My 1973 Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser. What I’ll use if I ever need to bug-out. It’s 40 years old this month, but it’s still going strong. I bought it from a rancher as a restoration project and I’ve done a LOT of work to it. One of the top 5 4 WD vehicles of all time, and is extremely reliable and goes just about anywhere.
As an older vehicle it’s less vulnerable to any kind of EMP (electro-magnetic pulse), and I’ve replaced all of the transistorized electronic components with solid-state (vacum tube) ones. I’ve also put 2 each of extra coils, condensers, voltage regulators, points, distributors and dry, unused batteries with battery acid powder in a faraday box (insulated ammunition can) and buried it 5 feet down on my property. If we do get hit with an EMP, with a little work and a couple hours my vehicle will still run… while all the other cars with transistorized and computerized electronic systems will be nothing more than oversized paperweights.
I’ve also bought and rebuilt an extra diesel engine for it, just in case of a long-term event and there’s no gasoline available I’ll be able to swap out engines and run it on bio-diesel or vegetable oil. Toyota sold the FJ series with either Gasoline or Diesel engines, so they’re available if you do some looking around.
I’ve still got some work to do to it, but it’s almost all cosmetic stuff now. I’ll be re-wiring it completely this summer, and I’ll make a video of that so you can see how I’ve done it.
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Until next time, keep on preppin’!
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