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OK, I know it's early for most of you, but I would like to know what I need to do for the hibernaTIon of my ZED...

The car will be kept in a big heat wharehouse.

1. I know I have to removed the battery

2. I was told to put a gas treatment in the gas tank

NOW MY QUESTIONS???

A) Some people told me it's good to put the car on some blocks, so the suspension and tires won't be damaged??

B) Is that right??

c) Do I need to have the gas tank almost empty or full before storage???

What else??

Thanks!@

:alien:

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Full tank of gas- no room for water condensation = rust in tank.

Fuel stablizer (ie Sta-Bil) be sure to run car after adding to get it through fuel lines & into carbs

I jack up the car & put it on stands, but the stands at their lowest setting, so the suspension isn't hanging, nor under load. Don't know if it makes any difference, but works for me

Some choose to plug the exhaust, the intakes, etc to prevent rodents and such from nesting, but if you're in a heated warehouse i doubt that's a major concern.

That's pretty much it. Some like to remove the plugs & squirt in a bit of oil before Spring start-up- that can't hurt either, but don't worry about it for now- youve got 6 months to wait!!

HTH, Jeremiah

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Hey Guys,

I'm getting ready to move up to your neck of the woods. I'm curious, how long does this hibernation period last? I was going to take advantage of the hibernation period to work on my car. I figured since it's going to be sitting for a while why not work on it.

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Hi Ed!

Niagara Falls eh? About an hour & a half NW of me..

Figure late October to April most likely, to avoid the damned salt.

Some beautiful days in there that the Z will like, but its usually 4 to 6 months:stupid:

Zya- come to a club meeting www.zccr.net

Jeremiah

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WOW, 4-6 months eh? I might be able to get a complete restoration in that time. maybe. Z-ya

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It would be a good idea to start the engine and let it run a few minutes every other month if it is long term storage. Especially if it is not in a controlled temp environment. Lots of temperature variations will cause condensation. To keep your rings from sticking and any surface rust in the cylinders, I would start it once in a while just to be sure.

Be sure if you do start it to let it warm up good, to get rid of any condensation in the exhaust system.

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For me the temp is 72F. So I guess I won't need to go and start the car right???

Oh, I did replaced my valve seals this summer.....anything speacial to do???

:ermm:

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Well, one of the resons to start it is to make sure oil is up in the head to make sure the seals don't dry out. After sitting for a long period of time, the oil will eventually all drain back to the pan and leave the top side of the engine dry.

I'd start it at least once if it is going to be sitting for more than 3 months just to be safe.

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Hybernation? Winter Storage? What the hell does that mean? Doesn't it stay nice all year round like here in Texas? Oops, sorry. What was I thinking? ROFL

Make sure you also change the oil before putting it up in storage. There are acids and such left in old oil that can attack the engine and it's internals. Ask anybody storing motorcycles and they'll tell you the same thing. And since you'll be in a heated warehouse, I'd leave the battery in the car, but connect it to a Battery Tender. That way you won't have to worry about where to store the battery. And you'll know it has a charge at all times.

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We Hate You...LOL

Just kidding, seriously you gotta love NY. If only i paid a few more taxes to go along with the weather:cry:

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Drive that sucker.. Heck If I couldn't drive my car I would sell it for something that I could use... This is my daily driver, and fun car. I like to have fun all of the time.. Heck driving in the snow and ice is half the fun.. I can't believe it ..... @%#$$$@ sissy car owners.

No offence intended, but Geeezzz!!!

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My Z is my daily driver and i live in north central Kansas. I will store if for some of this winter, but only because i have to go to Bosnia for 6 months. But when i get back, and its winter, me and my Z will be out there dealing with the issues of weather and salt. I like the tips on storage though, and i'll use them:)

Zcarsrock!

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HI guy!! The full fuel with additive is a yes. Jack up the car as it stops flat spots on the tires.Remove the battery is good also.I would add some marvel mystery oil to the carbs.I do this by add it thru the overflow tube on the bowl top.This just stops the needle and seat/float from hanging up.You won't add much at all.The crank and run is a bad idea.The story goes that each time you crank the car the oil develops sand like carbon molecules.When driven at normal highway temp for an hour or so they disolve.If you crank and just let it run you do more bad than good as they just multiply cause they never disolve.Not to mention the moisture that destroys your exhaust.Grannys car always smoked and needed an exhaust.She only drove to church on sunday right??? NOw we know why. Have fun!! Daniel

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