Classic Car Care - Storage

20 June, 2013

Classic cars don’t just need care when out and about; storing them for the long term in the proper way is also important to make sure they come out of the other side in pristine condition, ready to hit the road once again. Here are some of the main things to consider if you are giving your classic car a break:

Get it clean!

Clean away all of the grime and dirt with a good waxing before covering up. Give the inside a total clean as well, and make sure that no foodstuffs are left behind to tempt any animals or insects. Get some fresh grease into all of the fittings and change the oil to prevent any corrosion over the winter months. Any dirt or grime that is left may become more difficult to remove after a long period of time, so get as much of it as possible before closing up.

Tires and batteries

If you leave the tires of your classic car fully inflated, the rubber will eventually become damaged if they have the vehicle’s full weight on them for a prolonged period of time. You can either decide to remove the wheels completely or balance your car on axel strands to let some air out. For your battery, never put a vehicle into storage with it connected but use a trickle or float charger to make sure that when you want to hit the road again you aren’t left with a flat battery.

Final Steps

Your next step should be to remove the sparkplugs of your classic car to help you prevent moisture getting trapped and causing corrosion or rusting. When thinking about covering up the entire vehicle, you need to use something made of soft materials to make sure that small particles do not rub against the paintwork and leave scratches. Cotton flannel fabrics are a good option for this as they allow air to circulate better; try to avoid polyester fabrics as they have bad fluid resistance and easily trap heat and moisture.

And that should be it! Roll down your windows to allow air circulation, leave some boxes of baking soda inside to absorb moisture and stuff an old rag up the tailpipe to prevent any unwelcome animal guests.  From here, it’s just a matter of waiting until the time is right to pull of the cover and get out on the road again. For more information on classic car care, check out our guide on how to wash your classic car in an upcoming post.