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8 Tips to Store Classic Car and Make it Last Longer

You love your classic car and want to preserve it forever. Storing Classic Cars is difficult also lying dormant is dangerous for it. It will result in countless damages. Here is how you can keep it happier and healthier for life:

1. Detail the Car Well

Doing it at least once in a year is crucial. So start off with washing the dirt and other elements from the bottom and top of your car. You need to reach various corners get under the car and scrub well. Wax the car down. Avoid buffing off chromed surfaces as you can do it after removing it from storage. Next, it is time to lubricate its rubber parts. Do not ignore cleaning the upholstery. The last step is to vacuum the seats and interiors.

2. Drain Fluids

This is very important step in storing classic cars. This you should do it while the car is still warm. Once it is heated and still circulating, the oil effectively picks up and disperse contaminants. Make sure you wear a glove to protect yourself from oil burns.

3. Grease the Joints

Put fresh grease into your universal joints (don’t all our joints hurt if we stop exercising them?) This only applies if your car has lube fittings. Put clean grease on all of the steering and suspension fittings and pack the front wheel bearings. This does wonders in storing classic cars.

4. Protect the Brake

Deterioration of the brake can be prevented by draining the entire system of old fluids. Thereafter, you need to fill it with new ones. When you plan storage of classic car for long term such as more than six months, it is important to drain the entire fuel tank. Once you have drained the tank, start the car and run the gas left. Do not leave the old gas as it may clog valves and carburetors. In case, the car will be stored only for a short period of time, add a can of gas stabilizer.

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5. Final Things to Do

At last, roll down the car windows and allow air to circulate. Try opening a few boxes of baking soda and place them at different places inside the car. This will absorb moisture. Place a plastic bag on the carburetor to help dry up the moisture. Stuff the tailpipe with rag. This will keep critters away. All convertibles should be stored with the top up as these tend to shrink when left downwards for longer periods of time.

6. Allow it to Sleep

It really helps to tuck your classic vehicle in and allow it to enjoy a winter nap. Use a car cover made of cotton flannel. This will allow your car to breathe well and facilitate circulation of air. It is also very gentle on car paint. Using polyester fabric or cotton is harsh and traps heat. Also plastic films will not allow breathing. Hence, these materials should be avoided as far as possible.

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7. Don’t Encourage Inactivity

Remember inactivity can prove harmful for your car. It is equivalent to the death of a vehicle. Any car that lies dormant for a long time can result in serious damages such as deteriorating engine parts, rotting of rubber, mildew attack on the interiors, rusting of exteriors, cracking fiberglass, short circuit wiring, pitting chrome, batteries failing, freezing of brakes, paint bubbling etc. It is sad but true that most car collectors are shocked to see that their dream car in the store has turned into a nightmare. So make sure your vehicle is active.

8. Insurance

Check out if your insurance plan covers the classic throughout the storage period. Classic cars are eligible for a Collector’s Policy if it is around 15 years old and driven under 2,500 miles per year. The policy will let you save a significant amount of money.

Takeaways – 

Storing Classic cars can be difficult if you’re not aware about above mentioned points. But is is not that difficult too if you keep small things in check. Learn more about classic car maintenance from auto news in Hindi online. These news sites will also offer you the latest news on the car industry and newest inventions.

Happy Driving!