Best car for cruising the wastelands

Posted: March 13, 2011 in Neighbors, transportation, vehicle
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Lately I been mulling over what would be the best car for after the Apocalypse.

It would have to meet the following criteria.

  • Easy to work on
  • Reliable
  • Good Gas Mileage (or maybe diesel?) best if it can take both
  • Bad ass intimidation factor
  • Can take a physical beating


Here is what I found for easy cars to work on

  • VW’s before 1993
  • ANY volvo built from 85-00
  • Honda Civics

However, these cars are very weak on the bad ass intimidation factor.

Then over at the Ron Paul Discussion forums I discovered this forum which recommends 1985 to 1995 Toyota 4×4 Pickups with the 4 cylinder because it can take gas and diesel, gets good mileage, and can take a beating.

The BBC tried to kill one but didn’t

Here is also a quote from the forum:

“Top gear actually picked up one from a junkyard that had 190,000 miles on it (but still ran), and without doing any work to it whatsoever… drove it down flights of stairs, crashed it into a tree at about 30mph, sideswiped buildings, hit it with a wrecking ball, crashed it through a wooden shed, dropped it from about 12ft in the air, dropped a small camper on it from about 12ft in the air, left it in the english channel for 5 hours (completely submerged….they actually lost it but it washed up when the tide went out), lit it on fire (cab and bed), and finally…… they put it on top of a 240ft building that was then demolished explosively. They pulled it out of the rubble, reconnected the battery cable, and started it up. It still ran, and drove.”

So after a couple of hours of internet searching and reading I decided on the Toyota Pickup and went outside to take a break.  I had forgotten that my neighbor has one in his driveway!  He takes it out to the wash somewhere outside of Phoenix and races it in the dirt.  He is constantly working on it.  Which reminded me once again about Rule 1:  Get along with the neighbors.

Below: Beside my driveway.


  1. Will K says:

    I would suggest looking into something that doesn’t require a battery to operate, and is light enough to easily push start.

  2. Tabor says:

    My vote would be for an El Camino. A truck that can haul ass, and still pull in chicks too. The baby making potential in the back of it is far superior.

  3. Tracy says:

    Pre-’96 Toyotas are best because they have the more rugged and off-roadable straight front axle. The biggest weak point of all Toyota pickups is the aluminum cylinder head. If you get it too hot (perhaps a punctured radiator?), that head will warp and the engine will no longer run. That is the voice of experience.
    The ideal upgrade for a Toyota truck is a swapped-in Cummins 4BT, 4 cylinder turbodiesel. Pre-1976 iron-head Mercedes diesel engines are another good choice, as are Isuzu diesels. Toyota did make diesels, but they are expensive, hard to find and have the same disadvantage as their gasoline engines.

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