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Re: Installing alarm and actuators

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Subject: Re: Installing alarm and actuators
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 09:40:08 -0800
Hmm, I might rethink the remote actuator part... I'd be dubious about adding
heavy servos and electronics to the doors of a roadster (for reliability
reasons). Besides, if you have an alarm, why are you concerned about someone
jimmying the door locks? Not that they even have to unlock the doors, they
can just cut through the top (expensive and annoying -- most people would
prefer they went through the doors).

But I am on record with my opinion on the utility and efficacy of alarm
systems, so I will merely note that in many cases these installations seem
to be simply manifestations of a fascination with electronic gadgets in

on 2/25/02 7:07 AM, Morten Agnor at wrote:

> I'm going to install an alarm system in my 1966 B roadster. This just in
> because of the insurance and my general concern...
> I want to secure the boot, engineroom, doors (with microswitches) and if
> possible the CD-player. The main point is to incorporate some sort of start
> imobilizer so that the engine will not start when the alarm is armed.
> I found a system now that even claims it can secure the cab with ultrasound.
> Has anyone some experience with this on a B roadster (my concern is that
> since the cabin is not airtight it will not work properly and sometimes I'll
> park without taking the top up, what to do then?).
> Another thing I'm thinking about is installing actuators controlled by the
> alarmremote to lock / unlock the doors with the alarm. I'll disassemble the
> original locking mechanism, the key that's used today isn't safe at all, one
> day I couldn't find the keys I used a paperclip to unlock the car(!), and
> I'm no professional car thief... I think the remotecontrol only actually
> will be a lot safer :).
> Any suggestions?


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires

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