storing a car

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 08:20
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hi all , moved overseas and wanna put my 80 series turbo deisel cruiser in storage, it wont be driven at all.
please help with some tips on preserving the car, ie dropping oil and fuel , are they nesecary and what should i do before driving it again in the future.
selling isnt an option and don't want anyone else driving it every week or month for me.
what parts of the engine can i remove to stop the car from being driven by anyone, ie remove batteries, but what else.
thanks in advance
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Reply By: Member - Neil (N.S.W.) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 08:31

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 08:31
Nothing to do with ur qu but did u ever own an imported l/c, just lookin at the moment and put post up some1 said a guy ben had one and was having trouble selling it. Thank anyway if ur not the ben and put ur car on blocks and store the wheels elsewhere.

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Follow Up By: ben - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 08:36

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 08:36
hi neil , yes it was me trying to sell it, email at
if you are interested or wanna chat. amd ill fill you in on it or send pics,
thanks ben.
ps it is an imported vx landcruiser 80 series turbo diesel
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Follow Up By: Member - Neil (N.S.W.) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 09:54

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 09:54
ben,im was looking at the 60 series l/c and the pros and cons of imported l/c etc is this the way to go and mainly if any1 has this car and if there happy with there purchase.

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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 18:22

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 18:22
Place vehicle on axel stands to take the weight off the tyres
Remove batteries
Leave all oils in
Two ideas on this one
Empty fuel tanks and leave the caps off so that condensation does not build up or leave the tanks full so seals do not dry out.

WayneAlways Out'N About
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Follow Up By: ross - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:15

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:15
Waynes got the idea . I would leave the tanks full and add an algeacide to stop algeall blooms .
Also its recommended that you dont store idle batteries on the floor Keep them on a bench or milkcrate ect.
Oh and take the keys or leave them with someone you trust,like mum
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 23:30

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 23:30
How long are you planning on leaving it in storage?

Selling isnt an option? Why? If your storing it for a year selling it would make the most sense.. You wont be able to check for rust, corrosion, theft etc while your not there.

Nobody else to drive or start it, then thats the battery gone to start with..

What can you remove??

Is it petrol or diesel? Auto or Manual, all makes a difference.
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Follow Up By: ben - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 08:38

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 08:38
truckster, storing it for 2 years, had 2 much trouble selling it as it is and imported vx limited, awsome car but nobody except me trusts the grey import thing. the car has been a dream for the last 4 years and im sure ill get many good years out of it.
mate and it is a turbo diesel like stated above , thanks for the reply.
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Reply By: Rob L - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 13:55

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 13:55
When I've been overseas for extended periods I've used the RACQ/TNT vehicle storage service - don't know if other organisations have similar. Costs a bit but they put it on blocks, run it regularly and operate gears etc to splash some oil around. Clean and polish at end so it's all ready to pick up when you return. Did store a vehicle myself before and had some problems with gbox noise after - apparently any splash lubricated surfaces can dry out and can rust from moisture in the air.
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