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Old 12-12-2011, 15:20   #1
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Storing spare alternator starter motor

Can anyone advise the best way to store a spare alternator and starter, minimise corrosion etc? some oil spray then airtight bags?
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Old 12-12-2011, 15:28   #2
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Re: Storing spare alternator starter motor

I know a cruiser that shrink wraps spares and even tools that are used infrequently or only in emergencies.
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Re: Storing spare alternator starter motor

maybe some of the little moisture packs in a airtight bag. Idont know if oiling them up is a good idea.
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Re: Storing spare alternator starter motor

I have mine padded and vacuum sealed in one of those food bags. Seems to be working great. Just store so it wont wobble around in storage and poke a hole in the sealed bag.
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Re: Storing spare alternator starter motor

The household kitchen "Foodsaver" vacuum packing machine and large bags is what I use for all spare parts, pumps, alternators, starters, etc., etc. I get the rolls of large bags and cut them to fit the part and then use the vacuum sealer to vacuum pack the item. Sometimes if there are sharp edges I use double bags or put something in the bag to soften the sharp edge.

- - Alternators and other parts were in perfect condition as much as 5 years after I packed them and stored them away in the bilge.
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For tools and such stuff I purchased a bag of 100 "shop rags" and laid one or two on top of the tools in a drawer or box and then soaked the rags with Boeing T-9. No rust on the tools during 10 years in the Caribbean.
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Re: Storing spare alternator starter motor

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The household kitchen "Foodsaver" vacuum packing machine and large bags is what I use for all spare parts, pumps, alternators, starters, etc., etc. I get the rolls of large bags and cut them to fit the part and then use the vacuum sealer to vacuum pack the item. Sometimes if there are sharp edges I use double bags or put something in the bag to soften the sharp edge.

- - Alternators and other parts were in perfect condition as much as 5 years after I packed them and stored them away in the bilge.
FoodSaver Food Sealer Vacuum - V2040 : Target

For tools and such stuff I purchased a bag of 100 "shop rags" and laid one or two on top of the tools in a drawer or box and then soaked the rags with Boeing T-9. No rust on the tools during 10 years in the Caribbean.
+1 That's the reason I bought a vac bagger, parts, med supplies and food. Even have the big vac bags for clothing. I only wear a selected few when sailing.
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Re: Storing spare alternator starter motor

We have a vacuum bagger for food, but have only used it to store spare parts!

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Re: Storing spare alternator starter motor

Seems the best argument for the things.
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Re: Storing spare alternator starter motor

i actually got to use mine after being stored aboard for over a year. don't have a vacuum bagger thing so i just sprayed it with wd40, wrapped it in a towel which i also sprayed with wd40, and then put the whole thing inside a couple of layers of plastic bags you get at the supermarket.

got hit by lightning in the abacos and, among other things, the alternator got fried (engine was not running at the time). unpacked the alternator, installed it, and off it went. still running fine after five months.
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Re: Storing spare alternator starter motor

I am a Boeshield addict. If I was doing it, I would douse it in Boeshield and vacubag it.

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+1 That's the reason I bought a vac bagger, parts, med supplies and food. Even have the big vac bags for clothing. I only wear a selected few when sailing.
One of the benefits of the vacubagger and clothing is that the clothing gets compressed. Makes it small and easy to stash.
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