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by Vol Texan
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: Millenial Anti-Theft Device
Replies: 54
Views: 2844

Re: Millenial Anti-Theft Device

The best anti-theft device I ever had was on my second car: an '80 Subaru hatchback (the one with three headlights).

I broke off my key in the ignition, so I wired up a flip switch and push button on the dash, one on either side of the steering wheel. Get in, flip the switch, and push the button, and you were off & running.
Then, my brakes died completely, and I was a poor college student, so I didn't replace them. Even the parking brake was nonexistent. You could pull the handle or stomp the brakes, and the car completely ignored your command.
I simply used the stick shift to slow down. I lived in the hills of Tennessee, so I'd see a stop coming up, my technique was different whether I was driving uphill or down.
  • If driving downhill, I'd downshift to slow the car to a crawl, and then flip the 'off switch' to hold it in place. When I needed to start again, I'd clutch, flip the switch, and press the start button, and start driving again.
  • If driving uphill, I'd downshift to first, allowing the car to slow down, and then rev the engine just enough to hold me still on the grade. When I needed to start again, I just pressed the gas a bit harder.
Then my starter died. I needed to roll start everywhere I went. The uphill stopping / starting technique remained unchanged, as did the downhill stopping technique. But to start downhill, I needed to flip the switch back on, ignore the start button, and pop the clutch.

I drove it like this for 1.5 years. Needless to say, I was a very careful driver, and I planned every step of my trip. I usually routed my trips to be on the most advantageous roads to meet my driving needs.

During the whole time, I had no car key (remember, I broke it off in the ignition), so I never locked the car. My motto was, "If you can figure out how to start it, you can take it. If you can figure out how to stop it, you can keep it."
by Vol Texan
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: Millenial Anti-Theft Device
Replies: 54
Views: 2844

Re: Millenial Anti-Theft Device

Lynyrd wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 am
I learned to drive in one of these. Most people under 40 could have never seen a starter pedal.

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My first car was a '47 Chevrolet Stylemaster. I ticked nearly all the boxes from this thread so far, including this one!

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