Living in WI, winters here arenít very conducive to driving the T. Having just gotten my T running last spring, this is the first winter sheíll be sitting after coming back to life.
Is there anything I should be doing to make sure she pops back to life next spring? Iíll put her on a tickler charger so the battery doesnít die. I will also put some steel wool in the exhaust pipe to keep critters out. Thereís antifreeze in the radiator, so no fear of that freezing.
Anything else I should be doing??
More work but best way. Take battery out, fully charge and leave alone. No need to keep charger on, save energy. No battery in vehicle no electrical problems "fire" as unlikely as it maybe now not at all.
I leave mine on a trickle charger/maintainer as well. Also put the car up on jacks, drain the fuel from the tank and carb, and take the air in my tires down to 10 psi. Done that for a few winters now and no issues come spring.
I do the same things as Kevin just mentioned. I also remove the plugs and spray" Engine Storage Spray" in the spark plug holes then put the plugs back in the head. Works great.
Stouffville 30 klm north east of Toronto.
Getting the fuel at least out of the carb is a good idea although I'd REALLY consider a total drain of the fuel system. If it ran when parked & drained I guarantee it'll run when refuled in spring. Not an additive fan. Mostly because their money wasting do nothing trash. The battery is OK in place with at least one cable disconnected. Trickle charger is OK too. Don't think I'd go with Kevin's dropping tire pressure idea but off the ground tires is often done.
BIG item for Wisconsin...Make sure the fluid in the engine is good to -40*F. I lived in the Wausau area and ran my T all winter with water and a complete shield on the radiator. That didn't work very well. I still drive that T with that engine, but the block is cracked. (That was in the years around 1945-1950.)
I'm sitting here in Ko Olina, Hawaii. Just got out of the hot sun to avoid a sunburn. The day before yesterday I went to The Garden Of Eden clothing store and shopped in the XXL section.
Sorry for the repeat Marv
I agree with Charlie. Drain all the fuel from the tank, filter under the tank and then everything from the carburetor bowl. Next Spring fresh fuel will make her start right up.
PS- Down here on the Texas Gulf Coast it is just getting cool enough to drive comfortably since last June!
From my former boating days where it was impossible to drain the fuel tank, my two cents is just to it COMPLETELY full..right to the cap threads with stabilized fuel. No chance for condensation that way. I use twice the doseage of StaBil. Shut off the sediment bowl, drain it and the carb. Tape the vent hole in the cap. You're good to go. Firm believer in StaBil after learning my lesson with my '94 T-bird when I didn't use it years ago for winter layup. It gets it too! No more problems.
StaBil is a great product, ive been using it for years in all my small engines including my motorcycle and have never had an issue . I have never drained the fuel out of any carb for a season for fear of drying out the seals, thats my opinion. Ive seen snowblowers that have sat for years with no gas in the carbs and they all need carb rebuilds. I have no experience with my T because im still in the process of restoring it.
I change the oil, disconnect the batteries, in my case I have 2, original 6 volt system, and a 12 volt for my turn signals and lights. I drain the fuel completely, start her up and let her die.
Some years, I have sprayed a little oil in the tank.
I run 50/50 antifreeze so, nothing gets done there.
Only other thing, is to cover the T with some old sheets, just to keep the spring cleaning down.
One last thing, I place a few mouse traps around just to be safe. I have never had a mouse yet.
Lets see "anything else should I be doing"
yes, drive it. Humans have a short road, these cars have seen it all.
Folks up in the frozen tundra used to store their cars overnight. They would drain the oil and water when they got home and take them inside to stay warm, then refill in the morning to get started.
Should they be stored with high gear engaged?
I always keep my T's parked with the H.B. in the forward/released position.
Forgot that Steve and it should be done. HB forward.
Why store the car in high gear? Interested in the logic.
By the way - OF COURSE I got a call today at noon asking if I can bring the car to a parade at 5p. I said yes because Iím a sap and also because I see owning this car as coming with some civic responsibilities. Winterization will have to wait a tad bit longer.
Leaving the transmission in direct forces most, if not all of the oil out of the clutch plates - seems to cause less drag next time you start her up !
A good battery dosen't need any kind of battery minder. There have been fires because of these. Just give it a full charge and unhook it. Just hook it back up in the spring and you are good to go.