Winter storage, for engine?

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Winter storage, for engine?

Postby gitractorman » Wed Nov 17, 2021 6:38 am

What are your thoughts on storing a Farmall M for the winter? Mine will be covered and protected from the elements but it won't be heated and may be difficult (if we get a lot of snow) to get to and start occasionally. I already filled and stabilized the fuel, checked the antifreeze, have a trickle charger installed, etc. Would you fog the engine? I usually fog the boat motors but never thought about the tractors because mos of mine are diesel, and/or they get run sometime during the winter, but the M is gas, and could sit for the entire winter. Thanks.
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Re: Winter storage, for engine?

Postby Gary Dotson » Wed Nov 17, 2021 8:24 am

I don’t really do anything special, for winter storage, aside from fuel stabilizer. I’m also opposed to the occasional start-up, unless, you’re going to warm it fully. A short run brings in moisture into the engine and it doesn’t get burned out. I kinda let sleeping dogs lay. I can’t see where fogging could hurt anything, though, probably a good idea.

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Re: Winter storage, for engine?

Postby Eugene » Wed Nov 17, 2021 8:26 am

Lock or block down the clutch?

I start my tractors during warm spots, let the battery charge up and dry out the engine. Get a lot of moisture/condensation several times a year. Enough to soak everything in the shop.
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