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Offline sedandelivery

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Pinto questions outside storage
« on: August 30, 2015, 12:41:42 PM »
This summer I have been fortunate enough to be able to drive my Pinto delivery van more than previous years. Every where I go the past couple weeks people have asked me what is it, their family had one, etc. This morning at the Farmer's Market I was barraged with questions. Kind of nice, but I have to make extra time to go places! I have to leave it outside this winter, need some storage tips for outside storing. It is 95% rust free and I want to keep it that way!

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Re: Pinto questions outside storage
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2015, 01:03:33 PM »
I'm guessing that you live in an area that might get snow or at least freeze..

1st, make sure you get a battery maintainer on it.. and plug the block somehow into a heating sys so it doesn't freeze & cause damage from ice internally.. Using either a magnetic oil-pan heater or a block heater that is installed into one of the engine's freeze-plug locations is best.

2nd Cover the car with a good, soft-lined car cover that won't allow water through it.. or cover it a second layer with a cover that won't allow water through. Also make sure you have a good 'sub-zero' anti-freeze/coolant in the radiator sys, or totally drain it if it's not going to be driven.
Reducing the air pressure by 5 lbs on the tires in a freezing winter couldn't hurt, but make sure they have good pressures when driving again.

The engine thermostat & heater sys should be in good working shape, & make sure the heater fan works.. even in hot summers, a good heater sys can help keep a vehicle from over heating by acting as a secondary cooling sys for the engine, even if it's very temporary/short term(it's just very uncomfortable in the summer to have to run the heater too).

IHTH ;)

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