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10/2/05 1:11pm - Original Message: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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Well since this is going to be the first winter storing my Vette in the garage, I was looking for some tip on what to do, how to prep it for storage, or anything in general that I need to know. 

Its been sitting for about a month now and I've been starting it and driving it around the block every Thursday.  Its really hard to get it started after sitting for just a week, almost felt like I was going to run down the battery on starting.  Any ideas guys, thanks.



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10/2/05 1:43pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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Easton, PA - USA

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1973 Coupe 350 Auto.T-Tops L48,65450 miles.

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 One thing you must have is a Battery Tender. They sell around $40. They are great hook it up your battery it's allways fully charged,and it's fully automatic charges only when battery voltage drops.Fill your tank add some dry gas,if your like me I take rides  all winter long if there is no snow on the roads....

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10/2/05 2:28pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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Moses Lake, WA - USA

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1976 L48 4-spd, Mahogany Metalic exterior, Buckskin interior 350ci/350hp, 3rd owner, fiberglass spring, 255/50-16's Torq-Thrust II

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Hi Mark,

When I put mine away for the winter I pull the battery and if it needs it, clean the battery case up along with the posts and cable ends. I then set the battery on the work bench and through the winter trickle charger it once a month. I fill the tank up and put fuel stabelizer in it. With a full tank I don't worry about condensation in the tank. I change the engine oil and filter then run it for a few minutes. I also flush the brake system. I like to pump a little grease into the front suspension parts to flush out any mostiure and contaminates. That's about it. I am sure others may do things a little different but so far it has worked for me. I may be going through this here in another week or two.



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10/2/05 10:03pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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It's also a good idea to "critter proof" your garage. Make sure there is no dog food or bird seed stored in there, and thoroughly clean your car to remove any food scraps, etc. Change the oil just before you park it for the winter, and refrain from starting it occasionally as this only adds moisture (and acid) to the inside of the engine. Check the tire pressure and consider over inflating the tires by 4 or 5 pounds to help reduce flat spotting. Be sure to reduce to normal pressure before that first drive next spring.
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10/3/05 1:12am - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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Thanks guys, its got a full tank, and I think I'll look into the battery tender, and a good oil change is do anyways

Any other good ideas are still welcome



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10/3/05 1:19am - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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Think this will work

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BATTERY-TENDER-PLUS-CHARGER-H ARLEY-HONDA-CORVETTE_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ35594QQitemZ 4578892535QQrdZ1



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10/3/05 8:36am - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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sonoma, CA - USA

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72 LT-1 AC coupe,69 l-36 coupe

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When you run the motor or take it for a ride, don't forget to cycle the AC compressor so that the seal doesn't dry up.

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10/3/05 8:59am - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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Edgewood, KY - USA

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1981, Black/Black, Engine bumped to about 400HP.Ext/int mostly stock.

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I think the hard starting is typical, although I have no way of knowing how much/long your cranking before it fires.  Mine always starts right up if it has been driven within the last few hours.  However, it it sits for 2 - 3 days, I have to crank maybe 5 seconds before it fires.  From posts I've read, it is because we are spoiled by modern fuel injection and forget that our carbs are vented to the atmosphere, so the fuel in the carb evaporates within a few days and must be replenished before it will fire.  Also, just to make sure you remember the method to start a carb'd car  -  get in, press the accelerator all the way to the floor and let up, then crank.  It sets the choke, and also squirts some gas into the intake (provided the gas sitting in the accelerator pump has not also evaporated).  May cut a little off your cranking time, if you're not already doing this...  

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10/3/05 9:47am - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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Newark, DE - USA

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1968 Conv, 454HO,500HP-600TQ, TKO-600,3:70 HD rear,hotrod air, custom paint & suspension,1973 Ruby Red,T-top, 383 Stroker, TK)-500,frame off restro, 1977 Yellow (1 of 51 ) L-48 4 spd, 99% original.

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I also add fuel stabilizer to the gas..keeps the gas from going bad. Use it in lawn mower etc.

Alan



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10/3/05 10:35am - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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I put Snuggle dryer sheets inside the car,the critters hate the smell of that cute little bear,never had any critter damage,and the car smells good .also use STABIL in the tank

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10/3/05 1:30pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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Also consider putting a full sheet of poly down on the floor to park the car on.  This helps to isolate the car from any moisture that may come up through the floor.

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10/3/05 3:20pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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San Pedro, CA - USA

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1971, LT-1, T-top, 4-speed (M21), Mulsanne Blue, 3.70 rear, mostly original (sidepipes). 2006, Daytona Sunset Orange Coupe.

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Winter storage? What's that?



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10/3/05 7:07pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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DeBerry, TX - USA

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1971 383 Stroker- mille miglia red...5 speed

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Forget that $40 battery tender and go to Habor Freight and get one of their floating trickle chargers. They sell for about $13-$14 and if you watch their flyers, you can catch them on sell for about $8.95. Just hook it up and forget it. Won't overcharge. I use them on my lawnmower and motorcycle. Don't need it for the '71. I drive it more in the winter than summer. I can actually go more than 20 miles without frying! Anyway, Harbor Freight's charger works great, and cheap.

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10/3/05 7:34pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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Frederick County Corvette Club (Maryland) Tan 64 365 Hp Conv 4 sp Red 72 4 sp Conv ..running a '68 327 Blue 76 Coupe L 48 4 sp White 79 Coupe L 82 auto Silver 98 Conv, 6 sp 35th Anniv '88 vette

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I have 3-4 of those Harbour Freight things....and to be honest I have 5 regular 40 dollar Battery tenders that I trust 100 times as much as the harbour frient things...and mine blink all winter long....

Me new routine for the last few years has been to mouse proof the
garage and the car itself...
Car gets  both traps and Bounce Laundry strips inside (Mickey
or Minnie paid me a visit a year or so ago and it took a year to get everything working again...)
Garage gets cleaned up especially rags .. every single rag gets stored inside a sealed storage tub... discovered that the mice were camped out in my exposed pile of rags and towels  to keep warm  the winter I had Mickey over for dinner...

Besides that I change the oil... but not the filter...fill the tank up
with gasoline...I do not use any additives from November to April).
every other year I flush and change the antifreeze...Even years flush
(have it written on the wall of the garage)...

Thats it....

In the spring I do change the oil again (zero miles) and change the filter...toss the mouse traps in a bag ...lube the suspension and fire them up for another year...

I really should prelub the engines with oil  before starting in the spring but to be honest I really do not know how too...

Bob G.
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10/3/05 10:31pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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Thanks everyone, I've never seen a critter in my garage and the house is fairly new. My dogs go out in the garge with me and I think they would know if anythings been crawling around in their, but I'm still gonna try the snuggle  

I'll also try the cheap Harbor Freight trickle charger for this winter to see how it does, if it doesn't work I'll get something better for next year.

Thanks again guys, as I said keep the suggestions coming. this may turn out to be a good link for people to check out

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10/3/05 11:09pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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Moses Lake, WA - USA

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1976 L48 4-spd, Mahogany Metalic exterior, Buckskin interior 350ci/350hp, 3rd owner, fiberglass spring, 255/50-16's Torq-Thrust II

Joined: 4/16/2005
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Hey Sportivo,

I see your from Torrance. I grew up there but moved in 73 when my dad sold his radiator shop in Inglewood and bought a farm in Oregon. We use to live off of 182 and Van Ness. Must be nice to be able to drive the Vette year round. The only problem I see with that is you have no time to work on the Vette during the winter like us up north.

Take Care



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10/3/05 11:21pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH - USA

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1975 C3 Red, T-Tops, Black Interior. All I need is time and money! Getting there!

Joined: 12/2/2003
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The hard way to do a prelube is to remove the distributor, and use a pre lube tool on a drill to operate the oil pump until it builds some pressure, and circulates through the motor.  The easy way is to just disconnect the ignition so it won't start and crank the motor until oil is circulating, then reconnect the ignition and start the engine.



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10/4/05 12:13pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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sonoma, CA - USA

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72 LT-1 AC coupe,69 l-36 coupe

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I think Ken will agree that the hard way is the best way.

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10/4/05 2:13pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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1982 Collector Edition #3413

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Mine will be driving through the winter season.  Hope that it doesn't snow too much where I can't drive to work.    Don't want to get stuck!   

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10/4/05 2:49pm - Reply: 'Corvette Winter Storage'
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Rockland, MA - USA

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76, L48, 4spd & 09, LS3, 6spd

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Other than put the tops back on, roll up the windows and use the cover a lot more - I usually try to give it a good cleaning and wax before it's too cold. I have never really thought of "putting it up for the winter".

To be honest, unless there is a ton of slop, sand, etc on the roads, I try to get it out on the road for a 20-30 mile ride once or twice a month throughout the winter. I avoid letting it just idle in the garage or driveway and do my best to get it out, go through the gears, use the brakes and run at a normal operating temp for an hour or so.

I'm not sure who it helps more - me or the Vette?



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