Getting Classic Cars Ready for Winter
Car restoration in the UK requires particular attention to maintaining classic cars for cold and inclement conditions. Winter in Britain can seem to last a lifetime, and getting your car ready for it is vital in making sure classic cars survive the season. This guide gives tips and advice for getting classic car parts in good shape for the chilly months of the year.
Firstly, you will need to think about where and how you will store classic cars. A fully weatherproof and de-humidified garage is the ideal place for classic cars to be stored. Any signs of leakage in your garage should be fixed as soon as they can.
You should check the whole car for leaks before you put classic cars away for the winter. Window seals are a major leak hot spot, as well as soggy carpets. These should be dried out while you have the chance. Any areas that have gaps in the bodywork must be checked for leaks. Sunroof sealing is another prime area for leaks.
The outside of the car needs to be protected to withstand the harsh winter conditions. Wash the car and apply a good quality polish. If possible, use a traditional style bee’s wax polish. This is strenuous work to apply but it does the best job. Remember to take care of the chrome trim, bumpers and wheels.
For the best car restoration for winter storage or winter use, bear in mind the following:
- Top up your anti-freeze and check that it is effective
- Check that heaters and demisters work well
- Keep an ice scraper handy
- Ensure all lights work on classic cars in the winter
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