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Offline vikings1

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car cover
« on: January 02, 2009, 08:03:46 AM »
 Can anyone suggest a good  outdoor car cover for my 64 eldorado? i've spent good money for several that have not held up.  They either do not fit correctly or the tail fins rip it to shreds! thnx.

Offline TJ Hopland

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Re: car cover
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2009, 08:36:27 AM »
What type of climate?  Is the car protected at all other than the cover?
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Offline jaxops

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Re: car cover
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2009, 09:23:14 AM »
Can anyone suggest a good  outdoor car cover for my 64 eldorado? i've spent good money for several that have not held up.  They either do not fit correctly or the tail fins rip it to shreds! thnx.
I have used California Car Covers and their ability to stand up depends a lot on the weather.  I live in southeastern Virginia and the sun and rains damage them enough so that in 2 years they need to be replaced.  Up until now I have used the multi-weave and noah products.  They are good, but don't expect them to last forever.  This year I am trying our the extreme-weave, a lightweight cover for my 89 Crown Victoria.  It is more waterproof and seems to resist wearing on the edges like the Kimberly Clark material products do.
I have noticed that as the covers wear, they rub holes or wear thin around fins, roof racks, and mirrors.  I used duct tape to cover the holes to make it last longer, but perhaps cushioning underneath before you start using the cover would help.  Foam or even extra material and glue it on the underside where the fins or wear points tend to show up.  Just some thoughts.
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Offline DaveW

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Re: car cover
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2009, 12:18:12 PM »
I have read that using a cover on a car stored outside can lead to scratches in the paint due to rubbing when the cover flaps back and forth due to the wind blowing it around.  What has your experience been?  Is this a real problem?  If so, how big of a problem?
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Offline JerRita

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Re: car cover
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2009, 08:49:13 PM »
Several years ago I put a good quality cover on my 69 and when I took the cover off in the spring I also took the paint off the hood and trunk NEVER AGAIN JerRita
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Offline Glen

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Re: car cover
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009, 01:37:37 AM »
I used a California Car cover on my 68 ELDO when parked at work.  The cover I bought was intended for use in a garage not so much for out door use.  I chose it because it was light enough to put on and off every day. 

California Car Cover has a good web site describing the various covers they sell and what conditions they are designed for. 

It’s important to get a cover that fits properly otherwise it will flap in the breeze and wear the paint, blow off and any number of problems.   

Glen
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Offline jaxops

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Re: car cover
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2009, 08:58:49 AM »
I have read that using a cover on a car stored outside can lead to scratches in the paint due to rubbing when the cover flaps back and forth due to the wind blowing it around.  What has your experience been?  Is this a real problem?  If so, how big of a problem?
I haven't had that problem. I always get a cover that is soft on the paint but can withstand the elements.  They can blow off occassionally, but these all have good elastic on the edges.  If the cover is made for your car, it fits more snugly as well.  The generic ones tend to flap around a bit but the ones I bought that are made for the car have always stayed put. 
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Offline vikings1

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Re: car cover
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2009, 08:43:24 AM »
What type of climate?  Is the car protected at all other than the cover?
  i live in NJ so i get every weather extreme. there is no other protection besides the cover- no garage.

Offline David #19063

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Re: car cover
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2009, 10:58:47 AM »
Around here, one can rent a 10' x 20' garage at a storage place for $60 - $80 a month. 

And if you find someone with an empty garage space, even less than that.
David #19063
1996 DeVille Concours

Offline 76eldo

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Re: car cover
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2009, 12:05:16 PM »
I looked at a Corvette last winter for sale here in the PA area (same harsh winters).  He had the car in one of those canopy type enclosures, and the car stayed dry, and clean in there.  The Caddy is a lot bigger, so it may be hard to find one of these, but may be worth the effort.

Brian
Brian Rachlin
Huntingdon Valley, Pa
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Offline akstraw

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Re: car cover
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2009, 01:08:01 PM »
I have used California Car Covers on two collector cars here in central North Carolina.  I believe the particular one I selected was called Stomweave.  The cars are stored in an open carport, I use the covers to minimize sun damage and to keep the dust and pollen off the cars during dry weather.  I haven't noticed any paint damage, but the motion of the breeze does seem to cause patches of dust to form underneath them. 

They will trap moisture underneath; particularly in the type of weather we are having here now with a lot of precipitation and large daily temperature swings.  Because I am concerned about the effect of having a layer of moisture on the cars all the time, (especially the chrome plated parts), I remove the covers for the winter - there's less sun and dust at that time of year anyway.

The cover for the Cadillac is quite large, and I am also wondering how I am going to clean it.  As I said, it does accumulate a layer of dust undeneath over time, some of which is picked up by the underside of the fabric.

I have also considered the fabric car shelter, as mentioned above.  My mother in the mountains of Pennsylvania has used one for five or six years, now.  The first one, which had a standard frame (3/4" tubing), was picked up by the wind and blew over one time.   Fortunately, the car was not in it just them, and was not damaged in the process.  The current one has a much heavier frame; 1.5"  pipe or so, and is very heavily anchored down. 

Andy
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