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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 19, 8:58 AM Thread Starter
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Winterization

in sept 1918 Iwinterized my 67 SS with 1/2 tank of shell 91 octain and Irish spring soap and dryer bags in the inside windows left a crack oprn and covered with a covercraft cover jan 19 I suffered a stroke and to this day I am im stroke rehab. needless to say the car didnt get used or de-winterized this summer the garage it is kept in is heated and kept at room temp, any thing else I shoul do to it for this winter???
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 19, 12:09 PM
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Re: Winterization

Man, 1918, that was 101 years ago

I would start it up and let it warm up once in a while myself.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 19, 12:35 PM
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Re: Winterization

You need to get rid of that old gas before starting it.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 19, 2:44 PM
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Re: Winterization

I always try to leave a car that's sitting long term with a full tank as it leaves much less room in the tank for the air to cause problems.The air is what contains moisture so the less air in the tank the better off it is.
In your situation if you're not ready to get it up and running again at least disable the ignition then hold the carb full open and crank the engine over so its not sitting on the same valve springs.You could also fog the engine at this time if you really want to do it right for really long term storage. If you have some young helpers then rolling it out and back into the garage will get the tires sitting on different spots too.OR you could jack it up just far enough to use some wood blocks under the frame so its not flat spotting the tires.
If you plan on running it again come this spring then maybe just back it out,start it up and let it get hot enough to burn off some of the moisture inside the engine then shut it down.
As far as the gas being too old, I have personally used over 2 year old gas with zero problems before but it depends on the gas you use too.If its good gas to begin with then you should be OK.I never even drain my lawnmower gas,I just leave it full all the way to the top of the tank (so no air inside it to cause problems)and store it in the shed. This is with my 24 year old lawn mower.
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I forgot to say if the gas is no good the smell test will tell you if its bad.But don't just unscrew the cap and smell it either drain or siphon some out into a metal* pan that will give you a good visual and a smell test on your gas's condition. (*plastic pans can melt with gas in them)
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 15th, 19, 10:08 AM
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I wouldn't let it keep you up at night. Lots and lots of old cars have sat for much longer than this. I think your worst case scenario is that the carburetor might need a deep cleaning, and maybe just replace the fuel filter while you're at it. Could your tires get flat spots? Maybe, but they're a wear item anyways and it isn't detrimental to the car if the tires need replaced in order for it to come out of hibernation. It would be a bummer if your tires were brand new and you ended up with flat spots, but it wouldn't be the end of the world.

Hopefully you're well enough by spring to get it back out on the road. When the time comes, just make a checklist and inspect everything like the brakes, fluid levels, and the condition of the tires before you start laying rubber again. It wouldn't take very much driving to burn off a half a tank of old gas and then you can start over with a fresh tank, see how it's running, and take things from there.
Sorry to hear about your stroke, hope you get better!

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 19th, 19, 8:03 PM
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Re: Winterization

Drain the Gas Tank of old Gas

Fill it backup with new Gas and some StaBil Gas Treatment

Hope you removed/unhooked the Battery before

When you go to Drive it again;
1. a check/replacement of all Rubber Hoses
2. replace Oil & Filter
3. replace Trans Fluid
4. replace Coolant
5. check Rearend Fluid Level
6. make sure Brakes are not ceased
7. check Age of Tires and Replace if needed
8. Lube all Suspension Parts and U Joints
9. check Brake Fluid Level
10. check Steering Fluid Level ................

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