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Old 02-26-2021, 12:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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He's right, you just grab the door window and pull it out to jimmy the latch and then have a 'shaved' key.

They gather at night behind big box retailers and trade stolen cars for plausible deniability.

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Old 02-26-2021, 04:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Call again?



Civics through the 6th gen (2000) are quite popular with the ricer community and are probably one of the easier vehicles to steal. Did you by chance have a battery cutoff switch somewhere to prevent them from starting the engine?
" Call again ?"
I called and was tranfered to 911 five times. I gave up and went to bed.
I met them at my job at 3 A.M. and filed the report.

Battery cutoff switch ? I thought the crazy paint job would keep any thief away.
I'm baffled !
I'm still laughing at the thought of someone driving this car, since the temporary cardboard mock up I had in place no doubt fell off as they sped away.

I can imagine the comments about the NACA ducts -
" Brah like WTF ! He has air ducts that lead out to nowhere !
( I have the air channeled into the wake to reduce it's size )

I had that car twenty one years.
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Old 02-26-2021, 05:01 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I hope you get a nice insurance payout!

I thought my car was stolen once upon a time, but it was just towed. That's almost worse.
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Old 02-26-2021, 05:03 PM   #14 (permalink)
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He's right, you just grab the door window and pull it out to jimmy the latch and then have a 'shaved' key.
I remember when it was usual on some small cars in my country, even though more often done to steal the radio or valuables left unattended aboard.
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I thought the crazy paint job would keep any thief away.
Only a manual transmission will do that. :-D

Was it insured for theft?

Also: 21 years! Wow. I've had my Firefly for 15, and I thought that was a lot.
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The car was only insured at the minimum.

( " I mean ..seriously, what kind of fool would steal a car that stands out like this ! " )

Boy was I wrong !

I'm just hoping to not have to have the car towed home. $$$

BTW, I have been aeromodding the car since the day I bought it 21 years ago.
Basjoos beat me to it, but I planned a full boattail on the car even before Ecomodder existed.
I never got around to actually just going for it and going all in.

One memory I have of the car was when I sealed the front hood gaps with soft clay. This was summer, and the clay melted - oozing from the front of the car, and looking like the car was vomiting.
At the time, the car was in perfect shape ( perfect paint and interior etc )
People actually walked up to the car in the parking lot, totally bewildered about what was happening.
Nowadays, people would have had their phones out, taking video of it, but that was so long ago that there were no smartphones then.
I've had a lot of failed experiments with the car over the years too.
I made an engine plate ( partial bellypan ) using sheet aluminum riveted to aluminum bracing.
It worked great until I started the car ! Lol
Even at idle, the thin sheet aluminum rattled loudly.

It was a fantastic car.
I'm looking at newer ( used ) vehicles now, and keep coming back to this car as my ideal car.
I even love the "missing" mirror on the passenger side ( less frontal area ! )
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I'm getting a vision of them pushing it down the driveway and pop starting it to save the battery, pulling away really slowly using only their big toe on the gas pedal, shifting at like 1800 rpm, a bunch of EOC on their getaway route . . . they can't be far, man!
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Boy was I wrong !
I don't know how many cars stolen in the U.S. are taken abroad, such as being taken to Mexico in exchange for drugs, but a similar phenomenon happens in my country. Many cars stolen in Brazil used to be taken to Bolivia and Paraguay in exchange for cocaine and weapons.
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I bet a bunch of frat bros got drunk and stole it as a joke. Can't imagine a serious thief doing it.
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No word yet from the police.
I think I've decided to just not own a car.
That's a savings of over $600 a year for insurance.

In an emergency, I could hopefully get an Uber.
That would be my only need for a car.

I have agoraphobia, and live across the street from my job.
I walk there.
Walmart is next door to that, and that is where I get my food.

The only drawback, is that my "safe zone" keeps getting smaller and smaller.
It's all hanging by a fine thread.
My rent goes up every year, but my pay stays the same.

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