Taking care of your hot rod is a year round endeavor. In the Spring, Summer and Fall it is the culture to take a spin around the town or even enter into a series of races. How you enjoy your hot rod will be seen in the way you revamp your prized possession. Most enthusiasts take the time and effort to spruce up, rebuild or customize their hot rod. The utmost care is required when maintaining your car which also includes keeping it safe from the elements. Weather differentials can wreak havoc on all the hard work you have completed. The surefire way to preserve your hot rod in wet winter months is by taking the proper steps to safely stow them away.
In lieu of keeping your hot rod covered and hanging up the key until April, there are a few things that should be done before you turn off the garage light. The theme of your preparations is a tribute to the old saying “preventative medicine”. It is no secret that hot rods are costly to customize making it imperative to keep up on maintenance. This is especially true as the season of corrosion approaches.
Hot Rods…Out With the Old and In With the New
As you are readying to store your hot rod in the Winter, you will want to do a complete oil change including the filters. Used oil as it sits can cause further issues in the engine such as blockages and corrosive damages. By replacing old engine oil with new, you are giving your car its best chance to stay healthy in the colder months. Running the engine for brief moments after will give it time to run through and lubricate the necessary parts. The same rule applies to other fluids that may not have been refreshed for some time. Refilling or topping all fluids and gasoline is a safe bet for most hot rods.
Special additives can be added to your fuel tank and coolant to avoid a buildup of settled sludgy substances. The hot rod does not have to be in motion for damages to occur. It is important to note it is not only the use of gas, oil or fluids that cause them to solidify, it is the chemical reaction within the substances that can be detrimental if left alone for periods of time. Further prevention is achieved by treating hoses, cables and various engine parts to keep them fresh while in storage. To protect your rims and tires, make sure they are filled with the right amount of air and cleaned thoroughly.
The Last Hot Rod Tip
Rust on the exterior of your hot rod is every owners fear. Your paint job and chrome work will greatly benefit from a detailed wash and rinse. Residual soap can be just as harmful as not washing your car at all. Once you are sure there are no traces left behind, completely drying from bumper to bumper is essential. Choose a wax that has protectants and give your hot rod its final shine for the year.