Winter Storage-Spring Startup

FJ40Savvy

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Looking for some advice on winter storage since this is the first winter. I have a 1973 FJ40 with a stock F-Engine. Louie is stored in a climate controlled garage that I use a workshop. The minimum temperature for the workshop is set at 40 F. I have put fuel stabilizer in the gas tank and the battery is disconnected(negative terminal disconnect) and on a battery tender. Should I being doing anything else? I wonder what others do for long term storage?

Some thoughts...

Should I be starting it every couple weeks/once a month?
Should I be cranking it every couple weeks/once a month with the coil disconnected to circulate oil?
For spring startup, should I be doing anything special for the first start?
 

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Looking for some advice on winter storage since this is the first winter. I have a 1973 FJ40 with a stock F-Engine. Louie is stored in a climate controlled garage that I use a workshop. The minimum temperature for the workshop is set at 40 F. I have put fuel stabilizer in the gas tank and the battery is disconnected(negative terminal disconnect) and on a battery tender. Should I being doing anything else? I wonder what others do for long term storage?

Some thoughts...

Should I be starting it every couple weeks/once a month?
Should I be cranking it every couple weeks/once a month with the coil disconnected to circulate oil?
For spring startup, should I be doing anything special for the first start?

What you have already done is more than I would do, if I wasn't going to drive mine for 4-6 months. :)

Hook the battery back up and you're good to go in the spring.
 

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I’d probably avoid starting it without driving it, since that just leaves moisture in the exhaust system and potentially your crankcase. I’d take it for a drive every month or two, if possible. That’s what I do up here in the mountains this time of year. Things just sorta start breaking when a vehicle sits.
 

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