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Robert Emslie June 7, 2017 Craigslist Crapshoot 31 Comments

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

Wait, was last Wednesday actually Two Wheel Tuesday? It might have felt like it since our quest was for motorcycles for sale that you yourself might actually want to have. We’ll see what  kind of bikes you all like the most in just a sec. First however, this week’s quest.
 
This week, we’re going to get prepared. You know, things seem to be a little out of control in the world right now and so it’s time to start thinking that maybe those crazy preppers were right and we should start stocking up and getting ready to move off the the grid. That’s why this week’s quest is for… that’s right, Prepper Trucks. Hell, prepper cars are okay too, but I’m guessing we’re going to need something with a little off-road-ability and room for MREs and Sudoku books. 
 
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Got that? Good, now it’s imaginary purchase time—bike edition!

I’m going to say right off the top that my imaginary bike stable includes a 1975 Honda 400-Four, a 1956 Triumph TR6-B Trophy, and a 1974 BMW R90s in Daytona Orange. Yes, I have eclectic tastes. 

Your tastes were equally eccentric, and varied between those who started their contribution with “Not a bike guy…” and those who opened with “I’m old and want something comfortable.” I think both of those positions rule out actual purchase, however the bikes that got the most votes, and hence might actually find a home amongst us (not really) included a cool vintage offered up by . Along similar lines came a  that  thought might be garage-worthy.

Our winner however was a bike somewhat along the lines of my favorite Japanese bike. That was the found by  and described as having sat indoors and undercover for the last 33 years. Wow!

Congrats to Alff, and thank you all for getting back on two wheels. Now, let’s get prepped.

  • The Shorland armored vehicle I posted a while ago is still available, but honestly, who wants to spend a lot of time searching for Land Rover parts in a post-apocalyptic hellscape? Aside from me, that is. No, the better option is a ’78 International that’s equipped to drill its way down to a less contaminated source of drinking water.

  • Jofes2

    The 1942 Volvo TVC was built as a towing truck, but the big cab and bed makes it excellent as an apocalypse vehicle. My living quarters will be in the rear seat and the bed will serve as cargo and gun deck. Also, there’s a discount if you buy two!

  • I_Borgward

    This one’s got its marketing bases covered – if not to a prepper, sell to hipsters as a tiny house! And a few weeks after the apocalypse, the purchaser can pull up the wood floor to their tiny stove.

  • P161911

    1986 Chevy Suburban 3/4 ton 4X4 with a 350. The 350 can be fixed with parts found on the side of the road. Being a carburated engine it shouldn’t be too hard to convert to wood gasification, no need for gas stations or trying to siphon old gas out of abandoned cars (seriously Walking Dead, at 4-5 years into the Zombie Apocalypse, how does any abandoned car still have gas that hasn’t gone bad, let alone a battery that isn’t dead.) Plenty of room for the family, pets, and supplies. Needs a little work, but it could all be easily fixed.

    • P161911

      So what HTML magic/Google -Fu is needed now to get Craigslist pictures to post?

      • dukeisduke

        It’s just flaky. Speaking of siphoning, what is that in the back of the Suburban? Looks like a tank with a pump on top.

        • P161911

          Maybe a diesel tank. The ad did mention something rather odd, 48k miles and “never been tagged”. So my guess is some sort of farm truck.

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  • P161911

    This has possibilities. I could see a couple of bunks in the back. Lots of storage space to organize your survival gear. It already has a generator. Maybe convert it to a greasel.

  • Alff

    Gonna need something mechanically simple, with plenty of room inside. Adopting the logic that drives certain municipalities to paint their housing projects in pastel colors (Looking at you, Watts), you want a vehicle that is cheerfully unthreatening…

    • P161911

      Just black out the side windows, add some steel plate behind them with cut outs for gun ports. Maybe a ring mount for a machine gun on the roof. Keep the paint job.

  • tonyola

    This claimed-700-horsepower turbodiesel 2001 Ford Excursion will hold your extended family and a hell of a lot of MREs. Not to mention it can probably outrun the zombies, at least for as long as the fuel lasts.

  • 0A5599

    1967 kaiser jeep
    condition: excellent
    cylinders: 6 cylinders
    fuel: diesel
    odometer: 25472
    paint color: custom
    size: full-size
    title status: clean
    transmission: manual
    type: offroad
    PRICE REDUCED!!!!
    I have a newly completed M109 and M105 trailer combo for sale!
    Truck has 25472 miles and 802 hours on a very clean mutifuel engine
    All service done in the last 500 miles, fluids, brake adjustments and bearings checked
    Motor runs amazing starts, stops and shifts like it should
    Custom interior with spring ride seats and mortar can arm rests ( have factory bench if desired)
    Exterior has fresh paint, truck had zero rust when bought but was faded and had some pealing spots, box top has been covered in white rubberized rv roof coating to help with heat!
    New soft top on truck cab
    New batteries
    New generator/ alternator
    50 gallon black/grey holding tank

    Box interior
    New 1 3/4 in treated plywood floor covered in new vinyl rolled behind pvc baseboards to seal flooring
    New water heater , new ac, 32×32 shower stall, porcelain bowl rv toilet, new fridge/freezer combo, bar sink and 8′ maple bar,
    Twin bunks, led lights and plenty of other stuff I’m sure I have forgot to mention!

    M105 trailer also included…. Carrying a fifty gallon fresh water tank, 12 volt pump wired to switch for water, new marine deep cycle battery mounted in battery box, Two spares for truck or trailer

  • Manic_King

    Euro-answer would be “Unimog or similar”, like the Volvo above. I’d say this would be good choice: Magirus Deutz FM 170 D 11 FA, comes with Bundeswehr’s shelter-box which has cupboards, desk, Ladder, electricity and own heater. Needs some brake- and other TLC.

  • Manic_King

    Or how about cheap 4×4 fire engine? Has prolly drinking water tank, which is def. needed, and a lot of potential for conversion.

  • Manic_King

    This seems apocalypse ready. 60 mph max. Has 2,6 ton crane, front loader and 2x 5 ton winches. Perfect.

    • Manic_King

      This is much cheaper, though:

      • It’s cheaper, sure, but the gray one definitely has the endzeit look required for the job.

    • SlowJoeCrow

      that looks a bit like a doka version of the US Army “Small Emplacement Excavator” except they have a backhoe.

  • P161911

    If you are so worried that the world is going to hell in a handbasket that you fear that you will need to live out of your vehicle, then you need to get a SERIOUS vehicle. Personally I wouldn’t want to spend my last days living in the bed of a pickup truck. At nearly 40 feet long, a PTS-10 should be able to offer a little more elbow room. Also, amphibious capability seems like it would come in handy. Why settle for a glorified tent, when you could have a quasi-house boat! Might need to do some construction on the bed to make a suitable habitat.


    No price listed.

    • I_Borgward

      .

      • P161911

        Actually, this thing seems a little small. I’d rather have a LARC-LX for only $2,000,000.

      • Vairship

        Yes! Because zombies don’t swim well.

    • outback_ute

      I dare say if you have to ask, you can’t afford it!

      Ideal for you and 72 of your closest friends apparently, with a 38L V12 for motivation!

      • P161911

        Enough room for 72 of your closest friends or maybe a family of 5.

        • outback_ute

          1. The army’s idea of space requirements seems to be about the same as elevator manufacturers, ie can you still breathe?, Ok, room for one more.
          2. Babies don’t take up much space, but their stuff sure does

  • Manic_King

    For the prepper who doesn’t want to build it himself, a ready for forest 4×4 MBenz prepper truck, everything has been taken care of.

  • wunno sev

    getchu a bobbed deuce!

    much cheaper to buy than you might expect, supremely durable, and parts will be all over the post-apocalypse United States once M35s move into the bases that will be established in each and every one of our houses during Jade Helm ’19.

    the one i linked is a fixer-upper for sure, but if you buy a functional one you’ll be tempted to register it, and then the government will know you have it.

  • Michael Mitchell

    I would think a prepper would want something they could easily source parts from, so if your Volvo, Unimog or Mercedes breaks down in Kansas you might be waiting for that sweet Intl. Loadstar well digger or bus to pick you up. The International Loadstar models spanned 3 decades..

    • P161911

      That’s why the first thing that I thought of was something with a SBC V-8. Doesn’t matter where you are in North America, parts as as close as the nearest auto parts store or junkyard, ANY of them.

  • Siemion

    Posted one before, but I’ll post it again 🙂

    Why Tatra? The War Rig from Mad Max: Fury Road was based on a Tatra (different model, but still). I can’t imagine a better prepper truck.

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