Transporting goods and services during a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation has been on my mind for awhile.
In big cities people use large SUVs and trucks as a status symbol. 300+ horsepower, 4 wheel drive, gas guzzler, but has never pulled a trailer or been off the pavement.
In urban areas nearby rural areas, and in rural areas people “use” their SUVs and trucks. Yesterday evening (February 25, 2016) Jasper Texas was packed with trucks and bass boats. The weather this weekend is going to be nice so people are going to the lake.
There are thousands of people all across the nation who live just a couple of hours from rural locations. Those people venture out of the city to go hunting, fishing and enjoy nature. While doing those activities they pull a boat, or maybe a trailer with an ATV on it.
In rural areas just about everyone knows someone who owns a truck and trailer. I drive a Toyota truck and have a Tacoma I am rebuilding. My dad and brother both have 3/4 ton dodge trucks. Walmart looks like a used truck dealership just about everyday.
I have always wanted a truck project. Something that I could rebuild, add some custom features, fix up and call my own. When friends and family members come over I would tell them all about the truck, what I did to it, the attention to detail, and just brag on my accomplishment.
There is just something about working with my hands, getting sweating, dirty, greasy, and even bleed a little that makes me feel more like a man.
A few years ago I bought a 1981 Jeep CJ-5 that was supposed to be my project. The Jeep was parked near a creek, there were some strong rains, the creek rose and water got into the motor and transmission. Realizing that the jeep was going to need a complete new power train kinda bummed me out.
I pulled the jeep into a field and parked it there. The plan is to build a pole barn over the Jeep and my wifes 1981 Toyota truck. Then when the pole barn is built, maybe then continue working on it.
In April 2014 I ran across a great deal on a 1999 Toyota Tacoma 4×4. The truck had been abused like a redheaded step child. A tree limb had gone through the front windshield, a front tire was off the rim, gears stripped in the rear end and a front end hub was stripped. In short, the truck was going to take a “lot” of time and effort. It just so happened time was something the previous owner was short on.