- Apr 27, 2011
- Reaction score
- Rock <me> Hard-Place
I believe you can still do this with newer cars, although I haven't tried it yet. I think it would require a bit more wire now as you can't ground anything out now without blowing up some chip. But I have been thinking about it, now that you mention it.My first new car was a 78 Trans Am (no screaming chicken on the hood for me) that I paid $7800 for out the door. I did as you said albeit not quite as fancy and ran a wire from the trunk where the taillights were grounded to the dash where I had a switch that I could make or break the ground, thus turning on or off all the lights in the back of the car. Now a days, with all the "smarts" that are built into vehicles, the car would most likely turn it's self off if you hit the switch!
So far no one asked me why I had this arrangement. phew (*). I did use it against a cop car one day though. But after I lost him in the dark, good sense got hold of me and I pulled over & parked at the next cross street. It was kinda funny to see him screech to a stop and look both ways, then suddenly see me parked and standing there waiting for him. Earned myself a day in court & a stiff fine for that. But I kept my license so all was good. He was a local cop & so was I, so car ID (before lights out) was a real possibility from him maybe seeing me daily driving in town.
(*) my buddy and I did rent collection in questionable areas. I was the driver. Sometimes after you collect, you have to be able to disappear.