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    Fellow Enthusiasts:

    I have the option of taking this "Special Duty" job in the South Pacific. It will require me to be there with my family for 2 years.

    Worst Case: I can't ship a Vehicle, I'd have to store my 1991 M3 with 89K miles for 2 years here in the states.

    Best Case: I can take the car there and park it in my garage and drive it weekly..

    If I CAN"T take my car. What options do I have as far as storing it. Is this wise?. I don't want to sell it and HAVE to buy another one in 2-3 years since they are getting scarce. My car is an EASY 8.5 out of 10 Overall. Those that have seen it can attest.

    Please help.. and give me your opinions.. It would be nice to leave it with EVOIIIM3 so he can EVO it up for me while I'm gone :idea:

    Richie
    91 M3
    Richie
    In an Embassy Somewhere..

    91 M3 - SOLD but not forgotten (to J.R. Nagy)
    03 Land Cruiser with the works
    06 Royal Enfield 350

  • #2
    If it were me, I would store the car in the States. I suspect that the salt water air will not do the car any good!

    I dont have any advise really on storing, not done it myself, but have read that the car should be off the ground, allowing the suspension to hang, and to replace the oil with something more viscous to coat all the important bits of the engine. Disconnect the battery and generally keep in a dry garage.

    Someone on this site must have gone through this experience. I would be interested myself in what other solutions/advise there is.

    I am sure you would get vacation leave, so it would be really exciting to visit your pride and joy after a long stint away and bring back all the joy of owning a car, learing how to drive it again is always fun.
    Phil
    E30 M3 - The Original Inspiration

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    • #3
      When I put my race car away for the winter, I oil the brake discs slightly to reduce rusting. Other undercoating helps.

      This would be a good time for the forum users to make a checklist of procedures prior to storing... unless a search would provide the same thing.

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      • #4
        I Searched a few weeks ago to no avail..

        PLEASE POST...
        Richie
        In an Embassy Somewhere..

        91 M3 - SOLD but not forgotten (to J.R. Nagy)
        03 Land Cruiser with the works
        06 Royal Enfield 350

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        • #5
          http://www.s14.net/forums/showthread...hlight=Storage

          Lightly oil rotors,
          change all fluids to new fluid,
          fill gas tank with added fuel stabilizer
          rest car on 4 jack stands with suspension at full drop,
          some sort of water absorber inside the car to reduce condensation.
          If there is someone here in the US you trust, have them turn the engine over once every month, just to keep the rings from getting stuck.

          Plug up holes where mice can live!!!!!! (Airbox, exhaust, etc)
          Chris L.

          Spray paint and tire shine doesn't equate to a "restoration!"

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          • #6
            yeah mice will runin the car mabey get a bubble for it? def also put a good amount of fuel stabilizer in it so it doesnt gel up on you.

            Shes sold now :(

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            • #7
              How much do Bubbles cost?..
              Richie
              In an Embassy Somewhere..

              91 M3 - SOLD but not forgotten (to J.R. Nagy)
              03 Land Cruiser with the works
              06 Royal Enfield 350

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              • #8
                Mothballs scattered under the car will keep the mice away. Maybe you should find some one trustworthy to start and idle the car on the jack stands just to keep the fluids pumping. Maybe a lister here would help you. I think we all respect the cars enough to take care of "one of our own"

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                • #9
                  Hmmm..

                  What do you guys think about Mike S. He lives about 30-40 minutes from me.. Is he trustworthy?:idea:

                  Ha.. Kidding... I trust Mike..

                  I don't want to inconvenience anyone... Some vehicle storage companies do turn the car's on for a little.. Mine will be on stands so the driving is out of the question..
                  Richie
                  In an Embassy Somewhere..

                  91 M3 - SOLD but not forgotten (to J.R. Nagy)
                  03 Land Cruiser with the works
                  06 Royal Enfield 350

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                  • #10
                    bubbles cost like $350 it's called a carcoon. Do a search on that and you'll find them on the net. You can get an outdoor or indoor carcoon. I'm getting one this winter. I'll be storing my car in my old mans warehouse, lots of cutting and grinding dust from his business. But for $350 for a carcoon it will be worth it

                    I'll probably get the outdoor one just for added protection, I think they are the same price. I was reading about them last week

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                    • #11
                      When I bought my Cabrio in Switzerland in Dec. 1999 I had to store it ther until I could figure out to get it through Customs. It was finally shipped Dec. 25 2001. I had kept it in a dry closed garage with a car cover over it. A friend started it up a couple of time a year and let it warm completely up, and moved it a bit as well. Once I finally got it home and drove it there were absolutely no problems.
                      Cheers,
                      Jim


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                      • #12
                        Well first of all, if you are putting the car in the air, I have heard that having the suspension at full drop is not recommended. The jack stands should be on the control arms or something else that supports the suspension a little. The benefit of having the car in the air is so the tires don't flat spot.

                        If you are storing it for 2 years with out driving it I wouldn't even worry about fuel stabilizer because that's a long time, the works for winter storage but not 2 years. Just drain the fuel and put more in when you get back. Moth balls in the wheel wells should stop mice from climbing in there and on the car. Also put them under the windshield above the firewall via the black plastic cover on the passenger side (dirvers side one has wiper in it). I had a mouse nest in there one winter. Also turn your vents on to "recirculated air" as this will close the vents and further inhibit animals in your interior.

                        When you get back I would put new gas, spark plugs, oil, and a batteryt in it. A worse case would be that your rubber has dried and cracked and you have oil leaks and intake gasket leaks, but both are fixable.

                        I hope this has at least given you something to think about.
                        "It is needless to say that self-propelling vehicles, like other machines, will never do as much for one who does not understand them as for one who does."

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                        • #13
                          WOW.. Great info...

                          I don't mind having "Flat Spots" on the tires as they are almost at 50% worn. My Control arms are also on the replacement list and I can do that AFTER I get back..

                          So is starting it up every 3-4 weeks or so good or bad? Therefore I would have to have some GAS in there. I'll definitely put some oil on the disks though..

                          R....
                          Richie
                          In an Embassy Somewhere..

                          91 M3 - SOLD but not forgotten (to J.R. Nagy)
                          03 Land Cruiser with the works
                          06 Royal Enfield 350

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                          • #14
                            I would suggest a full tank of gas to minimize the hydroscopic effect, since greater air volume = greater moisture content. When you get the car back after storage, siphon out the fuel and replace with fresh. Any thoughts on this strategy? yay or nay?

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                            • #15
                              Here in the UK there are a number of companies who specialise in looking after your pride and joy while you are away. This is just one example which offers a complete storage & exercise regime to keep your car in prime condition.

                              I'm sure that you must have a similar service offering in the USA but it will come at a price.
                              Kevin
                              Cecotto/Ravaglia Register.

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