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How do you protect your Hot Rod when traveling and staying overnight in a motel?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by GotRust, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    mustangsix, the Ritz-Carlton Valet will probably bring the thieves coffee while their loading up your car.
    I used to think I was somewhat anal when leaving my cars parked overnight at motels wanting to see them from my room and worrying they may be stolen. Now its not being anal, cars are now routinely being stolen and the concern is real.
  2. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871


    No valet parking for my truck, ever!
  3. I had a freind that was all bent out of Shape worring about His Car at Nite he would
    Chane it to a Pole
    and Had a Sign saying "This Car is wired with 2 Sticks of Dynamite"
    so if you Open it the wrong way "BOOM"
    and it realy was wired with the Dynamite of course he was a Nut!

    Just my 3.5 cents
  4. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


  5. mustangsix
    Joined: Mar 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,297


    Obviously, the Wiley Coyote approach to security.......:)
  6. Buzznut
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,349


    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that he would have been held accountable for murder or manslaughter if it had actually gone off. The better deal (without liability) would have been to wire it with a countdown clock and a loud boom...just to scare the $&!t out a would be thief.
  7. I put thousands of miles on my car every year. I've driven to SoCal and back. Stayed at many hotels. I've never worried about it and likely never will. And I have no alarm system and NO WINDOWS!
    And yes, I did have a 64 Impala stolen from me years ago. I let my insurance adjuster look after these things. That's what he gets paid for.
    I've got more important things to worry about than some tweaker stealing my car.
  8. 1955IHC
    Joined: Aug 20, 2013
    Posts: 636


    I look at it this way. If they really want it they're gonna get it no matter what I do aside from sleeping in it, and even that's not 100%.

    Sent via Western Union Express
  9. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    Time to move on.
  10. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    If the thief wants my car that badly, he/she can take it. My insurance covers me, and then some. Life is too short to fret over material things. That's my attitude, anyway.
    Joined: May 6, 2012
    Posts: 325

    I lost an OT muscle car to a thief about 20 years ago and I'm still not completely over it. I had a ton of time and money in it - like every one else in HAMB land - and I got it back totaled. I saved the 400 Pontiac and the Muncie, and that was about it.
  12. Jay Tyrrell
    Joined: Dec 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,631

    Jay Tyrrell

    Here is a response from a guy that really is not connected to his car and doesn't get it...
  13. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    I just laugh when I read or hear someone say something like that because it's usually bullshit.
  14. Buzznut
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,349


    Back on topic... My thought is this; the guys who aren't all that concerned about their cars being stolen and have the attitude "if it happens it happens" must fall into one of five categories:

    1) They are truly not concerned with material possessions at all, if their house burnt down they would feel just as unconcerned (or apathetic).

    2) Their cars are way over-insured and they could think of other things to do with the insurance money, including other cars they would prefer to own if they had the cash.

    3) Their income level is so high that a $20K, $30K, $50K, $100K loss wouldn't affect them one bit.

    4) They have very little personal time, blood, sweat, ingenuity invested in their cars. For them it's an object they traded for greenbacks, not an expression of them as a person or a passion they agonized over and spent too many sleepless hours working on.

    5) They don't like the car all that much.

    I could be wrong, but probably not...
  15. drive the PRIUS on that trip..
  16. I'm making popcorn.
  17. borderboy1971
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 744

    from Canada

    About 20 years ago, I had y OT vehicles broken into and some minor stuff stolen. What really ticked me off was that they pryed under the door handles and damaged the door skins doing it. (I'd rather they had just broken a side window as it would be a lot easier to fix). I ended up making my own "silent" alarms.

    I went to the local electronics place and bought a child locator... It had an alarm that you would put on your kid and a remote control, if you were in a store and lost your kid, you would press the button on the remote and the alarm would go off on the kid. I simply made a small bracket that held the remote and a solenoid that would push the button if the door was opened or the hood was opened, and the alarm would go off in my house. The "silent" part was that the crook wouldn't hear the alarm in the house and I could come out and "take care of the situation". I never had to do that though as I never got broke into again.
    At the time the range was very limited (around 100 ft) and the other thing was it worked off a radio frequency and I got woke up a couple times with false alarms. Still though they were cheap piece of mind.
  18. Car Fox
    Joined: Jul 28, 2013
    Posts: 27

    Car Fox

    I always keep a blow up doll ,pillow and blanket in the trunk if I stay overnite in a Motel I just inflate it cover it and stick it on the front seat then I just insert an old 8-track tape that I gutted out and respilced with 5 minutes of my wife snoring it just keeps on repeating itself over and over and leave the drivers window cracked about 2". It has worked so far
  19. 29moonshine
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,314


    i pull the truck into the parking spot then turn the wheels hard to the right or left then run a 1/4" steel cable from the steering wheel around the brake pedal with a lock.
  20. albync
    Joined: Feb 24, 2011
    Posts: 5


  21. terryr
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 286

    from earth

    If you care that much about it, sleep in it. Better yet, keep it in storage and just show people pictures of it. It might get worn out, or in an accident, or rusty.

    Put an alarm on it and forget it. If somebody really wants it they're gonna get it. A stolen car is better than getting cancer.
  22. american ingenuity at its best right thar ;)
  23. nlualum82
    Joined: Dec 24, 2005
    Posts: 103

    from Oregon

    My budget, taste, and skills are the biggest deterrent to anyone stealing my truck! :/
    A much bigger worry for me is being vandalized because someone knows it is mine ( I'm not exactly Dale Carnegie).
  24. There is one more: I will build another one bigger, better, stronger, faster!
  25. fast30coupe
    Joined: Nov 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,019

    from Illinois

    100 yards is perfect range

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  26. jroberts
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,639


    When I am traveling I try to stay in places that have parking outside my door and I get a first floor room. If that is not possible I park as close to the front door as possible in the most brightly lit spot available. The old Studebaker is far from being a show car and maybe that is a deterrent as well.
  27. cryobug
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 362


    Sorry but your cable trick is over to a thief that takes a hack saw to your steering wheel to release your cable. That's why The Club doesn't work out in the long run.
  28. GearheadsQCE
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 2,739

    Alliance Vendor

    Just have the wife sleep in the car. That way, she won't argue with the girlfriend.
  29. squeaky32
    Joined: May 30, 2013
    Posts: 135


    years ago someone tried to steal my galaxie, little did they know that you cant hotwire a car with a dead battery, so they took a knife to the seats and pushed it down the street in front of the neighbors house. seeing the destroyed original seats were bad, but it made me always have a hidden ignition, loud exhaust and be a light sleeper. doesnt do much for a towtruck coming up on it, but at least ill wake up
  30. tnich123
    Joined: May 26, 2009
    Posts: 160


    If you cant steer it. If you don't have power to start it and if it want roll because the brakes are locked down it doesn't mean it cant be stolen but it want be stolen by the young joy rider.
    Add to that good insurance a well lighted hotel with others hot rodders staying there. Pick a hotel that has a security guard walking the lot at night offer a nice tip to keep an eye on your car and enjoy the trip.

    Remember the best security devices are the ones that would normally be in the car. My mom had a bad habit of driving her suburban with the parking brake partially set. It burned rear shoes so my dad made a switch attached it to the emergency brake pull handle, you had to pull that to start it, no more rear shoes and a security lock that no one would think about.

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