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    Default Help need to immobilise series 3

    Hey guys I need some help, somebody's trying to steal my series 3 petrol from my garage at our beach House.

    There is a steering lock chain but they tried to bust the lock, can anyone suggest any other way to completely immobilise the vehicle.

    She is my pride and joy.

    I was thinking of pulling the points?

    Any suggestions?

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    Remove the + wire from the coil. Tape up and hide. Pull the small wire from the solenoid on the starter. If the carburettor has a cutout solenoid valve. Remove that wire as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieterk View Post
    Remove the + wire from the coil. Tape up and hide. Pull the small wire from the solenoid on the starter. If the carburettor has a cutout solenoid valve. Remove that wire as well.
    Thanks very much Pieter, will grab the manual and pull that wire. Royally pissed off by the break in, they never touched a thing in the garage and only tried to take the Landy. Even left the tools they used to try break the lock.

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    What I did back in the day when I had to use sidewalk parking at friends place was remove the cable between the solenoid and distributor cap, stopped a few attempts at stealing my Uno.

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    Just remove the rotor, and put the distributor cap back in place. Will confound any thief who doesn't understand old engines, and the time spent cranking it with no start should be enough to send them into a panic. Also highly unlikely they will have a spare rotor lying around.
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    Couple of things.

    You could put a solid break on the positive to the coil. Be it via a switch or a latching relay.

    Alternative is a electrical non return valve to the brakes. So when the power is off and you press the brake, the brakes lock up.

    Else, switch to low range and lock it there.
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    If you're not going to be using it for a while. Place on jacks/trestles/bricks. Remove the wheels.
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    Thanks very much everyone.

    All great ideas - I am trying to find the least technical one since my BIL is there and will be doing this for me and doesn't really know a lot about cars. I would remove the bean can if I was there, but I think jack stands and wheels might be the best answer.

    I am going to look for a more permanent solution - there is a solenoid cut off, but its in an obvious place and a few turns of the dial they should get it to connect.

    Its bloody amazing, there are winches lying around, small outboards, lots of tools, boat gear, SUP's, and they didnt touch anything else but the landy, they even broke into the house and left the TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henris View Post
    Couple of things.

    You could put a solid break on the positive to the coil. Be it via a switch or a latching relay.

    Alternative is a electrical non return valve to the brakes. So when the power is off and you press the brake, the brakes lock up.

    Else, switch to low range and lock it there.
    The idea of locking it in low first is actually great and hilarious. Slowest get away ever.

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    In the UK they push it onto a rollerback and drive away.

    You need to make it so that they can't push it out of the garage.

    Removing the wheels isn't such a bad idea.
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    Agreed. They’re not going to try start it. It’s going to be pushed out and away or towed.
    take the wheels off and put on stands.
    and put the wheels somewhere else, not in the same garage.
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    Put a non return valve with bypass on the brake line.
    Step on the brake once and all locks up.
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    That steering lock chain with this padlock. It makes things so much harder. You can't get into that padlock nor hold it to hammer or saw it:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    That steering lock chain with this padlock. It makes things so much harder. You can't get into that padlock nor hold it to hammer or saw it:

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    Thanks very much! I am getting one to replace it, but I also had the rotor in the distributor pulled out, so it's not going anywhere under her own power now.

    I am looking at a long term solution like a gear box lock etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JadeDsantos View Post
    I am looking at a long term solution like a gear box lock etc.
    Remember if box is locked in let's say 1st, if you drop Txbox in neutral you can push it away.
    So you will need 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henris View Post
    Put a non return valve with bypass on the brake line.
    Step on the brake once and all locks up.
    Please don't, it is illegal and for a reason. Rather install a huge pedal box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Please don't, it is illegal and for a reason. Rather install a huge pedal box.
    I would use a std gas change over valve. One line has the valve, the other straight through. No danger then.

    No point in being "legal" with no car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    Agreed. They’re not going to try start it. It’s going to be pushed out and away or towed.
    take the wheels off and put on stands.
    and put the wheels somewhere else, not in the same garage.
    The vehicle is in a little town with one road in and one road out, 70kms of dirt. I dont think that anyone will be coming to flatbed it out, and it will definitely be seen being towed under great suspicion. Its a little place called Infanta opposite Witsands at the mouth of the breede river.

    There have been a few instances of theft now and the very tight knit community is up in arms about it, everyone is on high alert - the culprit has been spotted and chased, but lost in the thick coastal vegetation at the back edge of the town.

    The police has been very good apparently, and even suspect they know who it is.

    I personally think he was looking for a getaway vehicle to get down the dirt road to Swellendam easily without being spotted walking the road, since no TV's or valuble items were stolen. Its not easy to lug loot 70kms on that road without a car without being seen.

    Anyway, the garage has a new lock, burglar bars, and the vehicle is short a vital ignition component, and a new lock, plus a gear lock coming soon.

    I would be walking that bush every day if I was down there.

    Thanks very much again gents!

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