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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 19, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Storage unit tips?

Iím planning to park the Chevelle in a storage unit this winter. It had been in my attached garage since I bought it 2 years ago, but I promised my wife she could have her spot in the garage back this year. (Sigh)

Any tips, tricks, recommendations? Will a car cover trap moisture inside the car? Is a specific kind of car cover better in storage than another? Is there anything good to keep moisture low?

Iím planning to fill the tank, add Stabil, etc.
( there wonít be any power in the unit)

I still will try to drive it on nice days, too.

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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 19, 9:39 AM
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My .02. No cover. Let it breathe. Possibly add something to the interior to ward off pests.

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post #3 of 42 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 19, 10:50 AM
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Think Ed hit on two of the biggest concerns. Mice and moisture. Around here we have a huge underground storage facility that is great for classics also affordable. Got anything like this? You could always trailer it over to PA for the winter.

http://wampumunderground.com
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post #5 of 42 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 19, 11:22 AM
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Full tank of gas with stabil, but that goes without saying. Other than that all I really do to mine is put the cover on and bring the battery inside. No messing around with a trickle charger, and it fires right up for me every spring.

I do roll the windows down a little before I put the cover on just to make sure moisture/humidity doesn't get trapped in the interior. And the elastic around the bottom of the cover slips under the tail pipes, otherwise if it didn't I'd probably put an old pair of socks or something over the tailpipes to help keep bugs and critters out of there.
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post #6 of 42 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 19, 11:54 AM
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All good advice but I'd seek a full tank of the "no ethanol" fuel. This stuff does not attract moisture. Much better for long term storage and is worth every penny of the extra 70 cents a gallon you pay for it.

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One of these on the coat hook in the back seat couldn't hurt.

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post #8 of 42 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 19, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Think Ed hit on two of the biggest concerns. Mice and moisture. Around here we have a huge underground storage facility that is great for classics also affordable. Got anything like this? You could always trailer it over to PA for the winter.

http://wampumunderground.com
Nothing even close to this around here. For someone who doesnít own a pole barn, multi car garage, etc, Itís either a high end car condo or a storage unit.

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post #9 of 42 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 19, 9:53 AM
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All great suggestions so far.

One trick I learned was to pickup a bag of dried cows blood from my local Country Max. It is normally used as a fertilizer for gardens, so it pretty cheap. Itís comes in a dry odorless (unless you stick your nose in it) granular form (not the wet granular version, which is stinky). Put a small amount into several open containers (like the plastic tops off of used spray paint) and place them inside the car Ė in the engine compartment Ė in the trunk Ė under the car Ė and so on. The stuff gives off an presence that humans donít smell, but small mammals like mice and rats stay away from.
I have had to store cars before in places that were candidates for mice (barn), but I never, never had evidence of mice in these cars. Was it because of this dried cows blood? I donít know for sure, but I believe it was because of this trick. Itís cheap to do, so I did it. In the spring; just empty the plastic containers into the garden. No smell, NBD.

I HATE smelling classic cars that use moth balls, especially when a trick like this has zero odors.

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You better put a tracker on it... Criminals are always looking to see where their next target will be... This tracker gives you real time movement..... It's the best money you'll spend...




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You better put a tracker on it... Criminals are always looking to see where their next target will be... This tracker gives you real time movement..... It's the best money you'll spend...





That’s cool but it says the battery only lasts 1-2 weeks?

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I put dryer sheets all over my storage units. except for where I accidentally left an open bag of malted barley I didn't have any pest issues.
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Thatís cool but it says the battery only lasts 1-2 weeks?
If you have it set to notify you every 30 seconds it will last about 2 weeks... If you set it for the recommended 10 minutes it'll last for about a month... It's good to charge it every 3 weeks... I'm ok with it..
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post #14 of 42 (permalink) Old Nov 13th, 19, 12:14 AM
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Re: Storage unit tips?

I have to keep mine in the driveway with a breathable cover and a Battery Tender (no garage); I've read to use either dryer sheets or mothballs for the rodent thing. I'd rather use the dryer sheets because I plan to drive the car occasionally (when there isn't salt on the roads) to keep it in shape. Some swear by the sheets while some say it's a myth. Besides Joe, has anyone else had good luck with the dryer sheets? I'd rather not have to deal with trying to remove the mothballs smell. Squirrels can be a problem also.
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Squirrels can be a problem also.
Another reason to try the granular dried cows blood.
I know this sounds gross, but it really is not, and SO simple to do! Zero odors to you and me.

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