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david-b 09-18-2011 09:18 AM

Winter Prep
 
It's coming around to that time very quickly. This is the first winter of having the car in one piece, and looking on how to winterize it. Car is going to be garage kept in Chicago and kept under a wrap. I ideally would like to start it at least once a month and let warm up, but I'm sure it will slip some months.

So what all needs to be done in order to keep her in great shape for next spring? Are fuel & oil stabilizers worth it? Any suggestions on what you guys do? Thanks a lot.

T-bucket23 09-18-2011 09:35 AM

Unless you are going to start it and run it long enough at operating temperature to get rid of the condensation in the engine, you will be doing more harm than good by starting it. In most cases it is better to park it in the fall and leave it alone until spring. If it is going to be outside covered up. I would seal up the carb, breathers etc to keep moisture rodents, etc out. Drain the fuel out and run the carb dry. Check or change the antifreeze and change the oil if it is due.

david-b 09-18-2011 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by T-bucket23
Unless you are going to start it and run it long enough at operating temperature to get rid of the condensation in the engine, you will be doing more harm than good by starting it. In most cases it is better to park it in the fall and leave it alone until spring. If it is going to be outside covered up. I would seal up the carb, breathers etc to keep moisture rodents, etc out. Drain the fuel out and run the carb dry. Check or change the antifreeze and change the oil if it is due.

It'll be in the garage covered up, nonheated and opened quite often (to get snowblower or whatever). So basically, don't bother starting it up at all? Any reasoning behind this?

How exactly would the carb be sealed up?

35terraplane 09-18-2011 03:48 PM

Winter prep
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by david-b
It'll be in the garage covered up, nonheated and opened quite often (to get snowblower or whatever). So basically, don't bother starting it up at all? Any reasoning behind this?

How exactly would the carb be sealed up?

Running it in a cold garage will cause condensation when the engine cools down, you do not want that on the cylinder walls, or anywhere else that it could cause rust. I just tape off the carb. put fabric softener in the car to keep mice out. although I don't have any mice in my shop, as it is built more like a house and tight.

Bob

T-bucket23 09-19-2011 08:20 AM

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Originally Posted by david-b
It'll be in the garage covered up, nonheated and opened quite often (to get snowblower or whatever). So basically, don't bother starting it up at all? Any reasoning behind this?

How exactly would the carb be sealed up?

You can seal the intake with a plastic bag and some tape. There really is no point to starting it unless you need to move it. As mentioned above you will cause condensation that could be worse than if you just leave it alone.
I usually run mine out of gas in October and put in fresh oil just to get the acidic oil out. I generally disconnect the battery and forget about it until April or May, whenever the weather breaks. Fresh fuel in the spring and I am off.

david-b 09-20-2011 07:57 AM

Cool. Thank you. Guess I will be doing that in a month or so. Thanks all

david-b 09-26-2011 09:44 AM

One last question my bro asked me... what about the exhaust? Do the tailpipes have to be closed off? Or does it matter? Thanks

Siggy_Freud 09-26-2011 10:02 AM

I'd bag/tape those as well. If it rains or snows a lot and you're opening/closing the garage, just more change of moisture entering the exhaust and corroding the pipes over time.


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