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What to do with my collector car when a winter storm hits?

There are a handful of things to consider when it comes to a winter storm and/or winter storage of your collector vehicle:


Roof Collapse

roof rake for winter stormsWe get numerous claims from heavy snow collapsing the roof of a garage and damaging a collector car. Know the capabilities of your roof. If at all possible, remove excessive snow off the roof of your garage after a winter storm. You can use an extended broom or shovel.

Here’s some information that explains how much snow is too much for your roof to handle.


Animal Infestation

Winter is the time when small animals are looking for places to hide and nest. Having rat or mouse poison or traps positioned in your garage will help. For larger animals (raccoons, squirrels, etc), make sure you address any areas around the garage that would give access to these animals.


Frozen Antifreeze

antifreeze for your collector carPoor quality antifreeze can freeze and crack engine blocks, cylinder heads, radiators, etc. Check your antifreeze to make sure it is strong enough to withstand temperatures dipping down into the single digits or lower. Replace the antifreeze if needed.


Dampness and Condensation

If your garage is not heated, you can easily have a dampness issue. Anything metal will heat up and cool down. Usually in winter, when a car warms up from being very cold, it will build up condensation which will in return cause corrosion. Having a small fan set on low in the corner of the garage will keep the air from settling and will help mitigate corrosion caused by condensation. An incandescent shop light under the engine of a car can help too.


Whether you are on the east coast for the “Snowmaggedon” winter storm  or somewhere else, here are some great tips to keep you safe while battling  winter driving.

Rick’s Collector Car Tips – What is your winter project?

While winter may not be the ideal time for cruising, it does offer a 5-month window of time to really get things done. But as you know, a classic car or hot rod is never officially “done.” Even if it looks complete, there’s always something to tweak, improve, or rebuild.

Firewall repair on 65 Malibu

Here are a few projects I’ll be working on in my garage this winter:

  •  a ‘53 Chevy that I am transitioning into my daily drive
  •  two cars that I am working on with my kids
  •  and I’m always doing things with my ‘64 and ‘69 GTOs

 

To me, a project car is just as cool to admire as one that’s been fully restored. I know it’s tough to find the time and energy, but let’s see if we can get some stuff done this winter!  

 Rear fender body work 65 Malibu

What projects do you have going on and what are some of your goals for winter? We want to hear from you! And if you have a picture of your project, share it with us on our Facebook page.