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gas thefts via drilling into your gas tank

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by recurvyarcher, Mar 1, 2012.

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  1. recurvyarcher

    recurvyarcher Well-Known Member

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    You would think that somebody would HEAR it if a thief were drilling into metal.
     
  2. recurvyarcher

    recurvyarcher Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't you hear it if someone were drilling into your gas tank?
     
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    Yes if you park your car on your property but if you live in an apartment building and park on the street or in a garage in your building then no.

    Eric
     
  4. Tron

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    Not really. A good cordless drill drilling into a plastic tank would be almost silent.
     
  5. Johnny

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    Drilling would take more grit than brains. Maybe a brass punch would be better. Are tanks plastic now?
     
  6. Tron

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    Many, if not most are plastic. If not, they are thin galvanized which a good bit will cut through like butter.
     
  7. jwells

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    i had my converter stolen in our driveway and never heard a sound. they cut it off clean. so drilling a tank would be easy.
     
  8. Tron

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    Yep, converter theft is huge. They used a cordless sawsall with a good blade and probably took under 2 minutes.
     
  9. jwells

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    they caught the guys. sold over 200 in about a months time. not sure of the correct name for the tool but it wa like a roller chain cutter. cut clean like a surgeons knife.
     
  10. oldgahchamp

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    Whatever happened to the "poor man's gas card", a 5 gallon can and a siphon hose?
     
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    "Whatever happened to the "poor man's gas card", a 5 gallon can and a siphon hose?"

    Anti-siphone check balls in the tank. The only they have done is made it harder for mechanics to drain fuel to do fuel pumps without damaging the tanks.

    John MI
     
  12. recurvyarcher

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    Wait until water becomes scarce and they start punching holes in your radiator...
     
  13. Inkspot Kelly's Great-Nephew

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    That can be real bad news! Static electicity can light off the vapors if the condition of the air is just right. That is why we ground our tanker trucks when making deliveries to your local service station.

    ALSO- STAY OFF OF THE CELL PHONE WHILE GASSING UP YOUR CAR. THAT CAN AND HAS BLOWN STATIONS SKY HIGH!
     
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    I am sure you could cite several of these stations Mr. Shaeffer!? Tom Rhoads
     
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    During the gas crunch of the 70's, what was done around here by one guy was to take a plastic pan, place it under the vechicle, take an ice pick and a hammer, and punch a hole in the gas tank. Any excess fuel was drained on the ground. He was caught up with and delt with. Then there was an enterprising fellow that mounted a high volume electric fuel pump in his trunk with a long hose. He would park in a parking lot next to another car, run the hose down the fill neck of the car next to him, and fill up. He too, was delt with. Finally, where I live there are a lot of "gunning skiffs" with 15 to 25 HP outboard motors. Someone was stealing gasoline out of them. After a while one fellow got enough of it and set him up. He put mothballs and sugar in a dedicated 6 gallon tank that he left in his gunning skiff. Didn't take long to figure out who it was that was stealing the outboard gasoline.
     
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    If you've got potable water in your radiator then you've got problems.
     
  17. sliverbulletexpress

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    A lot of newer cars its hard to siphon gas out the old way, besides drilling a big hole with a cordless drill and one of those fancy step drills is way faster. There is virtually no danger to drilling into a tank of liquid gasoline if you are drilling into the liquid part, the air/fuel mixture has to be correct for a fire to occur. No air in the liquid part alone and even the open space in the top of the tank probably is too rich in vapor to ignite but I wouldn't risk my life on that. I've been around too many old timers who cleaned their guns in gasoline and put their cigarettes out in the pan of gas just to scare the crap out of me. Real life is not like CBS news or the old A team tv show.

    It's a joke, kind of, that some of the vehicles running around town have doubled in value with a full tank of gas.
     
  18. psfive

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    You can drill into a gas tank if you like. As soon as any gas exits the tank all bets are off especially if a cordless drill is being used. Working with gas is a lesson all by itself. We submerge a 220 VAC electric motor in gasoline and use the gas to cool the motor. As long as the percentage of oxygen is correct there is no bang. Introduce a small amount of oxygen and all that changes. Paul in GINebraska.
     
  19. sliverbulletexpress

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    Guess what, most of the gasoline powered vehicles on the road today have a 12v dc motor running the fuel pump and it's mounted....... inside the gas tank!!! And it uses the liquid gasoline to cool it!!
     
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    Soon gasoline will cost as much as bottled water!!! jack melitsky
     
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