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Question about storing vehicles outside for awhile.
I recently purchased 4 cars which will have to be stored outdoors for awhile - at least up to a year or more before I can get around to restoring them. What are some of the best practices for outdoor storage? What is the best thing to use to cover them up? What things should I be on the lookout for? Any help is much appreciated so I don't have an even greater headache when I finally getting around to them. Thanks for the help.
posted: October 29, 2008
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Depending on the condition of the cars,if they run make sure you have the proper amount of anti freeze,also if they run use a a product called STA -BIL put in gas tank helps keep your gas from turning to varnish ,and gumming up fuel system.
Mice and other rodents can be a real problem to the interior,so try to seal any ports of entry if the tires are in usable condition you will want to jack the cars up and use jack stands or blocks of wood, (NEVER USE CONCRETE BLOCKS)
Again depending on the condition,you cant beat using a good car covers.Not plastic tarps they trap moisture ,and will cause you severe rust issues.

I have in the past ran the cars to operating condition ,and right before shutting them off,pour some lite weight oil down the carb while running ....this will get plenty of oil into the cylinders to prevent rust ,and corrosion,I prefer to use Marvel Mystery oil for this procedure,in my years of using it ,I can say it has never failed me.

Hope this helps.
posted:  October 29, 2008
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I always place at least two boxes of decon inside the car. Even on my parts cars which are outside I use decon. I have seen some huge nests inside cars and worst of all they nest in tight areas and their urine will cause metal to rust faster!
posted:  October 29, 2008
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When I store my chevy for a period of time I put moth balls in net (clam) bags and place them in, under, around & through every space that could harbor mice. I also put them in the engine and trunk compartments. There is something in the smell of the chemicals that they can't tolerate therefore they try to avoid it. If you are allergec to moth balls I strongly suggest you don't use them. Make sure you leave a long tail or string hanging out so you can find them later.
posted:  November 5, 2008
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