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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 – 6 Tips to Winterize your Classic Vehicle

Here are six great suggestions for preparing and adapting your classic vehicle for storage during the cold, winter months:


Fuel — Fill up your gas tank and mix fuel stabilizer in with the gas. Run or drive the car with the fuel stabilizer until it is up to temperature. This way the stabilized fuel has been distributed throughout your entire fuel system.


American Modern classic vehicle tire pictureTires — Check your tire pressure. Treat the tires on both the outside and the inside of your classic vehicle to prevent the tires from drying out. Jack up the car and put it on jack stands to avoid flat spots on the tires.


Paint — Protect your car from small scratches by applying a good coat of wax before you cover it up.


American Modern classic vehicle interior pictureInterior — Detail the interior so you start off the next season with a clean car. Treat the leather, vinyl, and dash.


Battery — Use a battery tender. Even if it holds a charge through the winter, if you do not use a battery tender, it will shorten the life of your battery significantly.


American Modern collector vehicle garage pictureGarage Area — Moisture is your enemy. Make sure the car is stored in a dry environment. A dehumidifier in the garage helps. Also, the heat from a light bulb or the air movement of a very small fan under the car will help reduce the moisture build up under the cover. Always use a breathable car cover to allow moisture to escape.