Preparing your classic for the winter

Now is a great time to start thinking about keeping your Classic cared for over winter.  I’ve jotted down a few tips below:

  • Dry storage.Ensure the car is dry and cover it with a proprietary cover.
  • Make sure it is clean and polished, with any bird muck/tree resin removed.Use a good quality wax.
  • Spray the engine areas and suspension components with thin oil.Leyton supply the Action Can range, which makes AC90, a spray similar to WD40.  We can also supply a range of similar products including chain spray, circuit freezer and cutting sprays.  Many components on the car will be “self coloured”, which is a fasteners term for un-plated.  These components will always need some care, if they are not to rust.  Make sure you keep oil away from any brake components.
  • Spray under the car with wax or something similar. We sell something called LANO SHIELD, which is a lanolin based preserver, used on boats, trailers etc, but works equally well on any vehicle
  • Some commentators suggest you fill the car with fuel, whereas I would suggest a fuel stabilizer, which keeps the remaining fuel fresh.
  • It’s always useful to change oil and filters, unless the car is used for small mileages.In which case as long as the oil and filter are fairly freshly changed, fine to leave as is.
  • Antifreeze is clearly vital for classic engines, but make sure it’s the correct one.Get hold of an anti-freeze checker to ensure there is sufficient.  If it’s really cold, I place a blanket over the engines.
  • To stop flat spots, I always blow the tyres’ up to circa 35ib pressure, or use tyre trainers, which ensure that flat spots are kept to a minimum.
  • Keeping the battery in good condition is crucial.I use a battery conditioner, which can be left on the car whenever it its being used.  Otherwise a trickle charge every so often should do the trick.

Finally, if you get a good dry day during the winter take your classic out for a good run, say 10 miles minimum.  This will ensure its up to temperature and then let it cool thoroughly before closing it back up in the garage.  I’ve seen many cars get hot during the winter, out away in garages hot, the condensation forms all over the car…. beware!