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Outside storage question

Things are on hold for awhile due to saving money for my wedding and other family obligations. The prelude isn't going anywhere but the only place I can keep it cheap is at my parents on the lawn in the backyard. Is it any better to have it up on jack stands on the lawn or would you recommend finding somewhere where it can sit on concrete on it's tires? Prob gonna have to keep it tucked away for a couple years.
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Re: Outside storage question

Not on jack stands. Springs should stay compressed.

Put your crappiest tires on or get 4 junkyard donuts. If you can get 12"x12" concrete pavers to put under the wheels if on a lawn.

Concrete would be good. Under a roof like a lean to would help keep it in the shade without being rained on by twigs or other items a tree would drop.
If no cover available get a decent car cover about a size smaller than what the box says. Advance Auto has some for about $35 that lasted about a year on a car I have tucked away. I bought 'medium' so it'll fit nice n snug. Less scratches when it can't flap in the wind. Car has been sitting about a year and a half and I just put the 2nd cover on last week. The first one began tearing over the sunroof after a snow melt.

If you can use up all the gas or dump in a whole bunch of marine fuel stabilizer and let the car run a few minutes after so your stabilized fuel will run through the entire system.

Stuff rags in the intake and exhaust to thwart rodents from taking up residence...maybe some mouse traps in the car itself...

Look up 'storing a car long term' for some other ideas.
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Re: Outside storage question

Should I put a tarp underneath it and on another on top to wrap it like a sandwich? Worried about moisture from the ground...I don't want it rusting anymore than it has.
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Re: Outside storage question

Sitting on the lawn will cause a lot of moisture to do damage to the undercarriage.


Sitting directly on concrete etc will cause the tires to rot faster. As mentioned, get some pavers or some flat stone to put down. THEN you can put say some carpet or something beneath where the 4 tires would be sitting, and a tarp on top - park the car and throw a good cover on.

fuel stabilizer, remove battery, mouse traps, blocking every port of entry into the car/engine, sun visors, towel on the dash/seats, the usual
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Re: Outside storage question

Put adult diapers in inside the cab...spread open.

They act like those little silicone filled sacks that come in shoe boxes etc.
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Re: Outside storage question

Your lude is fuel injected if I remember correctly. It's good that it's not carb'd because old carburetors don't like sitting for long periods of time.

There are some good suggestions there, and some that I'm not sure about to be honest. The best advice anyone has given you is to research long term storage suggestions for yourself. If you are going to put mouse traps inside the car, it would be a good idea to regularly check them and remove any dead mice. Decomposing mouse isn't a smell you'll soon forget, and it can linger for a long time.
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If it runs, and you'll still be in the area, consider a bit more active storage. Go start it up every couple of weeks or once a month and let it run for 30 minutes, with a couple of good squeezes on the throttle once warmed up to blow the moisture out, and squeeze the brakes a few times to pump the fluid through the lines. Run it through the gears a couple of times after you shut off the engine, to keep the mechanism loose.

There's good and bad aspects to this. Running the car circulates fuel, oil and coolant through the lines, and helps prevent the rubber parts from dry rotting. If you just run it a couple of minutes and shut it off, you risk moisture in the metal lines (and the cylinders), which will rust, but if you run it until it's good and warm, most of that will evaporate. Running it regularly will keep the critters out, too -- no matter how well you plug it all up, unless you've bagged the car, they're going to find their way into the engine bay and the suspension and make homes.

If it's just sitting in the back yard while you're doing this, you don't have to keep it tagged or insured, if that's an expense you can't afford. If you're on a quiet street, you might even get it out once in a while, go to the end of the block and back to exercise the suspension.
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Re: Outside storage question

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What about fresh oil before storage Jamie?

Everybody says it's a must do...but I don't always do that, but instead dump it before re-starting the engine vs all the condensation in the "new oil"...
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Do you plan on removing the battery?
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Re: Outside storage question

The car currently does not run bc it needs a new cylinder head replacement and it is half apart. I've decided I'm gonna fork over some extra bills and have it stored inside a garage year round until I have the time/money. Thanks to everyone for the wealth of information they have shared.
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Head replacement? Is it being replaced for some specific reason? I'm just worried about your status on oil and radiator fluid. I'm thinking about a blown head gasket for some stupid reason. As long as there's no water in your oil(milk)then you'll be ok. But if you DO have that problem then I'd worry about that water sitting on my bearings.
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What about fresh oil before storage Jamie?

Everybody says it's a must do...but I don't always do that, but instead dump it before re-starting the engine vs all the condensation in the "new oil"...
It never hurts. The rationale is that simply storing the engine with what's been run in it keeps contaminants and acids in the used oil and lets them sit in the engine. Putting fresh oil in gets rid of all that. In either case, you need to change the oil before starting it back up, even if you stored it with fresh oil.

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I've decided I'm gonna fork over some extra bills and have it stored inside a garage year round
Always a better option for the car, especially if it's partially disassembled.
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Has some bent valves.
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*doesn't currently run. No compression.
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Are you planning to replace valves and rebuild your head, or are you just going to replace the head?
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I got a complete remanufactured head from someone online for 350$.
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Here she is as she sits
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Did you get it from Clearwater?
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Ya. Thanks
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