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bigdog 11-15-2018 06:24 PM

Winter car storage recommendations ?
 
Looking for winter storage, to put my wife's convertible away for several months.

Suggestions ?

SAMIAM 11-16-2018 07:25 AM

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Originally Posted by bigdog (Post 304540)
Looking for winter storage, to put my wife's convertible away for several months.

Suggestions ?

Bigdog….I store a car also...….I over inflate the tires by 5lbs to avoid flat spots,make sure the tank is nearly full to avoid condensation and install a trickle charger.
Starts right up and we drive it away in the spring.
I'm assuming it's covered and away from rodent or insect damage.

The Real BigGuy 11-16-2018 11:23 AM

I used to store my TR6 in an open carport under a tarp. Did all the same as SAMIAM (except overinflation) plus put it up on jack stands (to avoid flat spots), coated all of the rubber gaskets (doors, trunk, etc) with Vaseline (so they didn’t dry out), and put a shot of oil in each cylinder, disconnected the coil, and turned the motor over (to coat the cylinder walls). Had the car for 11 yrs before I sold it (tears in my eyes) and it always ran like a top.


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SAMIAM 11-16-2018 05:33 PM

Ooops...forgot to mention I add a dose of Seafoam and run the engine for 10 or 15 minutes before storage

phoenix 11-16-2018 09:17 PM

I have stored two cars for last 15years. Put in fuel stabilzer then unhook one of the battery cables . In the spring hook up the cable and voila the cars starts right away

BroadHopper 11-17-2018 08:40 AM

I think this is what you are looking for.
 
https://vaultmotorstorage.com/

There is another storage place in Franklin, on the river in one of the old factory building. Use to use it a decade ago to store the boat.

garysanfran 11-21-2018 10:15 AM

Ask your boat mechanic...
 
Boats are stored with little prep. from early fall to the following spring. Fuel stabil. Battery charge...They'd know. I thought of having a car shrink wrapped, but felt that would trap moisture in.

Keeping rodents out is my big concern. Stuffing aluminum foil in the tail pipe, air filter and anywhere else they could get entry is a good idea.

The Real BigGuy 11-21-2018 11:46 AM

You can try net bags with mothballs in non-interior spaces. Seems the little buggers don’t like the smell.


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hd333 11-21-2018 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by garysanfran (Post 304662)
Boats are stored with little prep. from early fall to the following spring. Fuel stabil. Battery charge...They'd know. I thought of having a car shrink wrapped, but felt that would trap moisture in.



Keeping rodents out is my big concern. Stuffing aluminum foil in the tail pipe, air filter and anywhere else they could get entry is a good idea.



Dryer sheets. Put them everywhere you can.


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The Real BigGuy 11-21-2018 05:26 PM

Dryer sheets would certainly smell better!


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Sue Doe-Nym 11-22-2018 12:16 PM

Many collector car people will tell you that dryer sheets make excellent mouse nests. Highly recommend moth balls, in spite of the odor.

tis 11-22-2018 02:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Sue Doe-Nym (Post 304691)
Many collector car people will tell you that dryer sheets make excellent mouse nests. Highly recommend moth balls, in spite of the odor.


And believe it or not a mouse made a nest right on top of one of those little bags of mothballs. So I don't know what works!!!! If you don't keep refreshing every few weeks, I don't think anything keeps them out-unless you can find where they are getting in the garage/boathouse/house even-and block their entrance.

loony 11-23-2018 07:44 AM

I try to store my car as late in the season as possible- after the critters have already found a place to stay for the winter. Dryer sheets and moth balls have never worked for me. The only thing that works is D-con. I usually put my car away around thanksgiving with with a few D-con blocks (wish i could get the pellets) under the hood around the engine and near the heater intake, in the cabin and in the trunk. In the spring I have found most of the blocks under the hood nibbled on but no mice.
This year I put the car away in early October and last week discovered most of the blocks under the hood have been eaten and had to be replaced.

Dont forget to tape up the engine air intake or you may find a dead mouse or a nest in the air filter box.

JEEPONLY 11-23-2018 05:53 PM

A friend told me about mice eating car wires- only to find out, after repairs, that some wire coatings are made with soy! Might explain a few things!

On another note- as of three weeks ago, I was catching 3-5 mice (in garage) per week, in the old style clap-trap things (with Skippy Super Crunch!). All of a sudden- no mice captures!!!

Are they gone? Have they caught on to me? Have I been watching too much Ancient Aliens?

songkrai 01-03-2019 08:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Sue Doe-Nym (Post 304691)
Many collector car people will tell you that dryer sheets make excellent mouse nests. Highly recommend moth balls, in spite of the odor.

The critters don't like the smell of the dryer sheets.
Place anywhere where they might get into car. Even in the end of the exhaust pipe.
Near any heater AC areas in both engine area and cabin.

Make a notation of where you place them in order to remove them later.

I also use the P3 INTERNATIONAL P7816 ATTACK WAVE PESTREPELLER. None of these electronic pest repellers work 100% but do help.


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