5 Tips to Keep Your Hot Rod stored safely for the Winter
If you have to ask what a Hot Rod is then you are probably married to someone who has 1000 lbs of American steel sitting in the garage for a good portion of the year. If you need to know where it came from it probably started the first time a caveman jumped on an animal that he wasn’t supposed to and went faster than he could run. It’s about speed and power. It’s about beauty and the culmination of the human know-how expressed in steel.
It started in a few different places, cops and rum runners playing catch during prohibition, and in Southern California where the dry lake beds offered great raceways. When the boys came back from WW II the military had given many of them the ability to get under the hood and spread the fever across America. One thing stands out here, it was born in America.
Now that the season for showing off the cars is coming to a close here are 5 tips that will help you tuck your baby in for the winter.
- Don’t ignore her. Gaskets and hoses dry out if they don’t get lubricants, and condensation can build up in your block and rust it from the inside. Once a month you need to get your motor going and take her for a ride.
- Draw the fluid out of the brake pump or reserve. If she’s been sitting around you’ll get moisture in there. You might not need to do a full flush if you’re keeping her moving but if not get her tight. Remember brake fluid bottles that have the seal broken can collect moisture too, if they’re from last year; lose ’em.
- Use a quality, clean, car cover. Sheets and tarps carry dust that can etch away at paint. A good indoor or outdoor cover can help keep the shine on your car. Covers also get dirty. Check the washing instructions and keep that puppy dirt free.
- Plan out your projects. Winter is the best time to work out the small details. There’s no rush to show and you can take your time on it.
- Don’t be afraid to get help. It can save money and time to have a pro get those onesie twosies worked out. An experienced mechanic has resources and networks that individuals don’t often have access too.
You can always bring your Hot Rod to us and see what we can do to help. It’s a lot easier for us to open hood and figure out what’s going on under there. We have years of experience in dealing with Hot Rods and a pure passion for steel and grease. We all share the awe of a great souped up car and you’ll see it in our eyes when you roll her in.
The America Hot Rod is more than just a hobby. At the end of the day it represent everything we know about steel, wiring, fluids, and rubber. It’s the ultimate American expression.