When we are storing cars at our storage facility in the winter there are certain precautions that we take too insure that the cars are well protected. Here are some of the guidelines to follow:
The interior of a car is very attractive to those little gray fellows looking for a place for a long winter's nap. Vacuum the interior and spray it with a moth repellent. We use plastic pill bottles drilled full of holes and filled with moth balls. Lift both front and back seats and toss two bottles under each seat. Just to be on the safe side leave some bait traps on the floor of the storage area.
Next drain the radiator and fill with a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water then run the engine to make sure it is well mixed and will give uniform coverage in the radiator and engine block. Leave the mixture in the engine during storage to prevent rust from forming inside the engine block.
Fuel tends to get gummy and loose some of its kick when left for long periods of time. Shut the fuel valve off under the tank and drain all of the gas out of the fuel lines and carburetor. Add gas stabilizer to the gas in the tank which can be bought at your local auto parts store then top off the tank so it is full. This will prevent water from forming in the tank causing more rust to appear than is already in there (all model a’s have some rust in the tank).
Remove the battery and store it in a warm place but not on the bare concrete floor. Make sure the cells in the battery are full of water (up to the ring inside the opening) do not over fill. Clean the exterior of the battery and the electrical post with water and baking soda to neutralize any acid residue. Once a month check the batteries charge and charge if necessary.
Put the car up on four jack stands to take the weight off the tires and springs. Make sure the car is in neutral and the brakes are released. And last, give the car a good grease job and an oil change to reduce the possibility of moisture and electrolysis from invading the working parts of the car.
Model A Garage Inc.