DIY Doomsday Vehicles – Prepare Yourself for Armageddon

Armageddon is all the rage these days.  Movies of mutant zombies, government collapse, economic crashes, and world as-we-know-it ending calamities.

It’s sparked a big trend of reality shows featuring individuals and families bracing themselves for the apocalypse…perhaps you’ve heard of “Doomsday Preppers“.  Everyone has a different approach; some stock up on weapons and ammo, some take survival courses, and others make plans to “bug out” and move to small countries and trade their way out of bad situations.

People pour thousands…sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars into preparing for the end.  They think of everything from storing up food and water to digging underground shelters…but what if you have to make a getaway?

I thought it would be a good idea to make a short list of affordable used vehicles to purchase that would be well-suited for modifying for the end times.  These are in no particular order, so you can decide what you think is best and comment!

Or if you think of one yourself let us know.  You could even decide the best two cars to pair up, forming the ultimate Armageddon-dominating dynamic vehicular duo!   So without further delay, here we go!

04-05 Subaru WRX STi

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

You should be able to pick up one of these faithful backyard bulldogs for around $15,000.  In crisis situations this will be your light and nimble source of transportation, think of it as your post-apocalyptic Formula 1 car.  If you go with anything more nimble you will sacrifice durability, and let’s be honest, most of us can’t afford a Rally Fighter.

The AWD rally-inspired drivetrain should be able to quickly get you out of any situation on multiple road surfaces, but it will still be able to dispatch its 300 hp well around the deserted city streets.

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

 

You could put some armored materials such as Zylon in the door panels and under the hood to protect the engine.  Make an aluminum under-tray to protect the under-body from debris kicking up, and if you are at all good with tuning and upgrading, then do so.

But be careful; the last thing you want to do is sacrifice the reliability of your Subaru if there are zombies on your tail.

Toyota Truck

This is must have, and almost any 4×4 Toyota truck will do.  As Top Gear showed us these bad boys are virtually indestructible!  A good choice would be the double-cab 4WD Tacoma.  You should be able to easily pick up a used one off the internet for under $10k in very good shape.

The Tacoma PreRunner models are everywhere, but are RWD. You’ll want AWD if you’re escaping a slow-motion nuclear blast in the desert.

Hilux SCV

Make sure it has good ground clearance, beefy tires, and loads of guns mounted to it.  I would recommend not going for the manual transmission because that could mean shooting yourself in the foot…literally.  With an automatic you can drive and shoot.

Add some metal caging, upgraded utility bumpers, as well as some water-proofing and an amphibious air intake so that you drive through higher levels of water.  Certainly add whatever bulletproof armor you can afford in and around the doors of the cab, protection for the drivetrain, and as many gun mounts as possible.

Upgraded suspension isn’t a bad idea either so that you can cope with the extra weight.  The 3.4L DOHC V6 only has 190 hp, but it should be enough to get you out of rough situations and cross some fairly treacherous terrain.

Scat HoverCraft

Let’s face it, the end of the world won’t be fun without a hovercraft, and you never know when you might have to go down a river or across a lake!  Start looking around the internet for a 3 person Scat hovercraft, you should be able to pick one up for $2000-$3000.

Scat 3 Person hovercraft

I wouldn’t add much to this besides a couple gun turrets, and maybe an outer shell of Kevlar/Zylon to protect the skirt.

If you’re handy with motorcycle engines you could certainly make a much faster and more powerful hovercraft as well, and in turn add more protection.

So there is some genuine (almost) real world advice for you guys!  What would your DIY Doomsday Car be?

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1 Comment on "DIY Doomsday Vehicles – Prepare Yourself for Armageddon"

  1. mc

    WOW this is a bit old but I’ll add to it.

    My thoughts on a bugout vehicle or survival vehicle starts with a 4X4 diesel powered armored truck that has been converted to air starter so it would have a built in air compressor and tank and a manual “I.E. cable” fuel shut off. Nothing electrical needed to run it, simple manual trans.

    Yeah in the event of an EMP blast or several of them this thing would still be able to fire up and run down the road and offer some protection against small arms fire and allow return fire and ram other things off the road as needed.

    It wouldn’t be the fastest thing on the road but it would be better than walking.
    It would be handy with the right set of air powered tools to go with it like an air powered fuel pump and an air/hydraulic powered log splitter as well as the usual air tools for scavenging stuff quickly.

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