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Year long storage (at minimum)

Discussion in 'VF Holden Commodore (2013 - 2017)' started by Big_Simmo, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. Big_Simmo

    Big_Simmo Deep Blue Cranberry

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    I am looking for a little advise...

    It looks like I will be accepting a position on an Island off the east coast for probably a minimum of 12 months. I will not sell the ute as I do plan on keeping this as long as possible, especially being the last of its kind.

    I have looked into getting it professionally stored in Perth however I am now waiting on the best deal they can give me plus specifics on how they will store it.

    Alternatively as I do own my house I will be getting as trusted mate to move in and live here whilst I'm away, There is the option of just setting up for storage in my garage. If I do this I will invest in jack stands and a good trickle charger however I keep finding mixed information regarding storage and fluid levels etc

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    I'm going to miss my ute whilst I am away that's for damn sure
     
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    3rspecB Well-Known Member

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    I have a VF2 Ute that will be in storage for a while also. I have placed it up on jackstands, completely covered it and hooked up a trickle charger. I was advised by current and old school mechanic's, to start her up once a month and let it idle to temp and cycle through the aircon (hot/cold), windows etc. This is to keep everything lubricated and not dry out. The Ute is stored in my garage so easy enough.
     
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    Can I just ask, why the need to store it on jack stands? Just curious :)
     
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    To avoid flat spoting the tyres.
     
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    We have house sitters, baby sitters an dog walkers. Perhaps a new profession in vehicle sitters soon as nothing beats a gentle drive to keep other moving parts lubricated such as bearings, brakes, drive shaft, gearbox, suspensions....
     
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    My neighbour offers me this service every time he looks after the garden and mail while we are away.

    I'm yet to fall for it.


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    I'd be keeping it on its wheels rather than its stands. Keep the weight held by the suspension where it's meant to be rather than putting a point load on the rails etc.
     
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    It's interesting that you should say that as it's commonly recommended that a vehicle in long term storage should have the rims and tyres removed if you wish to preserve them.

    It wouldn't affect a full chassis like on your HQ Ute but I wonder what it actually does do to modern day vehicles with a half chassis or the even weaker half chassis sedans of yesteryear.

    I store my cars with the rims and tyres on, I do it for convenience sake but I've often wondered if I'm doing the right thing.



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    Why not buy a cheap set of wheels and tyres off ebay and let it sit on those, store your good tyres and wheels, even bald ones on steel rims would do the job.
     
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    I tend to agree. Maybe just take the weight off the springs a little. Or put those storage / transport spacers in the springs. Park it on some think insertion rubber and let some pressure out to protect the tyres.
    I'd also run or low on fuel or at least add fuel stabiliser.
     
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    Buy some wheel dollies, the curved type. No flat spots and you can push the car around and place wherever you want.
    Run the car out of petrol and remove the fuel pump fuse (not the relay) so once a month someone can turn the car over to get oil pressure up and flowing to top of engine without hurting the fuel pump.

    I had a car stored 13 years like this,although i did drain the radiator.

    Other than all vacuum hoses perishing,it came back to life with not too much of a fight so a year should be no problem.

    But as others have said,don't leave suspension hanging on jack stands,buy the dollies.
     
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    Instead of flat spotting wouldn't the tyres over time get 2 dimples from sitting on the dollies?



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    I'd prefer the dolly with dimples on top.
     
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