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If you are storing your classic car for a long time, then you should take special care to keep vital organs, and secure its future functioning. Your classic car is a little treasure, so every care will certainly be few, to make sure it will have many good years of life. Here are some tips to help.

Leave the fuel tank full … Or empty

Maintain a full tank will decrease the amount of water that gasoline can absorb. At the same time, it will decrease the rate at which gasoline evaporates and turns into varnish. Use of a stabilizing additive for gasoline will also help. If the period of non-functioning of the car exceeds six months, you should completely drain the fuel tank. After having done it, start the engine to drain the remaining fuel in the pipes. Old and deteriorated gasoline may cause clogging carburetors and stuck valves.

Change the engine oil

Used motor oil is generally highly contaminated, especially with water and acids that can lead to rusting inside the engine, as well as cause damage to the bearings. Change the spark plugs and lubricate the piston heads Why? Thus, it will prevent rust in the piston rings, and helps to start the engine back to work again, besides the advantages of performance, fuel consumption and emissions that always bring new spark plugs.

Rust, always the rust

Use a lubricant spray in all areas of the engine with exposed metal. After the solvent has evaporated, there remains a thin protective layer that prevents rust to settle in.

Brakes

You should completely drain and substitute the braking fluid. This way you make sure that contaminants do not deteriorate the piping and components of the braking system and that the braking performance is always at its peak

Very cold, or not

In addition to preventing the freezing of the fluids of the cooling system of the engine, many of the modern anti-freezes contain corrosion inhibitors that will help keep up the cooling system lubricated and protected. You should completely drain the cooling system and put a mixture of water and antifreeze right for the temperatures of the zone in which you live.

Clean and washed

The interior cleaning is very important. Do not leave crumbs or food scraps no matter how insignificant they may seem. Lubricate the parts coated with leather, rubber and plastics with the proper products. Wash the outside of the car carefully. Do not forget to wash underneath the bodywork and the wheel arches. Clean the tar spots and apply a protective wax. In the case of chrome parts, do not pull the wax (only when the car will be re-used). Do not forget to lubricate the gaskets and seals. Do not store the car immediately after having it washed. Leave some time to dry and wait for the moisture to evaporate.

A last ride …

When finished, and before storing the car, enjoy the sun and ride with it. Half an hour will be enough to make sure that all fluids are well mixed and conditioned, allowing the moisture in the exhaust system to evaporate.

The last steps …

Do not park the car with the hand-brake. In alternative, you may chalk the wheels or leave it in gear. If the car gets much downtime, consider supporting it on blocks. To prevent cracking in the walls of the tires you may fill them up more than recommended. A protective wax may also help. Disconnect the battery, and preferably, remove it from the car and store it in a dry place. Cover the car with a protective cover (of fabric, not plastic). Press the clutch to the bottom and find a way to keep it there. This way, you may prevent the clutch to becoming stuck. If you can, put a plastic bag to wrap the carburetor or carburetors, to avoid moisture. Make sure the garage floor does not have too much moisture. If so, place a plastic between the floor and the car, to prevent the passage of moisture to the car. Remember, moisture is one of the great enemies of your classic car.

Besides all this, the best you can do for yourself and your car is by visiting it from time to time. Start the engine and take it for a spin. Your car will thank you, and so do you.

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