Here’s Why this Cheap Military Truck is the Best Vehicle for the Apocalypse

Here’s Why this Cheap Military Truck is the Best Vehicle for the Apocalypse


welcome to wacky Wednesday’s, where
everyone has a chance to show off their car mods, and here’s this week’s winner,
today I’m right here right now, arguing why this huge behemoth is the best way
to go in case of a zombie apocalypse it was a product of the kaiser-jeep
corporation back from the 60s all the way up until the early 80s when they
produce these, they call them Deuce and a halves because off-road they can carry
2.5 tons, hence the name deuce and a half this particular one is a 1968 and they
were used as troop carriers and equipment carriers to basically take
things to the battlefield that they needed, and as you can see by these 46
inch tires, that was most often off-road instead of on road, now in terms of space
this thing has a 14 foot long bed and a 17 foot wide bed, so essentially any type
of guns any type of zombie repellents you could possibly think of this thing
will carry, but let’s say that you’re pretty empathetic and you want to carry
survivors, well as I mentioned earlier this thing was used as a troop carrier,
so it has fold down sides that about nine people can fit across and on the other
side to carry about 18 people in the back, in Georgia where I’m from you can
ride on roads legally in this thing, so the next time at Thanksgiving when your
step mom talks about her new Honda Odyssey with its eight passengers, you
might want to show her this, but enough about the exterior, let’s talk about the
interior a little bit, so firstly you’ll notice that this is a 50 year old
military truck, you’re probably not going to have a shortage of rattles, squeaks or loud noises,
but there are a couple of pretty cool things in here that most people’s cars
won’t have, first thing is that there are pretty much no electronics that can go
wrong in this, if there’s ever a flood, if you’ve ever hit something really hard,
there’s not going to be a lot of stuff that you have to worry about in terms of
wires coming loose, your radio not working, or anything like that, everything
is really basic and there’s a lot of metal around here, the two things in
particular that’s pretty cool are first off, there is actually an
onboard air compressor built into this to assist with the brakes and with a
lot of the other functions including the windshield wipers funnily enough, there’s
actually a port underneath the dash to plug in an air tool if you need to that
runs off the onboard air compressor another cool thing about this interior
that might be my favorite is the push button start, that’s right this 50 year
old military truck has push-button start how it works, essentially there’s a red
button right down here and neatly enough it says start, you push fuel back
to the engine, because this lash makes sure that there’s no fuel going to the
engine that’s how you cut it off, this is the switch to turn on accessory power to
the fuel pump and everything, and then after you do that, just push the button
start it right up but I know what you’re thinking though,
we talked about the bed, we’ve talked about the drab interior,
well lets talk about the off-road functioning of this truck real quick, first off probably one
of the coolest things is the snorkel this is an extended snorkel most Deuce
and a halves have their snorkel end right here, but the guy I bought it from
had an extender on it to make it about ah I’d say maybe seven feet tall, to
where up until this point water can safely go up to the truck, so you’ll see
all kinds of people on YouTube running this thing kind of like a boat actually
through creeks through rivers and it’s totally safe because like I said this is
the air intake for the engine the oil dipstick screws on watertight, so up
until at this point you can use this thing as a boat, it also has a two-speed
transfer case, the low gear is obviously for off-roading and for towing a heavy
load, and then it also has a high gear obviously for normal driving conditions,
another awesome off-roading feature is the winch, not every deuce and a half had
one, but mine does so if I ever get this thing stuck, I’ll be able to get unstuck
pretty quickly, I can hear you say yeah this is cool and all, but why don’t I
just get a Silverado with a 12-inch lift and an aftermarket snorkel like that, and
at least have air conditioning, a soft ride, basically any type of modern
creature comfort in cars, but I have an answer, 3 specifically which are the best
reasons why you should get a deuce for an off-road vehicle, in a zombie
apocalypse situation, the first thing is price, now let’s break down what it would
actually cost to get a silverado, most nice little Silverados that you would get
with working AC, a nice suspension with a 12-inch lift, aftermarket snorkel,
would probably hover $10,000 or above the price of a 12-inch lift is going to
be pretty expensive, probably above $5,000, so already just with a good
silverado and 12 inch lift you’re already looking at about 12,000 dollars
worth of modifications and we haven’t even touched the snorkel yet,
yeah you guys have fun paying almost $17,000 for a truck like this, we have
one on sale on Craigslist in Atlanta for $7,500, we have another one right here
for $6,000, you can really find these all the time under 8 grand, once you buy one
of these things for you know six to eight thousand dollars, the cost to
insure this thing is insanely cheap, I’m a 24 year old male and my driving record
isn’t as clean as it probably should be but I can still insure this thing as a
secondary vehicle with the restriction of five thousand miles a year for $30 a
month as an antique, you’re probably not going to find that with the Silverado,
also I have to mention one other cool thing about this, which is that it doesn’t
require any special license to drive, I picked this thing up with a normal license,
no commercial license, no class a license nothing I just bought this thing and
registered it as a normal street vehicle like any other Honda Civic, but now it’s
time for the last thing that is probably the best on this truck, totally
disregarding how dirty the engine is it’s been off roaded quite a bit, the
engine in this actually isn’t your average engine, this is a multi fuel
engine that can run on pretty much anything, just as an example I pulled up
the technical service manual for a Deuce and a half that they released, and as you
can see it has several other fuels besides diesel fuel, so we have obviously
diesel fuel but we also have marine fuel oil, which is basically highly filtered
motor oil, so in the case of the zombie apocolypse just go to the side of the
road, drain use motor oil out of a car and filter it and throw it in the gas
tank, it can also run on gasoline as well if you want a zombie apocalypse vehicle
do you want a normal Chevy that can run on gas and you have to go to a gas
station or go to a diesel station or do you want something that you can just go
to a random car on the side of the road drain the oil and run it in this thing,
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  2. Drove one from Ftlauderdale to Camp Blanding FLARNG 743RD MAINTENANCE COMPANY SUMMER training 1984

  3. You were talking the other day about we didn't come from apes why is it that a pig's heart is the only one that will match up to a human haha

  4. you would want a Silverado that would run for awhile without repairs, so you would need to pay 25k+ probably 35k if you really wanted to not worry about it breaking down for awhile

  5. I wonder as to what is the trick for multi fuels….
    today, the tech needs computers to allow the mix to adjust.
    moonshine will only work if you have a computer in your vehicle now.

  6. I've seen these shortened 6 or so feet with the rear axle removed. Makes a very heavy duty 4X4 pick up, and improves fuel economy slightly.

  7. Those big Deuce and a half maybe able to run on anything but just a reminder that they guzzle diesel at a rate of 6 mpg and had a top speed of just 60mph. But yes they are super capable!

  8. I loved driving the Deuce & and a Half! 4 wheel drive high and low. Hated when other drivers started driving in 2nd gear! Very important to start off in first gear! The steering wheel will break your arm off if it is not put in first gear.
    I think this vehicle will run off of urine! What a fantastic vehicle!

  9. That EMP thing is a real danger. Way back when the telegraph was the main form of long range comm. an EMP from the sun caused all the electrical things to stop . The only two people who had electrical power were two telegraph operators that were able to keep chatting for about two hours due to the power being in the lines or something like that. Feel free to look it all up. 1859 CARRINGTON EFFECT.

  10. boats float this thing goes thru, like a submarine awesome. Who built the diesel engine?
    Thanks for sharing

  11. Drove it for years in the army and they are a simple and reliable vehicle. It required simple maintenance like draining the airtanks and draining a small bit of fuel from both fuel filters to ensure water wouldn't build up. By the way it had manual steering back then so at low speeds it took effort to turn the wheel, but that kind of simple design means it would run when others wouldn't!

  12. I drove one from 91 to 97 and you have to get a running start at a sharp incline, the more you cuss at it the better it drives and the steering will leave you with sore muscles but all in all, a solid truck.

  13. I sent over 20 years in the US Army and spent a lot of time Riding & Driving in the M35A2 "Deuce & a Half…" They are Great Vehicles! Even though the US Military got them new during Vietnam, they were still in limited service with the Active Army in 2005!

    WARNING, for Tire Repair, Biggest problem in repairing the tire with "Split Ring!" You'll need a Tire Cage! That "Split Ring" if not attached correctly will "Cut you in Half' if it "blows off!" Otherwise they are a Great Vehicle! They do lack "Creature Comforts" but they do have 420 AC… 4 Windows at 20MPH (the front 2 window will lift out!)… 😉

  14. Those are great trucks. They'll climb almost anything with that gearing. To cruse on the freeway, just pull out and lock the hand throttle. It's got a governor that will limit the top speed. You can hang your M-16 by the handle from the windshield opening knobs.
    One thing though the hood hinges are really weak. If you're in even a mild accident that dislodges the the hood, it can comeback through the windshield. The good news is the huge steering wheel might save you from decapitation.

  15. Another thing is in addition to the built in air compressor and tank, they were equipped with an air hose. You could air down your tires off road and air them up again when you got to better roads. Keep in mind there's 10 tires.

  16. I almost bought one from Winnipeg in 1985 for $4,000 Cdn….gas engine, 4 mpg….but I bought a rice rocket instead…

  17. That was one of the best car reviews I've seen, and inspiration to get one of these. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to have seen it driven.

  18. What that bomb that kills computers like in all our vehicles.? I suspect this thing will still go, and go…..

  19. Drove the refueler version of that ruck in the 80s. Loved it! Best accessory for it is the "water buffalo" water tank trailer.

  20. 2:30 "50 year old military truck has push button start". That's common on all 18 wheeler's. That's not surprising.

  21. Yeah price a set of tires for the deuce and be sitting down when you do.
    I’m all for these but there are pros and cons.
    Also super easy to steal.

  22. Drove those in the Canadian military back in the mid 80s…… along with its 5 tonne bigger brother

  23. Why is a beta male driving an alpha truck? Gaydar is beeping. He has the valley girl voice. Lumbersexual shirt with shorts. And tall socks.

  24. Very cool truck. I want you to know your vehicle is great!

    Scotty, You may remember, in the back of comic books, when we were kids, advertisements for full Jeeps in a crate, just assemble them. I would like to know about those.

  25. In a to remain un-named location I once got an Army K30 pickup buried to the frame in mud…and used a "deuce and a half" to pull it out…which in hindsight wasn't such a good idea. Who knew those K30 axles would just rip off when confronted with the deuces torque…

  26. I was thinking scotty is out of mind for suggesting a gas guzzler for apocalypse but mechanical , analog and multi-fuel engine almost all terrain vehicle with room for family or two doesnt sound that bad of an idea.

  27. At 6:00, that looks like the same girl that is in my reprint Vietnam Nam M-16 maintenance manual.
    As a veteran, why would I want a Silverado? I so want a deuce and a half in my side yard. It is too big to fit in my carport.

  28. That tank reminds me of the scene from Rambo when he uses the 50 caliber to slice apart the military pursuers.

  29. You could also get a good cucv Chevy truck, pick-up, or blazer, not as much capacity, not as durable, but loads of spare parts, and a little more comfy

  30. ………go up to any random car and drain the oil and you're on your way again….. however you said it needs to be filtered first and how do you think you'll filter the stuff in quick time?…
    ….. squeaky doors are easily remedied , you probably rigged them to be squeaky or used sound effects cos there's no excuse.

  31. One question is: Could it take an EMP attack on North America launched from China or Russia and keep on running?

  32. I really don't understand the push button start fascination people have in cars/trucks. Like every time someone mentions it it's like ooooh it has push button start! A push button is a super simple design, it's even less advanced than a key start. So I don't get it. Key start is superior to push button too because it's much easier to just turn the key after inserting it than having to push a separate button. So I really don't get it. Anyways nice video and truck.

  33. I remember a time not long ago when they were $1500 a piece from Government Liquidation and they would sell dozens at a time. Those were the days. I only regret not buying more of them for that price. Now they're $6k plus and often chopped into some 4×4 abomination.

  34. Just LOVE your vid. 34+ years in the Military I have oodles and oodles both driving and riding in one of the BEST Army trucks EVER made. Love me some Deuce.

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