What Happens When you Don’t Drive Your British Sports Car

I know, I know, I am always harping on getting your car out and driving it.  Even if it’s just starting it up in the garage for 15 minutes a couple of times each month.  But we are going into the winter months and our opportunities to drive our cars is just not going to be that often.  No matter what the weather, you need to make time to start the engine and let it come up to operating temperature, and if at all possible, at least drive it around the block.

Many of you still think, as I use too, that the car can sit and not much will happen to it.  After all, our dad use to let the farm tractor set all winter and he went out and it started right up for him.  Well, I hate to be the one to break the news, but things have changed.  The biggest one of concern to your car is that the gas you are putting into has little resemblance to the high octane stuff dad use to get.  As a result of this your car is going to have some problems if it sits.

Here’s a couple of pictures of the inside of a carb float bowl that has set for a little over 18 months.

The unfortunate thing is that this is not an extraordinary case, this is the way most of the carbs come to us on cars that have been sitting for a while.  In this case, moisture has been present a little heavier than in some cases, but the deterioration of the fuel and mixing with the water have left us with this condition.

Moral of the story?  Keep your tank fuel with fresh fuel, always add Sta-bil, and start the car at least a couple of times each month.

Enjoy the ride!!

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