The Four Wheeler Network Staff’s Top 5 Apocalypse Vehicles
Here’s what we would want for the end times.
They say opinions are like, well you know what, and everyone's got one. But there is a difference between the opinion of someone who knows a thing or two about a subject, and those opinions of relative neophytes—that's a fancy word for newbie or newb. Fact is, those of us at the Four Wheeler Network have pretty vast experience in prepping for the back roads, the unexpected, and vehicular-based survival. And while none of us have survived the zombie apocalypse, we have all survived at least a few unexpected, unplanned "adventures" in trucks and 4x4s. As a result, we have opinions, albeit educated opinions, on what vehicles people should turn to when the world as we know it nears its end. Here they are each of our top 5 apocalypse vehicles. Look for the patterns and pick wisely!
Ken Brubaker, Editor-in-Chief, Four Wheeler Magazine
- Wrangler LJ- Delightfully simple with a little more room for supplies.
- First-gen K5 Blazer- Also delightfully simple, but with even more room.
- Sportsmobile Sprinter 4x4- A capable van home for surviving in style. #vanlife
- International MaxxPro MRAP- Darn straight, nothing is better for plowing over the undead.
- Rivian R1T- You won't run out of fuel if you don't need fuel, but I'll want a whole bunch of solar panels.
Jeremy Cook, Editor, Truckin' Magazine
- New Ford Raptor: I figure you could drive it for quite a while before it needed any maintenance.
- Hummer H1: Hey, it worked in the movie Zombieland. Actually that was a H2, but whatever. Like Rod Hall racing SCORE in the 90's, slow and steady (and indestructible) wins the race.
- CUCV Blazer: Like the H1, but more agile.
- 1987 or 1988 Toyota 4Runner or 4X4 DX truck- I had one for years and pre-ran Baja on the regular. It's the most indestructible truck I've ever had.
- Slammed C10: Mostly to annoy everyone else in this story. The Zombies will catch me eventually, but I'll look really cool in the meantime.
Jason Gonderman, Editor-in-Chief, Truck Trend:
- An HMMWV. There are surplus 2008 models for sale right now cheap, and you don't need a key to steal one. Seems like a no-brainer.
- An M715 seems like a good choice as well.
- A first-gen Dodge Cummins for sure, with a manual transmission of course.
- An '85 Toyota Pickup because if Top Gear couldn't kill one, neither will a Zombie.
- An International service truck 4x4, the kind that replace power poles in far off places.
Christian Hazel, Editor-in-Chief, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road:
- 2L GM M1008 CUCV pickup or M1009 Blazer- EMP-proof, economical, will never make enough power to hurt any of the drivetrain components. By the way, Blazer has 12-bolt rear/10-bolt front. Everybody thinks those came with Dana 60/14 bolt like the M1008s.
- 4x4 Quigley Van- Based on watching Tiger LeBrun drive one on Ultimate Adventure, they can go anywhere you can take a regular 4x4, plus you can sleep in them and hide lots of ammo and supplies
- M35A2 Ambulance- Rides like a brick s***house but it will also drive through a brick s***house. I need that in an apocalypse vehicle.
- 1985 Toyota 4Runner- Stupid thing will never die .ever .no matter what. Plus, you can sleep in the back, and it's so plain nobody would look twice at it.
- '91-'99 XJ - Dumpster jokes aside, these XJs got the very best drivetrain components Jeep ever offered in a vehicle. The 4.0L is bombproof and simple, the AW4 or AX15 will live forever, the NP231 or NP242 is ultra-reliable, and the high-pinion Dana 30/Chrysler 8.25 is a perfect match for the rig's 190(ish) horsepower and gearing. Plus, I'll be able to scavenge spare parts off virtually any YJ/TJ/WJ/etc. as needed
Sean Holman, Content Director, Truck & Off-Road Group, Co-creator & Co-host, The Truck Show Podcast:
- CUCV-military simplicity a diesel that will run on just about any fuel. Perfect!
- Flat Fender Jeep- because sometimes the first is the best.
- Early-'80s Toyota DX Pickup or 4Runner- Same reason's everyone else has. They work, they last.
- HMMWV-military simplicity a diesel that will run on just about any fuel. Perfect!
- Anything with a Cummins B-Series- Because it's industrial and makes the torques. Torques are good for survival.
KJ Jones, Editor-in-Chief, Diesel Power:
- '70s-era Chevy K5 Blazer- lined out like the one Charlton Heston had in the movie Earthquake (in sensurround). We're talkin' PERFECT vehicle right there.
- An 1990s OJ Style Ford Bronco- Because why not? It clearly works for those low-speed chase scenarios.
- Dodge Power Wagon- Can't believe no one said that yet! Lockers, winch, Hemi, awesome.
- Anything that Fred WIlliams claps together for Dirt Every Day.
- A Baja 1000 finisher- If it can survive that punishment, an apocalypse would be a piece of cake.
Jered Korfage, Staff Editor:
- This 1980 AM General M920 8x8- Since I'm not sure how gas pumps will operate in apocalypse times, I'm gonna need a fuel tanker's worth of gas to get away from danger, and a mega tow rig to move it with. Jered as Road Warrior.
- The Sherp- The Sherp can drive over and through some horrifically awful terrain AND it can float. Can zombies swim? Exactly. https://sherpatv.com/
- The Critter Gitter- From atop the Critter Gitter I can pick off onslaughts of the attacking undead, hunt game for my next meal, and entertain my fellow apocalypse-mates at the full wet bar. Did you get that Its got a full wet bar. https://geekologie.com/2010/11/were-huntin-zombies-the-critte.php
- Anything with snow tracks- Seems like an easy way to get away from people is to go toward undesirable weather.
- Small quad, Roxor, or UTV- Let's assume some pretty catastrophic damage, I'll need something small enough to weasel through demolished buildings or enormous freeway pileups.
Verne Simons, Tech Editor:
- Older Jeep CJs (1940s- mid 1970s). The drivetrain on these rigs is easy to work on and reliable. Parts should be relatively easy to get a hold of (I've already got a bunch of these parts). A capable, nimble rig that's familiar to me.
- Late 60s-92 Chevy Suburbans, Blazers, Trucks- You can set these up to provide a spot to sleep and hopefully keep the zombies out as well as maw down their un-dead prion hungry shuffling cadavers.
- Late 70s-early 90s Toyota trucks, 4-Runners- Anvil simple and comically reliable.
- Toyota FJ-40s maybe some FJ60s- Anvil simple and comically reliable, plus an FJ-60 has space to sleep in.
- 12-valve Cummins powered Dodges- again its familiar to me reliable, durable, and pretty simple.