Suggestions for Long-Term Classic Car Storage Preparation
1. Make sure your gas tank is full. This will reduce the amount of
water that can be absorbed by the gasoline and it also slows the
rate at which it turns to varnish. Use an additive like "Sta-Bil",
"Dry Gas" or similar. Make sure it's well mixed and run the car for
a while to make sure it's in the entire fuel system.
Change the engine oil. Dirty oil is contaminated with acids and
water that can cause premature bearing failure and rust inside the
engine. If the car is likely to be left for a long period of time
unattended, remove the sparkplugs and liberally squirt some form of
upper-cylinder lubricant into the cylinders before replacing the
plugs. This will help stop the piston rings from rusting to the
cylinder walls. Introduce into the cylinders about six squirts from
a normal oilcan. Turn the engine over slowly before replacing the
plugs. This will move throughout the head.
3. Make sure the
brake and clutch master cylinders are full of brake fluid. Brake
fluid can absorb water very quickly. By reducing the exposed surface
area of the fluid, the water absorption can be reduced. If you can,
bleed the brake and clutch systems. It is recommended that you do
this on an annual basis anyway, to purge the system of old and
possibly contaminated brake fluid.
4. To inhibit rust in the
engine area, use a lubricant spray such as WD40 to coat all exposed
metal surfaces. The volatile carrier in the WD40 will soon evaporate
leaving a protective film on the hose clamps, coils, carb bodies,
etc. 'Wax-oyl' is also good, but you'll want to hose it off with car
wash in the Spring.
5. Wash the entire car and apply a good
wax. Don't forget to clean the inside. Do this early in the day to
give it plenty of time to thoroughly dry before putting it in
6. If you have a convertible top, leave it up and
close the windows and vents. A convertible top can develop nasty
creases when folded for long periods, especially in cold climates.
Treat vinyl tops with silicone or similar. Keeping the windows and
vents closed keeps small creatures from entering.
that the trunk is clean and dry, The trunk seal is not always
positive and some moisture can collect and condense in the inner
fenders and floor. Air it out well for a day or so, then place a
desiccant sac in before closing it up.
8. Take the car on a
good 30-minute run. This will evaporate all the moisture in the
exhaust and in the engine. Then park the car with the hand brake off
and either 'chock' the wheels or leave it in gear if necessary.
Over-inflating the tires can help guard against flat spots.
Disconnect the battery.
9. We suggest you use a cover. It
should be a proper cloth car cover, not a plastic one.
Choose a garage or other storage facility that's dry. Damp air will
cause rust over a long period of time, depending on how long
11. Desiccant bags (the size of a sock) should be placed inside your
car which will effectively soak up atmospheric moisture to prevent
12. Cover the tail pipe with duct tape to
prevent moisture or rodents from getting in.
13. Ensure that
the cooling system is clean 50/50.
14. Lubricate the hose as
if the car is going to be stored for an extend period of time.
15. Storage of the vehicle for a long period of time can have an
adverse effect on the clutch. Exercising the pedal on a regular
basis can avoid these types of problems.
maintenance - Tires should be pumped up and moved once each month to
prevent flat spots form forming.
17. Suspension grease:
Should be done if it has not been done recently.
Carburetor: Run it dry with stabilizer.
19. Lubrication of
points such as: crease fittings, connections, hinges, latches,
20. Disconnect the batteries.
the car. Check the trunk, glove compartment, side pockets, etc.
22. Don't set the parking brake.
The best thing to do is
to run the car once a month. A service we can provide!