I attended my second and last show of the year in
September. It was another great day, weather-wise. Again in the
all stock 79-93 class, I was lined up with a bunch of other white
fox bodies. At the very end of the line was a yellow Feature car.
There was also a very rare 1992 SAAC MKI. It was #35.
This car was in absolutely mint condition. I really like these cars.
I think the stripe would look great on a feature car. After searching
for information on these cars, I found very little. I wish I had
paid more attention to the details on the car. I did find some more
information on them here
in a correspondence from the registrar for the Shelby American Automobile
There was also a unique Mustang with a retractable
top. If I remember correctly, it is one of about 40 built from kits
that the Ford engineer who designed it sold after the project was
cancelled by Ford. This one was signed by that engineer. You can
check out The
Mustang Source for more information.
We had our first snowfall a little over a week ago.
That means sand and salt on the roads so it was time to put the
“White Fox” away for its winter rest. My car spend the
winters in an unheated garage. The garage is attached and even on
the coldest days does not drop below freezing.
I have developed the following ritual for storing
- Change the oil. I use 10w30 Mobil 1 for this
oil change as well as my regular oil changes. It might be wasteful
to use it here since first thing in the spring I change it again.
- Make sure the exterior is clean. I don’t like
to wash it and immediately drive it in into the garage. It doesn’t
seem to dry thoroughly. This fall there was an occasion where
I washed it and immediately garaged it. When I took it out a week
later to go to a car show, it still had water draining from it.
I do park the car with the front end slightly elevated on my car
ramps (so I don’t have to find a separate place to store them)
and maybe that had something to do with it. Since my car is usually
clean, it usually just requires the use of a California duster
and/or Meguiars Quick Detailer.
- Protect the various interior surfaces. Specifically,
I like to apply Meguiars Gold Class Leather Cleaner & Conditioner
to the seats. Drying and cracking is the biggest problem with
these leather seats and becomes especially evident on the white
- Add fuel stabilizer. I use Sta-bil
which is available at my local auto parts store.
- Keep moisture out. I place some packets of
desiccant inside the car. These are packets I have accumulated
throughout the year when they come as part of the packaging of
certain products. Obviously, these things can’t absorb moisture
forever and I am not sure how to tell if they are still good.
A more serious moisture solution I recently because aware of is
It has the ability to be “regenerated” in order to allow
reuse after the desiccant dryers become saturated.
- Cover the car. Even though my car is stored
indoors, I use an outdoor cover that is breathable. The one I
use is fairly old since I bought it when my 1991 Mustang hatchback
was new. Is it an Evolution 3 cover. I have used it for 10 years
to cover various cars indoors and out without any issues. It is
a hatchback cover but it works just fine on the convertible.
- Trickle charge the battery. I use the BatterMINDer
from VDC Electronics.
I purchased it through BatteryMart
which I have found to be a good place for battery-related stuff.
I leave the battery in the car but leave the hood resting slightly
open and the above mentioned cover rolled back near the corner
of the car where the battery is located. Charging the battery
requires ventilation due to the gases developed while charging.
- Don’t start it until Spring. I used to take
it out for a drive once or twice a month during the Winter. I
was sure to drive it at least 10 miles in order to get the engine
up to proper operating temperature in order to prevent any condensation
problems. The problem with winter drives is that even through
the roads were clear of snow, ice and water, they still had salt
and sand on them. I don’t want to expose my car to any of them.
Check out musclecarclub.com
for more information on car storage.
Probably much like many feature car owners, I haveÂ come to the realization that the book value of my car is less thanÂ what it would cost to replace the car. That has moved me to reconsiderÂ my traditional auto insurance policy. The only option my currentÂ insurance provider has available is to allow me to drop the coverageÂ on my car (for a period of at least 30 days) while I have my car off the road during the winter months. I don’t like that optionÂ and am looking to both get better coverage for the actual valueÂ of my car and get a reduction in cost because it is a third carÂ in a two driver household and gets driven about 2,000 miles a year.
I am aware of several carriers like HagertyÂ and Â Grundy that provide specialty car insurance. Some won’t coverÂ my car since it is less than 15 (or 20) years old. Some are tooÂ restrictive about use (never overnight away from its primary lockedÂ garage). My driving will be pleasure only (never used for a workÂ commute), less that 2,500 miles a year, possibly it might be keptÂ away from home overnight (although it never has) otherwise it willÂ be kept in a locked garage. I have talked with a local appraiserÂ and he said that I may not need an appraisal depending on the insuranceÂ carrier. Right now Leland West is the front runner in my consideration.
If you are using a specialty insurance carrier and/or have a statedÂ value policy on a Mustang like mine please let me know your thoughtsÂ and experiences. Please contact me andÂ once I decide what to do, I will post my findings here for all otherÂ owners to use as a reference.