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Old 10-26-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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Storage tips?

About that time of the year to put the pony in the garage. Any tips for long term storage?
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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What kind of winter storage do you have?

That's the 1st question.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:23 AM   #3
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1 car garage (apartment)
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Not bad. How is the humidity where you park? If it is pretty damp you may want to store it with a few desicant packs (like you find in shoes etc).

How long are you parking it? This'll give you an idea of IF you can leave feul in the tank, pump or lines.

Also, do you have to worry about freezing temps where you park?
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I store mine every winter (Iowa). All I do is start it and let it run a while every couple weeks then change the oil before taking out of storage. I should remove the battery but I don't. I also clean it really well and treat the leather before putting it away.
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I'd follow what Jamin says UNLESS you're parking it for a few months, or more, and can't get out to turn it over.

You can always go the full Monty; purge all your fluids, get it up on jackstands and really shut it away for the season.

But, since you're posting here with a late model V6, I don't THINK you need to go that far. We're not talking a restored GT350 going into dry storage for six months...
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True. What would I have to do if I drove it occasionally throughout the winter? And would I have to worry about rust?
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Plastidip, I'm discovering, is your friend. If you are worried about salt and rust, I'd check out dipyourcar.com for tips. Other then that, wash it every time you're back from being out... Even if it's just a good spray down. You DO NOT want that road salt sitting on your car. Particularly your under carriage and if you have any preexisting rust spots!
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:17 PM   #9
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-fresh oil change
-fill fuel tank
-fuel stabilizer
-wash, pre wax cleaner, wax
-clean interior, apply leather conditioner
-close hvac vents
-put it on jackstands to avoid tire flat spots
-remove some air out of tires
-use vaseline on weatherstripping to avoid sticking
-paper towels under wiper blades
-since the windows raise and lower when opening doors, ill lower them just a tad so that when battery is removed i can still open/close doors.
-remove battery and store indoors, check voltage monthly and charge as necessary.
-Cover it with my custom fit cover, which covers the exhaust too so rodents will not enter
-store in a closed garage

I actually ended up getting a battery tender so the battery stays fully charged, works great!
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:29 PM   #10
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You are the storage king.
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You are the storage king.
Lol its my first winter ever storing a car. A little overkill for a v6 but i plan on having it for a very long time.

By the way, washing your ride often in the winter could be a bad idea. Its not the salt that causes rust its the oxidization of water with the salt. Once the spring thaw happens that is when most rust accelerates. Washing it wont remove all the salt and will actually push salt into smaller crevaces and keeps many spots very moist that normal winter driving would remain relatively dry. Once spring hits all that trapped water with remnants of salt will cause rust.

If you must drive it in winter then getting a good oil spray done is key. On my daily driver i used actual grease on the undercarriage....lathered it on with a damn paint brush!
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Oh, I agree.

However, where I live, the climate isn't so inclement and there's an excellent warm water, no touch car wash here which, as well as blasting your under carriage, uses (or can, if you pay more for it) a degreaser to eat away the road salt and grime before firing a protectant at your underside. It's a pretty kickass, if not cheap alternative.

And I tend to say that some washing, even with just a hose, is better then leaving the clumps of buildup on your car all winter.

You're right though, it's just that most people won't go THAT far. Are you an anorak by any chance? Do you have adenoids and OCD?

LOL. Just kidding around.
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Plastidip, I'm discovering, is your friend. If you are worried about salt and rust, I'd check out dipyourcar.com for tips. Other then that, wash it every time you're back from being out... Even if it's just a good spray down. You DO NOT want that road salt sitting on your car. Particularly your under carriage and if you have any preexisting rust spots!
Are you saying I should plasti dip the under carriage?
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Oh, I agree.

However, where I live, the climate isn't so inclement and there's an excellent warm water, no touch car wash here which, as well as blasting your under carriage, uses (or can, if you pay more for it) a degreaser to eat away the road salt and grime before firing a protectant at your underside. It's a pretty kickass, if not cheap alternative.

And I tend to say that some washing, even with just a hose, is better then leaving the clumps of buildup on your car all winter.

You're right though, it's just that most people won't go THAT far. Are you an anorak by any chance? Do you have adenoids and OCD?

LOL. Just kidding around.
LMAO im sure ive got something, just undiagnosed :p that car wash sounds fantastic, that sounds like it would definately be the best option.
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Til you see the price. It's like $35 in the summer and $45 for the winter.

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Are you saying I should plasti dip the under carriage?
I am NOT saying that.

However...
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I was thinkin just spray the chassis with 1 or 2 coats.
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I sprayed the whole bottom of my car with undercoat and it made a big difference... Everything sprays off easier, protects it from moisture, and fills in the little nooks and crannys... Plus there isn't as much heat from the exhaust comin in and it took some of the road noise away
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