My question exactly. Why are you storing your cars for the winter? I realize
that many parts of the country are snowbound but don't you have days when
the roads are clean and dry? If so, take it out on the highway for an hour
drive. Over the past 3 winters I've been able to get my car on the highway
at least twice a month. It'll do you and your car a world of good. Or why
not just start it up and let it run for 45 minutes once a week (let's hear
the pros and cons on doing this!). Maybe drive it back and forth in your
driveway. A few years ago I questioned a local restoration shop and
professional engine rebuilder about winter storage and the answers up above
are what they recommend. They were quite adamant that there is more
potential harm done by letting the car sit for 3 or 4 months then by letting
it run or by driving it. What do most snow belt owners do with their cars
during the winter? Inquiring minds want to know. Snow birds need not respond
1975 TR6 Status at
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 1999 11:11 AM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Re: Winter Storage / Fuel Drain
>From: "Stephen Peca" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Reply-To: "Stephen Peca" <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Winter Storage / Fuel Drain
>Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 07:06:29 PST
>On Tue, 30 Nov 1999 09:56:56 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>...The metal tank is, of course, full of fuel and added stabilizer, and
>run the engine long enough to get it into the carbs [note: hopefully not
>full, as cool gas must expand when warmer temperatures arrive this spring -
>anyone have any experience with the correct amount of free volume to leave
>to allow for this expansion?...
>Oh,Oh. I just topped off my gas tank in preparation for Winter storage. I
>didn't realize that I had to allow for expansion/ contraction. Am I too
>going to have a problem come Spring, or should I try to syphon off (or run
>the engine more) to lower the fuel level in the gas tank?
>1958 TR3A - TS23867L
I propose a totally interesting alternate to your dilemma... Why
not take your TRs out for a spin? If road conditions are dry and
there's no salt, why not drive your TR?
I find I tend to have more problems crop up when I don't drive my
car. That's why I don't ever "store" it over the cold months.
Greg Petrolati Champaign, Illinois 1962 TR4 (CT4852L)
That's not a leak... My car's just marking its territory...