Bring: Volga gas tank
BUCK UP HATCHES!
The more expensive the gas, the more someone wants to steal it. The owner is forced to defend himself, sometimes returning to already forgotten, and now demanded, decisions. After all, cheap gasoline was once stolen if it was "lying badly." I remember that at one time a grid was inserted into the filler neck of the “Volgovskiy” tank - with all the desire, it was impossible to drain the fuel with a hose. Then the grid was canceled - but in vain! We will fill this gap in our car.
For example, put the “divider” shown in fig. 1. Refueling does not interfere, and do not stick the hose. By the way, it is not necessary to make a part from a single piece of metal - it is easier for someone to solder it from wire, etc. But ours is good because a thief does not break it with an assembly or something like that. True, in addition to theft, another Russian misfortune is also known: vandalous hooligans can pour or pour various rubbish into the tank, and the most vicious can set fire to it. But what else can they! That is why we will try to securely lock the filler neck. By the way, once on the Volga the hatch was locked, however, we will now set aside the elegant but flimsy locks embedded in the gas tank plug or the lid of the hatch. Who will like to search for a lost key at every gas station or break it, trying to stick into a lock already damaged by someone! After all, the villains easily deal with such a lock by driving a screwdriver (“convolution”) into it. In addition, the delicate mechanism is very affected by dust, dirt, salt, water, and installed on the lid may freeze in winter. We will close the hatch more thoroughly.
First, we will make the tongue shown in Fig. 2. We attach it by “cold welding” from the inside to the hatch cover (photo 1), preserving its presentation. Holes in the base of the tongue will increase the strength of the connection. Paint in the places of glue application will be cleaned to metal. This is preparation. We glue it later, after we install an electric lock in the trunk (photo 2). On sale of such a complete - rubles from 80 and above. Our cost 120 rubles. But how to fix it now, so as not to drill holes in the wing?
It is clear that in the trunk, the lock will be well protected from both natural and man-made influences. But it still shouldn’t hang in the air - you need a strong, but easy to manufacture bracket. Armed with cardboard, pencil, scissors, we quickly came to the design shown in Fig. 3. We fix the bracket from sheet steel with a thickness of 1 mm from the inside of the trunk with rivets to the wall of the niche of the filler neck - there will be an electric lock on it. This work is best done with a special tool - a “rivet”: it will allow you to install the bracket on the wall, access to which from the back there is no. It is difficult to use screws here (self-tapping screws are extremely unreliable, from vibrations and repeated loads weaken - note!), So there is no worthy alternative to riveting. “Cold welding” is possible if you remove part of the upholstery - decide for yourself which is better.
We slightly modified the electric lock, adding a deadbolt, for which we extended the draft with a steel tube 50 mm long, with an inner diameter of 6 and an outer 8 mm. In the wall of the niche of the neck, we marked and drilled a hole with a diameter of 10 mm under our bolt so that it freely, without jamming, moves in both directions. Finally, choosing the position of the lock on an already installed bracket, you need to remember this. Obviously, in the locked position of the lock, the center line of the pull-tube should go through the center of the hole of the already described tongue, which we will glue to the hatch cover. Therefore, some fuss when fitting in place can not be avoided! Do not rush here: measure seven times, model in plasticine, etc., so as not to leave ugly traces of sloppy work. For example, we finally fixed the “cold welding” tongue, having already installed the lock with bracket in place.
As for the power supply circuit, the hatch lock is connected in parallel with the door electric locks. When the machine is armed, the hatch is also blocked.
Do you like simpler and cheaper solutions - for example, cable pull from the passenger compartment? As they say, you have the right. But we consider our option more convenient and progressive - of course, provided that everything is collected in good faith and will not fail inadvertently.
Another option for protecting the gas tank from thieves is in photo 3 and fig. 4. The hatch cover does not lock here - and when you try to break into the protection of the neck, it may not be mutilated! The neck is securely locked with the device shown. We have a pivotally fastened bracket made of steel with a thickness of 2 mm - you can’t take this with your bare hands. The base of the device is riveted to the flange around the neck, which seems to be specially left for this. Well, the bracket can be locked with the same electric lock as described above.