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Old 12-08-2010, 05:32 PM
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Default Up to 5 yrs in storage

If you had to store your car/truck for up to 5 yrs what type of things would you do.


1.) drain the radiator
2.) no gas
3.) no oil
4.) ????
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:33 PM
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Should you drain the tranny fluid?
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:45 PM
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Default Re: Up to 5 yrs in storage

put it on jackstands, have someone start it every couple weeks.

the worst thing about letting something sit for a long time is the seals tend to dry out. best thing to prevent is to start up and drive it. even if it's just around the block, etc. i would drain and put fresh fluids in. i don't think leaving them all empty would be good. add some of the fuel, oil, etc stabilizers to them.
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:50 PM
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IMHO you might be better off selling the truck and investing that money over 5 years. Your truck loses value over that 5 years of sitting, you're going to lose money paying for storage, and who knows what problems will await you.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:21 PM
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Default Re: Up to 5 yrs in storage

^^^^
Great idea. Just because you empty out all the necessary fluids doesn't mean that sitting for 5 yrs. isn't a bad thing for any vehicle. They're meant to be used.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:24 PM
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Default Re: Up to 5 yrs in storage

jackstand, sitting will cause flat spot in tires. although tires may dry rot in that period. do not drain any fluids, be best if someone started it and let it get up to temp at least every 3-6 months.. if starting it isnt an option, store it with minimal amount of fuel (it will dilute),,,,,, my brother was recently away for 4yrs, n I was in Fl. (cldnt help) and his Katana started just fine and he road out a full tank of gas, yes 4 yr old gas and his Geo Tracker the same but with a half tank of gas......... although Gas will gel over time. adding some stabilizer wldnt hurt,
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:52 PM
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IMHO you might be better off selling the truck and investing that money over 5 years. Your truck loses value over that 5 years of sitting, you're going to lose money paying for storage, and who knows what problems will await you.
ditto. let that intrest build up over those years and see what you can buy then.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:43 PM
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i don't think draining the fluids is a good idea. because i know with motorcycles, you're supposed to change the oil and stuff at the end of the season so it can all settle and get everywhere over the winter time. but yeah. if you had to store it for 5 years i would sell it. haha. but i wouldn't do anything. i'd drive it around the block every other week or whatever you need to.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:49 PM
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Why do you need to store a vehicle for 5 years?
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:15 PM
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Why do you need to store a vehicle for 5 years?
Here is why: http://www.fordrangerforum.com/gener...ke-her-me.html
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:45 PM
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I thought if I store them both I would have two brand new 5 yr old vehicals (no need to buy new ones) I can pay them off while over seas and enjoy them when I get back. not worried about resale value. if I sell them now I am still going to take a loss. still not sure if I am going yet, but...
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:04 PM
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If you are going to store it, best bet is to really have someone come and drive it every once in a while, like once a month. Otherwise, get some Stabil for the fuel, store the vehicle with a minimal amount in it, fill the engine with oil, sounds strange I know, but it prevents things from crawling in it and prevents corrosion, make sure it is kept in a stupid dry place, put the moisture capture canisters in like you would a boat, put it on jacks so that the tires are not touching the ground and well pray no one gets into it. When you come back change all the fluids, have the tires checked, and drive the piss out of her!
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:28 PM
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I thought if I store them both I would have two brand new 5 yr old vehicals (no need to buy new ones) I can pay them off while over seas and enjoy them when I get back. not worried about resale value. if I sell them now I am still going to take a loss. still not sure if I am going yet, but...
in that case i think you would be better off keeping the fluids.. just make sure they're fresh when you put the truck up. I know when we and others were building motors for the stangs and putting stock ones up to save we always kept fresh oil in the block...would only make sense to do so here. I know my dad didnt do crap with his 351 he took out of his truck several years back and now its a rusted locked up piece of scrap metal.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:24 PM
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Ok I have had to do this a few times with our old cars, you can Google this and get similar info, I researched this before we had to also do this not for 5 years but for 2-3 years. first the only way to do this is do it CORRECTLY and it will cost a little for you to do this in the beginning but then remember its sitting for 5 years not costing anything minus storage, if your being charged it that is. remember to store the vehicle INSIDE only. seems stupid to say but needs to be said.
  • Ok the first myth is to start the vehicle and run it, its not good at all being most the time people wont let it run long enough for it to come completely up to operating temp and for long enough, what this usually does is create a temp difference from it to the outside air and what will happen is condensation inside the motor causing water and well that's not good.



  • What you want is to change EVERY fluid right before storage to insure that there is no water in the fluid and it is fresh. engine oil, trans fluid, diff fluids, t-case, coolant and make sure its mix properly to be able to sustain freezing temps just incase, brake fluid, power steering.



  • Next completely fill the gas tank with fresh gas and add in a dry gas or Sta-Bil. what filling the tank will do is not allow room for water to condensate in the gas tank.



  • This is simple CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN the vehicle fresh wax. clean the undercarriage, remove seats clean the interior very well. treat all rubber seals with a rubber lube protection



  • I have done this step and haven't both turned out fine its up to you. Oil any unpainted steel or alum, in the motor and the under side of the vehicle even if its just WD40.



  • Next jack up the vehicle to keep the tires from flat spotting. BUT BUT what ever you do remember you need to jack up the vehicle on the suspension. Keep the suspension under load by putting the jacks on the rear axle and on the lower A-arms. Don't let it droop its bad on the suspension.



  • next comes the expensive part. you will need to invest in a Vehicle bag / Car Bubble to keep insects, animals, rodents, dust off the vehicle. products like this here are some examples and yes you will want to invest in this its something that make sure the vehicle is like new when its brought back to life in a few years. A normal car cover will not protect the vehicle 360deg around it just the top.

    http://www.carcapsule.com/

    http://www.vehiclebags.com/

    http://www.carbag.com/buy/car_jacket.html


  • Next keeping the theme of water is bad. you will need some Desiccant bags. you might be asking yourself "self whats Desiccant?" you ever buy new shoes those little packets of DO NOT EAT ya those but bigger. put a couple in the car bag outside the vehicle then one or two inside also. here is a link to buying some.


    http://www.veritemp.com/Products/Packaged+Desiccants/


    http://www.veritemp.com/Products/Bulk+Silica+Gel/


  • Now remember when you come back in 5 years change all the Fluids out again run the truck you can drain the gas if you want or if it still is fine just run it and add new in a little bit and as good to go.



I might be forgetting a little bit... also if you want the interior to smell all good put in a bar of irish spring soap inside the truck it leave it in the box just open the ends. will smell so fresh and clean instead of grandma's house when you come back.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:35 PM
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sounds like a plan ("self whats Desiccant?" ) knew what that is, but others may not. stored in Az so water shouldn't be a problem but the critters might. the bag sounds like a great idea.
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