Classic Car Storage Made Simple: 

 Long Time Periods Over 6 Months

by Joe Selig on  December 07, 2019

Classic Car Storage

Classic cars are a complete jubilation to own.

Classic cars are a complete jubilation to own. They are exquisite glimpses from past engineering, a lot of fun to drive, and they give owners something to play about with and give the feeling a great reward.

Face it as wonderful as a classic car is, they’re not up to the reality of being a daily driver. Classic cars are usually used in moderation and as a result, sometimes they need to be stored for long periods of time. The problem, of course, is that leaving a car undisturbed for a few months in a row can cause all kinds of issues, as the car can mildew, mold and the internal components can rust, corrode, and become damaged. Therefore, it’s paramount to give your classic car the “TLC” that it is due, while it is in storage for long periods of time.

Storage Prep 

Clean and Detail 

That means inside and out because before storing your classic car for a long period, you need to properly clean it. Dirt left on the vehicle for long period of time will have a chance to stain, mildew, mold, and multiply.

I start with the interior of the vehicle. Detail and polish the upholstery along with all of the interior components. Vacuum the floors, seats and then clean windows.

Wash the outside of the vehicle attentively, and give it a superior waxing.

The better the car looks when it enters into storage, the better condition it will be in when it exits storage.

 Drain the fluids and oils. Fluids and oils that don’t get circulated for months can cause damage, as any contaminants in the fluids can be brutal to mechanical parts. 

Long term storage calls for, the draining the engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and gas.

This will help keep any amazing classic car healthy when in storage. However, if you’re storing your vehicle for less than six months, you can leave the gas in the tank but, be sure to add a can of gasoline stabilizer to the fuel tank.

  • Warning: It is best to drain the fluids when they are warm, as they will pick up the most of the contaminants that way. However, you must exercise extreme caution when draining hot fluids from your car and this can be a precarious procedure.

  • Tip: Always recycle your drained fluids through a hazardous waste removal service.

Lube up the fittings. To keep the joints of your classic car robust, add some lube to the suspension and steering fittings including the front wheel bearings.

 Remove, wash, and store your battery. Batteries will corrode when they’re attached to your vehicle, which causes harm to both the battery and the car. Isolator switches are great for short term storage and I think every classic car should have them but, I suggest removing the battery  for periods greater than 6 months.

To keep this from happening, pull out your battery before storing the car. Give your battery a good wash with cold water and baking soda, and then store it preferable on rack in a cool dry place, off the ground, and off of concrete.

Lock the clutch in position. If your classic car has a manual transmission, you’ll want to keep the clutch open to keep the clutch plates from sticking together.

Accomplish this by, depress the clutch pedal, and then use a block of wood to hold the clutch in the depressed position.

Keep it vibrant. If you’re storing your vehicle in a garage or other indoor facility, you can roll down the windows to keep mold and mildew from forming, and open a box a baking soda or a bag of rice in the interior to absorb any moisture.

  • Tip: Close off the exhaust pipe with a plastic cup or rag to eliminate any chances of an animal entering your vehicle.

 Cover it up. Before leaving your classic car in its storage spot, cover it up with a car cover.

Stay away from plastic and polyester car covers - they heat up the car and trap moisture, which leads to high humidity that will eventually damage your beautiful car. Instead, choose a cotton flannel cover, or any other cover that is designed for storing vintage cars.

  • Tip: Convertible, make sure to put the top up before storing it.

By using these tips, you’ll be able to keep your classic car in the best setting possible so, that it remains as magnificent for you whenever you bring it out of storage. If you need assistance draining any fluids or removing your battery, have Joe from Sparrow British Auto come to you and perform the service at a reasonable cost.

Of coarse you can avoid long term storage protocol by choosing the SBA Inside Storage and maintain plan for your classic car. Running and driving the car every 10 days is the best way to keep the car dependable, clean, safe, and fun to drive.

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