Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Suisun City, CA
locating the battery in the trunk, then utilizing a hidden battery shut off switch on the power cable from the battery up to the front of the car, coupled with quick disconnect battery terminal, is a good start at killing the electrical system. Flaming River, I believe it is, makes a battery shut off switch with a long rod with a t handle. You can position the switch up where it can't be seen under the car, let alone reached, then mount the push/pull long-handled T bar up by the leaf spring, where it is not obvious what it is for. Morosso also makes a nice battery shut off switch.
The Jacob's pro-street ignition computer is nice cause it has two ways of theft deterrence. First, there is the kill switch. It is a micro toggle switch which you can mount hidden under the dash, in the console, under the seat or wherever. The car will start and run, but if you do not reset the switch within 8 seconds of starting the car, the ignition will shut off after 2 minutes. This means the thief takes the car for a couple of blocks, then it stops running, but will still turn over. Thus, the symptom is not obvious as being an ignition kill device.
Next, there is a rev limiter which can be reset at will at any rpm. You can set the rev limiter to about 1000 rpm just before you park your car for the night. Even if the thief manages to get the engine running, it will not go above an idle. Can't drive too far at 1000 rpm ceiling.
Couple these systems with a fuel shut off valve upstream of the fuel pump. By shutting off the fuel, you reduce the fuel pressure up to the carb. The engine will start, as long as there is fuel in the float bowl, but without the pressure, the engine bogs and shuts off when you step on the gas pedal. Not going anywhere with that.
Finally, I like the Grant removable steering wheel kit. I am also fabricating a box which locks around my brake and clutch pedals. Without a steering wheel, without the ability to use the brake or clutch, with the fuel shut off, the rev limiter, and two battery isolation devices, the only way (knock on wood) that someone is taking my stang is with a flat bed. Of course that involve tilting the car, so the alarm sensor which pages the fm pager on my belt, will be activated. AND above all, pray.
sure it's fun (most of the time), but it's only a car.
Rebuilding a classic mustang is a reality check on your individual state of perfection.