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Old 12-07-2003, 08:46 PM
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Properly storing a car?

I was wondering if anyone knows the proper way to store a car for the winter time until next spring/summer. My dad wants to store his '79 Firebird and I wasn't sure what should be done. Please let me know if you have any tips/tricks.

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Old 12-07-2003, 08:51 PM
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This might help.
Winterizing Your Classic:
Here is a brief guide to help your classic survive a long, cold winter. First, you need to take your classic out for one last drive. This allows your your car to get up to opertaing temperature. Bringing your engine up to temperature is important to help burn off contaminants in the oil and to get rid of moisture in the exhaust system. If it's a little too cool to get the engine up to temperature, use a piece of cardboard in front of the radiator to help speed things up. (Just be careful not to overheat.) Next, you need to stop by a carwash and clean the undercarriage. Then, stop and fill the tank with high grade gasoline. (Be sure and add the appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer before filling up the tank. This will thoroughly mix the stabilizer with the fuel.) Now, take the car home, and wash and wax it like you are taking it to a show. Be sure to dry everything thoroughly. It might be a good idea to grease the door and hood hinges while things are drying. It's also been suggested to pour a little 2 stroke engine oil into the carb. just before shutting it down. The idea is to lightly coat the internals with oil. The 2 stroke oil will burn off clean when started again compared to conventional oil. Some shop manuals recommend that you change the oil at this time. This is strictly up to you.

Once you have the car parked for the winter, here are a few more things to consider.
1. Remove the battery and store in a moderate temperature. Spray the lead terminals on the cables with WD-40 to prevent 'green-growth' while the battery is out.
2. Make sure the anti-freeze is better than your coldest winter day by a safe margin. If you have a block heater, make sure it works.
3. Touch up the exhaust manifolds where needed with high temp paint and a brush. If you don't, you will not be pleased with what you see in the spring. Always touch up the front suspension with 'chassis black' for the same reason.
4. A little WD-40 works great for keeping rust from growing on exposed metal parts (bolt heads, tie-rod ends, electrical terminals).
5. It's a good idea to raise the tire pressure by 10 extra pounds.
6. After you have cleaned the interior, do not put the floor mats back in. Store them somewhere else. Do this with the trunk mat also. This prevents any trapped moisture from doing damage.
7. Tape over or plug the exhaust pipes. Remember, *Mice Love Mufflers*. Great winter home.
8. Leave the windows cracked open. This allows air movement. NEVER put mothballs in your car. Cracking the windows eliminated the need for them.
9. Cover the car with a good- quality, breathable car cover.
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Old 12-08-2003, 12:23 PM
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Is it also a good idea to put the car on jack stands to prevent the tires from forming a flat spot?

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Old 12-08-2003, 01:20 PM
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same question

I had the same question about jacking up the car. would it be okay if I just pushed the car forword or backwards every few weeks to avoid wrecking the tires?
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:38 PM
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In my opinion, it couldnt hurt.
Altough opinions are like @55holes. Everyone has one.
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Old 12-08-2003, 05:58 PM
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thanx a lot cruiseomatic. great tips.

feel free to add anything else everyone!
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