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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-05-2001, 02:40 PM
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Ignition question; theft-proofing my rig

I want to install a 'kill switch' on my `84 Chevy that will disable the ignition to prevent theft. I plan on cutting the power line to the distributor, soldering on leads on that I will run under the dash where I will have a hidden toggle switch.

Is this the best way to install a kill switch or is there a better method?

What amp rating toggle switch do I need to use?

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<font face="Comic Sans MS">I'd use a relay to do that. You could also wire up a mercury or position switch on the hood so it won't fire with the hood open. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] That could get to be a pain having to bypass it every time you wanted to have it run with the hood up to tune it or whatever though. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

A 12 guage also seems to be quite effective at preventing theft... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]</font>

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Re: Ignition question; theft-proofing my rig

I put a kill switch on my fuel pump ground, just used a cheap switch from rAdio Shack

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Re: Ignition question; theft-proofing my rig

I don't have an electrical fuel pump on this truck, it's the stock mechanical cam-driven unit that went on older SBC's, so I have to do something with the ignition.

What is a relay and how/why would it be a better choice than a toggle? I'm mechanically inclined, electrical stuff is my brother's domain.

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Re: Ignition question; theft-proofing my rig

Based on your electrical knowledge, having a kill switch between the ignition switch (which is located at the bottom of the steering column near the fire wall on an 84 pickup) and the "BAT" terminal of the distributor makes the most sense. I recommend a switch rated for 15 amps and use 12 ga. wire.
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Re: Ignition question; theft-proofing my rig

i did something similar a few years ago for a friends truck, almost exactly like "dave" suggested, but i went and got a old style floor mounted dimmer switch. theory was that if taken while she was in the seat she could press it quickly with her foot without having to reach under the dash. I mounted it real high on the floor, so it could accidently be stepped on.

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Re: Ignition question; theft-proofing my rig

Thanks Dave. 15 amps won't be underkill? I've never seen it noted anywhere how many amps an HEI draws.

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