Gasoline is starting to disappear.

Sat Apr 02, 2005 7:22 pm

Parked all my tractors late last fall with full tanks of gas. Went around monthly to start and operted all tractors. Today I went to start a WD (Allis) parked in the unlocked hay barn. Rapped on the gas tank and heard a hollow sound. Sure enough only about 1 inch of gasoline in the bottom of the tank. That's about $27.00. I even have a real good idea where the gasoline went.

I'm thinking. I'm thinking. Maybe it's time to forget to lock up all my gas cans. I have several filled with waste hydraulic oil.

Suggestions for any really nasty low down tricks will be appreciated


Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:46 pm

Use kerosen or diesel, they'll notice the hydralic oil.

Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:14 pm

Be sure to add a little gas so it will smell right.

Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:50 pm

Might wanna add a bottle of syrup or sugar also. That kinda helps Gum-up the works. :twisted:

Sat Apr 02, 2005 10:06 pm

hope you don't forget where the good stuff is and the not so good stuff

Missing gasoline

Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:56 pm

I've been thinking about my problem. Rain water seems to get in anything left outside. And condensation is really bad this time of year, specially when the can contains only a gallon or two of gas.

Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:35 am

Most gas thief's won't take a gas can as they want to make sure of what they get.
Neighbor few years back put up 6 or so motion senor lights where his tractors were parked.
One was hooked up so when it tripped a tape recorder started playing very very loud gas, thief gas thief it stopped his gas lose.
By the way I mean loud it woke up people 1/4 mile a way.

On the dangerous side one farmer parked his tractor beside his electric fence & wired the tractor to it ( weed burner).

Fuel Missing

Fri Apr 08, 2005 1:43 pm

I'm leaving the gas tanks empty in the tractor and truck parked in the unlocked shed/hay barn. I really hate to do that. I could side the hay barn and install doors with locks. But, that's expensive and may not solve the problem.

I believe one of the neighborhood kids is taking the gasoline. I don't think they are smart enough or ambitious enough to not take a partially full can of gasoline sitting on the bed of the truck. We'll see.


Sun May 22, 2005 6:59 am


Sun May 22, 2005 11:52 am

johnbron wrote:Might wanna add a bottle of syrup or sugar also. That kinda helps Gum-up the works. :twisted:

That's my fix as well, just a gallon or so in an obviously easy can to "borrow" well laced with sugar does the trick
HOWEVER don't forget, and use it in your own cub or car by accident :oops: :oops:

Mon May 23, 2005 7:22 am

Well I should tell you this little story. Probable 25 years ago I was missing
gas so I thought I would surprise them. I didn't want to heart them, so I took a 12-gage shell apart and loaded it
with course salt just to make some noise. Well the gas
stopped going and I forgot about the shell until one day the wife came home from hunting and sit her shells on the table. I still tease her about trying to corn the meat
on the run.

Mon May 23, 2005 9:39 am

Many years ago on the fram we had 2 tanks on stands, eahc one holding about 200 gallons. It was spring and we were going voer the machinery getting the haying equipment ready for summer, etc. when we discovered one of the tanks was empty. Thye had only been refilled aobut a month before, and that time of year our fuel consumption was pretty low, so we figured we had someon liberating gas. We had a pretty good idea of who, but didn't say anything. It was Spring break and I had a few days foo from college (late 60s), so I kind of napped around one Friday and that night since it was warm weather i left my window open a little. about 2am our dog started barking. I stepped to the front door and hit the switch which was connected to a spot light aimed at the gastanks about 50 yards away. I coulcn't see a peerson, but could see a galvanized gas can being carried down intot one of the gulleys in fornt of the house. I waited until they got well down into the gulley where they were reasonblay safe and put 3 rounds over their heas and into the rocky hillside across the spring branch. the sound of that old WW2 8MM mauser roaring, the round nose bullets flying through the dry oal leaves still on the trees, and then smacking into the rocks on the far hillsiide was quite impressive. Not only did we not lose anymore gas, but I think they brought some of it back. That was in 68, and you can still leave tools, etc. laying any palce on that farm you want and they won't be bothered.

Mon May 23, 2005 10:52 am

Ahhhh the good ole days John.

Mon May 23, 2005 11:36 am

Shame you didn't have tracers! That would have been even more impressive.