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Hello folks,



Apparently there is a lockable plate you can buy which sits over the square hole at the top of the radiator to protect the theft of your Spirit of Ecstasy, obviously once you've pushed the mascot into the grill. Can't find anything on Google. Does anyone know where such things are sold please?


I ask, because a few nights ago, I had a very rare evening out with her ladyship to a restaurant at a perfectly respectable part of the New Forest, only for us to return to the Rolls to find someone had ripped off the mascot, which in turn also left the spring mechanism it sits on broken as well.



Which brings me onto my next question. The insurance company seemed to baulk a bit at the quoted repair fee from the RR specialist garage I've been using for the car. The quote was £950+vat being £1,140. I have no idea if this is reasonable or not, having just assumed that being a classic car, a RR as well, that the required (second hand) parts are getting rarer and pricier. Granted it's going to have to be an insurance claim, but anyone have any thoughts on the cost amount?


Thanks and regards to all.
James.
 

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I think kelly, we need to invent a system where, similar to the old mascot alarm that triggered the horn, a system where some power from the battery and through the coil hooked to the mascot would send quite a shocking message to any would be thief...a man can't even enjoy his PMC without fear of damage. It makes me angry, lack of respect!
 

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Am I correct In assuming that the mascot has to be removed each time we use this? I have never removed ours, so is it much of a job to remove and reinstall?
 

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Thanks Jean, I should've thought of Flying Spares. May keep a look out for a second hand one. £230 for new is quite pricey, but granted, cheaper than having to make an insurance claim every time one gets stolen I suppose...
 

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Don't want to underplay the wretchedness of this crime (what were they seriously thinking), but I'd be checking eBay and the local pubs for it showing up...
 

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I live in quite a deprived area, mascot theft is basically inevitable here. Even with the spur's retractable version I worry they'll scar up the grill trying to prize it out of the hole.

So I've unbolted and completely removed mine for safe keeping. I've printed my own "sacrificial" copy, they can just snap it off and have it. I have a spare in the glove box and can print another overnight for about £1.50

As I was doing that anyway, I've also printed a separate bracket with RGB LEDs built in. I have a remote control or can change the colours via a phone app. It can Flash, Strobe or Fade up to I think 20 colours.

Its 12v so I have the illumination hooked in to the side lights, but I can choose for the LEDs to be off from the remote or phone app even if the 12V is on. When off it's simple a translucent "white" colour.

Below were prototypes, hence the print being draft quality.


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Yikes! Did it not fire off your anti theft alarm?!
If mine so much as jiggles, the alarm siren sounds and won’t shut off until it’s unlocked.
 

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Mine is an 88 i guess the alarm is a least less sensitive, I didn't see anything alarm related when removing it. To be honest i dont think the alarm is monitoring it at all
 

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Great idea, I suppose it's 3D printer / plastic ?

The resukt is so good that it looks like cristal.
 

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Yeah, what you're seeing there is draft quality print in transparent PETG. 0.3mm layer height, faster speeds. The "final" version is 0.05 layer and in transparent PLA.

As described I expect to have to reprint a few times.

I later found out that RR have does something very similar thing on their electric prototype, but it wasn't an influence.
 

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They look pretty cool. I like the idea of a 'sacrificial' one, with a spare in the glovebox...!
 
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