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It's that time of year to put the old lady to bed.

As always I put the car up in the air on axle stands, suspension settles nicely & tyres don't need turning.

Also I can run the car & in gear so lots of moving parts are, er moving...

Bumbers are oiled up & a general grease round where it might need it.

Fitted cover then a large dust sheet finish the job, battery is in the house having a charge & recondition.

What do you folks do if you store yours?

 

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I have SORN’d my Manta end October, washed and polished all glass and panels including complete underside and inner wheel arches and wings, hovered interior, boot and engine bay. CTek trickle charger/conditioner on, de humidifier’s inside and in the boot, soft shell car cover fitted.

I will periodically take the cover off and look over her during the winter months and apply some more polish.

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All the same as above, but I'v got an electrical dehumidifier in my garage. Works as an airco or refridgerator... Has got a tube that goes outside to let the condens water out. I fill up the feul-tank so no condens can mix with the ethanol. Open the quarter windows and the boot so the inside of the sills are ventilated. The "400" stands on a cleaning bridge/lift that is blocked and secured to be sure the car is safe against theft. I remember when I was overseas to someones else his stupid civil war I instructed my wife (She is great) to turn the wheels to keep the oil-seals healthy. She did this as I asked... Love her!

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Anyone use silica packets inside their car, the stuff you get in trainers. Usually sit it on a plastic coffee container lid, on centre consol. 

Learned, tyres perish with uv, it is better to cover and deflate. Or store in the dark!

Batterys drain like a lead balloon if sat on concrete or cold surface, store mine in a wooden insulated box, at room temp.

Never put a car away wet or damp, if washing, let it dry for a day and take it for a spin, to air dry it. 

Once seen a escort cosworth that was stored in a dehumidifier tent suffer from dry rubber rot, everything made of rubber, perished. Disaster. There was no other explaination. Was this a ford problem or machine problem?

Anyone do anything special with manta headlights, remove rear plastic, rubber covers? 

 

 

 

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I intentionally ran my petrol low as I knew the end of season was near and didn’t want a full tank of petrol to be left over winter. Is there anything I should be doing with the remaining petrol to stop corrosion/ moisture / stale fuel etc?

should I periodically run the engine up to temperature?

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How I wish I had electric in my garage to run a heater or dehumidifier.

I do put a few of those little plastic pots in from the Pound shop, they collect a lot of moisture & definitely help.

I will run the engine for 20 minutes or so every week at least, so don't worry about fuel & open up the garage to "air out".

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Personally and due to having a few cars they all get run all year round all weathers including winter .then in the summer months they all get a good pressure wash underneath and any repairs dealt with accordingly. I used to park the cavs up over winter for around 6 months but never saw any benefits only disadvantages.brake discs become pitted,interior bits go furry etc so now just use them all the time.between them they get around 1000 mile each on them.

worst you can do though is to lay them up with the suspension extended or even worse starting them up for a few minutes every week !

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Old boy once told me to scatter a few straw bales on the floor of shed, garage to draw in moisture! Takes barn find to the extreme, make me feel that ive found one every week! Couldnt deal with straw, too messy, 

I do air the garage out during the winter, the bbc forecast has humity levels, showing when its low, you would imagine sunny, sometimes not! 

 

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