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Before my car arrived, I insisted ALL paperwork be left in the car. No holes drilled in my bumper, no emblems, keep the plastic on the seats. The only thing that could have been sweeter was if my name was on the window sticker. Now that I have a briefcase full of documents and memorabilia, i'm thinking of having this stuff laminated. It would probably tie up the desk at Office Depot for a good long while lol. Unless someone offered me crazy money for my car, I don't plan on it leaving my grubby little hands anytime soon, but if the moment ever came, provenance means a great deal to the prospective buyer. Chime in with your thoughts and comments.

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Laminating will certainly keep the papers in great shape... but.

I would treat them as you would antique papers (since they will be someday, hopefully).

I found this article interesting...

  1. Reading old letters and cards can be very enlightening giving you a hint of the past. However, they must be handled carefully in order to protect them. Before handling any antique or vintage paper, make sure your hands are well washed and covered in a soft white cotton glove. This will prevent the very real danger of dirt, skin oils, acids or other chemicals that might be on your hands from damaging the paper you are handling.
  2. Preserving family heirlooms can be a tremendous task. You want to make sure they are sealed and protected. However, in no case should they be laminated! Lamination is a heat process that by its very nature will cause damage to your keepsakes. An alternative is to use 2 sheets of mylar film. Close the edges with double-sided tape (archival tape if possible), making sure that no part of the papers you are protecting will come in contact with the tape. In this way, your document is safely protected, ready for display and no further deterioration can occur. This is specially important for any newsclippings or newspapers you might find that you want to protect. Newspaper is not designed to last long, and can damage photos, letters and other paper if not separated and protected. Make sure you protect newsclippings by using the mylar "folder" and put pages of alkaline buffered paper behind each clipping before sealing. Store them in an acid-free box in a cool, dry room.
  3. Book collectors should take special care with antique books. Make sure you display your papers properly. They should kept away from direct sunlight, high humidity, high temperatures and any place where moisture may be prevalent (outside walls, basements, etc). This is true for books and photos as well. Sunlight will quickly damage ink and dyes inherent in most paper and cause it to become brittle quickly. Protecting your papers from direct sun, may not always be practical, however storing them in an acid free box, in a cool, dry closet, will go a long way to help preserve them properly.​
  4. Framing is another option for protecting your papers. Again, make sure anything that comes in contact with your keepsakes is acid-free or archival quality. There are special plexiglass or acrylic items available to use that also filter UV light. Acid-free boards can be used for mounting, but make sure you place spacers between the items you are preserving and the glass you will use. Again, make sure to hang or place your framed treasures out of direct sunlight. Make sure the frame is completely sealed to prevent dust from entering under the glass.
  5. Despite the warnings about direct sunlight, if your antique papers already have a dry mold on the item, bright sunlight is the best way to kill the mold spores and prevent them from spreading. First, clean the paper gently with a soft cloth or brush. Then, simply place the paper on a piece of acid-free paper and rest it in bright sunlight for about an hour. Brush off once more, then seal as soon as possible.
 

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Certainly food for thought, my thanks. Maybe I could find a way to put them in a large binder rather than having them jammed up in my briefcase.
 

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I agree that keeping every bit of documentation is a great idea, I have everything from when I picked mine up as well as the dealers promo box with sales broshures and the training CD, a cool piece of 09 history to have...
My stuff will be going in a binder soon.
 

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Found this binder and filler pages at Office Depot. I also have a leather bound notepad for my maintenance/mod records.
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My wife bought a large black cased shadow box and is taking paperwork, front license etc and making a Challenger display for our living room.
Now that is an awesome wife.
 

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Good manouver, I did the same....I bought the xryon model #900 laminator to save my documents...No power needed...a great product...You can change rolls for magnetic backing etc....We use it for all kinds of things...The window sticker I had to fold in half though and run it through the laminator...There is NO HEAT INVOLVED with this product.

Before my car arrived, I insisted ALL paperwork be left in the car. No holes drilled in my bumper, no emblems, keep the plastic on the seats. The only thing that could have been sweeter was if my name was on the window sticker. Now that I have a briefcase full of documents and memorabilia, i'm thinking of having this stuff laminated. It would probably tie up the desk at Office Depot for a good long while lol. Unless someone offered me crazy money for my car, I don't plan on it leaving my grubby little hands anytime soon, but if the moment ever came, provenance means a great deal to the prospective buyer. Chime in with your thoughts and comments.

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We did the same thing, after SE~xy arrived, we kept everything from the cars arrival. Put it all in a folder and sealed it in a zip lock bags.
 

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i have nearly everything, i dont have a 2009 challenger specific sales brochure
whihc pissed me off. they are all over eBay for sale but the dealer nor chrysler could get me one.
 

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i have nearly everything, i dont have a 2009 challenger specific sales brochure
whihc pissed me off. they are all over eBay for sale but the dealer nor chrysler could get me one.
thats where I got my brochure, Jack had a spare small one that I got off of him.
 
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