Maintaining the Collection
At the American Muscle Car Museum we maintain the entire collection to where each car is in driving condition, to preserve the collection and the value of the cars. Currently each car is annually brought out to the maintenance shop, inspected before starting, any adjustments, repairs, or fluid changes done. Then the vehicle will be started, ran and brought up to temperature. We are fortunate to have the museums grounds located on 42 acres which allows us to put "miles" on the cars in a controlled setting. Each car after being brought to temp, is allowed to cool down and be re-inspected. We have a master inventory list accompanied by an inspection check list for each car.
Three of the major items that we deal with are fuel, coolant and batteries. On the fuel, any of the cars 1982 and older, we use Sunoco 110 Octane Race Fuel and keep 3-5 gallons in each car. Along with using this high-grade fuel, we add STA-BIL 360 fuel additive. On all cars 1983 and newer, we use Sunoco 93 Octane Non-Ethanol Fuel also with the STA-BIL additive. On these newer cars we keep 1/2 a tank of fuel in them becuase on most, the fuel pump is located internally in fuel tank. For coolant, we use Evans Waterless Coolant and we use CTEK Battery Chargers and Maintainers for the batteries.
We have a detailing schedule for each car. We use Rupes Polishers and detailing products are a combination of Meguiars and 303 products.
As far as parts and supplies for these cars, we have developed many good relationships and sources over time.
There are two people that maintain the collection. Ed Dedick and Jerry Frye. Each of these two have over 30 years experience in restoring and maintaining these types of cars. The collection is currently at 281 cars so we aim to cycle 6 cars through each week.