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What's a tried & true best protection for my MGB which invested 20k into and countless man hours. Alarms GPS remote wireless detection trackers???? That risky time where you leave your MG in a parking lot beach movies bar restaurant store or park. I would rather not come out to empty space after my build is finally coming to point it will be driven often. ... See MoreSee Less
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Danny ThomasonOk, GPS doesn't keep your classics car from getting stolen. It only helps you possibly recover it. However, a lot of damage may already be done, (broken windows, cut top, wrecked in police chase, jacked up dash or steering column, etc.).
Alarms only provide minor protection. A true car thief can disable an alarm in seconds. It basically only deters joy riders and kids.
A method of disabling is best, (like a lock bar on the steering wheel, cut off switch, etc.). But again, most professional car thiefs don't drive them away. They are usually towed.
Best bet is to pay attention where you park it. Put it in safe areas, well lit, high traffic / high profile areas etc. Don't leave it alone unattended for long periods of time.
And lastly.....purchase a GOOD Agreed Value Insurance policy.
Luckily, our classic MG's are not high theft targets. Most stolen cars are stolen for the parts / chop shop opportunities, (other than the kid / joy ride situations). And the resale market for our MG parts is very small. Professional car thiefs would rather take a modern Camry, Accord or Chevy truck....not a rare classic car.
Joe StoutI am still in the process of getting my B back on the road, but have been told by a few people never to lock the doors, because someone will just cut the top to get in :-) I have a kill switch that could easily be found if someone were to snoop around, and actually found a new in the box "THE CLUB" steering wheel lock at my in-laws house. I was joking about using that, BUT - it may not be a bad idea.
Mike RobinsonI don't think anything is 100% theft proof, the best we can do is make it as difficult as possible and to make it take as long as possible. When I rewired my car I put in the obvious battery switch, which also disables the fuel pump, and I have two hidden switches - an additional one for the fuel pump and one for the positive side of the coil. My thinking is that even if they find the main battery switch, it will take them too much time to find the other switches and they will move on to an easier target. If the have the time and can tow it would be the only way they will be able to remove it, assuming they can get it out of the garage that is also alarmed. The best recourse is adequate theft insurance to cover your losses. I have an agreed value policy with J.C. Taylor that covers my investment, not the actual value of the car, which is far less than I have put into it.
Kurt WienhorstHaving 2 cars I would hate to lose one being my B-GT and the other an AC Cobra I use all listed above. Cut off switches are helpful but neither are left unattended in lots that I can't view from an establishment I am visiting..... Other than an occasional hotel where it sits with many similar autos. Overnight for a car show.
Simon DixCan't speak to the devices but the suggestions of discreet kill switches make a lot of sense.
Correct "agreed value" insurance is also the best way to go for a classic for every reason and not just theft. There are several options available from good Classic Car and some General Insurance companies but "agreed value" is the important bit.
NAMGBR happens to have a 5% saving offer from Hagerty Insurance for our members (of the club itself not just the FB Group). I personally have been with them for about 10 years. namgbr.org/resources/hagerty-insurance-discount/
Danny ThomasonBased on the original posting.....as a classic car owner, my biggest fear would not be how I protect my $20k and countless man hours in my classic car from theft. It would be how do I protect that car from parking lot damage, (door dings, shopping cart crashes, dirty hands and touching, being bumped by bumpers....etc.). I own multiply classic cars and I would never leave one of my cars in a parking lot at the movies, at the beach etc. unattended. The fear of damage is MUCH greater than the fear of theft.
Russell PutnamI only drive my mgb gt to car show or drive around the town.
Steve A. HollanderI have a kill switch in the hatch area of my BGT. If it sits for more than a week or so, I turn the battery off. Would also be useful for parking in qestionable areas, which I rarely do.
Dino PerezThe cheap way is to add a wireless baby monitor,wakes you up on first noise....
Steve A. HollanderGreat idea, except for that limited range thing . . . :)
Jack LongAgree on a battery isolation switch. Mount it to the bulkhead behind the passenger seat, down low and out of sight, and get one with a removable key. Buy a good one from Jegs or Summit, and break the ground wire, not the hot one. And be comforted that 95% of car thieves these days cannot drive a stick shift!
Bill HibberdSteering wheel bar.
Rick IngramI take the rotor out. You could do the same with the coil wire.
Danny ThomasonBack in the day, when my MGs were daily drivers, not classic cars....I would take the coil wire and swap it with the #1 plug wire at the cap. That way, to the initial eye, everything looked normal....but it wouldn't start.
Scott HowerAs Rick says, remove the dizzy rotor. If you have a CBB without OD, it takes 30 secs to wire the fuel pump thru the OD switch. Thief might get a mile away on the residual fuel in the float bowls. Go here and scroll toward the bottom. www.chicagolandmgclub.com/techtips/mgb/od_overview.html
G F Mat MateckoHad a friend who went in to a grocery store on his way home for a few items ... while waiting in line he saw his Porsche 928 being winched onto a trailer. While he stopped it, the solution is likely one of the devices that can track the position of the car. And good insurance coverage.
Alex ReddingYour stick shift is your best theft deterrent , an in line fuel pump switch hidden would also help. GPS remote for pros
Steven GorrI'd guess that most of today's young joyriders would like be stymied by that 3rd pedal.
Neal A. LevyEveryone is right. Stick is huge. Just insure it well and enjoy the car.
Joe StoutI know - this is probably over-kill, but I liked the Perko Marine Battery switch - it fit nicely behind the passenger seat. Not hidden, but I was looking for something to kill everything when I had the car parked in garage.
Sandia SchleyFull coverage policy.
Mike RacineBattery disconnect. I put mine in the trunk, which can be locked. Easy and cheap.
Diane Macy KirbyMy husband likes a good old fashioned locking steering wheel bar. A Club.
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