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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 10, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Winter storage additive question

Hello all,

I hope this post is in the right place.
I need to know if there is anything I should or need to do to my 68 Camaro's engine/transmission when I store it this winter.
It will be here in frigid Wisconsin on Thursday, so I am curious if there is anything I need to add to the engine, gas, tranny, or anything else to keep them all safe over the winter months when I will not be driving it.
Also, is there some regular things I need to do over the winter months will its in the garage, like start her up every once in awhile, or let the engine idle for a bit?
Thanks for all the help.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 10, 08:44 AM
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Re: Winter storage additive question

youll get a lot of mixd responses.. but if you plan on bringing her back out in Spring. Gas wont go bad from now until spring. Disconnect battery if you do have a clock or anything that pulls power from the Bat. Is garage heated? if no, then Check coolant to see if it is still good. If you do start her up, make sure to bring it up to operating temperature. Turning it on and off is not good, theres not enough temp. to burn off the moisture built up after startup; which leaves moisture sitting in exhaust system and leads to quicker rust build up in exhaust system

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 10, 09:10 AM
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Re: Winter storage additive question

I always toss in half a can of Sea Foam or Stab-il in the gas tank with a full tank of gas, then run it for 30 minutes to get it pulled into the carb. This keeps moisture from condensing with the temperature changes in our cold climates. My Camaro has always started up in the spring. Above notes are very good, remove battery to warm house, check antifreeze for its temp. protection. Nothing needs be done with tranny.

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Re: Winter storage additive question

Thanks for the help!
I'll take your advice, and do the above.
Thanks again...I really appreciate it.
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Re: Winter storage additive question

Jim has it covered the only thing I add also is Stab-il has a spray that I pull the spark plugs out and spray into the chamber through the plug hole and then put the plugs back, its the same way you would store a boat for the winter

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Re: Winter storage additive question

For 14 years I have done nothing special to our '89 convert for the winter. It is parked on wood, gas tank full, no additives of any kind. Battery tender hooked up. Starts right up in the spring.

I'm in WI also.

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Re: Winter storage additive question

fogging the cylinders is probably ok but trying to get at the spark plugs in the back of these V8's is murder, then try to get a spray tube into the hole is even harder, especially if you have A/C like I do.
If the car is in a garage, it will be fine.

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Re: Winter storage additive question

I use the recommended amount of Stabil, and 1 bottle of DryGas. And I make sure my tank is full.

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Re: Winter storage additive question

What most of the others said, I run Stabil through the fuel system, I over inflate the tires to keep from flat spotting while parked in the garage for the next 5 months and hook up a battery tender and then throw a Kimberly Clark car cover on to protect it. I've done it that way every year since 1993 and it starts right up in the spring and ready to go after setting the tire pressure.

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Re: Winter storage additive question

A can of sea foam won't hurt, put a charger on the battery if it sits for a long time and gets really cold.
Don't start it up every once and a while, it just builds moisture in the cylinders, exhaust, and oil, the bowls will be dry too so every once and a while you start it it will crank for a while.
Start it up in spring when it's time, maybe fill the bowls with fuel or chemtool B-12

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