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Old 05-16-2006, 09:31 PM
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sneaking outside my house

Today one of my neighbours came to me and told me a few guys were trying to break into my 82 300sd . I have no idea if they were just looking to steal the three cents in the center cosole , take my 10 year old Alpine tape deck or take it all along with the car. So anyway, now i'm a little concerned. I don't have an alarm or a club or anything. And to be honest my SD is the only thing of any value that I have. Needless to say I would hate to loose it. Anyway what i'm looking to find out is how difficult would it be for a couple of looser asshats to steal my ride and what might I be able to disconnect under the hood outside of the obvious things to keep my baby from being stolen.Also, if anyone feels a need to describe how to break into and steal an 82 could you please keep that info to yourself and not post it.Thanks ,Mike
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:41 PM
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Unfortunately, It's not very difficult to break into any car. If they really wanted to steal the car, that wouldn't be very hard either. I have an alarm that, hopefully, would discourage the casual thief. I don't know what else to do, other than keep it inside a secure garage.
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:43 PM
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You could disconnect one of the accelarator linkages. Or remove the accelerator rod that runs from the firewall to the valve cover. Or disconnect the vacuum line from the ignition switch to the shutoff valve, then plug it in to a "hot" vacuum source. Or install a shut-off valve in a fuel line.
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:43 PM
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I doubt they wanted to steal the car, besides being "odd" (who said diesels are odd? well they aren't on every block, are they?) they make a lot of racket when started and are not a fast getaway car, compared to a Viper or 'Vette

They were probably checking out the stereo, those are easy to steal.
At the minimum I would get some ALARM decals for the rear windows (the fixed windows) and a flashing LED for the dash. A real alarm doesn't have to be expensive or difficult to install though and would act as a real deterrrent if it worked, and in that case leave the doors unlocked as they usualy break into the car using the rear windows. But be aware that some dumb thieves have been known to break into a car even though it was unlocked!

Last alternative is get a big bad dog and chain him near the car. Don't feed him either so he is out for some real meat when they come back!
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:53 PM
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A good battery disconnect with a key would work!

Autozone or Advance had a battery disconnect with 2 keys for security. kinda kool!
you could put the switch on the starter cable to prevent starting it without the key.
just a thought. I am planning to put mine in somewhere, but it is to keep the battery from dying overnight from a stray short somewhere. ( I gotta fix this thing up!@))$**@#)
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:57 PM
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Disconnect the accelerator rod that goes to the IP. There's still resistance on the pedal so it feels like it's hooked up, but without additional fueling the engine can only idle.
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:59 PM
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A good theft prevention idea would be a kill switch. Place a button under your seat or on the passenger side of the center console and wire it directly from wire on the starter (Not from the wire under the dash).

Another idea is a magnetic switch hidden under the dash panel. A magnet placed on the dash would complete the circut.
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Old 05-16-2006, 10:11 PM
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A sawed-off shotgun, mounted under the driver's seat pointing straight up. The seat spring is then wired directly to the trigger mechanism.

Just be careful and don't forget about it........

Bob
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Old 05-16-2006, 10:42 PM
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Well, your average car thief jack-ass isn't going to know that he has to let the glow plugs run so they'll be sitting there cranking it for a while.
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Old 05-16-2006, 10:51 PM
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A sawed-off shotgun, mounted under the driver's seat pointing straight up. The seat spring is then wired directly to the trigger mechanism.

Just be careful and don't forget about it........

Bob
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That would be pretty awesome, and effective towards removing theives from the area!!!
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Old 05-16-2006, 11:02 PM
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That would be pretty awesome, and effective towards removing theives from the area!!!

But it would make such a mess, and in such a nice car!
Annnnnnnd alas, in Canada you would go to jail for protecting your property in such an efficient way
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Old 05-16-2006, 11:06 PM
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But it would make such a mess, and in such a nice car!
Annnnnnnd alas, in Canada you would go to jail for protecting your property in such an efficient way
Alberta Luthier

Yeah, that is true......oh well, you could put electrodes in the seat that poke up into the person when they sit and feed about 5,000 volts into them at a really low amps, so it just shocks the heck out of them and they leap out of the car.....
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Old 05-16-2006, 11:08 PM
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A shotgun would make a mess out of your car.

Now I'm thinking a Tazer Gun would be interesting!
Rigged to an electronic camera so you could see the results.

The least expensive deterrent might be one of those motion sensors that is part of a hose sprinkler. A quick blast of cold water aimed about crotch high!
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Old 05-16-2006, 11:21 PM
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The shotgun idea is terrible. Everyone knows MB TEX is bulletproof, so thats like shooting at the thief through a bulletproof vest. Does it have leather?

Disconnect the battery, and put it on jackstands. If I were stealing a car, I wouldn't take an old, broken car.
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Old 05-16-2006, 11:36 PM
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add a switch between the wire from the ignition to the solenoid. very low amps and will stop it from cranking
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