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Has anyone had their truck stolen?
#1395643 Wed Feb 03 2021 09:07 PM
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Any stories of this? Just wondering what the scenarios are and what to watch out for.. How about gawkers.. or people that think your truck is free game..was abandoned or something (if not painted , just clearcoat like I'm doing)?


'38 1.5ton; "The stuff is as tough as woodpecker lips"
Re: Has anyone had their truck stolen?
38_1.5Ton #1395645 Wed Feb 03 2021 09:29 PM
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I have had a few things similar with my truck, mine had about a 1:1 ratio of paint to surface rust. for a few months after buying it there was a guy in a big f@rd with tow chains wrapped around his bumpers that would stop and start positioning himself to hook up to my truck. Luckily a tactical flashlight was enough to scare him off. (probably thought I had a gun, but my wife getting it while i was out there). After that I put it up on jack stands and removed a tire until I could get my fence/gate installed. also had all my gas siphoned a few times along with a fuel line being cut and drained, as well as someone trying to steal my battery, they messed up the cables and terminals but couldn't get the battery out without tools.

So it all depends on your neighborhood and whatnot, a motion sensor light seemed to help a bit with would-be thief's.


62' GMC Fleetside 3/4 ton 235 4-speed.
Time makes fools of us all.
Re: Has anyone had their truck stolen?
38_1.5Ton #1395650 Wed Feb 03 2021 10:14 PM
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Fences and dogs. nono

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38_1.5Ton #1395656 Wed Feb 03 2021 10:34 PM
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This is why I live in the country with fences and locked gates all around, dogs and security cameras. I just wish my dog would stop barking at the elk and cats every time he sees one...

Re: Has anyone had their truck stolen?
38_1.5Ton #1395675 Thu Feb 04 2021 01:02 AM
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'Bolter
If I knew someone was positioning themselves to steal my truck, I would gladly leave it exposed in the driveway every night. I would be sitting in a lawnchair in the dark with a 2" wrench and a .45, welcoming the opportunity to meet them face to face.


-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: Has anyone had their truck stolen?
38_1.5Ton #1395686 Thu Feb 04 2021 02:31 AM
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A kill switch is a really good deterrent. I wired in a hidden pushbutton ON-ON switch that when pushed out connects the ignition to the horn and when pushed in connects the ignition to the starter relay. If someone is trying to hot-wire my truck they will be letting me know smile also, a battery cutout switch is great but neither do much for you if someone is simply going to drag it away.


1959 Apache 3200 stepside
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Rebuilt M20 Transmission
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Re: Has anyone had their truck stolen?
38_1.5Ton #1395688 Thu Feb 04 2021 02:51 AM
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I don't think he knew it was running and driving based on the look of it. Plates were 20 years out as well.

Last edited by TerenceandMary; Thu Feb 04 2021 02:52 AM.

62' GMC Fleetside 3/4 ton 235 4-speed.
Time makes fools of us all.
Re: Has anyone had their truck stolen?
38_1.5Ton #1395692 Thu Feb 04 2021 03:00 AM
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Amazing. Thanks for the feedback guys. Also amazing someone thinks they have the right to do this. I know there was another thread on the forum somewhere about precautions. I think its helpful to get experiences from those who have encountered it.


'38 1.5ton; "The stuff is as tough as woodpecker lips"
Re: Has anyone had their truck stolen?
38_1.5Ton #1395722 Thu Feb 04 2021 02:00 PM
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My dad told me that he worked with a man back in the 70's that had a very nice 1957 chevy 2-door car. Stopped at a gas station, went inside. Truck and trailer with a winch pulled up, hooked up, and was gone with his car in about a minute. Someone had been watching and following. I guess the lesson is to keep your eyes peeled and try not to be predictable by driving/parking in the same locations daily. Also, whenever I park my truck somewhere, I try my best to park where it would be a huge inconvenience to try and steal my truck; I avoid the large open area in the back of parking lots.


-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: Has anyone had their truck stolen?
38_1.5Ton #1395912 Fri Feb 05 2021 04:38 PM
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What if you forget to flip your kill switch and your truck gets stolen, now what? Some have installed GPS or similar tracking devices. There are tons of tracking device options out there. Not on my truck (yet) but another rig of mine which is more desirable than the truck (is that possible? cool) I have not only a kill switch but a tracking device that sends me a text each time the rig is moved. I can follow it on a map ap, blah, blah, blah. So, for those who drive their trucks often...... yahoo


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