Thursday, September 12, 2013
As some of you may know and others may not I searched high and low for well over a year for the perfect post collapse work truck. Finally late in 2011 I found what I had been looking for.
An older F-150, with a straight six and four wheel drive.
Now the debate about the perfect post collapse work truck is almost as bad as the perfect post collapse battle rifle but I had my reasons for going with this particular truck. For one thing it is the most common truck in America (or was who knows stuff changes), it also has the most common engine which most everyone who deals with em says they never break down but even though the straight 6 is no longer in production there are literally thousands and thousands of them in use today. On top of the "in use" numbers is also how many of them were put into other varieties of work vehicles that are typically maintained for decades like small dump trucks and such. It also had manual lock out hubs which was another very important feature to look for.
Why the guys who have been bringing me wood chips have trucks with the same engine and tranny in them.
So there is a good bet that replacement parts will be around for the rest of my life even if the collapse keeps grinding along and if we really go into a crazy fast collapse then parts should be much easier to scavenge for.
That was the plan anyway.
Of course this year as I saved all I could to buy a brush hog and post hole attachment for the tractor each time I was ready to buy something went wrong with the truck.
Last time was the transmission going out that took months to get fixed now this time both motors on the windows went bad. Once again there goes my tractor attachments.
Oh well I really wanted a truck without power windows but that just wasn't in the cards. I can't think of anything else that should go wrong with the thing now and even though I have shelled out over a grand on it this Summer it is still much cheaper than buying new. And much better in a collapse situation.
But in my driveway now sits my brush hog and post hole digger for this year I guess.
As a side note I am also scheduled to attempt some computer repairs/upgrades at my brother's house tonight. If things go well I should be back tomorrow with little interruption but who knows, I may run into even more problems and be offline for a day or so. Sadly my computer hardware knowledge is now way to old and obsolete to build em and upgrade them without help like I used to.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!