How To Store An Antique Car
Storing an antique car properly preserves it's value and beauty.
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An antique car can not only be a source of great personal pride but also an extremely valuable possession, and to properly store an antique car can assure that the car is cared for in an appropriate manner to eliminate unnecessary damage. Allowing an antique car to be stored without taking special precautions will result in a bevy of unpleasant surprises for a car owner when the time arrives to use the car again, as mechanical components freeze, rust mounts, rubber parts crack and mildew can infest the car's interior. To store an antique car adequately usually takes about a day of the car owner's time, but can ensure that the car lasts in good condition for many years to come.
The first step to store an antique car is to clean the car inside and out thoroughly to remove any dirt that may be present. Wax the exterior of the antique car using a quality wax product, and protect the car's interior carpeting and upholstery using a suitable protective product. After completing this leave the car's windows rolled down to allow for air circulation and place several boxes of baking soda throughout the car's interior to absorb moisture - don't forget to place a few in the car's trunk as well.
From a purely mechanical perspective, to store an antique car requires several hours of diligent labor to protect the car's moving parts. The antique car's motor oil and brake system will need to be drained completely and refilled with fresh fluids. The fuel tank on an antique car should be drained prior to storage, and then allow the car's motor to run to use up the gas remaining in the gas line. The car's cooling system needs to be drained and left empty over the storage period, and the car's carburetor should be covered to prevent moisture from entering. Remove the car's battery and store it in a place that is above the floor level to prevent damage. Under the hood, to store an antique car should include applying a rubber protective product to hoses. Lastly, to store an antique car properly requires that the car's clutch be left depressed to avoid locking which can be easily accomplished by wedging a padded wooden board between the car seat and the clutch pedal.
The final step to store an antique car is to place a car cover over the vehicle. Try to avoid plastic covers that can trap moisture and opt for fabrics that can breathe such as cotton.