Classic Car Storage Methods: What You Need to Know

February 28, 2020

Classic car restoration can be a difficult, costly, and time-consuming process. Oldtimer aficionados don't have a problem with this; it's all part of being a vintage car owner. What we do have a problem with is the possibility that our classic cars may become damaged through no fault of our own.

So how does this happen? By not applying the correct SoCal classic car storage methods, of course! Unfortunately, many vintage car owners think that merely parking their vehicle in a dry garage is a good way to store their classic car.

While this approach may work for modern vehicles, it just won't cut it for older automobiles. The reality is that hot rods, muscle cars, and other oldtimers need a special treatment in order to ensure they remain roadworthy after a long storage period. Read on to learn more. 

How do I properly store my vintage car?

Every vehicle suffers when it's not being used. The engine and the fuel system begin to dry out, gunk up, and oxidize, while the fuel in the tank starts to lose its igniting ability as it reaches the end of its shelf life. 

This is doubly problematic when it comes to classic cars. Not only do oldtimers suffer more and become damaged faster, they're also a lot more expensive to repair. Because of this, it's well-worth your while to research available storage options and properly prepare your vehicle for its long slumber.

Things to do before putting your classic car into storage:

  • Give your car a good cleaning. If left unchecked, dirt, grime, dead insects, and other filth can permanently damage a vehicle's paint job or upholstery. Have your car thoroughly washed before putting it into storage, and remember to apply corrosion-resistant wax

  • Buy a quality car cover. A first-rate cover protects the paint job from dust and airborne dirt, keeps it from being scratched by animals, and doesn't let the moisture in. That being said, covers differ depending on whether they're designed for outdoor or indoor storage, so make sure to get a cover that fits your chosen storage method.

  • Replace the fluids. Even if the fluids in your classic car are at reasonable levels, it's still a good idea to change the antifreeze, engine oil, brake fluid, and power steering. The last thing you want is for some contaminated oils to cause lasting damage to your oldtimer's internals.

  • Top off the gas. A full gas tank dramatically reduces the amount of water the gasoline can absorb. This greatly lessens the possibility of the fuel turning into varnish and inflicting serious damage to the engine and the fuel systems. It goes without saying that you should also treat the gas with a tried-and-true fuel stabilizer

  • Choosing a quality storage facility. Most Americans don't have a garage equipped with humidity and temperature controls, or they need the garage space for other vehicles. If this is your situation, consider using a classic car storage facility. 

Where can I find the most reliable SoCal classic car storage?

There comes a time when muscle car owners need to take their last Old Towne joyride of the year and store  their cherished oldtimers for the winter. But what if you don't have a temperature-controlled garage to put your vehicle in?

At Chimera Motors, we say: no problem! Our classic car storage facility offers both outdoor and indoor storage options, and is widely considered to be the finest facility of its type in SoCal. What's more, we also provide first-in-class classic car restoration and painting services. Call us today.

 

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