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Drive through winter or store?

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tomster Tom Dunbar
Annapolis, MD, USA   USA
So what is the minimum amount of driving that makes sense in Winter before storing these cars?

I would drive everyday but sometimes it seems too cold (or is it?). Basically been driving 40 degrees
plus. I know to avoid salt on the roads but otherwise I'd take the car out regularly. Just trying to do
what is best for the roadster in these conditions.

Guess, I'll drop down to 32 plus degrees and no salt.


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Peter-K Peter K
Central, ME, USA   USA
My neighbor drove through a store last year.

But to answer, once the first salt gets spread, usually just before the first storm of the season arrives, the salt is there in both solid and liquid states. After that, I store my cars until a couple of good spring rains wash it off to the road shoulders. Never until then because even though you might not see the salt crystals, it's still there, and dissolved salty water can be far worse to your car than solid salt.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-12-26 09:41 AM by Peter-K.

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grubscrew grub screw
The suburbs of, Winfield, Maryland, USA   USA
Other than the salt, there's no such thing as too cold where you live. If you're happy with the salt, and if your heater keeps up enough to suit your taste, then just drive it.

That's what what we did back in the day when these were our only cars.

1970 Spitfire Mk3
FDU 78359L
34/11 (Jasmine yellow/Black interior)

1962 Triumph TR3B
TCF 575L
Signal Red/Red interior

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Mark Jones Avatar
Close to Sarnia, ON, Canada   CAN
1995 MG MGF "Barney"
1996 Land Rover Discovery
Don't have to worry about vapour lock this time of year.

MOWOG Garage serving the needs of all Post Abingdon MG owners in Lambton Co. since 2011.

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Brad.Cogan Bradley Cogan
RAF Cosford, Shropshire, UK   GBR
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Wray"
1989 Toyota MR2 "Coral"
2007 Fiat Grande Punto "Pepper"
I still drive mine around a bit. As long as the bottom half of the car is in good condition and you wash it regularly I wouldn't worry too much about it

Brad Cogan

1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 'Wray'
1989 Toyota MR2 Mk1b AW11 1600 twin cam
2007 Fiat Grande Punto Active 1.2 'Pepper'

moniwr rhys thomas
ynys mon (anglesey), UK   GBR
I try to keep mine (76 TR6) off road if there's any salt about. The chassis on these old cars are hollow, flexible & full of so many factory made holes for water to enter.
I've replaced my chassis 10yrs ago, having soaked it with oil internaly.I think its made of plain low carbon steel of 2mm gauge. It's a miracle they last more than 2 or 3 years!

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