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Old 11-15-2018, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Winter car storage recommendations ?

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

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Old 11-16-2018, 07:25 AM   #2
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Looking for winter storage, to put my wife's convertible away for several months.

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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.
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:23 AM   #3
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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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Old 11-16-2018, 05:33 PM   #4
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Ooops...forgot to mention I add a dose of Seafoam and run the engine for 10 or 15 minutes before storage
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:17 PM   #5
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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
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Default 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.
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Default 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.
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You can try net bags with mothballs in non-interior spaces. Seems the little buggers don’t like the smell.


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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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Dryer sheets would certainly smell better!


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Many collector car people will tell you that dryer sheets make excellent mouse nests. Highly recommend moth balls, in spite of the odor.
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Old 11-22-2018, 02:57 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:44 AM   #13
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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.

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Old 11-23-2018, 05:53 PM   #14
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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?
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