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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by eshorvath, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. eshorvath

    eshorvath 1/2 ton status

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    Well, Friday I filled up the Blazer, with 25 gallons, over 75$ in gas. Went away for the weekeind in the Grand Prix, and then today, decided to run the Blazer to the casino for dinner and a few bucks on the black jack table, well, the gas gauge dropped to 1/16th of a tank.
    Freaking thieves....
    Does regular locking gas caps work?
    Is there anything to put in the gas neck to prevent hoses from getting to the tank?
    Locking gas covers?
    Any ideas, besides a shot gun to who comes close to the truck?

    Sigh, this really torques me... and I have a feeling that it is the guy who I have been helping with on his suburban, friday he asked me who he can take gas from, and he saw me top it off, maybe he needs a match in his tank.

    Sorry for the venting, been a bad week, first my part never showed up for the transfer case, Fed Ex lost it...Dont use Fed Ex, they dont even care when they do lose things, it was like . "oh well" from Fed Ex, then the great Gas Caper...

    Im tempted to disconnect the gas spout on the tank, and run a separate, different fill tube from a hidden spot in the truck, then run the stock spout to a second tank, filled with something to mess with their engine, the one with the broken car the next day is the thief.

    Anyway, have a great week.
    Eddie
     
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    A locking gas cap might stop a few people but if they really want the gas they will get it. Someone just cut the filler tube off of one of our work trucks. :(
     
  3. Cricket

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    I feels your pain.......

    We have had our share of driveway hoodlums this year. As soon as gas shot up to 3.00 I went out and bought locking gas caps from the local Checker auto parts for both the C10 & K10.

    The caps are keyed and will cost you around 10 bucks each but it's cheaper than replacing a tank full. My 77 K10 got the push in style and the 79 C10 got the screw in style. The C10 sits in the street so it's a perfect target for fuel stealin pond scum.
     
  4. eshorvath

    eshorvath 1/2 ton status

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    Ya, they cut the filler tube on the work truck and all of the city's trucks.
    Maybe they will be like the idiot last year, who used a match to see how much fuel they took.
    Eddie
     
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    I'd fill his tank up the rest of the way with water and sand. Maybe even your used oil that has been sitting around?

    See how that makes his truck run. ;)
     
  6. eshorvath

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    I thought about running a gargen hose to his truck tank.
    Eddie
     
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    I've got locking fuel caps on all 4 of my rigs. It'll stop the "convenience crimes" but if someone really wants your fuel, they'll get it.
     
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    Here too...

    I live near at least a dozen new car dealerships..many brand new cars have had the gas tanks punctured with a punch and the gas stolen!..talk about costly--most of the cars tanks cost 1000 bucks or more!..and since they only put a few gallons in each car,its a waste of the theives time to be stealing the gas at all--they have surveillance cameras,but the pictures are worthless as far as I D ing the suspects..a few places hired security gaurds..no one has been caught yet,except one!--one place discovered the security gaurd was pilfering gas and parts off the new cars,and was trading them for crack... :p: !

    Much more common here is "drive off's"--people who park on the outside lane at the gas station closest to the street--then speed off without paying once its full...most of them have plates stolen off another vehicle from the nearby Wal-Mart ...few if any get caught or prosecuted,and its only a 200 dollar misdemeanor fine if they DO get caught!..now many stations require you to pay first,then pump...

    Yesterday,a local highway 1 mile from me was completely shut down--a Mobil gasoline tanker struck and sideswiped a DPW maintenence truck a crew was doing gaurd rail repairs with--over 2000 gallons were lost! :eek1: :eek1: --

    I thought I smelled a strong odor of gasoline when I went out to get my mail yesterday afternoon--and noticed my usually quiet side street had suddenly become a "alternate route",with hundreds of speeding cars for about 5 hours!--they are STILL there today,mopping up the leftovers,and digging out a lot of gas soaked dirt off the side of the highway...wish I'd had a pump and my 60 gallon tank off my old K20 handy--could have gotten a few free full tanks and then some... :doah: :crazy: ...what a waste!.. :doah:
     
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    Do the alternate filler and hook the stock filler to a small tank with regular fuel in it. Then doctor that fuel with some valve grinding compound.
     
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    This isn't gas realated, but my buddy had a guy slice 2 of his tires back in HS. He knew the guy did it..

    So, he went to his house, and walked up in front of the guys K5 (yeah, I know :doah: ) at about 0: dark 30 in the am, and shot through the grill with his 7mm mag.

    The best part was when he said he overheard the guy giving his friends the damage report at school the next day. Toasted the tube grill, rad, water pump, and cracked the block.

    I can assure you... the sound of a 7mm mag going off in a residental area, at point blank range between a vehicle and the closed garage door.. will make the sheetmatel ring like a bell... even if your sitting in a truck about 5 houses down.

    Well.. at least that's what I'm told. :rolleyes:


    Anyway.. I just thought I'd convey some examples of how others have dealt with simular situations.
     
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    i have a locking gas cap, just because i was afraid of some one stealing feul, and i thought maybe some one at school might be a dumb ass and put sugar in my tank. If you want revenge, you can always add a little sugar with the guy's gas. Just a thought.. not trying to intaginze(sp?) anything..
     
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    Another thing too is a gal my wife works with had a car toasted by some kids who put a rag in the filler cap and lit it The car exploded in a matter of seconds and burned so hot it melted 2 cars nearby.


    Mike
     
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    I addition to relocating your filler neck, consider making the old one a small reservoir of something gas-like but none too healthy for an engine.

    Like gas or kerosene with sugar, solvent, etc. You get the idea.
     
  14. Greg72

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    Sugar in the gas tank is an urban myth..... it does nothing.

    Watched "MythBusters" one night, and they tried to kill an engine with sugar, mothballs, etc. Not a very interesting show because nothing actually happened.
     
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    I saw that too!...

    I watched that episode of "Mythbusters" too!--Maybe the sugar didn't do much--but boy,the clorox bleach did one hell of a number on the gas tank in 24 hrs!..looked like it was in the ocean for a year,it was so rusted!..I bet the pistons wont tolerate bleach for very long.. :rolleyes: :crazy: --I recall them labeling bleach as "Plausible".. :crazy: I was suprised "Draino" didn't kill the motor ..that stuff dissolves aluminum!

    One guy I know who had a grudge put a cupfull of brake lathe shavings in a guys cranckcase,via the oil filler cap....it ran three days to work 5 miles and back..then it started smoking so bad he got pulled over..and it seized tight shortly thereafter!.. :crazy:
     
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    If he wants a full tank, ill give him a full tank, next time he mentins he is low on gas, i will run the gargen hose to his tank...His gauge will say full.
    ;)
     
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    That sounds like a great idea. Mix a little oil in and just look for the smoke. :D
     
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    I think the last station that let you pay after pumping was gone about 10 years ago around here :crazy:
     
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    More like twenty years :haha: :haha: :haha:
     
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    Interesting, i've always been told it could really mess up a motor. Sorry i haven't watched mythbusters before, so i guess i wouldn't know. Thanks for re informing me, and sorry about my mistakes.
    Cory
     

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