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In most parts of the country, many antique, classic and collector cars that are driven during the Spring, Summer & Fall are stored away during Winter months and sometimes longer. Owners are always asking what is the proper procedure for inactive storage of a motor vehicle?

When storing valuable antique, classic, and collector cars, an owner must consider several needs. The obvious are security and fire protection, and less obvious like the mechanical aspects, surface preparation, temperature control and ventilation.

We have reviewed many articles from auto magazines and car club publications and developed an outline of how to properly store a motor vehicle over the short term (two to six months) and the long term (six months or longer).

SHORT TERM STORAGE

Always fill the fuel tank to maximum capacity and add fuel stabilizer, this keeps moisture from forming in the fuel tank. Remove the floor mats to allow the carpets to breath. Do not apply parking brake. Roll up all windows, but leave a slight crack for the exchange of air & set HVAC to the off position. Wipe all weather-strips & rubber components with silicone to protect & keep them resilient. Top off all fluids. Inflate the tires to proper pressure.

Always remove the battery & store it indoors in a well ventilated place at room temperature. Be sure to trickle charge the battery (2-5 Amps) for 24 hours prior to re-installation. A cold battery will slowly discharge over time and once it reaches a fully discharged state, it can not be recharged to reliably hold the required 14.75 Volts.

If indoor storage and the storage space is not heated, put down a layer of plastic film or a vinyl tarp (minimum 4 mil thick) & park the vehicle on the protective sheet. This will keep the moisture in the floor from attacking the under body and the chassis. If outdoors, do not park the vehicle on dirt or grass, the organic elements in the ground will harm the underbody.

If indoor storage, buy a fitted breathable car cover and after washing and drying the vehicle, cover the car to keep moisture and airborne pollutants from settling on the painted, chromed and fabric surfaces.

If outdoor storage, buy a fitted waterproof car cover and after washing and drying the vehicle, cover the car to keep moisture and airborne pollutants from settling on the painted, chromed and fabric surfaces. Be sure to use a bungee cord under the vehicle to secure the cover. High wind can get under the car cover and lift it off.

It is advisable to take some precaution from rodents like mice, a pest control service for the building and/or the inclusion of mothballs placed inside the passenger compartment.

LONG TERM STORAGE

Always drain the fuel tank, this keeps the gasoline from turning into varnish-type sludge & destroying the tank, metal lines, fuel pick-up & filters. Remove the floor mats to allow the carpets to breath. Change the motor oil, anti-freeze fluid, and brake fluid, drain the windshield washer fluid. Do not apply parking brake. Roll up all windows, but leave a slight crack for the exchange of air & set HVAC to the off position. Wipe all weather-strips & rubber components with silicone to protect & keep them resilient. Inflate the tires to proper pressure.

Always remove the battery & store it indoors in a well ventilated place at room temperature. Be sure to trickle charge the battery (2-5 Amps) for 24 hours prior to reinstallation. A cold battery will slowly discharge over time and once it reaches a fully discharged state, it can not be recharged to reliably hold the required 14.75 Volts.

If indoor storage and the storage space is not heated, put down a layer of plastic film or a vinyl tarp (minimum 4 mil thick) & park the vehicle on the protective sheet. This will keep the moisture in the floor from attacking the under body and the chassis. If outdoors, do not park the vehicle on dirt or grass, the organic elements in the ground will harm the underbody.

Remove the spark plugs & pour some light weight motor oil or transmission fluid to coat the top of the pistons & seal the piston rings.

Purchase some moisture absorbent packs & place two in the passenger compartment & one in the luggage compartment.

If indoor storage, buy a fitted breathable car cover and after washing and drying it vehicle, cover it to keep moisture and airborne pollutants from settling on the painted, chromed and fabric surfaces.

If outdoor storage, buy a fitted waterproof car cover and after washing and drying the vehicle, cover it to keep moisture and airborne pollutants from settling on the painted, chromed and fabric surfaces. Be sure to use a bungee cord under the vehicle to secure the cover. High wind can get under the car cover and lift it off.

Jack up the vehicle & support the frame with four jack stands, let the wheels slightly touch the floor, this allows the suspension to relax and takes the weight off of the wheel bearings, springs, shocks & related suspension hardware.

It is advisable to take some precaution from rodents like mice, a pest control service for the building and/or the inclusion of mothballs placed inside the passenger compartment.

 

Thanks for visiting, and continue to look to the Roo-Sport web site www.midcomustang.com to provide relative information dedicated to the preservation, care, history and enjoyment of the Mercury Capri convertible.

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