Storage in garage questions

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  1. djpage

    djpage New Member

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    Hello all...new to classic car storage in my unheated garage (Michigan).
    Does anyone have any recommendations as to fuel? Should I fill the tank with 0% Ethanol fuel? Stabil? Seafoam? Drain it as low as possible?

    I plan on pulling the battery and taking it inside the house with a battery tender.

    Anything else I am missing? Underbody rust issues with cement floor?

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. 80sz

    80sz Veteran Member

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    Not much to do for short term storage. I like to run the fuel low then before I restart I dilute with some fresh gas. Battery is disconnected with a recharge before start up. A few fabric softner sheets under hood and inside and its good for winter.
     
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  3. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Definitely no fuel with ethanol in it. Other than that, park it and remember to shut the engine off. More than that probably isn't necessary.
     
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  4. Chevrolaine

    Chevrolaine Veteran Member Gold Member

    What Gary said. Park it, ignore it til Spring, reconnect the battery and go.
     
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  5. HawkX66

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    1. Should I fill the tank with 0% Ethanol fuel? - Wouldn't hurt, but don't go way out of your way to do this for winter storage. It goes with #2 though.

    2. Stabil? - Yes. I always throw a double dose in because of the ethanol crap fuel. Run the car long enough to fill your float bowls with the treated fuel.

    3. Seafoam? - Not necessary to me...

    4. Drain it as low as possible? - Definitely not. You want to have a full tank of fuel so there's less of a chance for moisture to build up.

    5. I plan on pulling the battery and taking it inside the house with a battery tender. - Good idea.

    6. Anything else I am missing? - Throw a couple of dryer sheets inside the car and trunk. Mice don't like them and they smell better than moth balls.

    7. Underbody rust issues with cement floor? - Not unless your cement floor stays wet.

    These are just my opinions of what has worked for me for 40+ years.
     
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  6. Dave Nelson

    Dave Nelson Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I agree with the what others have said, the only thing I add is after the last trip of the season while the motor is still hot I do a oil and filter change, this way the start up in spring is with fresh clean oil.
     
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  7. CamarosRus

    CamarosRus Veteran Member

    Aeresol Can of FLUID FILM for any unpainted parts, pieces, fasteners that will
    start rusting...........Use tooth brush or not ......figure on cleaning, washing ,
    wiping in the spring
     
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  8. djpage

    djpage New Member

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    Thanks All!! I'm hoping to drive for another month, but it Michigan, you never know what Mother Nature is going to do!!
     
  9. cadillac_al

    cadillac_al Veteran Member

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    I'm with Hawk an Dave. That's how I treat my cars and bike.
     
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  10. twozs

    twozs Veteran Member

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    and clean out all food products ... didn't someone here leave their Mexican dinner in the back seat all winter ???
     
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