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Hi all. Holy cow does this look like an awesome community! I've learned so much over the last couple of days. Thank you so much to all that contribute, my head's exploding!

Quick back story, our family tractor ('79 IH 584) was stolen last summer. Dang thing only had 900 hours on it. After lots and lots and lots of research, for our use, we settled on a pre-emissions 5075E. Found one with low hours (280ish), and to me, what seems like a good, tight, solid machine. We are dropping it off at the local service center and they actually have maintenance records from the previous owner, which they happily printed for us. I really think we found a great find.

I REALLY look forward to participating in this community. I do have a couple of quick questions though. Specifically related to security. We understand that we'll never really be able to prevent a theft at our place. If they want it, they're gonna get it. Our goal is to slow them down.

  1. Does it make sense to install a hidden toggle switch for the key? I'm a techie guy, so this shouldn't be too difficult.
  2. Does it make sense to put in a battery switch? I know, easy to see and flip, but I'm assuming our alarm has gone off, so I want to annoy them / cause panic.
  3. I was thinking about making a 1" round bar that slides through the front wheels (and rear if there is clearance), with some protected shackle locks. Again, just slow 'em down, cause irritation/panic.
Do any of y'all do anything like this? Or, do y'all have any other suggestions?
 

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I remove the ignition key. Of course a key can be bought locally and on the inter-web, so it'll only prevent the honest thief(if there's such a thing) from stealing it.

Best parking it inside a closed building to keep it out of sight.
Thanks! We are on a decently large farm, and have a fully secured metal barn, no windows, 1/4-1/2 mile from a road. We don't live onsite, and we don't leave keys onsite at all. We suspect they were either searching Google Maps, or walking the power line easement, and just came upon it. When they broke in, they busted through 2 metal doors, broke locks, broke logging chains, and just drove it out (with a lot of other stuff).

I'm thinking about a homemade bar lock to lock the front wheels to the rear wheels. That will require at least 10 minutes of grinding per side...
 

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You will find more uses for these tools but if you squeeze off the rubber fuel line in a discreet place no one is going far with your tractor.

Oh, and welcome to the forum. I have a 2012 5065E among others.
Those are cool, that's a good idea. I'll explore that one also. It does sit for months at a time, so holding the hoses closed that long in a hot barn might not be good.
 

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Juice onsite?

Good security system with cameras that have enough resolution to pick up facial features with storage and CPUs hidden from prying eyes.

And motion detection software to send you notifications that tamperage is happening.
Yes, full electric at the barn. ZERO Internet. Alarm system is on cellular. Yes, we've got some cellular cameras, but plan to have a better system if/when we can get decent Internet. Slow DSL is craaaazy expensive out there, and only has 1Mb upload, so not good for cameras, would all have to be local, blah blah blah. I'm in IT, so I'm good with this part of it. It's just a lot of money to try and secure something that's been untouched for 60 years. :(
 

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I appreciate all the great ideas, thanks! We're going to use a mix of the alarm, as many "cut points" with chains/locks as we can do reasonably, and some wiring, probably hiding a key switch with the ignition. Real time alarms, cameras and signs as well, that's about all we can do.

Really looking forward to being a part of this group/community! I can't wait to get the ol' girl out there.
 
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