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road trip secure
#1337356 Thu Dec 12 2019 03:38 AM
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hello , i plan a 3000 mile road trip in may 2020 using my 1939 chevy flatbed truck . i am asking for ideas about security from theft . i have door and hood locks , locking gas caps , battery cut off switch , fuel transfer switch . plan parking in well lit areas at hotels , no nite driving . how is road trips been for other owners with classic or old vehicles ?

thank you 1pete1

Re: road trip secure
1pete1 #1337365 Thu Dec 12 2019 04:49 AM
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Pete, you could stop by here if you wish. Sounds like you have theft covered, could also remove the coil wire, too. Biggest problem that worries me, too, is if you have a breakdown and have to leave it. Another good reason to keep us up to date on here.


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Re: road trip secure
1pete1 #1337367 Thu Dec 12 2019 05:45 AM
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I'd consider removing the rotor. What thief going to have one of those? Maybe a coil wire, but a rotor?

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Re: road trip secure
1pete1 #1337369 Thu Dec 12 2019 05:59 AM
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Hide one of those bluetooth chips on your truck so you can track it with your phone.....but call the cops if you find them.

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1pete1 #1337371 Thu Dec 12 2019 08:33 AM
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I'll tell you my trick and its basically free. It's related to a couple of ideas above: a fake coil wire... grab some 1/4" or 5/16" vacuum hose (whichever matches the diameter of your coil wire) and superglue some scrap boots on the end (ones that also match your real coil wire or at least fit over the coil and center distributor post). When you leave the truck, pocket your genuine coil wire and install the fake one. A pretty thorough look under the hood, or even popping the distributor cap off, will not show anything obvious is missing. The truck won't start with the fake, obviously, and a thief won't likely have time to run through a troubleshooting checklist - assuming he knew what to do in that regard in the first place. Good luck on your trip - sounds like fun!

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1pete1 #1337376 Thu Dec 12 2019 10:56 AM
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Provided that you choose decent locations to stay, I wouldn't be overly concerned with security. A new Camry would be a much more likely to be stolen than your truck. How many people even know how to drive a non-synchronized manual transmission? For such a long trip, issues like fuel availability between stops and spare parts would be a bigger concern. Sounds like an interesting journey.

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1pete1 #1337380 Thu Dec 12 2019 12:35 PM
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Let us know your route and we can set up a Stovebolt rescue team.
If you'll be passing thru mid Missouri, I'll PM you my cell number and if you have any issues, maybe I can help.
Or just meet up for a meal or coffee.


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Re: road trip secure
1pete1 #1337381 Thu Dec 12 2019 12:41 PM
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I have traveled from the Rio Grande to Minnesota and made a lap of the USA in my 37 Buick and it doesn't even have a key. The ignition is a flip switch on the steering column and I don't know if the doors or trunk will lock. If someone stole it what would they do with it other than selling it for scrap to buy dope. They couldn't find the battery, 90% can't drive a stick shift, especially a floor shift 3 speed, has no radio, not one in a thousand knows how to engage the starter, parts off a straight eight don't have a hot market, and finally it would take the cops nanoseconds to spot it. I park it at theaters, malls, sporting events and the only problem is one has to allow extra time to answer all the questions from onlookers. I think you are fretting a non-problem.


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1pete1 #1337385 Thu Dec 12 2019 01:32 PM
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When staying at motels/hotels ask to park within view of the desk staff. That’s usually where the best lighting is. Don’t accept a room on the backside or in a far dark corner , thinking out of sight out of mind. That’s exactly where the dope heads hang out. Fake Coil wire is an old school trick that will fool 100% of the car thieves out there today. Do not leave anything of value inside your truck. Thieves will look before they break windows or take the time to mess with unlocking the door. Good luck with your trip and have fun.

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Re: road trip secure
1pete1 #1337386 Thu Dec 12 2019 01:55 PM
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1Pete1, Sounds like you have a good handle on securing your truck. I've driven my '51 on two trips (app 1,400 miles each) and have not had any issues with tampering or vandals. The biggest concern has been rude thoughtless folks parking too close. Of course with a flat bed the opportunity for door ding damage is less than with a standard truck. What I've done if unable to park in a safe area (from too close vehicles) is ask the front desk if I could park right in front of the office. Never turned down since most appreciate old vehicles.

Good Luck with the trip and PICTURES, we need pictures man!

added in edit: Shoot, guess I should finish typing a reply before getting another cup of coffee! Ditto what Martin said.


Last edited by moparguy; Thu Dec 12 2019 02:02 PM.

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