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Author Topic:   Winter storage
Dmac
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted October 15, 2004 09:00 PM  
Just picked up an Enduro car and need to store it for the winter outside. Gets very cold up here in Canada in the winter. Will antifreeze do or should I drain the block? Plan on covering it with a tarp or 2 and putting it on jacks. Any other tips?

jay116
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 428
posted October 15, 2004 09:10 PM  
I agree with Jay I live in Utah and its cold here to, I keep the ride in the shop but I dont have a stationary heater I use a tube propane when im out there I put the antifreeze in it and start the car about once a month to keep it in good health. Eddie

Dmac
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted October 16, 2004 05:10 PM  
Thanks guys I will go with the antifreeze.

powerglides
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted October 21, 2004 05:11 AM  
Just make sure you run it after putting antifreeze in. And I use marine fogging oil. Just spray it into the carb until engine stalls. I have taken engines apart after one winter and found RUST on the cylinder walls without fogging oil.

Dmac
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted October 21, 2004 10:31 AM  
If I fog the engine, what do I need to do in the spring? Also would you suggest running fuel stabalizer into it or just disconnecting the fuel line and running it out of gas?

M1
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 257
posted October 23, 2004 10:04 AM  
some say to fog it (I never do), and add anti freeze.(A MUST)

I was also told by my engine builder to loosen all the valve springs so they dont weaken over the winter. (The compressed ones will weaken)

powerglides
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted October 25, 2004 09:36 AM  
Drain most of the fuel out of tank but leave line and carb full and add stabilizer. in the spring just remove the plugs and clean them with solvent and after you run car change to new plugs.

zeroracing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1875
posted October 25, 2004 10:04 AM  
if you leave the motor in it, anitfreeze, run it, and i would keep it running, meaning i would fire it up at least once a week and let it run for 20 min, idle it, then shut it off, that will keep oil in it, and keep the vavlespring from sitting in one position(one crammed down) for very long.
if you dont want to fire it, i would put something in the motor like fogg it, before that antifreeze and run it, then take the tension off the vavle springs, and inthe spring drain oil, clean out cell, remove all fuel and replace with new, reset vavles, pull distributor, and spin over with a drill to prim motor(use a primer) do that a few times, to get oil in it good all around it. then put back in distributor and fire it up. also wd40 the carb often to keep mositure out. but i would antifreeze and fire it up alot.
we fire our motor threw the week and let it idle for a while to help keep the vavle springs from taking a set.

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