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Thinking old school for bug out vehicle

Post by bmorgan1803 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:48 pm

Was thinking about trying to go old school with a bug out vehicle. There are to many electronics that could go wrong with newer vehicles and my brother in law is a volvo mechanic so I want to find a 1957 Volvo Sugga. Please google it and let me know what you think of this vehicle.

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Post by skelco » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:53 pm

those things are so cool
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Re: Thinking old school for bug out vehicle

Post by Mall Ninja » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:06 pm

I had to google it... those ARE pretty cool!
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Re: Thinking old school for bug out vehicle

Post by Dooms » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:30 pm

While older vehicles tend to be less complicated, they also tend to require more maintenance and repairs to keep them operational, especially as they further age. That's something to take into consideration.

I would probably avoid it based on how difficult it is to get parts for a 1957 Volvo, at least stateside (might be a lot easier in Sweden or something, in that case...disregard what I said).

Personally, while I own older vehicles (the earliest being a '32 Ford with a chevy small block), I would likely stick with one of my newer vehicles for bugging out. Why? I find them to be much more reliable overall, they're definitely safer, and they get better fuel economy.

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Re: Thinking old school for bug out vehicle

Post by noodlesswe » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:07 am

i whould agrea on the geting parts side for a sugga, even in sweden.
and eaven geting a vehicle that aint totaly crap can be realy hard.

i was on a military vehicle gathering about 2 month a go an ther was a 100% original suggan with radio stuff in it,
i whould get 3 surplus mercedes geländewagen from the danish defens force for the frise of that sugga.
Sorry for my crappy spelling !!

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Re: Thinking old school for bug out vehicle

Post by DJH » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:37 am

I love it. Great capabilities for a BOV but with the sweet sweet style of classic cars.

I found one in Lodi, CA for $23,500. A radio car version. May have already sold, but I doubt it. ... radio-car/
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Post by Dawgboy » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:36 am

Those are cool. Recently saw a fully restored one here in San Diego County, California. I am going to be using a classic as my BOV in the not too distant future myself, now that I found an additional 20 hours a week of work and am going to be making "extra" money. Link in Signature below, "Misery Machine"
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Re: Thinking old school for bug out vehicle

Post by The Omega Man » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:07 pm

I'd hit it.
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Re: Thinking old school for bug out vehicle

Post by TacAir » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:14 pm

Why bother with a furrin import

Dodge W series are widely available as are the parts


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Out where i have my BOV parked, the fellow next to me has one of these
fully restored - body off restoration, full paint, rebuilt engine, military tarp cover and all. Said it would sell for 15 Grand, but when I offered to write a check....

He also has on the of these

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Re: Thinking old school for bug out vehicle

Post by Ducky » Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:31 pm

I like it.
You wouldn't have to worry about finding spare parts if you restore it with commonly avalibul parts.
Cummins 6bt
Nv4500 trans
Dana 60 axles
Fit it with the suspension of some commonly avalibul truck.

One thing that I have seen done in some restorations is to replace as may Bolts as you can with the same size bolt.
That way it simplifys repairs and reduces the amount of tools you have to carry.

One nice thing about the old vehicles is they are super cheap to insure.
And here in Texas you can get a historical plate which is like $10 for registration.( but your not supposed to drive it a bunch)
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Re: Thinking old school for bug out vehicle

Post by Muffin » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:14 pm

Dana 60 rear axle will not hold up long term to Cummins torque, much better options out there, such as a 70 or 80 from a 2500 or 3500 Dodge that came with one, a corporate gm 14 bolt full floater, or a Sterling 10.25/10.50 from ford. All are easier to find and much more robust.

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