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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-06-2016 Thread Starter
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So the Army is going to move me overseas for a couple of years. I'm torn between storing the car, and selling it to save storage costs, and buying another project when I get back. The car is in OK/driving condition, but definitely a long way from finished.... Has anyone ever stored their car? How? Where? How much did it cost?

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I know what it is like to make these decisions. You do not say what if any options you may have other than a separate storage facility. Family would be best.

What ever you do, you need someone here that has power of attorney so they may act if the storage place closes, is sold to new owners, etc. where a document needs to be signed.

You need to prep the car correctly and drain and purge all the gas.

Make sure family and friends have written statements of your intentions for the car and not to sell it from under you.

Make sure the title is available, rather than in a safe deposit box in a bank that no one can get into.

If your only option is outside storage, consider selling it before you go.

My experience is that inside climate controlled storage facilities will not do cars, a regular large unit may run you $100 a month depending on where it is. You need to check around. Is the car worth that much cash to you?


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Thanks Driveway - great points on the paperwork (POA, Title handy, etc). I don't want to burden anyone in my family (I'm the only classic car nut) by taking up space in their garage, so it's between storing it and selling it.... Inside and climate control would be a must for me here in Colorado I think.....

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Inside, yes, climate control, no way. None of my cars got climate control in their formative years, and they still don't for that matter.


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Storing my baby

Hello TigerFan,
First - -Thanks for your service/

Great advice already given

As far as storage - have you asked neighbors, relatives and looked
in the papers. Around here (Boston, Ma) a lot of elderly rent garages to car guys. NO heat or climate control and the car will be fine

Laslty - -things seem to work out - the way they are meant to be.
If you can't find storage space - it is a signal that it was not meant to
be kept

Be well - -keep your head up and thanks again
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Inside, yes, climate control, no way. None of my cars got climate control in their formative years, and they still don't for that matter.


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Thanks, but did you leave them for 2-3 years without touching them? I'm concerned about the block, and the glass, as the temps vary from 100 in the Summer to almost 0 in the Winter here (but hey, it's a dry cold )....

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Hello TigerFan,
First - -Thanks for your service/

Great advice already given

As far as storage - have you asked neighbors, relatives and looked
in the papers. Around here (Boston, Ma) a lot of elderly rent garages to car guys. NO heat or climate control and the car will be fine

Laslty - -things seem to work out - the way they are meant to be.
If you can't find storage space - it is a signal that it was not meant to
be kept

Be well - -keep your head up and thanks again
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Thanks! Good point with looking at private options/someone's garage that they may be wiling to rent... Logic is telling me to sell, but........

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...but hey, it's a dry cold
Exactly, that's why you shouldn't have any problem. I drive a car which was left, untouched, on blocks in an unheated, Albuquerque garage for TWENTY years; 1979-1999. Our temps vary from 105+ to -20F over the years. There was no damage to anything, including machined surfaces inside the engine. For some reason the 1/2 tank of gas was a little stale and smelled funny. But then, our cold is drier than yours but not by much. In fact, your dew point is 4F lower (drier) than ours this morning.

If you were going to store it in Florida I would recommend climate control or sell the car. (The dew point in Palm Beach, FL, is now 30 degrees above ours.) But you don't have that concern in Colorado Springs. Definitely needs to be inside though, no matter where its located.
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