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winter storage

Post by danta » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:03 am

What do you use in cylinders to protect from rust during winter? I live in a verry cold and humid environnement and no heated garage.
Thany you for your help.

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Re: winter storage

Post by Newold1 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:15 am

Describe the engine as type and model age will have a lot to do with how you should winterize. Gas, diesel,Carbed, EFI, etc.?

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Re: winter storage

Post by redliner » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:38 am

danta wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:03 am
What do you use in cylinders to protect from rust during winter? I live in a verry cold and humid environnement and no heated garage.
Thany you for your help.
Same question but I keep my garage heated to at least 50 degrees. I have a gas carburated alumn. headed cast iron block 630 hp sbc. I live in northern Illinois.

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Re: winter storage

Post by danta » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:50 am

421 sbc dart block afr heads i used to stored it without nothing in cylinders but with new oil and filter and without gaz for a period of approx 4 months but i didnt used the car last summer ,and i want to soak it maybe with atf or equivalent .what do you suggest?

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Re: winter storage

Post by mag2555 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:52 am

The only real right way to do is to get the motor warm and then back off on the adjustment of all the valves to seal off the cylinders.
Very light rust on the cylinders will not cut into power anywhere near as much as rust pitted valve seats!

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Re: winter storage

Post by Truckedup » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:03 am

For many years I had several summer only vehicles..For the winter I just parked them in an unheated garage...About every 6 weeks I would crank over the engines a few times, but not start it...And charge the battery...
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Re: winter storage

Post by hondo383 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:12 pm

New oil in engine
Amsoil fogging oil or equivalent used as directed
Back off rockers
Drain carb and light fogging oil in bowls leave off car in ziploc bag
Tape intake and plate
Drain fuel system completely esp if pump gas/alcohol
Battery on tender if 12v or bring indoors
Desiccant bag in interior
Car on stands under framing suspension hanging
Close garage
Get out sleds and braaaap lol

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Re: winter storage

Post by Newold1 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:27 pm

A bit of work, but definitely the right way to do it -hondo383 has got it right!

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Re: winter storage

Post by danta » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:35 pm

hondo383 wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:12 pm
New oil in engine
Amsoil fogging oil or equivalent used as directed
Back off rockers
Drain carb and light fogging oil in bowls leave off car in ziploc bag
Tape intake and plate
Drain fuel system completely esp if pump gas/alcohol
Battery on tender if 12v or bring indoors
Desiccant bag in interior
Car on stands under framing suspension hanging
Close garage
Get out sleds and braaaap lol
all of those plus mice poison
thank you for advise.

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Re: winter storage

Post by BOOT » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:44 pm

Decon, moth balls under and peppermint oil on cotton balls in open plastic bags inside.
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Re: winter storage

Post by cjperformance » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:10 pm

hondo383 wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:12 pm
New oil in engine
Amsoil fogging oil or equivalent used as directed
Back off rockers
Drain carb and light fogging oil in bowls leave off car in ziploc bag
Tape intake and plate
Drain fuel system completely esp if pump gas/alcohol
Battery on tender if 12v or bring indoors
Desiccant bag in interior
Car on stands under framing suspension hanging
Close garage
Get out sleds and braaaap lol
Very thorough, good stuff.
I'll add , check corrosion inhibitor is up to soec as well as antifreeze!
I'll question the suspension hanging,, with bonded rubber suspension bushes which should be at no tension/twist at normal ride height letting them hang is not great. In this case i would suggest support the vehicle on an appropriate part of the suspension so ride height is maintained but load is not on tyres. With a non bonded bushings- let it hang!
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Re: winter storage

Post by 77cruiser » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:04 pm

BOOT wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:44 pm
Decon, moth balls under and peppermint oil on cotton balls in open plastic bags inside.
Does it work to keep em out?
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Re: winter storage

Post by danta » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:38 am

Moth balls will leave odors in car .I use Ratol (or Ratnip spreaded on soda biscuits) in small pouches that i put in small bowls in the car and engine compartement and never had damages in 35 years.

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Re: winter storage

Post by BigBlocksOnTop2 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:51 am

Jam tennis balls in exhaust pipes to seal up.

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Re: winter storage

Post by BigBlocksOnTop2 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:53 am

danta wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:38 am
Moth balls will leave odors in car .I use Ratol (or Ratnip spreaded on soda biscuits) in small pouches that i put in small bowls in the car and engine compartement and never had damages in 35 years.
I think traps are better. If those mice have taken occupancy in your car they will die in your car. I had one, in all the places, in the trunk lid...69 Mach 1. It stank for months!

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