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#1 Mstg007

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:52 PM

Any tips for storing the convertible outside during winter? I am not planning to drive it as a daily driver. Tarp on top cover or just let it run for awhile once a week... Usually the car is in the garage, but we are moving and boxes are now in the garage. FUN!



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 08:46 PM

Throw a nice cover on it, make sure mice and critters don't get in, get it out in the spring

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:26 PM

I second the vote for a nice cover instead of a tarp, I think a cover with a soft lining will do less friction damage compared to a tarp.   Also, I've found that the elastic bottom edge of a cheap cover isn't enough to keep a cover on in a strong wind, so you would need some additional anchors or straps underneath the car.  

 

Do you ever get a lot of heavy wet snow?   I wouldn't want more than a couple inches of wet snow on top of the convertible, that's a lot of weight.  My convertible gets parked outside sometimes in the winter, and I brush off the snow if it gets more than a couple inches.   

 

As far as starting it, I also wouldn't bother.   Each cold start is hard on the car, might as well only have 1 in the Spring instead of 20 from all the weekly starts.   Concerning the battery, you could trickle charge it, or take it out of the car and put it in the garage, but those are both a lot of effort to just extend the battery life by a few dollars.     It also depends on where you live and how cold it is at night.   



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:27 AM

You guys are messing with my blood pressure! My 94 vert has been sitting all year under a cover in Africa, and I haven't thought about rats eating my new top, until you said something. I wonder what kind of scratches the cover itself has caused. Hopefully I'll be able to build a garage this December when I go down.Attached File  IMG-20170814-WA0000.jpg   106.63KB   3 downloads
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:33 AM

I agree on everything but the battery. If allowed to deep cycle the capacity will be diminished. A cheap trickle charger or a solar charger. At a minimum disconnect it.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:35 AM

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 12:35 AM

how about one of those $200 portable garages from harbor freight. You could get inside it any time to start it if you wanted, and the snow wouldnt be resting directly on it. I used one for a few years for my motorcycle and lawnmower...now its covering a couple of old tractors. dont forget the fabric sheets inside to keep the mice away


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 08:32 PM

FWIW, the covers are more for vanity than anything else. I keep my Z34 under a cover on the side of the street (because that's how it is living in the city) and the car will still get wet if it rains, it will still get critters under it (spider webs formed on the tail lights) and if you park it under a tree (I did for a couple weeks), the filth from the tree bark and the leaves will seep through the cover onto the body. I have to wash my Z34 but that means buying a hose and hoping no dumbass turned the water supply off in the complex I live in.

 

I've used a half tarp on my Cutlass to keep water out. My roof leaks. It hasn't messed with the paint, but the tie rope I use to tie it to the wheels did. 

 

Honestly, I would suggest a tarp that covers the roof and the areas around the windows, since our verts are prone to leaking and a well tied "cloth" cover - just be prepared to have to clean it, which you should at least every couple of months. 


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 08:37 PM

how about one of those $200 portable garages from harbor freight. You could get inside it any time to start it if you wanted, and the snow wouldnt be resting directly on it. I used one for a few years for my motorcycle and lawnmower...now its covering a couple of old tractors. dont forget the fabric sheets inside to keep the mice away

 

I have been thinking about buying one of those. So I can store a couple of mowers under for the winter. 


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