As the world around us seems to be falling apart and America teeters on the brink of total collapse, a key question for citizens focuses squarely on the ability to travel. Mobility in the aftermath of a massive catastrophe is an integral component for survival. Very few, except in rural areas or very small towns, will be in a position to flee using a car or truck.
In large urban centers such as New York City, most citizens will not be able to leave. Snarled traffic jams will close all bridges to the mainland. And in other regions the issue will be what to do when the gasoline and oil run out, even at the local gasoline stations.
These questions and issues are of vital importance to survival in the worst case scenario. Without the ability to travel to safer areas or to accumulate supplies, citizens will be at the mercy of logistics. Your survival will run out when the food, fuel, medicine, and ammo run out. At that point, you are waiting for death, unless you can travel to the closest depot of vital supplies.
Thus, keeping and maintaining a vehicle that runs, along with the fuel needed to run it, is of absolute necessity. In light of this fact, those persons who are planning ahead for any possible eventuality are talking about vehicles and fuel. But the cold, hard fact is that if most people rely on the vehicles manufactured in the last 15 to 20 years, depending on the make and model, they are going to be in store for a very rude awakening. Modern vehicles run on gasoline, oil, and electricity. But gasoline and oil will become scarce in short order. And if the electricity grid is taken out, then your "all electric vehicle" will be worth no more than trash. Further, the systems within modern gasoline engines are also operated by electricity and computers. These systems will be rendered worthless eventually because there will be no electricity and computers need electricity to run.
Thus, you will be fresh out of luck in a major catastrophe, that is, unless you have made preparations to "ride in style" after the catastrophe. Those who devote the majority of their time and energy to working out viable plans for survival post-catastrophe say that there is a way to greatly enhancing your chances of survival if you can get your hands on the right type of vehicle that uses a fuel source that is commonly available. And the good part is that it can be done on the cheap.
Bill Buppert has provided invaluable information that directly addresses this issue. Buppert published an article by Chris Dates that says that all citizens who are really serious about surviving a longterm catastrophe should give great attention to vehicles and fuel, in addition to everything else that must be considered such as firearms and ammunition.
The vehicle of choice is a line of trucks manufactured and sold prior to 1997. Dates prefers the Cummins engines that were installed in Dodge pickup trucks before the early 1990s, but at one time all of the major American truck manufacturers used a similar type of engine, including Ford and Chevy, and GMC. Any of these will do, but since Dates prefers the Cummins engine he provides more information about it than the others.
The Cummins engine, along with the Ford and GM engines made at the same time, is an all-mechanical diesel engine as opposed to the electrically controlled diesel.This is key. For longterm survival after a massive catastrophic disaster the citizen needs a means of transportation that does not rely on electricity at all. Not even gasoline. What is needed is a diesel engine, all mechanical and not electrically controlled. Why? Diesel is easily made. Biodiesel is also easily made. Diesel can even be made out of corn oil or any kind of vegetable oil. Automatic Transmission Fluid can also be used as fuel in a mechanical diesel engine, provided it is pure and not mixed in with oil.
In summary, Dates states the following:
The engine will continue to run as long as there is fuel and air supplied, with no need for an electrical input. No spark plugs, no computers, no alternator or battery needed, just fuel/air converted to rotary motion and exhaust/heat. “Electrical” Diesels need electricity to run the injectors, sensors, CPU, transmission coordination, instrument panel, pumps, etc. New-ish “electrical” Diesel engines also tend to need very-high grade pure Diesel fuel (no veggie, ATF, home bioDiesel, etc), Urea exhaust gas pollution reduction fluid, are mechanically quieter, and put out lower air pollution then their equal-power old-school engine. Newer engines are often lighter weight, only-somewhat rebuildable, and are designed so that you need very expensive factory part/tool support if not dealer-only service.
12-valve Cummins in a Dodge PU is a fine unit for North American operation, even if the S doesn’t HTF.
But before you take the plunge here, be sure to do your own research. Is it worth it for you to spend money on something that may not be used? Granted, the older trucks mentioned here are very inexpensive. Still, you have to decide if you have the resources to make such a purchase viable, given that you have lots of other considerations to mull over as well.
You may also be interested in the following:
My personal blog, The Liberty Sphere.
My popular series titled, Musings After Midnight.
My ministry site, Martin Christian Ministries.