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Five Tips to Keep Your Classic Car From Being Stolen

Posted August 07, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Imagine this scenario: It’s a perfect spring day, so you opt to drive your classic car on a series of local errands. Lunch out is part of the plan, but exiting the restaurant, your car isn’t where you remember parking it. Assuming a mental lapse, you check nearby spots, but soon reality – laced with a bit of panic – sinks in. Your car has been stolen, but what could you have done differently to prevent this?

First, let’s establish one absolute: If a motivated professional car thief wants your particular car or truck, there’s very little you can do about it.

That said, there are a few preventative measures to consider.

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08/07/2019 9:49 AM

Number 6: Drive a classic like this.

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08/08/2019 10:07 AM

The ultimate in cool.

Also have you checked the number 6 plug? I'll bet its the original.

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08/08/2019 10:20 AM

Good thing with unleaded gasoline is that a quality plug can last for over 200,000 miles. I have 150,000 miles on the current set of plugs in my Suburban. (Platinum tipped)

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08/08/2019 1:06 PM

I used to I used to work at an auto parts store and I used to think Platinum tips were a hoax. Then because we had them on sale, I bought a set, and my old 350 cubic inch Oldsmobile V8 ran so much better and so much longer on those plugs, they made a real believer out of me. I don't use them now but boy I loved them then.

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08/07/2019 3:29 PM

This looks discouraging...

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08/08/2019 7:52 AM

30 seconds with a cordless grinder and cutting disc and she is gone galloping over the horizon.

but it’s the thought that counts :)

GPS tracker with backup battery is about 98 % reliable . Until a thief comes with a GPS jammer and cell phone blocker.

both of those jammers are available from China and you can be sure if WW 3 breaks out there will be chinese PLA agents all over the country with a couple of those stashed under the bed awaiting instructions to switch them on at the appointed time

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08/07/2019 7:29 PM

I have never had my car stolen. I attribute this to two factors:

  • I drive the ugliest car in town. I can park my car in downtown Laurence, MA at nite with the keys in the ignition, and I will be sure that it will still be there in the morning.
  • I always park next to the most expensive car in the parking lot.
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03/12/2020 3:07 PM

I am sure the half a hoagie rotting on passenger seat and empty bear cans carefully arranged to make your performance car look derelict is an effective deterrent to being selected for the "where did my car go" club.

What you park next to likely has little effect, but I guess it is fun to park so close, such the owner has to take extreme care to not get any of your car on his upon departure.

A rattle-can paint job will add a nice patina; as well as make a statement.

On the more serious side:

Older cars ( traditional American, with mechanical distributor, points and condenser ) can be ever-so-easily modified with an ignition kill device to ground the coil. A locking hood adaptation or shielding if factory cable released, will also be very effective.

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08/08/2019 1:43 AM

Instead of one nice car, buy like 5 shitty cars. That way, even if it gets towed away, you won't care.

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08/08/2019 9:32 AM

Sell it before it is taken!

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