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"Survival" vehicle community?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:32 pm
by MFP 2020
I don't know if I'll actually be able to make the Road Warrior Event Weekend in November, but it's got me thinking about building (or just planning) a somewhat practical survival vehicle (given that internal combustion engines in a post-gasoline era is not exactly practical).

There are rat bikes and "survival" bikes with their own communities (see http://ratbike.org/). I have searched the internets in vain to find an equivalent site for four-wheeled vehicles. Does anyone know of a "survival vehicle" (or "post-apocalyptic vehicle") community or website?

Thanks.

Re: "Survival" vehicle community?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:59 pm
by MFP 2020
No closer to finding a community, but I did find a couple of MM2-worthy vehicles that you all might enjoy seeing.

Storm chaser:
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http://www.geekologie.com/2008/05/post_13.php

Bronco survival truck:
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http://www.ratbike.org/pages/757bronco.htm

Re: "Survival" vehicle community?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:15 pm
by Morrisminor
I don't know of any groups either but I would like to offer a little inspiration...
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This swamp buggy was constructed in 1962 with nine-foot diameter, Goodyear 110 Airplane, 34 Ply tires of the type used on the XB-36. The old tires are in need of replacement. Are there any similarly sized tires available? "It was built from a 3/4 ton truck, has two transmissions and a transfer case, Front transmission has 4 gears, the second has 5 gears plus double reverse, giving you a total of 21 forward gears in low range, and another 21 in high range. For a grand total of 42 forward gears."

and some of these...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSiSthFEptc

Re: "Survival" vehicle community?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:38 am
by Foxtrot X-Ray
Jeep Cherokee.

Lots & lots of parts out there, Lots of aftermarket goodies, can be made to run on Petrol, Propane, Ethanol, etc..


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Re: "Survival" vehicle community?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:19 am
by MFPmaniac
.The only community I saw after digging online was a group on yahoo for post-apocalyptic vehicles about 2 years ago. Unfortunately, It has become a board of nothing but spam last I looked.

Nice Cherokee, Foxtrot. I found one myself a while ago.
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Aaron

Re: "Survival" vehicle community?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:56 am
by MFP 2020
Thanks, guys. What's funny is that when I first started thinking about this, the Jeep Cherokee was the first car I thought about. The exterior roll cage is a nice touch. The pickup trucks used to service railroad cars have an exterior roll cage (two tubes that run from the front bumper over the cab to the bed) to protect the cab and I like the idea (and the look).

Re: "Survival" vehicle community?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:11 am
by Foxtrot X-Ray
That one's not mine, if that's what you're thinking.
IIRC, it was built for some wildlife project in Africa.
Is the Two-Door yours?

This one's mine.
Picked the model in replacing my B4000, because I needed something to carry the Wife & Kids in that had similar capabilities in the mud & Snow.. Plus the parts availability, both OEM and aftermarket, can't be beat.
Keep in mind this isn't my idea of a purpose built Survival vehicle, But If need be I can use it.

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(Wow that's huge!)

Some things to consider on a "Survival Vehicle".. (There are, of course, many more things to think about)

Fuel - Make it capable of running on as many different types of fuel as Possible..
Petrol, Ethanol, Propane, Natural Gas if possible..
Range - Good Mileage/Large Fuel Capacity.. How far can it run on a tank?
Parts - Are the parts hard to find?
Easy to work on - Can YOU fix it if something breaks?
Durability - How long will it last under harsh conditions?
Off Road - how rough of terrain can it drive over? Will it get stuck going over a Curb or can it climb buildings? :lol:
Size - It does matter.. Too Small and you can't carry what/who you need, too large and you can't go as many places.
Shelter - Can you SLEEP in it?

Re: "Survival" vehicle community?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:53 pm
by bike
Need doors though, otherwise zombies can jump in and eat you

Re: "Survival" vehicle community?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:27 am
by MFPmaniac
Nope, it isn't mine. I've toyed with something like that in the past, though. I'd definitely keep some kind of side protection, even if it were expanded metal over a hinged frame. Hmmm.....gives me an idea... :D

Aaron