Guide to Preserving Your Ford Deluxe
Taking care of a Ford Deluxe isn't just about preserving a car. It is about preserving an era. You need to have the right equipment in your storage area as well as be able to regularly perform maintenance checks on your Deluxe in order to protect it from the elements.
Below is a short guideline on how you can preserve the look and driving performance of your Ford Deluxe.
- Never store your Ford Deluxe outdoors.
There is no cover in the world that provides the same protection to your Ford Deluxe as an indoor storage. Parking your car outside can leave it vulnerable to rain and snow. Weatherproof covers are unable to completely stop moisture from reaching the exterior of your vehicle. Having your car out in the open also increases the risk of being a target of thieves or vandals in the area.
Your Deluxe is safer inside your garage. It provides both protection and privacy from the elements as well as people with ill intent. If you don't have one in your house, consider renting or leasing a commercial storage unit in your area.
- Partially open the car window and use baking soda for your interior during storage.
A good way to keep the interior of your Deluxe dry is to roll down the car windows during storage. Doing so allows air to circulate inside your car that can remove most moisture buildup. It is also advisable to leave a few open baking soda boxes inside your deluxe. Baking soda is able to absorb moisture within its surrounding. It can also neutralize odors and mildew inside your Deluxe.
- Elevate your Deluxe with axle stands.
Flat spot is a normal occurrence for cars parked in areas with fluctuating temperature. This tire deformity is usually temporary for cars that are parked in less than a week. Flat spots can be removed by driving the car until the wheel warms up. However, cars that are stored for more than a month are at risk of developing permanent flat spots. You can prevent this, however, by raising your Ford Deluxe and keeping it elevated with axle stands. Have the transmission set to neutral and disengage the hand brake to neutral before raising your car. This can prevent the mechanism from binding and the rear brakes from locking while in storage. Make sure to use axle stands that are able to support the weight of your Deluxe.
- Detach the battery when storing your car for a long period of time.
Idle cars still draw power from their batteries. If left in storage for a long time, the battery of your Ford Deluxe may lose all of its charge. Leaving it attached to your car more than a month can also lead to corrosion of its terminals and cables. You can prevent this by detaching the battery and storing it in a dry area. Make sure the battery is stored off the ground and is not touching the concrete floor.
Following these guidelines can help you preserve this classic luxury car for future generations to admire.