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It's that time again, so I was wondering what everyone without year round nice weather (SoCal and Todwic) does to store their P-cars. This post pretains to both of my P-cars, so I may cross post it.

Last winter the 951 ended up with flat sided Yoko's from sitting for 4 months, and bad gas. So my plan is to put both of them on block or stands. Not sure if a company makes a product for this, anyone know?

Second I want to get two of these "battery minders" that I see advertised in "performace products." Which one is the best?

And lastly, what if any fuel stabalizers do you guys use over the winter?

This will be 4 months with no start and no movement.

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put the car up on blocks for starters. add fuel stabilizer made specifically for storing car. (can't remember the correct name) I had a Schumacher battery maintainer. did an awesome job. it keeps the battery topped off with a trickle-charge and only comes on when the voltage drops. (can't remember the level, it's somewhere between 11.5 and 12) the oil should be changed as paraffin based oils will break down and become acidic after three months. if you use synthetics, you should be o.k. there is also an oil replacement product made for storing cars, the name of which of course, you guessed it, I forgot
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They both have sythetic thankfully, (BTW you guys should try changing the oil on a 911 sometime, it hits the pocketbook pretty hard.)

Ronin: Where did you get the charger?
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bought it directly from the Interstate battery warehouse. i used to stock them when I had my shop. paid about 30 bucks I think. I highly recommend it
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I hope to get around the blocking and charging hassle by starting and moving the car every two weeks or so. Heated garage helps too. Since we (Denver) usually get a nice day or two on a regular basis over the winter I think this is do-able. I will be interested in a fuel supplement. Isn't there something called Stay-bil? I want to fill up before they switch us over to "winter" fuel.
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Apologies to ScottR for semi-hijacking his thread :-P

Are these cars winter driveable and you just prefer not to, or is it just a bad idea to drive it in the winter? It's getting close to winter, but I still want the P-car and I don't think 2 cars is going to be an option.

Now if I only I could move....
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Like JTS said we do get the odd 70deg day here in the winter, I just don't usually drive mine in the winter. I am one of those P-car owners that does not even drive in the rain. So storing the entire winter is what I prefer to do.

The last track event here is the "trick-or-cross" autocross so after that I just want to put them away and wait until summer.
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Im moving to florida before the winter comes then ill drive back when summer is back in ct.
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to be honest with you, my recommendation is to not winterize and store the car but rather to make the effort to drive it once a week if possible. this will keep the car in good running shape without you having to worry about driving it every day. this is what I have been doing for years with great success. driving the car in cold weather won't hurt a thing. all I try to do is not drive it in the rain. and for the rest of the days when it sits I keep the batterty maintainer on it


and oh yeah, you're correct. the fuel stabilizer is called Sta-bil
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man, 4 months with out driving one of your 2 P-cars? thats depressing. i get antsy if i cant drive for a couple days
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Well the S4 still has the "Porsche" feal so I think thats how I manage. Couple that with me spending most of November in Hong Kong, and most of December in the UK, I would not have time to drive either of them.
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cool, what do you do in Hong Kong? I've been there on business myself and enjoyed it. if it's for work, see if you can get me a job going there too
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It's for work, I will be installing an Email/FCC Compliance system/SAN solution for a bank that has domestic and international branches. I love Hong Kong, but I hate staying in a hotel for a month. Last year the Imperial lost most of my clothes in the laundry. Their solution was to pay for new clothing, only thing is clothing in Hong Kong is a bit different than in the US and I am 6'2" which presented a bit of a problem in most of the shops.

I would love to get you a job except we stopped hiring back when the market dumped, and we have never started back up. I think they like whipping us like galley slaves; knowing that there are 20 other people on un-employment ready to take our jobs.
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sounds like it's par for the course with the workerbees. I can comiserate on the clothing. I'm 6'3" myself
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The hotel actually sent me to a clothing store that specialized in "western clothing" but it was all wester clothing for the "vertically challenged." I had to have my wife FedEx some accessories to me.
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lol, did they (the Imperial) pay for that?
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Actually no they did not, I did get a few free dinners. Which means nothing since when you travel the company pays.

And besides the food that you get from the street vendors on the carts is ten times better than the hotel.
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well with paid trips to hong kong and the UK it sounds like youre managing somehow
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Those battery chargers are also available at Sears for a few bucks less. They have an idicator showing when the battery is charged and kick on only when the battery drops below a certain voltage. I use one on my car and one on my boat battery and have had very good results.
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Sears? Thanks! I will stop by there today!

I have been to HK 4 times now and still have enver seen all that much of it. My company (Siemens) likes to assign somewhat unreasonable project timelines, using minimal staffing. So You pretty much work around the clock for like 3 weeks, then come home and have a few weeks off.

I think I may go someday on vacation and take the wife.

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