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2014 Gt500 Now Less Than 1 Month Away From Coming Out Of Storage


Crusty

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Hi fellow forum members, it's been a long winter here in Laval, Quebec (Canada) and although this white stuff is still coming down as I'm writing this post I know it will most likely melt very fast by the end of March. Being my last storage experience goes back to 1994 when I owned my unfortunately stolen 1992 LX 5.0 I had a few questions I'm assuming one or many of you can help me with.

 

- I had full tank of 94 octane until I decided to take her out for one last run and never got a chance to top her up again before the white stuff hit the ground for good in November. I didn't add and fuel stabilizer in my tank and she's sitting in a heated (60 degree) garage. Is this a problem and if so what can you recommend before I crank her up?

 

- battery has been plugged to a trickle charger since, any electrical recommendations before I crank her up?

 

- I did her first oil change at 6000miles back in September and road about 1000miles afterwards before storing in November. Should I change the oil again and if so before I start her up or can I drive her to the dealer?

 

- tires are 90% consumed, what do you all think of replacing these Goodyear tires to Michelin Pilot Super Sport? I notice they show more thread count and I mainly drive street courses, no drag strips.

 

Thanks for helping out!

Crusty

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Crusty,

 

Nice looking RR vert you have there!

 

Just my .02 - but I would burn off what's left in the tank to near empty (at less than 3k rpm tops). A good local cruise so to speak.

 

Same with the current oil. With only 1k miles it might be OK, but I would schedule a change immediately upon consuming your existing fuel. Oil and filter are best changed when hot, and the cruise will accomplish that along with vaporizing any moisture in the engine. It's cheap insurance. You might also want to consider a fuel filter change too.

 

Battery and electrical should be fine, thanks to the tender. Check your tire inflation before leaving the garage as you could have lost some pressure.

 

Sounds like at 90% tread wear, you definitely need to replace your tires. Up your way, the Michelins are a good choice. Goodyears are like hockey pucks!

 

Good luck and enjoy the post thaw!

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Thanks SVT NAJA for your great advise. I will definitely take your recommendations. So you think that oil with only 1k should be dumped as well as oil filter? Being they use synthetic oil you think it could be a problem to replace it in 5k or less thank one year? Not to be cheap but I was sure it could withstand 5 months of sleep time.

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Crusty,

 

With a heated garage set at 60 degrees and if you generally have low humidity, you're probably OK to go to 5k. My concern would be if you were coast side or another location with high humidity from rain, fog, etc. Inspect your dip stick and oil fill cap for any signs of moisture. If you see a milky residue - change your oil and filter!

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Ok all good, called the dealer and I will be changing the oil and filter March 17th. So I guess March 17th is when she comes out of storage. The service advisor told me not to worry about the fuel sitting in with 3/4 tank full for 5 months he tells me it won't be a problem. I did tell him I saw just before storing it some minor oil stains on my garage floor at the height of the differential and he says he never heard of a differential leaking problem. I thought I saw a post about a breather screw not being installed or something.

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A few more thoughts ---

 

Oil: Time is a critical factor in oil changes regardless of mileage. Thought you might find this article from Amsoil useful. For a number of reasons, oil degrades in the engine even when the car is not in use. I would NEVER let your Shelby go more than 6 months without changing the oil even with infrequent use. I would always change the oil before storing the car for long periods of time and again after storage is complete. Not worth trying to save money on oil with a $65K car. Here is the link.

 

http://www.tsadvancedsynthetics.com/facts/Chemical_Reaction_occurs_in_Motor_Oil.htm

 

Fuel: Next time use StarTron in you fuel tank before storing. Preserves fuel up to 2 years. Well worth the cost. I would also use StarTron to help rejuvenate the old fuel before running it out. This is amazing stuff that I use in ever machine I have owned for years including a yacht I owned that sat in its slip most of the time for 5 years. Never a fuel related issue. Here is the link:

 

http://mystarbrite.com/startron/

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Carroll Shelby himself stated to all Shelby "Get out and Drive your cars" I think he also meant Drive them, enjoy them, fix em and drive them some more. Most of us now will definitely outlive are cars. Don't wait too long for the newness to wear off. (When it does, too often we trade them in anyway. Human Nature !) Dealer service departments, oil change companies etc. speak out both sides of their mouths. Synthetic oil lasts longer, doesn't break down due to extreme temperature changes etc. and then they say "see you in 3000 miles. Get the idea. Motor Oil companies, Service departments etc. are in the business to sell oil/changes etc. Don't fall into their scare tactics/traps. Have fun enjoy your cars, (after all that's what you bought them for), and oh by the way use synthetic oil and don't worry about it too much until it starts looking dirty.

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Carroll Shelby himself stated to all Shelby "Get out and Drive your cars" I think he also meant Drive them, enjoy them, fix em and drive them some more. Most of us now will definitely outlive are cars. Don't wait too long for the newness to wear off. (When it does, too often we trade them in anyway. Human Nature !) Dealer service departments, oil change companies etc. speak out both sides of their mouths. Synthetic oil lasts longer, doesn't break down due to extreme temperature changes etc. and then they say "see you in 3000 miles. Get the idea. Motor Oil companies, Service departments etc. are in the business to sell oil/changes etc. Don't fall into their scare tactics/traps. Have fun enjoy your cars, (after all that's what you bought them for), and oh by the way use synthetic oil and don't worry about it too much until it starts looking dirty.

This post is a good example of why I do not buy used cars.

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