It is that time of year where you put away your classic car to avoid salted roads. Plus, driving with no heat in 20-degree weather is never fun. However, do you know you should prep your classic car before you store it? Even if it’s only for a couple months, you should be prepping your car so that come Spring, you can open that garage door and drive away with ease.
10 Classic Car Storage Tips To Keep Your Beauty Safe
You might have remembered to put gas in your car before storing it, but I bet you didn’t remember all of these 10 tips to keep your classic car safe in storage. You can winterize your daily driver, but make sure your classics are safe during these cold months as well!
1. Fill Your Gas Tank
Probably the most important but overlooked concept. If you can drain your gas all the way then do it. If not, run it low and then fill it up with premium gas and add a fuel stabilizer. The more gas in your car the less chance of moisture in the tank which causes rust. The fuel stabilizer will help prevent the gas from hardening & gunking up.
2. Check Your Oil & Filter
Along with filling your gas tank, make sure you drain & refill your oil and check the oil filter. Old oil can cause premature engine rust ( a BIG no, no!) so definitely, make sure that is all cleaned out. Don’t forget to drive your car for a little right after the oil change, before putting it away for storage.
3. Check & Maybe Change All Your Other Fluids
I think you are noticing a pattern. Once again, since you checked and changed the gas and oil, do the same for the other fluids. Especially with classic cars. They leak and are old. If you keep your fluids fresh your car will last longer! This means, check the coolant, brake fluid, transmission, and even washer fluid. The more full & clean the fluids are the less chance of moisture getting into everything and rusting.
4. Get It Detailed & Waxed
You should be waxing your car at least twice a year; once before winter, and once before summer. So, if you are storing your classic car for winter, then you need to wash and wax it!
5. Fill Your Tires With More Air & Jack Them Up
Adding more air than normal to your tires will help prevent flat spots. Then, if you have them, jack up your car so it does not sit directly on the ground. Since it’s your classic car, I am sure you do not buy tires frequently so it might be worth investing in a good jack stand.
6. Check Your Battery
You have two options here. If your car is being stored long-term and you won’t be starting it much, then take the battery completely out of your car and place it somewhere safe. If you think you will start the car throughout the storage months, then I would recommend adding a trickle charger. Whether you have a new or old battery if you just let it sit it will die. I rather keep it charged so that I can drive it whenever, wouldn’t you?
7. Store In A Climate Controlled Facility
This one is pretty obvious, but if you can, store it in a climate controlled facility. Preferably with a concrete floor and not dirt too, once again, avoid moisture.
8. Throw Some Dryer Sheets On The Mats
I saw this the other day. So clever! To avoid bugs and other pests, place some regular dryer sheets on your carpets/floor mats. This will help prevent pests from hibernating on your nice seats during winter 😉
9. Put It In Gear; Don’t Add The Parking Brake
Hopefully, your car will be on jack stands, but whether it is or isn’t, make sure you leave the car in gear and keep the parking break down.
10. Cover The Car If Possible & Kiss Her Goodbyee
If you can get a specific car cover for your vehicle, I would definitely recommend that. It will keep the moisture out, the bugs out, and the dust-out. That way, when you start your car back up come spring, a quick wash is all it will need! Then kiss her goodbye, roll the windows up and lock your doors. She is all nice and cozy. Good job!