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Old 04-15-2019, 06:45 AM
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I'm not arguing the point just saying don't be too paranoid, I know some who throw the battery disconnect before going into a restaurant in fear of a fire. I disconnect my cars when in the garage for long periods too. Unlike C1s, C2s are decently fused so the likelihood of fire is way out there. The only close call I had with fire was from a gas leak...

But do what makes you feel safe.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
I'm not arguing the point just saying don't be too paranoid, I know some who throw the battery disconnect before going into a restaurant in fear of a fire. I disconnect my cars when in the garage for long periods too. Unlike C1s, C2s are decently fused so the likelihood of fire is way out there. The only close call I had with fire was from a gas leak...

But do what makes you feel safe.
frank funny story about using the battery disconnect I always in a habit of doing it with my Chevelle so much so on the day of my wedding when I used it as my get away car I had to pop the hood and turn the car on in front of everyone at the church before I got in and started it up and drove off.

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Old 04-15-2019, 09:09 AM
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I use the Hella switch on all of my cars for fire and theft purposes.
I install it in place of the cigarette lighter. When the red key is out, it is very inconspicuous.
I do make sure that the supply wire is well installed so as not be able to short out.

The only thing that comes off of the ign. terminal on the ign. switch is the ign. That way, if someone were to jump the coil from the batt., there would be no lights, a tip off for the cops to stop.

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Old 04-15-2019, 09:53 AM
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Anybody can do anything to their cars they want IMO - I wouldn't use that device just because it looks like it belongs on a tractor...
Strictly a personal preference...
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:37 PM
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If you are that worried about electrical fires. Gut out ALL your wire harnesses, extension wires, fuse box, all switches, all engine bay electrical components, all ground wires and any and all wires that came with the car from the 1960's. Wires 50+ years old will only get more fragile and dangerous with time.
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:32 AM
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I use a knife switch on my motorhome but I use this on my Ď67. Itís not visible, easily accessible, and serves as a bit of a theft deterrent.



I bridge the terminals with a 3 amp mini fuse so my clock continues to run but the fuse blows if you try to start the car with the red key out.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by RatDog View Post
I use a knife switch on my motorhome but I use this on my Ď67. Itís not visible, easily accessible, and serves as a bit of a theft deterrent.

I bridge the terminals with a 3 amp mini fuse so my clock continues to run but the fuse blows if you try to start the car with the red key out.
I like this, have been struggling with figuring a way to keep alarm powered while in the "off" position.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Dennisscars View Post
I like this, have been struggling with figuring a way to keep alarm powered while in the "off" position.
The low amp fuse bridge was an idea I picked up from someone on the forum a couple of years back. I canít remember who it was but itís a terrific idea.

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Old 04-16-2019, 07:16 PM
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You could take a file and taper the cable connector if you want a perfect snug fit.
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Here's mine on the '67 - worked great for 19 years.


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Everytime I see that, the electric chair comes to mind!
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:16 AM
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Yes, or re-animating Frankenstein's monster. That knife switch does not find a home in my engine bay.
Black **** works just fine for me, and has for many years.
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Originally Posted by 59BlueSilver View Post
Everytime I see that, the electric chair comes to mind!
Errrr... Yeah


Some seem to get away with the **** jobs for a long time - as stated, I've had three (not cheap ones either) and they were trouble....
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
I use it as well but not with the spring connectors..
May be a dumb question but can you explain the spring connectors? I don't springs on that pick.
Also do you buy these at all the usual Corvette parts outlets?
Thanks!
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Old 04-19-2019, 01:01 PM
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See Chuck's picture in post #54 above....these connectors use spring tension to secure the terminal to the battery as opposed to the usual nut and bolt arrangement...
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Here's a close up of a spring ring battery cable.


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Thanks.
Got it.
I was looking for some sort of a coil spring.

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Old 04-19-2019, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
Errrr... Yeah

Some seem to get away with the **** jobs for a long time - as stated, I've had three (not cheap ones either) and they were trouble....
That would describe me, I've used the green ***** for a while now but admit they can let you down, its happened. Secret is to keep them tight. When loose they burn and get looser and then too burned to work. Other secret is to keep extras. I'm with the dude above who objected to the incongruity of a bare knife switch in a Corvette. It is the best electrical solution but not the best aesthetic one.

On generator equipped cars a genuine risk is a stuck cutout which will melt a car into the ground especially since the original fuses, when equipped on the original equipment regulators, are long gone. Happened to my Grandparents 60 Caddy. They stood in the driveway and watched their conflagrating DeVille, oh the humanity. Today? You CAN'T leave the battery disconnected or the car will forget its identity and you CAN'T let it sit for a month or the parasitic loss from the 18 computers will flatten the battery.

Dan

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Old 04-19-2019, 03:12 PM
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The best method would be to use a Kilovac power contactor/relay with a 12vdc coil.
Kilovac Bubba series would be the one to use for this application.
Connect the Ignition sw to power the coil.
Each and every time time when the ignition is off so is the contactor coil with the battery safely dis-connected
We helped developed the contactors for the International Space Station in the 80s, 90s and the ISS is still up with no electrical problems that I know of.
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