Using Neutral Safety as Kill Switch?

Discussion in 'Sparky's corner' started by bostoncat68, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    This has been on my list for a few years and since I have the console out I was asking myself -- why not just wire a toggle into one side of the neutral safety switch -- so that it creates an open in the purple leads. Now, I know that this is far from theft-proof as you could still start the car using a screwdriver across the starter. However, I'm trying to create something that's an annoyance as it would take about 7 steps to make this car theft resistant (I have a convertible and no way to lock the hood -- so really if you know what you are doing, you can start the thing... without much work). I'm less inclined to start running wires to the coil - although I know that would be more effective. Is this a total waste of time? Am I missing something obvious?
     
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  2. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    Not at all, just where to hide the toggle???
     
  3. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    There are a few options @telriv -- The console itself has some storage areas that would accommodate a hidden toggle switch or a magnetic reed switch -- you could also tuck a reed switch under the carpet in that same area. Of course, you are also in the center of the car so you could run a switch up under the carpet to the back seat and bring it around to the ash tray under the rear quarter window -- or something crazy like that...
     
  4. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    As you've stated many different ways to accomplish the same outcome. A little thought & ingenuity & some fab skills go a long way.
     
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  5. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

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  6. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    A more conventional method is to add a circuit to ground out your ignition coil. The starter will crank, but there will be no spark.
    You can even do both.... disable the starter via neut safety switch AND add the coil grounding. They may figure out the neut safety, but will be further delayed by the no spark.
    Neither method helps if they come prepared to tow your car away.....
     
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  7. RoseBud68

    RoseBud68 Well-Known Member

    If your not using your cigarette lighter that could be your switch. When pushed it can be your kill switch.
     
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  8. DasRottweiler

    DasRottweiler -BuickAddict-

    I had a Buick 455 powered 72 Cutlass while in high school, that was a target for thieves. Used 2 toggles to ground the coil. One under the seat and another up under the dash. Switched em on when I had to leave the car
    Also made a fake coil wire and put that in place of the working one when I left my ride unattended . Jim
     
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  9. Sky72lark

    Sky72lark Well-Known Member

    On my 72 hardtop I ran a toggle from the distributor to the trunk and mounted it on the decklid hinge area. I'd have to look at a pic to recall the exact mounting point but it was a clean install. Took the coil wire off too sometimes due to multiple theft attempts in the Big Sleazy.
     
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  10. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    A padlock and cable looped thru the inner hood brace and around something in the rad support would work.

    Deterrents are always an option.... a 'Club' on your steering wheel with the front wheels turned all the way will help discourage towing it away. Alarm system or just a blinking led. An empty holster on the passenger seat ala Lucas...
    And a Lojack locator devise in case it does get stolen.
    I wonder if Haggarty Insurance would have some great suggestions since they are likely to know which method(s) are most used to steal classic cars.
     
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  11. 69GS&M21

    69GS&M21 Well-Known Member

    "This car insured by Smith & Wesson" bumper sticker?
     
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  12. DasRottweiler

    DasRottweiler -BuickAddict-

    Got a lil note taped to my gun safe.
    Says:
    No guns inside, they are in holsters.
    See ya soon.....
    Jim
     
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