may freeze or burst inside your classic car. Store baking soda packages in the trunk and interior of the vehicle to absorb moisture and prevent musty odors. Ensure that all the windows are securely closed.
Stuff mothballs, plastic bags, or aluminum foil into the exhaust and air cleaner/inlet pipes to prevent vermin or insects from infesting your classic car. Use jack stands to relieve your vehicle’s suspension during storage. (This also helps to prevent tire flat spots). Now your baby is ready to hibernate!
Remove the cover from your classic car, and clean the (probably dusty) cover according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove the baking soda packages from the interior and trunk (to prevent spills while driving). Also, remove the plastic bag or aluminum foil from inside your external pipes. Lastly, check the tire pressure.
Charge the battery for a full 24 hours, then return the battery to the car (positive cable first).
Check to make sure your brakes are working properly. (Make sure that no vermin have chewed through the rubber brake hose, and that brake lines haven’t rusted out to cause a leak.)
Make sure your vehicle’s fluid levels are topped off and check for fluid leaks on the floor. Start up your classic car and check again for any fluid leaks. After a short drive, check again.
Now get out there and rev that engine! Your baby is back!
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