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Old 09-19-2006, 09:38 PM   #15
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This would work, at home at least. I had a problem in the early '80's with gas disapearing from my car overnight. I bought a locking gas cap, but that didn't stop the person.
I finally borrowed an electric fence power supply from a neighbor (farmer), and hooked it up to the car. It looked like wires going to an underhood battery charger when I was done with it. Late the next night, I heard the most ungodly scream from my car. I got up, and went outside to find a gas can and hose on the ground next to the open gas flap. Never had another problem, there is no reason it wouldn't work for car thieves as well.
Crude, but effective.

I love your style! That is absolutely priceless Unfortunately today the dirtbag would probably get a "good" lawyer and sue you out of house and home if you tried that today.

How about the ole bumper snicker that says Protected by Smith & Wesson
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:29 PM   #16
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This would work, at home at least. I had a problem in the early '80's with gas disapearing from my car overnight. I bought a locking gas cap, but that didn't stop the person.
I finally borrowed an electric fence power supply from a neighbor (farmer), and hooked it up to the car. It looked like wires going to an underhood battery charger when I was done with it. Late the next night, I heard the most ungodly scream from my car. I got up, and went outside to find a gas can and hose on the ground next to the open gas flap. Never had another problem, there is no reason it wouldn't work for car thieves as well.
Crude, but effective.
Now that is funny! I would have paid money to see the stealth video of this.
I've been looking at adding an air horn and air tank/compressor to my truck serves two purposes tires and safety. Maybe one of those 150 db train horn types. This will keep the bad drivers of Phoenix...that always pull right out in front of me from making it to work without the need for a change of underwear..Like Bill Cosby always said… .did he have on clean underwear at the time of the accident?
Second phase of this mischievous act will be to wire the train horn to the door so an attempted break in results in the first alarm going off.... normal it's loud but does anybody really pay attention NO.... and then the big surprise happens when the thief opens the door surprise TRAIN HONK HONK>>>>>> Life flashes in front of their eyes and they take off running…I'm thinking the cops will be able to at least get a good stool sample from this process.
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Old 09-19-2006, 11:30 PM   #17
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Hi, I have done some of the things you people mentioned and it either made the neighbors mad or made it more difficult for me to operate my car or more difficult to work on. Anything and everything can be overcome. I agree with one poster; I have the best system of all, Insurance.
On the other side of the fence; A friend of mine years ago, hooked up a 40,000 volt ignition coil to the driver's seat cushion frame. He had a hidden switch to turn it on or off. When on, it activated when the engine started.

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Old 09-19-2006, 11:39 PM   #18
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John is right and thats a easy thing to do but quite frankly, I don't worry about it because that's what insurance is for and if you steal my truck, I get a new one so we both win except nobody is looking for me. Yes it would be a day wasted but I'm not going to fiddle with some silly club to protect a late model vehicle when a new one is just one thief away.
Onnnnnnnnnn the other hand, if I had a vintage irreplaceable tow vehicle, I'd use the club.
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:50 AM   #19
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Thanks, 2air’ and others for your creative ideas and common sense…
I love my new F-250… too much so… and don’t want it stolen…
Especially far from home with the new trailer-to-be.
Already have dealer-installed alarm with starter disable…
Routinely use Club, have insurance, and will cover vin number.
Adding Lo-Jack and chain sounds prudent for my area…
Keep the ideas coming in for our database on this subject…
They are informative as well as entertaining!

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Old 09-20-2006, 01:26 AM   #20
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Give thieves a brake!

Some tow trucks have a valve installed in their brakeline that once the brake peddle is depressed, IT STAYS THAT WAY, until you manually release the brake.[used to keep truck from moving while using a winch] Only YOU know where the valve is located and there are models that require a key to engage or disengage.
Press down a little bit on the brake,the brake stays on a little bit, PRESS THE BRAKE DOWN HARD AND YOUR STOPPED AT THAT LOCATION! An engine can never overcome the brakes if applied all the way, THE BRAKES WIN!!!

Your stolen vehicle is usually recovered at the nearest intersection or stop sign or wherever the thief applies the brakes. Thieves generally do not spend much time trying to figure things out when they are in the middle of an intersection or stopped in the middle of the road. It works!!
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Old 09-20-2006, 06:35 AM   #21
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I'm glad you mentioned that Chipster. I was thinking along those lines, but could not remember where I heard/saw that braking system. Also, I wonder if Sears still sells that battery that you could remotely disable which kept your vehicle from cranking? It seemed like a good idea, but maybe not enough folks were that interested in it?
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Old 09-20-2006, 08:23 AM   #22
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Using Vice Grips as a steering wheel can alert the cops to a possible car theft!

Most of my cars have hidden switches that disconnect the battery and/or the fuel pump.

Watch a real good wrecker remove an impound car from a tight parking place and you'll reach the conclusion that nothing you do will prevent a determined theif from accomplishing his goal of stealing your vehicle!
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Old 09-20-2006, 08:58 AM   #23
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Not to change the subject, but can I change the subject, a little?

All this talk about electricity and gas thieves has me worried about blowing up some low life who will then sue me for his injuries ...

IMO, tow vehicles are replaceable. My AS is not. I've searched but I can't find a good string on how to keep it from getting stolen. Can someone direct me to a good string on that topic or give me your thoughts?

I keep it stored in a secure storage facility so I'm too worried about it then. When camping, though, all I have so far is a Master Lock that goes through the hitch lever.

Do you run a cable through the wheels, use one of those U-lock bike locks or anything else in addition to a hitch lock?

I once bought a heavier duty clamp type lock that had a ball that fit up into the hitch but the bar that would have surrounded the entire hitch wasn't big enough and didn't fit.

Just tossing it out there for your thoughts ...

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Old 09-20-2006, 08:59 AM   #24
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I meant I'm "not" too worried about it when stored ...
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Old 09-20-2006, 09:40 AM   #25
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I use the Master type lock that is a large, heavy casting that covers the ball opening. The only way to get it off is to drill out or pick the key cylinder.

Just locking the release lever doesn't do much. I used to lock my Coleman that way when I had it stored at my parent's home, about 40 miles away. One time I went to pick it up, and found when I got there, I had left the key at home. All it took was to remove the adjustment nut for the part that captures the ball, remove it, drop the coupler on the ball and reintall the removed parts. Another way to bypass te lever lock is to have a ground down ball on the tow vehicle, that will allow the coupler to slip over without opening the lever. Then just wrap a bungie cord around it to prevent it from jumping off on a bump and the thief is on his way.
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Old 09-20-2006, 02:33 PM   #26
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Hi debradhstream--My tongue jack is not electric, and has a handle. I removed the rivet on the handle, and substituted a locking pin, which I remove along with the handle when I'm parked. I have a small tomato paste can, sprayed silver that I slip over the end, which makes it look like an electric jack, without electric. Will this keep it from being stolen? No, but it will slow down potential A/S robbers.--Frank
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Old 09-20-2006, 03:27 PM   #27
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Range Rovers had a roll-over switch under the drivers seat ( designed to shut off fuel in a roll over) you could just reach under the seat a pull it up and that disabled the vehicle. All cars and trucks have them you just have to find out where it's installed in your vehicle.
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99% of all late vehicles use electric fuel pumps and fuel injection. It's easy to find and wire a switch in series with one or both of these. I remember a few year ago the most effective anti-theft device was the fuel turn off that allowed the thief to get about a block. then it shut down. I use an inexpensive cipher lock in series with my ignition hot wire to starter relay. It will crank, but it won't run. I installed the touchbutton lock in the ashtray and use 4 digits. If you try and err more than 4 times in 30 seconds you have to wait 5 minutes - also acts as a built in sobriety tester!
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