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Electronic Vehicle Immobilizer
This simple vehicle immobilizer circuit is cheap, easy to make, install and operate . It’s also very discreet.
Thoroughly field tested, it’s robust and weather resistant design can prevent vehicle theft even if the thief has the keys!
In it’s most common application, it prevents the engine from turning over until the vehicles ‘G-Spot‘ is touched at the same time the key is turned to the ‘Start’ position, and the operator is earthed!
Here’s a completed G-Spot beside an AA battery:
I know, it’s a little bit ‘fancy’:
Turning the vehicles key supplys power (red).
The SCR prevents operation of the load until the voltage on the base of the PNP transistor is lowered by the earthed owner contacting the G-Spot (green),
This turns the transistor on and current then flows through the collector circuit and 220 ohm resistor (orange), triggering the gate of the SCR.
Once triggered, the SCR allows power to flow to load (green) and remains on until power is isolated.
Parts and Materials
These are all the electronic components required ~ the diode is not essential:
These are all the mechanical components:
Solder, cleaner, tape, lacquer, fiberglass resin and hardener.
Assembly and Basic Installation Instructions
There’s a few steps involved in these processes and they’re available here ~ http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/dandavies/index.htm
There’s also more technical information and some history there too.
An alternative version showing the construction of a similar product which uses leaded components instead of surface-mount ones – no vero-board required can be watched on this YouTube video: