Entering a locked vehicle
Hey everyone im back. Anyway today I locked my keys in my car when I got to work. Spare key was 50 milrs away had to call roadside assistance. Anyways it got me thinking how to enter newer cars that arent ssseptable to a slimjim. When the roadside shows up he has what looks to be a blood pressure cuff and a long hook. He used the airbag to seperate the corner of the door from the chasis and then used the hook to unlock the car. In my state having the official tool an air jack he called it can land you in jail if you show intent and dont have a license. But the blood pressure cuff does the same thing without carrying the same penalty. Long story short adding a wire hanger and a bblood pressure cuff to my b.o.b.
Feb 12 2013, 11:29 AM EST by
Winter packs in your cars
So I'm using the country roads coming back from Costco. Snow already on the ground and no signs of it letting up any time soon. What do I happen upon on this snow ridden country road? A little delinquent in his suped up Volkwagen Golf and his car is stuck in the snow a good 20 minute walk from the nearest house, he's left his phone in the house as he was only out for a "wee run aboot with the motor" and all he has on is some tracksuit trousers, a Celtic FC top and a pair of light trainers. Having nothing to dig his little biscuit tin out with he was officially buggered.
Fortunately for him I came by in my proper car, grabbed the emergency shovel out the back and set about rescueing his box from this "buggered" situation it was in. He meanwhile was enjoying the comfort of the emergency jacket and trousers I kept in the car along with a couple of just-in-case heat packs.
After the car was rescued from said position I had a quick chat with him about carrying a small emergency pack in his car and how all this could have probably been avoided if he had one in the first place. This, he said, was "a good idea".
So hopefully I've converted someone to etleast some small-time prepping. But it also raises the question, do you keep an emergency pack in your car? If yes, what is in it? If no, GET ONE!
Cars 'n' Stuff
Just to diverge from all the BOB threads that have been on here recently and because I love the idea of hearing about so many internal combustion engines at once. *shudders with excitement*
This isn't necessarily about what vehicles you will use for the apocalypse just what cars and bikes you have, what extras you have added to them, like bushguards, run flat tyres, winches, CB's etc etc, what you normally use it for and what it's like to drive, reliability and stuff like that. Also try to mention any improvements you're planning to make, new engine, tyres etc etc.
I have a former military 1987 Tithonous 110 series Land Rover Defender.
2.5 litre straight six diesel, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes (soon to be replaced), Roll Cage, Run flat tyres, spare run flat on the bonnet, Heavy duty rims, fold-able seats in the back, Chequered plating on the bonnet, 35L foot locker in the back.
Was recently refurbished by the MoD so it's in great condition. Really reliable, only had to replace a fanbelt so far. Handles quite well both on and off road but will probably need a new power steering pump soon as it's starting to handle like a tank. Other than that it runs pretty smoothly.
It's the only car I own at the moment so use it for everything from having fun with the lads to runs up to Costco.
Aside from replacing the rear drum brakes I'm looking for a CB radio and I'm also planning on getting a winch.
Essential Equipment for Vehicles
We already have a thread regarding the selection of a suitable vehicle for those of us who don't like the idea of trying to make it where we are.
This thread is for discussing what kinds of things you want INSIDE your car (or perhaps bolted to the outside) that will help you survive.
Here are a few I can think of quickly:
- Jerry cans and carrier. Extra gas is always good
- Fullsize spare tire, jack, lug wrench
- Mini air compressor. A small leak doesn't mean you have to swap in your spare if you have a compressor to fill up when it gets low. Also good for varying your tire pressures (down for dirt, up for pavement).
- All tools common to your vehicle (or at least a pair of screwdrivers, pliers, some wrenches, and a socket set)
- DUCT TAPE.
- MORE DUCT TAPE. (preferably second roll is camo color)
- protein bars and water pouches. they'll keep forever.
Feb 9 2012, 12:58 AM EST by
More quick thoughts from the awesome yet loveable Barret_zombie_bane.
So yeah, back again with another of these.
cars - Prepare for the eventuality of your vehicle getting stuck/stranded with no fuel, invest in a bike rack, they can hold up to around four bikes. save your feet a whole lot of trouble.
Bikes - for those of you cycling, consider double/triple pannier bags they can boost your storage space whilst on the move by about 20L.
Storage - Don't overlook bum bags/fanny packs (depends on where you hail from) although they only carry a little, you can store small essentials inside for easier access and free up your pockets.
I personally keep my penknife, small first aid kit, nasal inhaler and bandanna in mine.
Please feel free to add any small quick ideas (or big ones) that you may have had.
Clothing - when choosing what to wear for winter z-poc, baggy clothes will help reduce rubbing and the air trapped inside will help provide an extra layer of heat.
Nov 15 2011, 3:25 PM EST by
Scavenging abandoned cars
So z-day comes and while the rest of the world goes to hell, you have managed to get to your bol, and hunker down. You and your group(if you have one) have managed to survive and you haven't seen a zombie in over a week. Your supplies are running low, for whatever reason, and you have to do something about it. Would you try scavenging abandoned cars?
In my opinion, it's safer than going into stores that in all likely hood have already been picked clean, and it's also likely that when the owner of the car left, he wasn't able to take everything with him. Sure it might not be guns and M.R.E.s, but even if you only find a can of beans, that's one more can than you had. Thoguhts?
Nov 13 2011, 1:43 PM EST by Ulysees73
Remember Those Car Traps From Half Life 2?
Hey y'all, as you may be able to tell from the title, I am trying to see what you guys have to say about those car traps from the game "Half Life 2". For those of you who might not know what I am talking about, the traps are cars suspended by a wire and then released to crush the headcrab thingys. Do you think the (CONCEPT ONLY) of using a large and heavy object to crush a zombie below it has any merit?
What I was specifically thinking of is using something heavy that can be lifted back up via steel cable or something of the like by multiple people. It could be a car or something else entirely.
May 14 2011, 4:03 AM EDT by
how about emergency bags,maybe under the seats.imagine post zday you crash and need to move out on foot,an emergency kit will come in very handy
Jan 2 2011, 4:24 PM EST by
Alright, the purpose of this page is to list and explain the basics of a vehicle maintenance kit of sorts. While using an automobile to travel post Z-Day sounds and indeed could be useful and safe, regular maintenance is part of the territory when i
Jan 11 2012, 11:39 PM EST by
What about a 1992 ford bronco?
Nobody in my family has a car like that. Most of them have mini vans or trucks. The one vehicle in particular is a 1992 ford bronco. What should I do with that to prep for z-day?
Jul 14 2010, 6:06 AM EDT by
Anti-zombie vehicles, issues and possible solutions.
The big problem will always be the finite amount of resources available post-Z apoc. You will run out of gas and bullets, food, medicine, water, people, hope.
Granted you were able to make a stand and put together some mechanically inclined folks that could build a truck similar to the one in Land of the Dead, the Dead Reckoning, it is still going to run into the problem of finite resources. You can only have so much space for fuel, food and other essentials not to mention the crew.
Ok, so you build your ultimate anti-zombie truck. Not one Z can get it, it lumbers at top speeds of 30 possibly 40 miles per hour. You bring extra fuel and load it inside, you're loaded for bear with all manner of ammo and guns and cleaning/repairing equipment. You go to the outskirts of a city and then boom, you kill your first Z. A few start to pour in then a few hundred then a few thousand. The next thing you know you're wading up to your eyeballs in Zack and you've run out of ammo, what then?
You're armored, you're protected, they can't possibly topple your rig and they can't get in. Are you now fated to suffer the doom of the sardine in the tin can (ooops who brought the can opener? No one?). Would it be possible to mount some sort of external weapon that you can use to knock Zack heads while controlling the weapon from inside? Or have slits on the sides where you can employ a very long, weighted pole with a wicked blade on the end that you can lift up and let the weight crash down on Zack's head? Or possibly your rig is so high up that you can open up a hatch and start knocking heads from the top of your truck (ensuring of course that they don't have the chance to ramp up over each other). How long would it take do you think? Would you be up to such monotonous and no doubt tiresome work to rid a city or small area of thousands, possibly millions of Zack? Will 50 of these work vs 1M Z? Thoughts?
armored vehicel suggestion
The black truck pictured is a Conquest Vehicels KNIGHT XUV. Claims to be made from the same matirials as a buffalo. And for ease of maintanance, uses a ford drive line. Nice if you got $350,000.00 burning a hole in youre pocket. But i got a idea based on something already built. Steelwheels4x4 is a web site ware you can view "DRAGO" a 78' Oshkosh M-100 air port crash truck that has been converted into a self contained class a motor home. Its kinda cool. Useing his idea...Im trying to locate a 84' Oshkosh DA-1500 45' 8X8 to convert to an up armored motor home. these trucks are the fore runners to the current Oshkosh Striker line (which are available as 4X4, 6X6, and 8X8 platforms) and like the Striker, they are baced on the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck or HEMTT. Both the DA-1500 8X8, and its Striker bretherin, can climb and decend 80% grades by 55 degree side slopes, and un like the millitary HEMTT which are governed to go no faster than 62 miles per hour, air resque trucks are Federally mandated to be able to reach a tarmac crash site in under 2 minutes. Concequently the DA-1500 & the Striker series ARFF trucks can go 0 to 50 in 25 seconds, and top out @ 80 milels per hour. Now i admit, you wont be breaking any land speed records, but for an 8 wheel drive 45' long truck that weighs 13 tonnes...thats impressive, i dont care who u are. On a side note, both the Striker series and the DA-1500 series ARFF trucks ride on 58 inch michelin run flat tires, have 17 inches of ground clearance, with 19 inches of wheel travel, and are equiped with central tire inflation systems.You can purcgase a Striker from Oshkosh starting @ $150,000.00 for the 4X4, and $275,00.00 for the 8X8, and i recantly saw a 1987 DA-1500 sell for $25,000.00 on a used fire apperatus surplus vehicle web site. So weather you go new or used, they are available for purchase...they also get about 14.5 miles per gallon. Annother would be a Oshkosh T-1500.
Nov 23 2009, 2:47 PM EST by
calling a vote.
ok...I can't decide what to write next, both are gonna take about the same amount of work
the first article up for vote is, "How to Create Armor From Hardware Store Components"
and the second is, "How To Armor A Vehicle" (this one is going to be different from my current page in that i'm going to go indepth about how to mesure, create, and then weld together armor and make it an integral part of your vehicles body
Sep 24 2009, 8:21 PM EDT by
~Seeks~ Armored Vehicle Suggestions
For your viewing pleasure to kill a yota If you already have a truck your best bet would be buy a bolt on grill guard made of solid bars around the outside (hollow will be very hard to weld to in the event something happens). These w
Jun 18 2011, 7:23 PM EDT by
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Jun 18 2011, 4:43 PM EDT by
Problems with all four points
Problem one solved========Gas, diesel, even kerosene that are stored at gas stations are pumped electrically. So no power, means no raiding a gas station for fuel. You will be stuck with what you have when the lights go out--------- WRONG! Even tho they have motorized pumps its still a belt and pulley system. all you would have to do is simply remove the housing to the pump and attach a hand crank. I would NOT suggest doing this during the first weeks of the infection as there would draw alot of attention to you and you would need some time to find bolt sizes and other things of this nature
Problem two solved=======computer systems that control so much that a problem with something a small as a sensor can cause huge problems-----Yes that is very true with "newer" model cars but I would you would rather have dependability over style. "older" model cars with out dated systems are less integrated and easily bypassed========Even if you're Billy Jim Bob and can fix any problem with the most basic of tool kits, at some time a part is going to break beyond the point of repair------------Replacement parts are mass produced for the sake of a large population, with that same population being at an all time low there will be plenty of parts to go around==========in later years you have to worry about rust----------there are plenty of ways to avoid rust and even safely remove rust. Yes rust is unavoidable but the life span of your transportation can be greatly prolonged by simple maintenance===========So once your battery fails, and it will, you might have a tough time getting a replacement, or recharging one----------------- well the short term fix for this is have at least two batteries, rotate them week by week. as far as long term there is replacement fluids for most car batteries
Aug 15 2009, 9:45 PM EDT by
Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado w/ grille guard
Aug 10 2009, 6:24 PM EDT by wadewar
YOUR plans HERE -->
Anyone that's willing to write their own ideas of their upgraded vehicles, turn to this page: http://www.zombiesurvivalwiki.com/page/Ideas+for+Upgraded+Vehicles
(Strangely it's uncategorized...)
Aug 7 2009, 6:00 PM EDT by
Useful Vehicles Post Z-Day
This page is currently in the process of a major re-haul. Please come back at a later time to see the completed version
Aug 15 2009, 12:59 AM EDT by
Articles regarding the hypothetical modification, servicing and design of specialized vehicles go here. Examples of modified vehicles Adding protection to a vehicle. Ideas for Upgraded Vehicles
Jan 22 2009, 8:33 PM EST by