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Old 10-10-2009, 12:59 AM   #1
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Cool Winterizing advice

I live in northern lower Michigan and intend to store my car for the winter months. Any ideas on how best to do this? I would like to fire it up once a month and even take it out for a ride, weather permiting. But short of doing that, what needs to be done?

Some thoughts are disconnecting the battery, but would that be harmful? Overinflate the tires? Drain as much gas out the tank as possible? Putting some Stable in the gas tank? Put a protective cover over it?

Any thoughts or advice are appreciated.
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Old 10-10-2009, 07:02 AM   #2
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Actually many say full tank of gas and new oil before storing it. Also if its in a place where u have mice put some bounce sheets in the interior. I personally dont disconnect the battery as i start the car up once every 3-4 weeks and move it a few feet to prevent the brakes from locking up. Here is a link for what to do http://www.buyclassiccars.com/storagetips.asp
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:31 AM   #3
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I have a '68 Camaro convertible that sits in the winter of course (non-heated garage). As long as the salt isn't visible and there's no snow on the road and it's above 30 degrees F, I take it out for a spin to stretch it's legs periodically. The most I've gone without driving it is probably 3 weeks. I would also start it up weekly and let it run a long time to get it to operating temperature.

I keep it on a battery tender with a full tank of gas. I also just changed the oil for the season. I've been doing this for 9 years with the car with no issues.
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:12 AM   #4
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I basically clean up my cars & fill em up with gas, the 66 gets off the tires (bias ply's)
If the road conditions allow, I'll fire em up...otherwise I don't even start em, warming up idling really doesn't do the trick, if your gonna start em you need to really take them for a quick burst or don't even fire them up.
Some guys say change the oils before storage & then after...I just do it after, not so sure you really need to have fresh oil in for storage.....although my cars never have lot's of mileage on the oil anyway.
My garage is heated so they stay pretty cozy during the winter months.
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