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Devonian
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Storing a car?

Last summer my Grandfather passed away.
He used to work as Quality Control at Rover, his only job since leaving the Army after the war and retired aged 70.. that's some service.
Any way, on his retirement, Rover presented him with the last car he signed off of the production line.. A Rover 800,
It's a beautiful car, only 22k on the clock, the rear seats still have the factory poly covering them, he serviced it himself every 6 months.. it really is a gorgeous car.. and surprisingly for a Rover.. every thing works!!
Any way, my Grandad left it to me, and it is currently sat in my garage.
My garage is damp in this weather, and not the best place to store a car long term, so I'm going to store it at a proper storage yard.
I know my way around a car fairly well.. but I have no idea how the best way to store a car would be?
Any ideas?
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Might be worthwhile contacting ROVER and see if they would like to "take care of it" as a showroom piece of history... ( or something ).... and allow you the use of it whenever you wanted to take it to rallies etc ( on dry sunny sundays in the summer ! ! )..  OR.. see if there is a specialist car workshop in your area for restoring old cars, and see if they can offer you some, advice/storage. There might be a ROVER owners club that could have contacts available......
Devonian
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Thanks Shutter.
There are a couple of Rover members clubs.. but Ifound them to be rather.. dare I say, stuffy..  not my cup of tea.. upon asking advice I was pretty much informed that such a car should be driven daily with pride, as any Rover enthusiast would do... blah blah... so I declined the chance to join.
I do like the idea about a Rover showroom of some kind, I will have a google and see what I can come up with.
As I said it really is a beautiful car, it looks brand new inside and out.
There is a storage firm I approached, they do car storage for £40 per month, which isn't to bad.
I heard you should store a car with a nearly empty fuel tank, I wonder if that's true?
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I Could be wrong about this but seemed to recall that a car should not be left standing for more than a month or so unused as apart from the possibility of the Battery going flat the brake pads can seize up and flat spots can occur on the tyres. Equally the handbrake should be off with the car with the car left in gear.
No doubt someone with far more knowledge of cars can either enlarge or rubbish these points but personally i would be inclined to take it for a run every few weeks.
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Quote from: Devonian
A Rover 800,
It's a beautiful car, only 22k on the clock, the rear seats still have the factory poly covering them, he serviced it himself every 6 months.. it really is a gorgeous car.. and surprisingly for a Rover.. every thing works!!

I'm not surprised at all; over the years we owned a LOT of Rover 800's, usually had 2 around (mine and SWMBO's) and it was a bit of a standing joke with the kids friends that we never had anything else in a very long time. Probably did well over half a million miles in them.
While I heard horror stories from other people (including to be honest at the local dealer while calling in to have mine serviced), apart from a crankshaft sensor that worked loose (fixed at motorway-side by the AA) I can't recall anything of any significance that went wrong with any of them - until I burnt out an exhaust valve on the last one I actually owned at well over 100,000 miles whilst demonstrating it to a potential purchaser.  Cry
It sounds really interesting - what age (reg letter) model (hatch/saloon) engine/transmission and colour scheme?
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@Gleneagles.
I was worried about leaving the car standing actually, but its been some 6 months at the moment, and all is fine (touch wood)
I do start her every once in a while, which she does with ease.. I have a trickle charger connected to the battery so it keeps it charged.
As for flat spots on the tyres, I heard that to, but is that really possible, I have no idea mind.. but when I take the car down the lane (it's private so no issues with insurance/tax) it seems as good as ever.
But in all honesty, that is what I'm worried about.
@HPsauce It's an L reg 1994, in Red, with dark grey interior, part leather, air con, the works.. for the age of the car, it knocks spots off od some new cars today.
Its a 2.0 turbo with a manual box. 
She's a dream.. I'd love to use her to be honest, but it would break my heart if I bent her.
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I think my wife would buy it off you at the drop of a hat, she always liked them and reckoned (I don't disagree) she could park them anywhere, in spaces no-one else would dare try because they were so easy to manoeuvre, despite their size.  Cool
I think the last one I had was a 1998(R) and when its lease expired (company car) I had a Rover 75 estate Tourer which was very good but not not really a proper Rover.
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if you aren't going to use the car for any length of time, it should be put up on chocks to take the pressure off the tyres.  over time, they flatten and it's the weight of the car on them that causes damage.
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I think my wife would buy it off you at the drop of a hat, she always liked them and reckoned (I don't disagree) she could park them anywhere, in spaces no-one else would dare try because they were so easy to manoeuvre, despite their size.  Cool
I think the last one I had was a 1998(R) and when its lease expired (company car) I had a Rover 75 estate Tourer which was very good but not not really a proper Rover.

I drove the Rover last night, from my place in Paignton, to a garage in Exeter, who are going to give it a full going over, service and run diagnostics for me, then I'm taking it to a storage company in Newton Abbot.
It drove beautifully, smooth, quiet, extremely powerful, it is such a shame what happened to Rover, they really did build beautiful car's.
I'm really torn between using the car and storing it, I really have fallen in love with it.
An 18 year old car, with full electric windows, air con, cd multi changer, air bags all round, electric heated seats, power under the bonnet, even fairly economical.. unbelievable really.
I might keep it stored, but take it out on the 1 or 2 sunny Sunday's of the year. Wink
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if you aren't going to use the car for any length of time, it should be put up on chocks to take the pressure off the tyres.  over time, they flatten and it's the weight of the car on them that causes damage.

Ahh yes I see, it makes sense now. Wink
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If you leave fuel in the tank it will "go off" to some extent - fresh fuel always runs better than old fuel.
As above, if you're leavng it for any length of time, stick it on stands or the tyres will get flat spots.
Do an oil and filter change every couple of years - the oil will go off anyway and has a shelf life.
Consider changing the antifreeze at the same time as the oil - this also degrades over time.
Be very aware that rubber brake hoses  can perish over time and you need to give them a once over for safety before you drive the car after it has been standing.
There are "car tents" you can purchase to keep humidity down - it's almost like having your own cocoon for storing cars in - failing that, if you have electric in the garage, consider blocking gaps / insulating a bit and bunging in a small heater and dehumidifier.
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For caravans stored for long periods it's recommended that winter wheels are used. It also makes them more difficult to steal. This will make it clear:
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Here you go - one of the first ones I found on a car forum :
https://carcoon.com/
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And another one with filtration systems etc - not much change out of £500 but then again that would be what you'd pay a storage company for a year (and probably in worse conditions)
http://www.airflow-uk.co.uk/Car-Airchamber-all-sizes.html
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When I stored my Maxi 1750 (remember them) for a couple of months the problem I had was that the clutch plate had stuck to the flywheel.
Luckily on those cars it''s a simple dismantle to get at the clutch and free it.