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RE: storage []
Posted by Gary Stottler - (more from Gary Stottler - on Sat, 16 Oct 2004 18:21:10
In Reply to: storage [], John Kester -, Thu, 14 Oct 2004 13:52:24

I also store Saabs for the winter in upstate NY (Rochester). Years ago, I
used to fuss over it a lot more...

1) Prep your garage - you need a layer of some kind of insulation (OSB or
old plywood, particle board, even cardboard) over concrete and a vapor
barrier (tarp or plastic) over that - should be a bit bigger than the
'shadow' of the car on the floor.
2) Wash the car, change it's oil if needed (but not necessary if it's not
due), crank the tire pressures up to 45 psi (so they don't get
3) Fill the car with gas (full tank) and include Sta-bil or other fuel
4) Drive the car. Preferably fairly hard - you want to get the oil hot
enough to evaporate any moisture and you want to get any moisture out of the
exhaust system. Probably something like 20 miles at highway speed would be
5) Park the car on your newly-prepped garage floor. Disconnect the battery.
I suggest rolling down all the windows a half-inch or so. If you have
'varmint' in your garage, you may want to place a couple of trays of
mothballs on the plastic under the car.
6) Cover the car - car cover, then old blankets or whatever down to the
floor are best.
7) Here's the trick: Place 2-3 trouble lights, old painting lamps, or
whatever with 40 watt light bulbs on the floor under the car. I usually do
2 under the engine bay and one under the back axle/fuel tank. This provides
just enough warmth to keep the covered car above the dew-point temperature
so that moisture doesn't condense on its parts as the temperature
fluctuates. No more problems with rusted brake rotors, stuck clutches, etc.

In the spring, hook up the battery, reset the tire pressures, and drive.
Good luck!

Gary Stottler
1978 Saab 99 Turbo
1964 Saab 96 GT850
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