Originally Posted by kernelkrink
The beauty of the Chevy truck platform is the drivetrains in them can be swapped out for an earlier setup with minimal hassle. You could buy say a 99 Suburban
Buy one older than that, and take advantage of "antique vehicle" registration if applicable in your state. Here in Arkansas, '86 and earlier is an "antique", the only restriction is "not for hire". Oh, and the plate is $7.50, one time only, no renewal needed.
A pre-computer vehicle is mostly proof against EMP. Something not as out-there as it used to be, now that a couple of companies are aggressively marketing car-zappers to police departments. The idea is they just point the antenna at a car and blow out its electrical system. So far there has been some concern about liability for a cop trashing a vehicle's entire electrical system when said vehicle might not be owned by the driver, or if they zap the wrong car. So far, nobody seems worried about zapping pacemakers or implanted insulin pumps.
But still, for even a mild SHTF situation, you need to consider fuel. Even backwoods Arkansas gas stations have full-time connections to the mothership nowadays, and if the connection goes down, they can't even make a cash sale. Like ammunition, whatever fuel is in your tank is likely to be all you're going to have, plus whatever you have in storage. In many areas, storing more than a gallon or two for the lawnmower can be a big hassle.
My '65 C-20 had the original tank in the cab and a 20-gallon booster tank under the bed on each side; it held 56 gallons total, if I remember tight. My '68 F-100 had a booster tank in the back, which reduced bed space to an annoying degree, but the combined tanks held about 40 gallons.