A simple, but neccessary checklist to storing your classic car properly.
A 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, 1969 Boss 429 Mustang, 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto, 1969 SS Chevelle and so many other classic muscle and sports cars to collect! A classic muscle or sports car isn’t always a practical purchase and may need some major work. However, it’s one investment that you need to keep in the best possible condition, making it a labor of love!
Whether you’re just starting your collection or adding more, here are some tips for properly storing and caring for your classic and sports vehicles during the cold winter months.
It’s important to keep the integrity of the car and motor for as long as you own the vehicle. Before you put the car inside a garage or other storage facility, it's important to get it prepped for the few months it’ll sit.
- Fill the tank and change the oil: Before you store your car, make sure to change the oil and add a new tank of gas. The more gas inside of the tank, the less chance of moisture getting inside. If enough moisture gets inside it can wreak havoc on your motor in the Spring.
- Squeaky clean: You’ll want to make sure you thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the car. When there are dirt, grime, and other debris left on the vehicle it can cause damage to the paint and the car itself. A mouse or other small animals can detect those crumbs in the middle seat when it’s cold out and they’re cold and hungry.
- Fill tires with air: The car is going to sit for a few months, so make sure to fill the tires with a little more air than normal. The cold weather can cause them to deflate and if they flatten too much could cause damage to the rim or hubcap.
- Check the battery and fluids: When Spring rolls around, you’ll want to take your car out for a spin as soon as possible. Skip the waiting time and check the battery and all fluid levels before you put it away for the winter.
Once this is all done, you’ll want to find the perfect place to store your vehicle.
First thing’s first. Find the perfect place to store your classic, muscle, or sports car. You want to make sure wherever you’re storing the vehicle that there’s no moisture and rodents can’t easily come in and out. An airtight garage or storage unit might be the best option for you. If this isn't possible, find a parking garage with the perfect spot away from the garbage, entrance and exits, and away from the elements. These are the other things to consider:
- Keep the rodents away: Once the squirrels, mice and other rodents find your car a nice home for their family members, you’ll have a hard time geting rid of them. They’ll burrow inside the seats and cause a number of issues. Add cedar shavings, mothballs, charcoal, essential oils or anything else that deters rodents naturally. You can get all of these items at a major department store.
- Invest in a car cover: This might seem like a silly item when you’re storing your car inside, but a car cover is just another layer of protection. If you can’t find a place to store your car inside, then you will 100 percent need a car cover.
- Let it warm completely: We have all done it. We go to the garage, start the car, let it run and moments later shut it off. However, this can cause condensation in the engine and exhaust system unless you let it run long enough to come up to room temperature. Make sure the car has warmed completely before turning it off.
Keep all these tips in mind when putting your car inside for the winter months!
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