Spring Is Coming. Is Your Fun Car Ready to Drive?

By Colin Wood
Feb 26, 2021 | storage, Spring

Is it starting to warm up where you live? Now might be the perfect time to make sure your fun car or project is ready to go when fairer weather returns.

The Springtime Storage Removal Checklist features everything we do when we bring a classic car out of winter storage, but it’s also applicable to any modern car that slumbers for the winter.

Get the full checklist over on Classic Motorsports, and let us know what steps you always take when pulling a car out of winter storage.

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Vajingo Reader
2/26/21 2:46 p.m.

Don't forget to check for rodents. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
2/26/21 3:26 p.m.


Mr_Asa UltraDork
2/26/21 3:37 p.m.


Neither are any of the boats.


bluej (Forum Supporter)
bluej (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
2/26/21 3:54 p.m.

Uh, that's a big nagative ghost rider. At this point I'm looking for cheap beat rwd crap to play with at the first event, and maybe just scrap after. Maybe if it's entertaining enough, I can convince another car buddy in the area to store it at their place and then we can lift and gambler it.

2/26/21 4:35 p.m.

Dunno...bined the Fitech and bolted on a carb but the snow came and kept me off the roads for testing and tuning. So that is where  I pick up as soon as enough salt if off the roads.


Pretty much all Canadian car events are canceled this year, so motivation might be lacking.

68TR250 Reader
2/26/21 4:45 p.m.

The TR250 is close

11GTCS HalfDork
2/26/21 5:08 p.m.

Started mine today as it was in the upper 30’s and sunny.   Let it warm up and then took it for a quick trip around the block.  I don’t think it’s moved since early December.   Hopefully in another two or three weeks the salt will have been washed of the roads.  I’m ready to get back to it. 

BlueInGreen - Jon (Forum Supporter)
BlueInGreen - Jon (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
2/26/21 6:09 p.m.

I’m waiting for the snow piles that got shoveled up around it to melt a bit more...

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
2/26/21 6:20 p.m.
NOHOME said:

Pretty much all Canadian car events are canceled this year, so motivation might be lacking.

WOSCA will have their autocross series if you want to test the Molvo's capabilities.

buzzboy Dork
2/26/21 7:04 p.m.

I left my BMW with a full tank of gas and gave my parent's the key. They have been driving it every week, at least 5-10 miles so it gets up to temp. I much prefer that to leaving it in a storage unit for 5 months.

Apexcarver UltimaDork
2/26/21 7:16 p.m.

Mustang needs a fuse and an oil change, Bugeye needs an angle grinder taken to the brake drums. Racecar needs play in the panhard rod investigated


P3PPY Dork
2/26/21 8:24 p.m.

Z4 surprised me with a CEL right before parking it. :/

Also I never got around to the 02Pilot mod, and the lack of low end was disappointing, so I need to get to that. 

In better news, the other day I realized that if I’m truly making it a non-winter car I no longer need All Seasons 


Tom1200 SuperDork
2/26/21 8:33 p.m.

Both of the race cars are ready to go.

I finished up the top end and going through the front suspension on the F500. 

The Datsun needs nothing and hasn't for the last two seasons.

Brian(formerly neon4891)
Brian(formerly neon4891) MegaDork
2/27/21 6:46 a.m.

Currently shopping 2, and even 3, wheel fun.  But even an optimistic timeline for riding weather is 2-4 weeks. 

The XJ never got parked. It is my current fun car. 

The G35 is sitting with a dead battery again, in the exact same place it has been sitting for the last 2 or 3 months. I have zero urge to get it running. 

The engine for the boat is still strapped to the shipping pallet. That's next on the list after a shop cleaning that is starting today.

BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter)
BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/27/21 7:00 a.m.

<fx: counts on fingers>

Nope, nope, and the last one isn't even on the trailer yet. At least the snow in front of my shop has thawed enough so I should be able to get the BRZ into the shop.

eastpark HalfDork
2/27/21 8:17 a.m.

The Midget is ready to go, just waiting for the 3 feet of snow to clear from the laneway. 

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
2/27/21 8:34 a.m.
Vajingo said:

Don't forget to check for rodents. 

Rodents?  Check!

alfadriver (Forum Supporter)
alfadriver (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/27/21 8:35 a.m.

Same prep as a year ago- just have to move cars.

Still have to wait for the snow and ice to melt.

DjGreggieP HalfDork
2/27/21 8:44 a.m.

The Intrepid needs the engine in (this weekend if its not dreadful cold) and then a list of other things to be tackled, but its close.

GMW needs a couple hose clamps tightened, and a top up of coolant and a pair of front tires for the 18's and hopefully its ready to go.

I set a date of April 17th to go on a cruise / road-trip of about 600+ Km's to try and get myself motivated for my car to be running. I then made it a bigger motivator by making it an event on Facebook, thinking if 6 people show up that's great. 

Right now its 9 people 'going' and 51 'interested', and most of the people interested are also getting motivted to get their vehicles finished, so it's got me motivated enough to get out to the shop.

adam525i (Forum Supporter)
adam525i (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
2/27/21 11:24 a.m.

Nope! Once the ice thaws in the driveway I can start to think about bringing it home and getting to work on it. LSD rebuild, new halfshafts, new upgraded clutch, some suspension tweaks and pray to all the gods that I finally plug up the oil leak I chased all last year.

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