Car Storage

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 97svt#799, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. 97svt#799

    97svt#799 New Member

    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2014
    Location:
    Iowa
    Not sure how many of you store your cars for the winter, mine will be hibernating here in the next few weeks. I've been reading online about parking the car on plastic sheeting on garage floors that tend to draw moisture. It is supposed to keep moisture from getting to the underside of to car. Has anyone else heard of this? I'm thinking about trying it since I have access to sheeting from work.
     
  2. 1bad95

    1bad95 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,484
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    May 6, 2009
    mine will also be parked in a few weeks. gonna be up on jackstands in the garage. Never heard of the plastic sheeting before.
     
  3. Orange 94

    Orange 94 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

    Messages:
    10,855
    Likes Received:
    387
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2012
    Location:
    Alberta Canada
    Does your garage really have that much moisture?

    I've never done that. I don't even cover my car. It gets fuel stabilizer and and started every 2 - 4 weeks.
     
  4. Burninriverdiver

    Burninriverdiver Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,736
    Likes Received:
    190
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Location:
    Akron OH
    I see no drawbacks trying out the plastic sheet, especially if you have access to the plastic at work. I'd try it too if I was you. On a side note this thread depresses me thinking about the long crappy winter and watching the holes in my truck bed get bigger each week lol
     
  5. 03DSGGT

    03DSGGT SN95 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    723
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2011
    Location:
    Akron, Ohio
    I park my Mustang on plastic sheeting and 3/4" plywood. Both are great at blocking/sucking up the moisture. I learned that trick a few years ago when the bottom of my '68 Charger would be totally wet from condensation during the winter. Ever since then Ive parked the Charger and the Mustang on plastic and wood and they have been bone dry ever since...
     
  6. whiplash473

    whiplash473 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

    Messages:
    12,251
    Likes Received:
    1,205
    Joined:
    May 12, 2012
    Location:
    Northern IL
    Depends on how much of a show-car you have. Even with all of the work I've put into mine I simply let it sit in the garage. Someone who has gone what I like to call "stupid custom" with chrome everything under the car then yeah, then this is a good idea. For the regular guy without a $100k show-car with 12k miles on it... don't worry about it.

    I back it into the garage, pull the ebrake, disconnect the negative battery cable, and it sits for the winter with a full tank of gas mixed with StaBil.
     
  7. Orange 94

    Orange 94 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

    Messages:
    10,855
    Likes Received:
    387
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2012
    Location:
    Alberta Canada
    Do you guys really have that much moisture in the winter? I guess we have plenty of the white stuff, but very low humidity.

    Also, why do people park their car with a full tank? to get the mixture correct?
    I usually leave <1/8th in my car. This year I did a bit more because it pissed me off so I parked it. I usually guestimate the stabilizer. I dunno, I would like to run as little of the "garbage" gas as possible and get fresh stuff in there asap.
     
  8. kb1982

    kb1982 Active Member

    Messages:
    591
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2013
    Location:
    Kentucky
    Full tank of gas means less air in the tank, and moisture and air cause rust. With the right amount of Stabil in the tank, a full tank of gas will be pretty good a year later. For that tank you will get less fuel milage though. After a year of my motorcycles been parked while deployed, theyran just as good as when I left them, but I did get about 25 less miles on that tank.
     
  9. 97svt#799

    97svt#799 New Member

    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2014
    Location:
    Iowa
    The barn my car is going in has 3 other cars in it and the floor gets very wet on warmer winter days.
     
  10. whiplash473

    whiplash473 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

    Messages:
    12,251
    Likes Received:
    1,205
    Joined:
    May 12, 2012
    Location:
    Northern IL
    I don't even let my tank get that low when I drive it, definitely not for storage.
     
  11. Musturd

    Musturd Legend

    Messages:
    9,111
    Likes Received:
    598
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    I've used filter cloth before but my ship is heated so my cars safe
     
  12. duff daddy

    duff daddy Legend

    Messages:
    8,228
    Likes Received:
    14
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Location:
    Boston
    67 mustang in here

    [​IMG][/IMG]


    Race car in here [heated]
    [​IMG]
     
  13. torch318

    torch318 Active Member

    Messages:
    332
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2014
    [​IMG]

    Have you guys ever seen these or know someone who uses one?
     
  14. DeepList

    DeepList Administrator Admin SN95 Supporter

    Messages:
    9,693
    Likes Received:
    321
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Location:
    Auburn, IN
    I always thought it was best to park the car with the least amount of fuel possible in the tank, mixed with some stabilizer (starting it periodically through the winter) and then fill it with fresh gas in the spring... at least that's what I've been doing this whole time.
     
  15. duff daddy

    duff daddy Legend

    Messages:
    8,228
    Likes Received:
    14
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Location:
    Boston

    OLD DAYS YES!!!


    Now with ethanol and if the car isnt in heated storage you can get some nasty results. In small engines ie mowers/blowers/bikes ect Id suggest you use VP Small engine Ethanol Free fuel. You can also use this for your car but at 8:00/gallon it tens to get pricey.
     
  16. toto88

    toto88 New Member

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2014
    I back it into the garage, pull the ebrake, disconnect the negative battery cable, and it sits for the winter with a full tank of gas mixed with StaBil.
     
  17. g36 monkey

    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

    Messages:
    14,057
    Likes Received:
    539
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Location:
    Orlando, Fl
    Yea if you read the sta-bil bottle it says "park the car with a full tank to avoid moisture build up"

    I'll be storing my car, but not because winter, or whatever you guys are talking about. Because racecar lol
     
  18. SCHNAKE

    SCHNAKE Member

    Messages:
    136
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2013
    Location:
    COLORADO
    Sta Bil has a new product called 360. It protects above and below the fuel line so you don't need a full tank. I just put some in with only a quarter tank of gas. spent 2 hours detailing and put the car cover on. See you in the spring buddy:( I hate winter.
     
  19. GRAFIX

    GRAFIX New Member

    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2014
    Location:
    Oak Lawn, IL
    Just stored mine. Tarp on floor. Wheels on wood planks. Added Stabil and filled tank. Diehard battery maintainer hooked up. Baking soda box inside and a few dryer sheets inside. Car cover. Oil changed.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. 97svt#799

    97svt#799 New Member

    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2014
    Location:
    Iowa
    Filled the toy box up today, always kinda a depressing day. Nighty night.[​IMG][/URL][/IMG]