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Username Post: Storing car for 6 months        (Topic#363337)
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11-19-20 01:18 PM - Post#2808095    

I will be storing my 63 Impala SS convertible for about 6 months in my garage. What do I need to do? For example, do I need to remove the tires to prevent flat spots, fuel additive, etc?

Thanks in advance.


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11-20-20 02:02 AM - Post#2808133    
    In response to LSS1333

Fuel stablizer + full tank of fuel yes.

Remove tires? No need to do that and whats more can be a bad thing if for some reason you have to move the vehicle in a hurry. Put wood/plywood under stires to prevent flat spotting.

Don't start the vehicle in storage just to run it. That will cause more harm than good. When the engine is running condensation forms and you can never idle it long enough to dissipate that condensation and that can lead to rust inside the engine and exhaust not to mention break down the oil and transmission fluid. It typical takes 30 min of driving to get all fluids (engine, trans, axle) up to normal operating temps.

Mice can be a problem with storage vehicles. They like places lile the heater and seat.
Possible deterrents I found from some RV sites.

Moth balls
Dryer sheets – such as Bounce
Essential oils such as pepermint
Conventional mousetraps

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11-20-20 05:29 AM - Post#2808140    
    In response to elcamino

I park my '53 Sport Coupe in the garage about the first week in November until the first week in May every year due to the winter and salt use on roads here. I disconnect the battery and put Bounce sheets in the interior and trunk. That's all. I've had the car since 2014 with no problems storing it this way. I don't think a fuel stabilizer will hurt anything but I don't use it. When I begin driving it the first of May I put a slow charge on the battery and try to get fresh gas in it as soon as possible.


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11-20-20 06:41 AM - Post#2808142    
    In response to elcamino

I agree with elcamino. When I park my cars for the winter, I don't start them again till spring.

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11-20-20 12:13 PM - Post#2808161    
    In response to 55 Shaker

Thanks everyone for your responses. This is exactly the type of information I was looking for.

Thanks again!

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11-21-20 07:09 AM - Post#2808223    
    In response to LSS1333

I would like to add one thing. In addition to the fuel stabilizer (I use Stabil), I put ethanol-free unleaded gas in it. My local Walmart supercenter has it on every pump. I'm sure this is not the only one that has it. Look around where you live. It's the ethanol that ruins things like fuel pump diaphragms and accelerator pumps.
Just a couple more pennies added to this conversation. You can use it or not. It was free.


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11-21-20 11:24 AM - Post#2808258    
    In response to beagrizzly

I have always put about a cup of Seafoam oil in the gastank rather than Stabil. I've never had a problem with the gas standing over the winter. Once I start driving it again in late April, I pour in a bottle of fuel additive to take care of any condensation that may have occurred over the winter.


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Edited by rumrumm on 11-21-20 11:25 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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