No need to put in storage. One of the great things about Florida.
Northwest Ohio would mean a certain death from rust for NellyBelle, my '64 bug from Phoenix. She's never seen any significant rust of any kind except the battery area, and they salt the bejeezes out of our roads in the winter. Even rain here isn't good for old cars. So mine is residing in my (wife's) garage until I get the last fender and passenger door on, (my belly still looks like I was the loser in a bad knife-fight) then I move it to my brother's garage for headliner, carpet, seats, windows and stereo. Then I don't know where she'll go for the winter, but inside somewhere. And, yes, mice can be very destuctive to your old car- my first restoration attempt, a '70 Ghia had mice and rats nests in the back seat area when I got her, and the odor alone is nigh impossible to get out. I'm jealous of you folks in warmer climes who can drive all year-round. I hear mothballs around the car will discourage mice.
BTW- Excellent article, Wayne. Just read it, and copied it for my notebook of such things. That's why I subscribe to VWT!
Theres no way I'd store my beetle for the winter. I've never owned a car that handled so well in the snow, and once the chains are on the only thing that will stop it is high centering.
I'm in Houston, Texas, and I heard some people are thinkin about putting there vw in storage, but thats crap, it dont get cold enough here, and man when i was in florida, we never stored ours either. I mean I dont think a mean 60 something degrees isnt something your Volkswagen didnt ever do in its whole life. I work late and leave work at like 1:30am and its all a little under 50, and I have to start that thing and drive it home for another 45mins. nice nice, shes never let my down yet, well with the right oil of course lol
Bernard- Northern CA sounds like a dream to us here in the snowbelt. I spent time there as a young long-haired college student in the early 70's doing field studies in botany/biology and fell in love with the area. (I actually grew up in Oceanside, CA, during the mid-late '60's- as a Marine brat). I have nearly finished my '64 bug NellyBelle. She was the ideal "recovery project"- I would've gone looney just sitting around watching daytime TV for a month. I'm about ready to go back to my real job in the OR... sans a few inches of my colon . I found a beautiful heated building for my bug for the winter for 25.00/month, and I can access her any time I wish. As an added benefit, the guy who owns the building is an old VW afficianado, and builds VW race engines as a sideline. Enjoy your mild winter, Bernard. We here are bracing for feet of snow, subzero temps, bone-chilling winds out of Canada, and as of Monday, we won't see the sun again until May. (And of course, tons of salt dumped indiscriminately on the roads)
John Scribner (P.S. my wife is the Nipper )
Hey John (oops, sorry about the nipper reference   glad to hear you are up, about, and doing fine !! I've had a few 'knife fights' myself and the sitting around waiting afterwards could very well be the hardest part. I know I was whining about the winter, but then it's all relative; I've lived in Ca all my life and only see what you put up with on the news... My attitude about snow is that it's fun to visit and play in, then you go home... Great find with the VW buff's heated building. That sort of thing is hard to find around here, and I don't think you could rent a 5 gallon bucket for $25 a month.... Well, one can't have it all ! Good luck with the rest of the project. Be well.
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