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How Should You Prepare Your Classic Car for the Winter?

Storing Your Classic Car

Unfortunately, there won’t be many opportunities for cruising for the next several months. While some enthusiasts occasionally take their classic hot rods out for a spin in winter, for most it’s time to tuck them away and protect them from the coming cold and snow. 

Before you get your car ready for storage, prepare the place you’ll be keeping it – whether in your garage or a self-storage facility. Start by laying down heavy plastic sheeting on the floor to keep condensation off the undercarriage. If you’re at home, remove pet food or grass seed from the garage, and any loose paper. These will attract rodents and other animals that could nest inside your car.    

Now, you can concentrate on the car itself. Give it one last thorough cleaning, detailing, and waxing. And be sure to vacuum the floor and down inside the seats. This goes back to the earlier tip about not leaving behind anything that will attract animals.  

Next, change the oil, drain the cooling system and disconnect all hoses, and bleed the brake lines and fill them with new fluid. Lubricate all of the fittings and joints, and put fresh grease on the wheel bearings, suspension, and steering. You should also either disconnect the battery or remove it. 

Whether or not you drain the fuel tank depends on how long the car will be stored. For six months or longer, empty the tank and run the engine to burn off the excess. For less time than this, add a fuel stabilizer to the tank first, and then fill up. 

If you won’t move the car at all for the next few months, set it up on jack stands and remove the tires. Finally, wrap the car with a cover made from breathable material like flannel.      

Following these tips will help your antique cars and trucks make it through the winter so you can enjoy them again when the weather warms up - year after year. If you'd rather not go through the hassle of preparing your car for the cold, and you're interested in storing it in a climate controlled facility, contact us today and let us find room for your classic car!

    

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