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Old 10-29-2002, 01:38 PM
 
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Post Storing your car over the winter in a garage; any sugestions for a newbie????

Dear Friends,

I have this wonderful packard that is in running condition and I am going to park it for the upcoming inclimate Syracuse Winter. (roughly 5-6 months in the garage) Garage= cement floor, unheated wood walls.

Does anyone have any sugestions for things that I need to do to/for the car to help keep its integrity. I am in the process of replacing the antifreeze and the oil. I am going to stick a tennis ball in the exhaust pipe to keep the rodents out. any other sugestions?

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Maybe place some blocks under the frame on all four corners. Dont set it up on the blocks were the tires are off the ground. Just lift it maybe a couple inches. That way all the weight is not on the suspension. Then be sure to visit her often pat her on the hood a couple of times. May be even fire her up and let the oil circulate a little. Dont forget about her they get lonely!
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Oh yeah!! Dont forget to take the tennis ball out if you do start her. She wont like that shoved up there when your trying to get her started! <img src="graemlins/mwink.gif" border="0" alt="[mwink]" />
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Ya, put a tarp over it and leave it sitting there. Thats what we do.


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I put all my cars to bed the same way. First, make sure the gas tank is full. Start it up and get it to normal operating temperature. Then I pour mystery oil or other light oil down the carb until it smokes, then immediately turn off the engine. I put a baggie and rubber band over the carb, exhaust pipe and oil filler tube. I disconmnect the battery. I have put moth balls in cars that have a mouse problem. I put on the car cover and say good night until spring. I never start them in the winter. If I did I would have to go thru the whole procedure again.

This has worked for me for years. The cars smoke at startup but they remain well oiled thru the winter and at first startup. I usually change oil in the spring but a lot of people recommend changing it in the fall. I have done both. The main goal is to keep condensation out of the oil and the gas.
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BAG IT!

I bought a bag from Car Jacket, 1-800-522-7224, six years ago and have been a disciple ever since. Basically it is like sealing your car up in a big Ziplock baggie.

You give your car a good washing, fill the fuel tank, put on your car cover, put a couple desiccant bags on the floor mats (to suck up any moisture) and zip up the bag.

In the spring you will be amazed. Clean and dry, just like the day you bagged it.
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i usually put the car up on stands, fill the tank right up, yank the battery, put oil down the cylinders and cover it up. i wouldn't start it until the spring.

nice car, always liked packards - very underrated car.

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Go once a week and sit in it and make car noises.Run through the gears wile doing that.Putter with every little thing thats bothered you since you've owned the car(loose ash tray,missing screw in dash etc..),Make more car noises.Wax it armorall it,clean the windows,roll um down sit in it and pretend your cruising and make car noises wile running through the gears.
For cabin fever :p ut a TV in front of your waxed armor-alled car with clean windows,and pretend your at the drive-in.Bring some microwave popcorn and an old KFC bucket for full effect.
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Cool, Monte! I say park it in the living room as a wonderful coffee table you can sit in!
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god, he said put it away for the winter, not a 5 year stint in san quinten! oops, i mean Attica!

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