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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 02, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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How do you guys secure your Camaro? Alarm, Club, 150# Pit Bull? Is anyone making some type of hood locking mechanism?

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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 02, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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I'm sorry...I should clarify...How do you secure your Camaro in public places?
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 02, 05:38 AM
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I use a Truck Club. Much beefier than the the car line. Also, I try to park in areas with high foot traffic/visibility. However, if someone wants the car they WILL get it. It is not too hard to steal a car. Had to flat bed my car last week because I lost my alternator pulley, i.e. no water pump, glad I was watching the temp gage! Anyway, it took less than 5 minutes to load the car and that was fully chained down. Be careful where you leave it, that's the best security.

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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 02, 08:25 AM
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Please be advised. The club is not the security device they claim to be. It does not matter if you have the regular or extra-duty, (whatever.)

The club is defeated by using a hacksaw and cutting the steering wheel, then slip the club off. This takes a little less than five seconds.

I would rather give you the bad news instead of hearing your ride was stolen. There is a club type device that hooks to your brake pedal. This is a much more "beefier" set up. The steel on the brake pedal would take a while to get through.

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 02, 04:57 PM
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I agree that if somebody wants it bad enough they WILL get it.

We run a couple of wreckers, and have never seen one we couldn't drag away one way or the other. There's pretty good money in repos.

I'd like to have one of those "phone home" devices for tracking should the worst happen.

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 02, 01:01 AM
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One could always install a switch (hidden) to open the ignition circuit.

Could also install a keyed fuel line switch (valve) since it runs close to pass floorboard.

A really neat device an engineer friend made used a beeper. He added a circuit and relay to it and connected it into the battery supply to the igniton switch. He programmed the beeper with its carrier, SmartBeep, two each two digit codes, one to disable the car, the other code to enable the car.

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 02, 04:20 AM
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I went with Everett on this one.I have an HEI in my Camaro with an MSD6al; uses the green and purple wires' so the white wire is ran to a micro switch which lets the car crank but won't start. ( grounds the system )

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 02, 05:40 AM
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I've been considering rigging a system to electrify the entire body of the car, much like a taser! Just kidding...
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 02, 09:27 AM
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How about connecting a wire from the output of the MSD to an electrode in the seat
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 02, 11:23 AM
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For marine EFI setups the Coast Guard mandates a "non return valve" be installed in the fuel system close to the tank. It is an electrical solenoid that stops the flow of fuel when either the ground or power source is interrupted. It sells for about $115.00 and is free flowing when the circuit is closed.

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 02, 11:34 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gheatly:
How about connecting a wire from the output of the MSD to an electrode in the seat <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Now that I like!

Anyone who's ever been bitten by an MSD can relate to that!



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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 02, 11:44 AM
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I leave the windows down and the keys in the ignition. Wouldn't want the thief to break out the windows or damage the steering colume. If I drive my car somewhere I keep it in sight. If it's not in sight it's locked up in my garage. Last and most important it's insured for what it's worth.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 02, 02:37 PM
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I'm with dzjim, the only place I left my Camaro out of sight is the few times it goes to work. It's parked in front of the safety guard's house, all four of them loves the car and keep an eye on him. At home, electrically dissabled and with a motion sensor/lamp looking at him all night connected to a noisy buzzer.

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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 02, 03:02 PM
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Insurance is the best policy. No matter what you do... if someone "really" wants your car, they can get it. Shoot, they can pull up in a tow truck and take off with your car without having to start it... so my best advice is to get good insurance and to get an estimated value policy. None of that blue book crap.

Having said that I do as much as I can to secure my car. An alarm, iginition shutoff switch, keep the car in sight, garage at home with motion sensors and close curcuit cameras, and a 44 mag

P.S. Man ZZ430DropTop67RS I'm sure you get a lot of comments on that engine bay!! Bravo! And yeah... An MSD super coil going through your body just wasn't meant to be... I still feel the pain from my "wire melting in my hand" experience.


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