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post #1 of 23 Old 04-19-2019, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Storing the old girl outside

I've kept my 1978 GT18 in the garage for the 5 years or so I've owned her which surely is better than storing outside. But I only use it once or twice a year and lately have not been as much into tinkering and using it like I was. Between it and my weekly grass cutting LT1000 they take up a fair amount of valuable space in my 2 car garage. I'm thinking of moving the GT18 outside and throwing a one of my rubber roofing / EPDM tarps over it to keep the rain off.

Any other tips to keep the elements at bay? Eventually I might sell it, but since my interest in the old tractor comes and goes I'm going to keep it for now in case the obsession returns.

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I've seen it said NOT to use tarps and such because they tend to trap moisture which can do all sorts of nasty things. I'd be more inclined to buy or build a small garden shed type thing, even if it were one of the canvas covered type.
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The downside of a tarp is that condensation will build up under it. Can you build a lightweight frame to keep the tarp off of the tractor slightly? One of those portable sheds might work.


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I've seen it said NOT to use tarps and such because they tend to trap moisture which can do all sorts of nasty things. I'd be more inclined to buy or build a small garden shed type thing, even if it were one of the canvas covered type.
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I have been using tarps with various results. They either trap moisture or let it in. I would love a enclosure but haven't found a solution yet. My Suburban has been ok under tarp so far. I do move the tarped machines often though.

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Things stored under cover (more than a tarp) last much longer. Just covered with a tarp will invite more critters to try and live in it too. Can you build an enclosed lean to on the side of your garage? Make it big enough for the LT1000 too. Im sure the misses wont complain about having more room in the garage. Dont worry, if you get rid of the GT18, its likely to be filled with the next hobby. In the meantime, its really nice having a covered space to work for most of the year. You will find like most, theres never enough storage space, but once you start getting things organized and put away, things work a lot better and easier.

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Sadly I can't built an extra hut/shed/frame on my property due to homeowner rules. Maybe I can just tarp the top half to shed rain but still allow airflow and quicker evaporation of any moisture?

I am worried about squirrels/mice because they do occasionally get under the hood of the car and truck and build a nest or leave acorn scraps.

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I set up a few pallets on the ground to raise some of my equipment (those that are much less commonly used or seasonal) off of the ground, and then have some tarps on them. I left the tarp off the ground enough that air should flow freely beneath the pallets, thereby reducing the amount of moisture buildup.

I just did this yesterday, so am curious to see how well it works out. I just have the Lawn Chief rider, a couple tillers, and the snowblowers there for now.

I really could use an actual shed for this...but it isn't in the budget.

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I have thought about building a platform in my garage against the back wall,that would be high enough for my truck or a car's nose or rear end fit under,then I could park a few tractors on the platform and still be able to park vehicles in the garage ..

Only problems would be devising a safe way to get the tractors up & down off the platform..
To drive one up a ramp would be risky,and the ramp would have to be hinged so you could raise it up off the floor and out of the way..Also,you'd have to build it very beefy to handle the weight and it would be best to anchor it to the wall and floor too..

Anything I leave outside here for more than a few months is well on its way to becoming junk,it stays wet & humid often and animals nest in things fast--one tractor I didn't use often I left outside under a crude "shed" made of three pallets stood on end with a sheet of plywood over them for a roof,had a lovely wasp nest the size of a grapefruit under its hood after being parked there only a month,and I got stung several times when I opened the hood to put gas in it and start it when I was going to use it!..

Mice have ruined some engines I had stored in a box truck body I use as a shed too,so having things "indoors" doesn't guarantee you wont have things living in them,but it does reduce the possibility..

Those tent garages can let things sweat from condensation too,its best to put a screened louver on the rear wall so air can circulate inside them..seen some nice muscle cars get damaged being stored in them that were not ventilated..


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Sadly I can't built an extra hut/shed/frame on my property due to homeowner rules. Maybe I can just tarp the top half to shed rain but still allow airflow and quicker evaporation of any moisture?



I am worried about squirrels/mice because they do occasionally get under the hood of the car and truck and build a nest or leave acorn scraps.
Sometimes you can get away with a lean to against a building ...

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Sadly I can't built an extra hut/shed/frame on my property due to homeowner rules.
Time to move.
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Actually, now that I think of it. Seems like a great excuse for a toy hauler.

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Sadly I can't built an extra hut/shed/frame on my property due to homeowner rules. Maybe I can just tarp the top half to shed rain but still allow airflow and quicker evaporation of any moisture?

I am worried about squirrels/mice because they do occasionally get under the hood of the car and truck and build a nest or leave acorn scraps.
I take it's an HOA.
Makes you wonder about these dumb rules sometimes. What would they rather see, a neat orderly shed or God knows what hidden under an old tarp?

I bought a house years ago. I wanted to build a garage in the back yard for my cars. When I went for permits, the neighbor put up a fuss, saying about noise etc. I said to her and the permit people that I was going to work on my cars, garage or no garage. What would they rather see, me with a car all apart in the yard or it all inside where it isn't an eyesore?....Got my permit

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Storing under tarp, bad news: Traps moisture, causes sweating which makes more moisture, attracts vermin, no matter how securely you secure it wind will eventually get at least some of it loose and flapping around, creates eyesore which wife and neighbors won't appreciate. Good news: Great for short term outside storage. JMHO

See if a neighbor would "sublet" enough space in a garage to store it.
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