Master Guide to Winterizing Classic Cars

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Day 1

Preparing Your Car for Winter Storage

Day 2

How to Keep Mice Out of Your Car

Day 3

Proper Battery Charging

Day 4

Battery Disconnect

Day 5

Classic Cars and Modern Fluids

Day 6

Yearly Brake System Maintenance

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8 Responses to “Master Guide to Winterizing Classic Cars”

  1. Andrew

    Need a 71 chevy k20 wiring diagram in color and where they go updating to none glass fuse box and new wires but new harness didn’t come with diagram ceossover

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  2. Geary

    What do you recommend to protect the vehicle paint? Tire dressing? Lifting the vehicle off the ground? Cleaning under the car? Preserving the interior? What is your opinion about having the vehicle covered while stored in building?

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      Let’s start with the last first…. Covering your vehicle inside of a building.
      My answer would depend on the building, as rodents are notorious for seeking out dark or hidden areas to live… Summer or winter.
      Having your car covered in a building with rodent issues makes the perfect invitation for their next home.
      Many people who store their cars in buildings where rodents may be an issue, do not cover them and often leave the sunvisors down and the hood open.
      Leaving the sunvisors down is always a great idea when storing your car any time of the year, mice like to sit atop them and chew an entry hole into the headliner.
      Of course the right idea is to eliminate the mice before they get close to your car and have a storage building without rodent issues, in which case car covers can help protect the paint.

      The best products for paint, tires, and preserving the interior and the fuel for debate among most car enthusiasts.
      What I use: A good quality wax to protect the paint, Clean the tires well, give the chrome a coat of chrome polish, and thoroughly clean the interior and use a leather vinyl protectant.
      If you have newer radial tires, I wouldn’t bother jacking the car off the ground as radials will not flat spot during short term storage, although if you are winter storing it’s a good idea to park on top of a sheet of plastic or one of those blue plastic tarps, as moisture from underneath can rust the underside of your car.
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  3. Kirk

    Thank you, Mark ,for those tips ! If you could only put that in a printable form as a check list ?

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