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10/17/07 9:32am - Original Message: 'winter storage'
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Toledo, OH - USA

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1977 auto.L48 383 stroker

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I have a 1977 and winter is approachingCry.  I store my car in a heated garage but wanted to know the best way to winterize it.  Any special things I need to do?  Also, wanted to get some opinions on car covers, like which ones are good and should I use one.  Thanks for all of your help!  I appreciate it.
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10/17/07 9:24pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Valley Springs, CA - USA

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1978,Metalic Money Green W/Gold emblems,TH350 w/gear splitter,black & grey interior.1978,two tone,Metalic Rootbeer & gold ,Doeskin interior,auto. trans. 1981, Silver w/mirrored T-Tops,4 spd, charcoal interior.

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Hi Matt. Our environments are soooo different in winter,  I'm not sure my input will do you much good. I love covers. I use Noah. I've tried others but nothing will survive the west coast sun very long. Noah has been the best and does help keep the dust off. If you were storing outside, the dirt will penetrate through after time, as with all breathable covers. Might give you an edge and last quite a while if used indoors.

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10/17/07 10:27pm - Reply: '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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Take a look at these threads, they have a lot of things we do to prepare for winter hibernationWink
 
 
 
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10/18/07 8:54am - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Toledo, OH - USA

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Thanks everyone for all of your help and insight... I really appreciate it as I lay my beauty to rest!
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10/18/07 9:28am - Reply: 'winter storage'
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OH! I thought this was about "winter weight", cause I was gonna say, I've already started putting some on! Tongue

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10/18/07 9:43am - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Flanders, NJ - USA

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I don't store my Vette for the winter, it's in the garage but I use it in the winter if the weather is good & there's no salt on the roads. The cold won't hurt it.

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10/18/07 12:33pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Rockland, MA - USA

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With a heated garage I'd be working on my off season to do list.
 
Your car should do very well over the winter. Clean it up, wax, oil change maybe, disconnect battery add a trickle charge and you could boost the pressure in the tires. I don't have heat in my garage and that's about all I do.
 
I also get it out every few weeks and drive it for 30 - 45 minutes, depending on how the roads are. I find it's just better to drive them when you can - get 'em up to temp and run through the gears, brakes - etc.
 
Now get that list ready and enjoy that heated garage!
 


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11/6/07 9:29pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Dutchess County, NY - USA

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White '79 Corvette. It's a driver.

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Depressing as it may be, I'm considering the new info r.e. winter storeage.
Lots of good ideas there!
Mine sits in an unheated detached garage under a cover.
I'm with Willis 76 on driving it a bit when weather permits.
I try to run it (on a dry day) for around 20 minutes once every ten days or so. And when the roads are dry I take it out for a short ride.
Question; Is it better for the motor to run it "under load" every now and then or will just letting it idle in the driveway accomplish the same thing?


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11/6/07 10:38pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Greensburg, IN - USA

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Previous: 1984 Silver / Charcoal Coupe, 1988 Maroon Coupe / 1989 Artic White / Mod. Red Int. Coupe, Present:1976 Stingray Black / Black, Auto, 350 slightly modified (355 hp) Luxor Wires Redline Tires. / 2001 Speedway White Vert, Torch Red Int, LS1, Auto.

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Mine sits for probably 4 months under wraps. I don't think I have ever just gotten them out for a lil ride in the winter. (The Indy weather isn't that great!) Unless I have been working on them they just sit. I do use a trickle charger or I pull the battery. (I've done both)

For no longer than this time period 4 months they will be fine. At least in the last 20 years I have never had any ill experiences from this type storage.

I do take some storage precautions as are outlined in the links above. Heck I probally added my .02 in some of them I didn't look. I didn't have to cause I know my bro's & sistas here on this forum wouldn't leed ya a stray!
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11/9/07 10:55pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Thanks Tux.
I'll add a trickle charger this winter.
(Sometimes in the winter I just have to go out and check it over. It's like cabin fever, but worse.) 


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11/9/07 11:12pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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[QUOTE=KDADDY79] Thanks Tux.
I'll add a trickle charger this winter.

(Sometimes in the winter I just have to go out and check it over. It's like cabin fever, but worse.) 
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Trust me I do know.... I am very PASSIONATE about the vettes in the garage. Heck sometimes I can be found in the winter just sittin in the garage readin. (With an ocassional look of admiration towards the vettes.....





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11/11/07 6:40pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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You mean I'm not the only one who does that???

I feel better already.Big%20smile


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11/12/07 12:01am - Reply: 'winter storage'
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I cover mine just to keep the dust off. I leave the windows down to let everything breathe.
In a heated garage you shouldn't have a problem with condensation, but keep an eye open on the metal parts like the frame.
You might consider putting plastic under the frame to keep moisture out and catch any drips.
Differing views on tire pressure, but I just keep mine at 32.
Make sure you don't have any mice in the garage. They like to hibernate in the craziest places.


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11/12/07 9:12pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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1975 C3 Red, T-Tops, Black Interior. All I need is time and money! Getting there!

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Just sit inside, and wait for the snow to stop and the roads to clear.
 
THEN DRIVE IT!  Wacko
 
Actually, several parts of the advice in the links is quite good.


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11/12/07 9:38pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Irving, TX - USA

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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

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[QUOTE=Tuxblacray]
Trust me I do know.... I am very PASSIONATE about the vettes in the garage. Heck sometimes I can be found in the winter just sittin in the garage readin. (With an ocassional look of admiration towards the vettes.....



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11/12/07 10:13pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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and to that all I can say is thank you Micki..... lol

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11/16/07 12:15pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Mason, MI - USA

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1982 Charcoal Coupe, 1993 Bright Aqua Metallic Coupe, 2004 LeMans Blue Commemorative Edition Coupe

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Tons of good advice here. Here's mine. I have three I keep in an attached, unheated garage. I always change oil and filter after the final warmup run to the gas station where I put in Stabil and top off the tanks. Full tanks don't allow room for condensation formation. I keep the tires at the highest recommended pressure, and move the cars forward and back over the winter every month or so keeping the tires on a different spot each time. Helps avoid flat spotting, which isn't a big concern with the newer tires, but still a concern. Wash and wax and cover with a light and breathable dust cover, leaving the windows open an inch or so. I leave the batteries in and hooked up, but each car has it's own battery tender which turns on and off as needed. Every few weeks I get in and push the brake pedal a few times, hard enough to flex the seals in the calipers. This prevents them from pulling back and leaking. I put one mothball in each tailpipe and cover each with a washcloth and rubber band - for mice. I also put a few mothballs in a mesh bag, and put a few bags around the engine compartment. I put a couple smelly dryer sheets on the floor inside. I don't start them unless I can drive them for at least a half hour, and that is seldom because even dry roads in the winter have salt dust on them - and it gets everywhere in the frame. That's about it except for saying goodnight to each every night, and wishing for an early spring. I have never had a storage problem using these methods for November - March storage. Four months is about normal for most northern states. Good luck!

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11/16/07 1:39pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Now 'ya see(???), there's one more thing I never thought of; put the mothballs in a mesh bag.
I'll go out to the garage and collect up all those motthballs and put them in a few mesh bags. BRILLIANT, I tell you.
Thanks for the input!


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11/16/07 8:28pm - Reply: 'winter storage'
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Oh yeah. I just remembered. If you don't have a mesh bag, just cut up some of your wife's or girlfriend's pantyhose into squares, drop a few balls into them, and tie them off. Or old socks, or whatever.  Yeah, I see what I just wrote...........don't go thereRolling%20On%20The%20Floor%20Laughing

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11/18/07 10:34am - Reply: 'winter storage'
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And remember yoosguys.......
 
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