Bringing a Car Out of Long-Term Storage

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The simple fact is that for every gleaming classic car at your local car show or cruise night there are 10 more sitting in a garage, barn or field waiting for their time to shine again. But for many of these cars, they were never prepared for car long term storage but rather simply parked where they then remained for years. As much or more can go wrong with a car just sitting than a car that is driven regularly.

Whether you’ve parked the cars many years ago or you’ve recently purchased a classic that has been stored for many years, breathing new life into these timeless classics is a little bit more involved than simply adding fuel and bolting in a new battery. Actually trying to start your car should be the last thing on your list of items to take care of, and trying to start it prematurely may actually damage parts that would have otherwise been fine.

Join Mark Simpson as he prepares to bring this 1931 DeSoto Model SA long term car storage of over 30-years. When doing a startup after many years Mark subscribes to one simple belief: Do No Harm. Simply take all of the appropriate steps to ensure once the engine does fire up that no damage to the engine, electrical system or drivetrain occurs. To accomplish this he’ll begin with a detailed review of ALL components in the car.

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4 Responses to “Bringing a Car Out of Long-Term Storage”
  1. Tom Smart
    Tom Smart

    What a waste of time! 3:40 to say “Do no harm” with no specific tips or steps to follow to bring a car out of storage. Could have been much more useful.

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  2. Yvan Gosselin
    Yvan Gosselin

    Hi. I ‘m a new member as of today. I can’t seem to find how to login to the above advice on “Bringing a car out of long term storage “ Please help. Thank you.

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