Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Matt asks: I have a 1982 GMC 1500. It’s my yard truck. I have joked with my wife for years that it’s my prepper ride in case of EMP. Now I’m starting to think I want another ride that’s “EMP exempt.” Any idea what make and model makes sense?
My reply: Anything with transistorized ignition is vulnerable to an EMP, so that encompasses most cars made since the early ’70s. That said, in most cars made during the ’70s, the only transistorized thing is the ignition, generally just the module. If you have a spare mechanical (points type) distributor or a shielded spare module, you’re fine.
I’d worry less about EMPs – which I think are not likely – than I would about fuel shortages and high fuel prices, which I think are likely. Thus, I’d be leaning toward a mechanically injected diesel anything and older, high-efficiency/low maintenance economy cars. An ’80s or ’90s truck or SUV such as a K5 Blazer would be a good choice; also any late ’90s/early 2000-era diesel cars, especially VWs such as the Golf/Sportwagen and Jetta. Some were offered with manual transmissions, too.
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