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O.k., did a "winter storage" search but came up with nothing. I am putting the Viper on Saturday.

Can anyone help out as to what else I should do? This is what I planned so far.

remove battery
wash and wax and leather conditioner
cover car
place a couple of humidity bags in the car
fill car with fuel

Now the part I am uncertain about is the tires. People say to remove them. But the car is being stored in a barn along with my corvette. What if there is a fire? The car would be burned to the ground. At least with tires, someone could push it out. I thought just be lifting the suspension a little, say 2-3 inches, and placing cedar planks under the tires would suffice (to promote circulation).

What is everyone's take? Am I forgetting something?
 

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Go but a box of bounce fabric softener sheets and leave a few in the car (under the seats especially), near underhood wiring and in the trunk. Mice suck but they hate them bounce sheets small a lot better than moth balls.

Concrete floor I assume? Park it over a tarp so moisture doesn't get trapped on the bottom of the car. Put wood in front of and behind a wheel and leave the car in neutral. If you ever go to start the car let it fully warm up before shutting it off. Also get yourself a battery tender. I'd leave the wheels/tires on and just move it a couple inches every 2 weeks or so so you don't get flatspots. I stored my daytona on jackstands one year and when I drove it in the spring it had like 7 inches of cround clearance because the springs were so decompressed!

I think I have the glorious task of helping my dad winterize about 10 cars this weekend :bonk:

This time of year SUCKS!
 

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Michael , I remember those LOOOOOONG Quebec winters ..I sure don't miss them /images/graemlins/smile.gif

Good Luck !

Cheers

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Craig201MPH said:
Go but a box of bounce fabric softener sheets and leave a few in the car (under the seats especially), near underhood wiring and in the trunk. Mice suck and they hate them bounce sheets small a lot better than moth balls.

Concrete floor I assume? Park it over a tarp so moisture doesn't get trapped on the bottom of the car. Put wood in front of and behind a wheel and leave the car in neutral. If you ever go to start the car let it fully warm up before shutting it off. Also get yourself a battery tender. I'd leave the wheels/tires on and just move it a couple inches every 2 weeks or so so you don't get flatspots. I stored my daytona on jackstands one year and when I drove it in the spring it had like 7 inches of cround clearance because the springs were so decompressed!

I think I have the glorious task of helping my dad winterize about 10 cars this weekend :bonk:

This time of year SUCKS!
Craig, it will be in a barn for the entire winter (good point by the way about the tarp!) so I think I will just remove the battery.

Bounce sheets eh? Hmm, never heard of that before...makes sense though. How important is it to raise the car?
 

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Michael , I remember those LOOOOOONG Quebec winters ..I sure don't miss them /images/graemlins/smile.gif

Good Luck !

Cheers

Jeff
What, doesn't everyone like 6 months of snow? /images/graemlins/laughing.gif
 

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MHQC said:
Craig201MPH said:
Go but a box of bounce fabric softener sheets and leave a few in the car (under the seats especially), near underhood wiring and in the trunk. Mice suck and they hate them bounce sheets small a lot better than moth balls.

Concrete floor I assume? Park it over a tarp so moisture doesn't get trapped on the bottom of the car. Put wood in front of and behind a wheel and leave the car in neutral. If you ever go to start the car let it fully warm up before shutting it off. Also get yourself a battery tender. I'd leave the wheels/tires on and just move it a couple inches every 2 weeks or so so you don't get flatspots. I stored my daytona on jackstands one year and when I drove it in the spring it had like 7 inches of cround clearance because the springs were so decompressed!

I think I have the glorious task of helping my dad winterize about 10 cars this weekend :bonk:

This time of year SUCKS!
Craig, it will be in a barn for the entire winter (good point by the way about the tarp!) so I think I will just remove the battery.

Bounce sheets eh? Hmm, never heard of that before...makes sense though. How important is it to raise the car?
We never raise them but I don't see how it could hurt the car, auto parts stores sell rubber spring blocks that you can slip into the springs if you want, but I doubt foregoing them would hurt the car. Is the car far from you? how accessible is it? Because if you can't move it evey now and then those flat spots are gonna suck come springtime. Also removing the battery isn't a bad idea either. Just don't leave it on cement, though you probably know that.
 

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Damn, I really hate our winter storage procedures here.
1. Put on sunglasses
2. open garage
3. put on sunscreen
4. enjoy the SUN!!

Sorry to rub things in, but it's 100°F right now.
 

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Craig201MPH said:
MHQC said:
Craig201MPH said:
Go but a box of bounce fabric softener sheets and leave a few in the car (under the seats especially), near underhood wiring and in the trunk. Mice suck and they hate them bounce sheets small a lot better than moth balls.

Concrete floor I assume? Park it over a tarp so moisture doesn't get trapped on the bottom of the car. Put wood in front of and behind a wheel and leave the car in neutral. If you ever go to start the car let it fully warm up before shutting it off. Also get yourself a battery tender. I'd leave the wheels/tires on and just move it a couple inches every 2 weeks or so so you don't get flatspots. I stored my daytona on jackstands one year and when I drove it in the spring it had like 7 inches of cround clearance because the springs were so decompressed!

I think I have the glorious task of helping my dad winterize about 10 cars this weekend :bonk:

This time of year SUCKS!
Craig, it will be in a barn for the entire winter (good point by the way about the tarp!) so I think I will just remove the battery.

Bounce sheets eh? Hmm, never heard of that before...makes sense though. How important is it to raise the car?
We never raise them but I don't see how it could hurt the car, auto parts stores sell rubber spring blocks that you can slip into the springs if you want, but I doubt foregoing them would hurt the car. Is the car far from you? how accessible is it? Because if you can't move it evey now and then those flat spots are gonna suck come springtime. Also removing the battery isn't a bad idea either. Just don't leave it on cement, though you probably know that.
the car will be surrounded by 20 foot snowbanks, and about 30 minutes away so I won't get it or see it till the spring. Flatspots...hmmm, now you got me thinking about removing the tires.
 

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BYTUL8R said:
Damn, I really hate our winter storage procedures here.
1. Put on sunglasses
2. open garage
3. put on sunscreen
4. enjoy the SUN!!

Sorry to rub things in, but it's 100°F right now.

:rant: /images/graemlins/laughing.gif /images/graemlins/laughing.gif
 

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BYTUL8R said:
Damn, I really hate our winter storage procedures here.
1. Put on sunglasses
2. open garage
3. put on sunscreen
4. enjoy the SUN!!

Sorry to rub things in, but it's 100°F right now.
My winter storage procedures:

1. put Viper into closed transport
2. ship to SOCAL
3. take Viper out of closed transport
4. pay $$$
..........start at quoted reply! /images/graemlins/flipa.gif
 

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MHQC said:
Craig201MPH said:
MHQC said:
Craig201MPH said:
Go but a box of bounce fabric softener sheets and leave a few in the car (under the seats especially), near underhood wiring and in the trunk. Mice suck and they hate them bounce sheets small a lot better than moth balls.

Concrete floor I assume? Park it over a tarp so moisture doesn't get trapped on the bottom of the car. Put wood in front of and behind a wheel and leave the car in neutral. If you ever go to start the car let it fully warm up before shutting it off. Also get yourself a battery tender. I'd leave the wheels/tires on and just move it a couple inches every 2 weeks or so so you don't get flatspots. I stored my daytona on jackstands one year and when I drove it in the spring it had like 7 inches of cround clearance because the springs were so decompressed!

I think I have the glorious task of helping my dad winterize about 10 cars this weekend :bonk:

This time of year SUCKS!
Craig, it will be in a barn for the entire winter (good point by the way about the tarp!) so I think I will just remove the battery.

Bounce sheets eh? Hmm, never heard of that before...makes sense though. How important is it to raise the car?
We never raise them but I don't see how it could hurt the car, auto parts stores sell rubber spring blocks that you can slip into the springs if you want, but I doubt foregoing them would hurt the car. Is the car far from you? how accessible is it? Because if you can't move it evey now and then those flat spots are gonna suck come springtime. Also removing the battery isn't a bad idea either. Just don't leave it on cement, though you probably know that.
the car will be surrounded by 20 foot snowbanks, and about 30 minutes away so I won't get it or see it till the spring. Flatspots...hmmm, now you got me thinking about removing the tires.
Dang shitty deal. Yeah I'd take em off flatspots are a bitch.

Too bad you aren't near here, my dad has a friend with a climate controlled building and charges literally nothing to store there. We go there often to check up on things and make sure nothing dies.
 

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I highly recommend the following procedure for winterizing your car:

Step 1: Ship the car to me and I'll take care of it, for instance:
 

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This way your car will be well taken care of, and not require all those fancy procedures you are considering. And there is only 1 Step! You can't beat that!
 

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I remeber that storm. we got it all the way up here. How I made it home I don't know.
 

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I might also suggest putting some sort of fuel stabilizer into the fuel (like "stabil") and running the car for a while to ensure the entire fuel system is treated (be careful not to spill that stuff on the paint as it stains). Ideally, it would also be good to fog the engine with a fogging oil in order to prevent rusting inside the engine.
 
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