Category Archives: Design philosophies

Regarding the “Myth Of the Bug Out Vehicle”

So a recent article has been filed over at AllOutDoor, it’s here if you want to take a gander at it. The first line of that article is basically an abstract, and it covers what the entire article is about: … Continue reading

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Anyone into…oh, I don’t know…survival bikes, maybe?

There are survival bikes, and then there are survival bikes. If I get permission from the owners, I’ll post up some of the better examples, but for now here’s one that I’ll be working over:   These bikes actually have … Continue reading

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The Surreal World

Very strange. Very strange, indeed. Seeing a being that was once living, breathing. One that had a distinct personality. Now in a cedar box on a mantle. Strange. In other activities, I’m resurrecting an old Toyota pick up truck. It’ll … Continue reading

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True words….even for you folks with RV’s heheh

Once an honest man could go from sunrise to its set without encountering agents of his state or government. But a sorry cloud of tyranny has fallen across the land, brought on by the hollow men, who did not understand … Continue reading

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Learning from that MRAP example…

Ya know, looking at the shenanigans with that LE MRAP incident, it strikes me that this is a great teaching moment about dealing with vehicles you’re not familiar with. Not that this is a big deal for the owners of … Continue reading

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Here’s another one…slightly higher profile.

Definitely a worthy vehicle, but talk about high profile! It does have all the important bits on it, though. Heavy duty goodness, a Cummins 12 valve, 1 ton axles, etc etc. (if the pic owner has any issues with this, … Continue reading

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Ah, decisions, decisions…Cummins 24 valve versus putting in a 12 valve…

I’m waffling on either getting rid of my built Subbins truck – a few of the specs are: 1986 body Dana 60 front w/ Detroit Locker, Warn hubs Corporate 14 bolt rear with FF, Detroit Locker Cummins 24v with 275RV … Continue reading

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Wants and Needs, or How I Managed to Ignore Chrome

Time and time again I see threads on forums, posts on other blogs, or advertising copy that focuses on the coolness factor, versus function. It’s a huge factor in firearms sales outdoor sporting goods and general techie toys. But it … Continue reading

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Ex-Military vehicles

Historic military vehicles, ex-military vehicles, tactical trucks, whatever you want to call them – they’ve always had a huge attraction within the survivalist or prepper community.   Somewhat rightfully so.  The design requirements for tactical vehicles (and by tactical vehicles, … Continue reading

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What you know versus what you have…

One of the issues that’s always struck me about the whole preparedness game is that much of it is marketing and product driven. I guess that’s to be expected, but those of us that have been in this endeavor for … Continue reading

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