Storing your Zcar for 1 year or maybe more :)
Posted 12 September 2007 - 10:37 PM
As they say time waits for no man and well everyday it gets closer to my departure to Europe. I will be storing the Z and I suspect it won't get cranked over too often. I will probably ask mum to give it a kick in the guts here and there but it probably won't be driven much at all (if at all).
So what are your storage tips, so when I eventually get back getting her up and going again won't be too hard?
I am thinking the following might be in order:
Spray Cylinders with WD40
Drain Brake and Clutch Fluid
Cover with car cover
Anything else you guys would recommend?
Posted 12 September 2007 - 11:09 PM
Interesting question, I thought about this when I started pulling mine apart. I found if I did not start it every week, it became very difficult to start and had to resort to Aerostart down the throat of the carbys. The battery also went flat after a few months.
Don't think I would drain the brake and clutch fluid as you do not want the rubbers to dry out and go brittle. Probably the only thing you need to worry about is the pistons sticking in the bores, maybe pour some lubricant in the spark plug holes.
Otherwise I would just put clean oil, clutch and brake fluid and coolant in it and get someone to start it regularly until the battery goes flat or we could set up a roster to flog it around the block each weekend.
Enjoy you trip
Posted 13 September 2007 - 04:25 AM
ok more seriously ....regular starting, new fluids, take battery out(sulfric acid /vapour), rust proof her up and chuck her up on blocks mate as theres a fair chance your tyres will go flat and die. thats all i can think of at this time, av a great trip over there !
Posted 13 September 2007 - 09:20 AM
On your return before you start it, that's when I would do all the work. chank the oil and filter plus plugs. buy a new battery and the tyres should be OK after a long drive. I leave my car for 4 months at a time on accasions and it starts first time every time I want to take it out. As long as it is locked away in a dry area she will be fine.
Posted 14 September 2007 - 08:33 AM
a year isn't that long i wouldn't think you would have a problem ... its just what you do when you get back eg: change fuel ..full service and some rost off or wd 40 down the bore and rotate by hand then give a few cranks with plugs out should be fine
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Posted 05 December 2008 - 10:45 PM
Our 260z was stored for 12 years before we bought it a few months ago.
As expected we spent a few $'s on new tyres and some work on the brakes, fuel and cooling systems and new exhaust but the engine is as sweet as a nut and goes like a train (electric train that is). Was very apprehensive at buying it at first for obvious reasons but am very pleased we did.
Posted 06 January 2009 - 09:04 AM
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