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Username Post: Impala going into storage        (Topic#351444)
USCGMK1 
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Loc: Gulfport, Mississippi
Reg: 07-24-15
06-05-18 08:32 PM - Post#2736096    

Hello All,

Looking for any input on storing my 64 convertible for a year without running it, going to the big sandbox. I may come home for a little vacation 6 months in but not sure yet, so just planning on a year.

Here's what I have:

Non-climate control Mini storage unit (this includes my other junk).
Full fuel tank with sta-bil in it and ran through the engine.
Cover over the carb.
Steel wool pads in the exhaust pipe tips.
Small box of moth balls inside car.
50/50 coolant mix.
Moisture absorant packs inside car.
Battery disconnected.
2 jackstands (1 under each a-arm).
2 cut railroad ties under the trailing arm-axle area.

***going to put rodent and bug deterrent in the unit also for my other junk also***




Just looking for opinions on anything else I should do or not do.






 
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Tri5man 
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Loc: Possums Crotch, KY
Reg: 06-26-07
06-05-18 09:04 PM - Post#2736099    
    In response to USCGMK1

If it were me theres no way I'd put moth balls in a car I expected to drive again some day.

Gary



 
BigDogSS 
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Loc: SoCal
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06-05-18 10:32 PM - Post#2736108    
    In response to Tri5man

Maybe dryer sheets?

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible - Ermine White C1
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 396 - Marina Blue FF



 
Tri5man 
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06-06-18 04:03 AM - Post#2736120    
    In response to BigDogSS

I've heard stories of mice using dryer sheets for nesting material. I've never hd a rodent problem with any of my cars by placing poison and old fashioned spring traps placed around the perimeter of my shop.



 
USCGMK1 
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Loc: Gulfport, Mississippi
Reg: 07-24-15
06-06-18 04:23 AM - Post#2736122    
    In response to Tri5man

Yes, the mothballs are a little strong.



 
64ss409 
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Loc: Montana
Reg: 12-04-02
06-06-18 05:23 AM - Post#2736128    
    In response to USCGMK1

I like to store with a fresh oil change. Old oil may have acids/contaminates that can eat on bearings.
Ron

1964 SS 409/340 4 spd, bought new Oct '63 from Ken Boggs Chevrolet, Geraldine, Montana


 
Mikes61Belair 
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Loc: Reisterstown, MD
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06-06-18 09:48 AM - Post#2736145    
    In response to USCGMK1

Stay safe and enjoy 110' life.





 
turbo38s10 
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Loc: Agawam,MA
Reg: 09-17-09
06-06-18 11:03 AM - Post#2736150    
    In response to Mikes61Belair

I would just put a bunch of rodent traps in the storage unit and not use moth balls, you'll never get that smell out.



 
Verne_Frantz 
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Loc: Hightstown,NJ USA
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06-06-18 01:42 PM - Post#2736164    
    In response to turbo38s10

Tractor Supply stores sell something called Fresh Cab. It's a packet of herbs that mice hate and it smells great. Forget the dryer sheets and moth balls.

Verne



 
USCGMK1 
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Loc: Gulfport, Mississippi
Reg: 07-24-15
06-06-18 02:10 PM - Post#2736168    
    In response to Mikes61Belair

Thanks for the input. I'll go ahead and do an oil change. I'll head over to Tractor Supply and look for the fresh cab stuff and some rodent traps.

I'll be enjoying the "your 110's broke and we need you to come in and fix it" shoreside life, hopefully I'll get to get underway with them or the Navy as they look for volunteers too.



 
junky 
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Loc: Northeast CT
Reg: 06-27-10
06-06-18 07:12 PM - Post#2736196    
    In response to USCGMK1

If you put moisture trapping bags in the car, they are going to fill up with water, and that water is going to be more of a problem than the humidity itself. I would just crack the tops of the door windows to allow some air circulation. To keep mice away, I use whole cloves. They don't like the smell, and I also place them in plastic dishes, so it is easy to remove when I put the car back in service. I also store my car with as little gasoline in the tank as possible, since the alcohol in the gas absorbs water from the air. I do use preservative also, and when it comes out of storage, I fill the tank with fresh gas. I would think twice about using mouse traps and poison, because the decaying carcass will be a horrible smell. Make sure to remove any and all paper from the car. Also, mice prefer closed spaces, so don't close the glove compartment door. They will find a way in, if it is closed. Remove the battery, or at least disconnect it. If there is power to the unit, get a NOCO battery charger. It will keep your battery alive better than any other unit. I have been using one for the last 3 years, and it has saved me the cost of the replacing batteries as frequently as I used to need to.
Stay safe, and thanks for your service.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
Brian64SS 
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Loc: Milwaukee, Wi
Reg: 09-30-00
06-07-18 07:07 AM - Post#2736221    
    In response to junky

I used mothballs for years. They worked great in open trays or pans in trunk, on engine, front floor and back floor. The family would complain about the lingering smell the first couple of times out.

Switched to scented dryer sheets and have been completely satisfied. Tuck them into air cleaner, tailpipe, glovebox, console, between seats and seat backs, under front seats, under dash including the main vent in the middle, even in holes in the frame. Leave them hanging out so they're easy to find. They might not work if you have an infested barn but should be good anywhere else.

I keep all doors, windows and kick-panel vents closed tight and gas tanks full of non-ethanol gas without Sta-bil, disconnect the batteries without a trickle charger. I don't fog the engines. I leave the cars on the floor with tires inflated to max. to avoid flat spots. I'd rather not have them on jack stands in case someone would need to move them fast for some reason (like if the building was on fire).

Best wishes to you in your deployment. Thank you.

Brian
1964 Impala SS, 283 (not original), 4-speed (26 years)
1964 Impala 4-door hardtop, 283 Powerglide (3 years)
They made a million but I only have two.


 
Tri5man 
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06-07-18 08:34 AM - Post#2736224    
    In response to Brian64SS

During our last trip to Florida in March it was still pretty cold in Kentucky. I placed some new poison trays and rebaited a bunch of spring traps around the perimeter of the shop. When we got home a couple of weeks ago all the baited spring traps had a mouse in them and the shop smelled a little funky from the decaying mice. Dumped them sprayed some Fabreeze and the smell dissipated almost immediately. The good news was no damage was done to the cars. I've been using this method for years with nothing ever placed in the cars and never had any damage. I truly believe anything like drier sheets or any thing else that gives off an odor only attracts rodents.



 
Brian64SS 
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06-07-18 08:58 AM - Post#2736226    
    In response to Tri5man

  • Tri5man Said:
I truly believe anything like drier sheets or any thing else that gives off an odor only attracts rodents.



They don't like every smell people like. The opposite is true too. They pee in their own nests which they seem to like and people don't. Baited traps work by attracting them in. If you have X number of traps and all of them have a mouse, any mice above that number are still attracted to the bait and won't get trapped. I'd never put baited traps or poison that attracts them near what I'm trying to keep them away from. Doesn't make sense to me. Keep that in sheds and other outbuildings.

Brian
1964 Impala SS, 283 (not original), 4-speed (26 years)
1964 Impala 4-door hardtop, 283 Powerglide (3 years)
They made a million but I only have two.


 
junky 
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06-07-18 01:29 PM - Post#2736248    
    In response to Tri5man

I use traps in my garage, and if I don't remove the deceased mouse in the morning, by the following morning, the survivors have already eaten the mouse in the trap to the point that the only thing that remains is some fur. When mice are hungry, they will turn on each other.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
Tri5man 
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06-07-18 01:40 PM - Post#2736255    
    In response to junky

After my spring traps are full the poison baits are still at work. I've been doing this old car stuff for many years and have yet to have any rodent damage to any of my cars. I must be doing something right and not going to change what works for me. I live in a heavily wooded area which must sustain an unlimited supply of mice who are looking for a warm place once the weather turns cold. I don't use any traps during the summer.

Junky, I've never seen mice caught in my spring traps eaten by other mice. They are always whole when I dispose of them.


Gary




 
Verne_Frantz 
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06-07-18 07:30 PM - Post#2736281    
    In response to Tri5man

A live mouse will eat a dead mouse!

Verne



 
Brian64SS 
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Loc: Milwaukee, Wi
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06-08-18 03:04 PM - Post#2736338    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

When I use traps in the shed, I screw them to a bigger piece of wood - one that's too heavy for them to drag away. Otherwise the traps would disappear. I don't know if the mouse in the trap isn't dead and drags the trap away or if the cannibal mice drag the carcass away in the trap. Otherwise, whatever has worked for you. No reason to argue with success.

Brian
1964 Impala SS, 283 (not original), 4-speed (26 years)
1964 Impala 4-door hardtop, 283 Powerglide (3 years)
They made a million but I only have two.


 
Chevrobert 
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06-08-18 07:34 PM - Post#2736361    
    In response to USCGMK1

Fox urine, Boric acid
and real cedar chips?

Thank You.
Stay safe.
Good Luck and
God Speed.


Bob
'64 Impala SS
'77 Pontiac Ventura SJ
'85 Lincoln Town Car
Ain't to proud to think out loud.


 
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