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Old 02-25-2010, 08:23 PM
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Long-term parking on crushed rock?

Hi, All:

I'm picking up a project vehicle in a couple of weeks and don't have any extra garage space. This means she'll be sitting outside. I know parking on grass will kill the frame eventually, from what I've read on here.

I've been quoted a pretty good price on crushed rock delivered (8ft by 16ft by 4 inches deep).

My question is: will parking long-term on crushed rock, maybe with some heavy mil polyethylene underneath, solve my moisture issues? Or will I still be killing my frame?

Eventually, I'll build some sort of stick-based lean to over top of it to keep the rain off. Something kind of like a carport. Phase three would be sheathing the sides and basically ending up with a shed.

Any advice/personal experiences would be hugely appreciated.

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The plastic vapor barrier is a must and will do better if you can mound/slope it to where the water will drain off instead of pooling beneath the gravel.

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I would suggest liberal use of WD-40 on the underside, and reapply every month or so. Also, if you plan on using the tires, store the car on jack stands to avoid creating deformed spots on the tires.
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Thanks, Trees and Wsdave. I'm definitely going to take your advice on the mounding of the dirt, before adding the plastic and crushed rocks.

Also, I'm going to look into the WD40 thing. My plan is to get the body off ASAP, then powerwash, clean, and wirewheel the frame to bare metal, weld in patches as required (hopefully none will be), then paint on a rust treatment like Eastwood's Rust Converter, then POR15 or Eastwood's Rust Encapsulator sort of like a primer, and finally topcoat it with a few coats of Valspar Tractor & Implement paint in black. Hopefully, that'll make the frame bulletproof in terms of rot. We'll see.
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:01 PM
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Friend of mine restores GTO's, keeps his personal cars in pole buildings with pea stone floors, cars are parked on 12" wide plywood runners out onto the stones. These are chalk mark perfection type resto's and the floor seems to keep moisture down real well.

The mound and vapor barrier advice is spot-on.
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Ericnova72, that's a real interesting idea (having the cars on plywood runners). I think I'm going to do that. Heck, it can't hurt, and if the ply soaks up any moisture that might be lurking, then all the better. Thanks for the idea!

And this won't be a concourse GTO, but an old Land Rover. But their frames don't like moisture, and I don't have three grand to buy a new galvanized frame, so this one's gotta last for a while.
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Main thing I see is have the car in a well ventilated situation..Seems likke the old barn finds have not rusted all that bad where they were dry an well ventilated..seems like the plastic covers trap moisture and we get a lot more rust..

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Speaking of the ventilation that Sam mentioned: If you cover it or tent it, you could run a portable heater or even a fan under the cover to move the moist air around.
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A product called Fluid Film works well, and does not need reapplication. It can even be used as undercoating.
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