Winter is coming - What do you do to see it through?

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What do you do with your car in the winter?

Poll ended at 05 Nov 2005, 14:34

Winter? The car doesn't know the seasons?
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Give her a service and play in the snow :)
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No frost, get away you nasty stuff.... In the garage for winter.
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Total votes : 7

Winter is coming - What do you do to see it through?

Postby grim_b » 06 Oct 2005, 14:34

Had a chat with my mate the other night and it was decided that each year the roads get more and more salt as councils find more people complaining each year about accidents.

I was wondering about putting mine in the garage for the winter and walking to work. My lovely wife pointed out that if I did that and one day during the winter I did take it out, I could potentially be condeming my beasty to a period of melting in the garage with salt eating it away.....

So, The plan now is to give her a service and then wax up her bottom.

Changed the points last night and changed my tick over speed to a faster rate (for those cold mornings)

What do you do? Off the road? or is the car built to last it out?
I loved my car, but she has to go.... :(
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Re: Winter is coming - What do you do to see it through?

Postby Neilyman » 06 Oct 2005, 14:42

grim_b wrote:So, The plan now is to give her a service and then wax up her bottom.


Is that the wife, or the car? :wink:

My car`s in the garage this year, `cos I got a brand new Astra a few months ago, but for the last 5 yrs, I just used it as normal after a service.
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Postby chris(not) » 06 Oct 2005, 19:38

Better wash its bottom first, then!

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Postby Tortron » 06 Oct 2005, 22:58

well springs starting over here.
i just do the general removing anyrust i can see and putting a suitable rust preventative on it, tho i do this whenever possible :o
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Postby spyke » 26 Oct 2005, 13:25

this will be my first christmas with the old girl, but she'll be out there, probably just give her a quick once over, check the anti-freeze percent at work 2night, (ahh the fun of working lates in a garage, lots of free stuff, spent last night meshing my airdam) change the oiland maybe put my skinny wheels back on,( me + country road + snow = car on its side :( ), stock up with a ice scrappper, cant stand de-icer it just freezes again
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Postby Shellysowner » 26 Oct 2005, 14:38

spyke wrote:stock up with a ice scrappper


For having fights with ice presumably... or do you mean an actual person, kinda like an anti-Jack Frost? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Doive » 26 Oct 2005, 14:53

Sadly the garage is a little full, but the last two years I haven't had any access to storage of any sort so the chevette just battled through the winter, being used most days in the frost and snow as rear wheel drive is just so much more rewarding. I distinctly remember sailing around and past hoardes of Jaguars, BMWs and so called 'off-roaders' that were all hopelessly floundering in the snow. Ahh, satisfying.

As for preparation, I tend to give her a good wash underneath and then put a hose under the arches and around the floorpan every week or so - I reckon this is safer than covering the whole lot in sticky wax or tar, which gives the salt something to cling to. Idle speed gets tweaked slightly to compensate for the cold mornings, a lighter oil into the carb as it gets thicker with the cold, and a 50/50 mix of antifreeze to water. Seems to do the trick.
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Postby Shellysowner » 26 Oct 2005, 14:58

Doive wrote:...in the frost and snow as rear wheel drive is just so much more rewarding. I distinctly remember sailing around and past hoardes of Jaguars, BMWs and so called 'off-roaders' that were all hopelessly floundering in the snow.


Hmm, I thought one of the drawbacks of conventional rwd cars was meant to be that they were rubbish in icey conditions due to the weight of the engine not being over the driving wheels? Maybe its your skinnys and of course Chevette Power that helped you along :wink: :lol:
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Postby Doive » 26 Oct 2005, 15:01

I never had any problems anyway, apart from emerging from every roundabout and junction distinctly sideways!
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Postby Chevette Girl » 14 Dec 2005, 02:38

Fix all the stuff I've been putting off all summer/autumn (windshield, exhaust system, brakes, patching those rust holes, getting the rocker panels rebuilt) then winter tires go on, then she gets Krown rust proofing (I call it my $100 car wash), hopefully before the first time they salt the roads... :? missed it this year, but the Krown works well... I only wish Little Beast had been Krowned all her life...
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Postby jifop » 14 Dec 2005, 09:49

Shellysowner wrote:
Doive wrote:...in the frost and snow as rear wheel drive is just so much more rewarding. I distinctly remember sailing around and past hoardes of Jaguars, BMWs and so called 'off-roaders' that were all hopelessly floundering in the snow.


Hmm, I thought one of the drawbacks of conventional rwd cars was meant to be that they were rubbish in icey conditions due to the weight of the engine not being over the driving wheels? Maybe its your skinnys and of course Chevette Power that helped you along :wink: :lol:


i thought so too, RWD is far les stable in the snow/ice but more fun! sideways everywhere!

although if its really icey in a FWD car, just stick your handbrake on and drive it like normal! rear wheels just drag behind and you can do some awesome slides
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Postby shuvit-tim » 15 Dec 2005, 00:49

this winter i hope to actually manage to make some progress in aquiring all the bits i need and prepping and spraying my shell. *hurrah!*. also hope to photograph the flying pigs and to watch elvis crash a flying saucer into the loch ness monster
when all else fails, rivets, cable ties and bodge tape will see you through

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Postby grim_b » 15 Dec 2005, 09:38

shuvit-tim wrote:also hope to photograph the flying pigs and to watch elvis crash a flying saucer into the loch ness monster


Scotty told me that re-entry was a bit rough and that the bean stalks were a pain in the ar$e too. Lucky that superman is going to help out by supplying Elvis with a flying saucer with blades on the rim, so that should be ok.

Can you ask rudolf to save me a spot so I can set up the 'Hyper-plasma fictional capture device' please? :lol:

I think its an event worth getting a photo of.
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Postby kevin9292 » 23 Dec 2005, 22:23

me and dad throw on the two winter studded for the back and make sure that there is furl de icer in it. I think part of the reason dad likes the chevettes is because they are like half the weight of a normal car=easy to pull out when my mom or sisters dicth it. For the record i have yet to ditch a car. And i agree that it is so much more satisfying being able to throw the back end sideways with some throttle than pulling the handbrake.
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