Those of us in this hobby who live in areas where the weather can become less than desirable know the importance of proper vehicle storage. If you’re new to all of this, however, you might not be one hundred percent sure what to do when it comes time to put your vehicle away. Find out by reading out these tips for historic military vehicle storage.
Disconnect the Battery
If you have an unheated storage unit, keep your vehicle in there during winter. Always link your battery up to a battery tender when you're finished with your vehicle, whether you're leaving the battery unhooked or taking it out completely. Use a tender with an automatic shut-off that can tell when the battery is charged. Because moisture from the exhaust will often stay behind even after the exhaust system has warmed up, you don't need to start your vehicle during winter (even if doing so does get rid of some condensation.)
Consider Your Insurance
When you have your vehicle in storage, you must maintain your comprehensive insurance to guard against damage or theft. Otherwise, you may face significant financial obligations when something bad happens. That said, you can safely cancel your liability and collision insurance until it comes time to take your vehicle out again. By keeping your comprehensive, you avoid gaps in your insurance coverage which would be expensive to rectify at renewal time. The majority of collector vehicle insurance is rather inexpensive (which means it isn't a big hardship to keep it covered all year). Give yourself a reminder telling you to call your insurer if you cancel your insurance.
Clean It Out
You should clean out your car's interior. Completely clear the vehicle of any leftover foodstuffs that may attract rodents. Treat or polish any leather or vinyl. If you have a completely closed vehicle, consider inserting a few desiccant packets (as you would do in a refrigerator) to keep your car dry. However, your car most likely has gaps, which will negate the benefit of using a desiccant. This is going to be the best tip for historic military vehicle storage because you don’t want your car sitting in filth for months at a time.
Change the Oil
A car should always be stored with a fresh oil change. There are a variety of pollutants in used oil, and moisture clings to them. If they remain in the crankcase, they can cause engine damage. It will be much easier to get your vehicle rolling again if you apply the oil before you put it away. The oil will still be new, which will make your vehicle less difficult to move out of storage.
Now you should be all set to store your vehicle successfully. If you’re looking to do some restoration work while it’s put away, you can find Kaiser jeep parts from us right here at Army Jeep Parts!