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Old May 4th, 2010, 10:17 AM
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Someone here scoping out my truck?

This'll sound a bit strange... My truck is located in the Municipal parking lot in Asbury Park. I was passing by this lot on my 1.6 mile maiden voyage when the electrics caught fire. The truck has sat there since I pushed it out of the roadway. It's going to stay there until I can get it on the back of a trailer and moved to its place of re-habilitation. I happen to work in City Hall, and can look outside at the truck at any time.

Anyway, yesterday a co-worker came to me and said "The guy is here to work on your truck" I got up, walked outside and there was nobody around. When I asked this co-worker what he was talking about he gave me this account:

"I was outside and this guy drove up in a small car. He drove into the restricted part of the lot so I asked him what he was doing here. He said "I'm here to work on Alastair's truck. He was an older white guy, with a small dog in the car. He knew your name so I figured it was legit"


I called the only two guys that have any business working on any of my cars and neither of them are the mystery mechanic.

It's nobody I know... This got me thinking. I don't normally use my full name when I register with a forum, but this one is an exception. I figured it was a relatively small forum and it seemed fairly close-knit. Having said that, it IS the internet. There is nothing to stop a third party from using a board like this for illegitimate research. My paranoid side is reassured by the fact that the lot, and my truck, are under 24 hour video surveillance. If I really wanted to I could go upstairs and pull the tapes. I guess I'll wait and see if anything else happens before I bother doing that. Besides being paranoid, I thought maybe a board member had just seen the truck, stopped in to check it out and kept on their way... Anyone?

One last thought, if someone DID manage to steal my 90, and get it running... they'd probably die in a huge fire-ball in under a mile... rough justice
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Old May 4th, 2010, 10:22 AM
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That's crazy.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 10:35 AM
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Seems odd they would say they were there to work on your truck instead of saying they were there to look at it say. Definitely fishy.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 10:56 AM
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Get back on your meds dude

Did you open the hood to see if it is being parted out yet?
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Old May 4th, 2010, 11:43 AM
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Get back on your meds dude

Did you open the hood to see if it is being parted out yet?
Meds? Have you got any?

As for being parted out, I'm not sure there's a market for leaky head gaskets and transmissions with no reverse... Not to mention crispy BBQ wiring harnesses
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Old May 4th, 2010, 01:15 PM
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So, did the mystery mechanic fix anything while he was there?
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Old May 4th, 2010, 02:28 PM
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After the whole time square thing Id be a litte freaked out also... pull the tapes! Lets see what this guy looks like.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 02:33 PM
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Maybe your truck will be on an episode of Overhauled.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 04:22 PM
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That is spooky.

A: The guy knew or assumed your truck was broken.
B: He knew your name.

Can you get people's names and info from their license plates? Or do you have to be a cop to pull that type of info?
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Old May 4th, 2010, 05:47 PM
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You guys in the US are too paranoid

Let this fella fix your truck and see what will happen
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Old May 4th, 2010, 06:04 PM
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If you guys knew asbury, you would understand (class of 95)
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Old May 4th, 2010, 09:34 PM
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Pull the tapes. Just in case something happens you will at least have a record of the guy.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 10:08 PM
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Actually you can get the info for an abandoned car. If you leave your truck there for too long someone may try and take it home as an abandoned car. Don't know how it works up there but in Alabama its not that hard.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 06:53 AM
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pull the tapes, have Josh take a look, gather the recon, then send him a note asking how he liked the truck, and if he was finished with the estimate- should get his attention.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 10:00 AM
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I had my 68 convertible firebird (sold it unfortunately) parked at the park-n-ride in Palo Alto and had it covered (since I left the top down most days). I had been working late every night and noticed some grease on the back of the cover at the rear wheel (the cover covers about 1/2 the wheel as well). I noticed that 2 wheel nuts had been removed (I had just gotten new tires) and I suspect someone noticed my routine and was going to steel my wheels. The next day I parked my car, put on the cover and on the top wheel nut (covered by the cover) I put a bullet from my 40cal and a note saying "now I have your picture". The note was gone when I got there and that was the last I had trouble there. Normally I would never be so aggressive but I loved that car and heck, I was carrying anyways...
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Old May 5th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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You sure this isn't a joke your co-worker is playing on you? If it is, I'd say he got you pretty good.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 01:14 PM
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Please no waterboarding It was me!

I was driving our VW with our dog in the back coming from the bank and I saw the green rover.
I pulled into the lot and saw a police officer (blk. male, 45-50, uniform but no big belt) I said that I was just
gonna take a peek at the Rover. He said OK and my dog barked at him. I didn't even get out of the car
I was just looking at the paint because mine is in dire need of a paint job. Sorry for mixup.

Tom
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Old May 5th, 2010, 01:19 PM
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That was my guess too.

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You sure this isn't a joke your co-worker is playing on you? If it is, I'd say he got you pretty good.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 02:14 PM
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I was driving our VW with our dog in the back coming from the bank and I saw the green rover.
I pulled into the lot and saw a police officer (blk. male, 45-50, uniform but no big belt) I said that I was just
gonna take a peek at the Rover. He said OK and my dog barked at him. I didn't even get out of the car
I was just looking at the paint because mine is in dire need of a paint job. Sorry for mixup.

Tom

Hey Tom,
no problem! I actually had a feeling it could have been you from the start, but when you didn't chime in here on the board, my imagination started getting the better of me. I was just upstairs watching a VW with a roof rack on the video when I thought I'd check this thread again
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Old May 5th, 2010, 02:23 PM
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pull the tapes, have Josh take a look, gather the recon, then send him a note asking how he liked the truck, and if he was finished with the estimate- should get his attention.

I think it was Tom Pritchard

------ Follow up post added May 5th, 2010 02:23 PM ------

Damn beat me to it.
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