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Wintering the B

So I've had to eat breakfast indoors 2 days in a row, the kids are back at school and the Bricos are all displaying wood burners and heaters so that must mean winter is on its way...

So what do I have to do to the B when the inevitable cold and wet weather comes ( apart from clear the garage of a 6 foot pile of wood that the builders left) ??
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Use her. I am. But don't drop the top, the rear screen might split.
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Re: Wintering the B

Definitely keep using it, lack of regular use just seems to encourage 'issues' when you get it back on the road. And maybe get a hardtop - I know they're a love or hate thing but mine is a god-send in winter and I don't even think about swapping to the spare car we're lucky enough to have. My hardtop hasn't come off since I bought it, but then my hood was very tatty and presumably still is unless it's miraculously mended itself in its compartment.
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Re: Wintering the B

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Use her. I am. But don't drop the top, the rear screen might split.
I bought my car in a December and last thing I did before driving off was to ask how to drop the top and the fella emphasised to be careful folding the window carefully in cold weather to avoid splitting it.

I still drive top down in all temperatures when I'm in the mood for it.

fold carefully......
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Re: Wintering the B

I agree that you should use it when possible and maybe shelter it when you can't. I had mine off the road for quite a while and it did not do it any good sitting out unused in all weathers.
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Re: Wintering the B

The trouble with using your B over winter is that it can sit for days with salt residue on it which in turn attracts moisture and therefore corrosion. Even those nice sunny days can allow your B to get covered with salt dust outside and underneath. My B is a pleasure car and is always wintered for 5 months. Here's what I do:-
Wash, dry and polish bodywork.
After a couple of days in garage to dry out, take for good 30mile drive to thoroughly warm engine oil & exhaust. Park car in garage as quickly as possible to prevent condensation forming in exhaust. ( I usually try to have the fuel light on )
Leave handbrake off.
Blow tyres up to 45-50psi to prevent flat spots.
Remove wiper blades to prevent "folding of the rubber"
Disconnect battery from car system and charge once a month with "Optimiser" charger.
Finally cover car with a few blankets which prevents condensation forming during frosty nights and sunny days.
I have been doing this for over 15 years now with no problems developing.
Hope this helps
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Re: Wintering the B

Re, folding the roof and screen split, I always use a length of grey foam pipe insulation laid in the fold to keep the curve even. When you lift the roof it just flops out into it's ready made storage space. Can't remember where I got this tip from, I believe it was someone on the forum.
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Re: Wintering the B

I've seen people at car shows recently using a "sausage" on the rear screen. One was a tvr & one mx5. I've seen them on sale somewhere but you could easily use a door draught excluder (the sort your granny used to have!).
I have to say though, when my roof is down there is no threat of the rear screen kinking.
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Re: Wintering the B

I use a swimming pool solid tube flaot cot to length. Its diameter is about 50mm (2") and is solid and supple.
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Re: Wintering the B

I use to put in something in Sweden called a torrboll something similar to what you get when you buy electronics but much larger.

http://www.biltema.se/sv/Hem/Stad-oc...re-2000019534/

Apart from that also full tank
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