Thanks guys for all the input. I'll take a look at some of the links.
O.D. AK, yeah my wife and I love those Unimogs!!! It's a great vehicle, and although parts aren't the easiest to find, they are built like a tank, and "shouldn't" need parts, IF it has been gone through prior and brought up to proper standards.
Col., I definitely hear you on the Chevy 350 thing. About the easiest thing to find parts for there is. That's why we had been looking at '60's models Suburbans, but they are few and far between unfortunately. If you find one in good shape, with 4 wheel drive, and a V8, then they want $15K for it. The rest are rusted out 6 cylinder 2 wheel drives. I REALLY wanted one, and found some that we really liked, but they were out of our price range.
Coils, that's why I wanted an earlier vehicle, so I could get away from electronics. Figured points and condenser were WAY easier to deal with in a SHTF situation, if there was even the slightest possibility of any EMP issues. Be it a terror attack, aliens, or our gov. LOL.
And just so you all know where I stand mechanically, I am an aircraft mechanic by trade, have owned and built motorcycles, as well as a couple muscle cars and my current automotive passion, the Porsche 928. Germany's answer to the American muscle car. I'm on my second one, my first having been purchased in '99. Then of course I'm into building AK's as well. So, in other words, I am mechanically inclined, and have wrenched on a lot of different vehicles over the years. I "should" be able to bring a fixer upper back to respectable mechanical standards, given the time and funds.
The big issue was trying to figure out what types of vehicles are popular for SHTF preparedness, as well as vehicles that would fit my specific needs. I just want to make sure that I'm not suffering from tunnel vision, like I am apt to do from time to time.
Thanks again for all the input guys. It is MUCH appreciated.
Enforcement, NOT Amnesty!!!!!!
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