posted on Dec, 22 2008 @ 02:24 PM
Originally posted by Cruizer
All vehicles and stationary engines would die. A few diesels might re start given new batteries. Sure the engines themselves would be mechanically
sound but they would not restart without a complete rewiring and replacement of all electrical components. Think how much work it would be to rewire
a modern automobile.
Yhea I've thought about this - only I was thinking with a spin towards a natural event like a particularly intense solar flare... Either way the
basics are the same.
What I thought was the simpler the vehicle the better, my knowledge base is centred around 80's motorcycles, which are ideal, but the same would also
go for older cars, the ones with no flipping computer running the show - (does anyone remember when the unleaded got contaminated in the UK -
everyones sensor in the exhaust system had a heat attack - the clever people yanked the sensor... the dummies shelled out hundreds to the garage
Any way I digress, what you need to do is have spares for the major electrics to get you going - (again older vehicles, go for something you can get
the spares cheap from a breakers!! nothing rare!!) Buy them all up before sit X!!! supply and demand - the price will skyrocket!
Then you have to protect them! - now with an old car you can create a Farady cage in the boot... something like old ammo tins should do, you have to
either actually bolt them to the body work - or you could use an earthing strap - or a heavy length of cable. The important bit is that the metal box
is earthed through the frame of the car. Et Voilà! whatever components / electrical gear should be protected from the EMP - You could have the only
working i-pod in town if you stored it in there! - Whip your tools out, replace the things like the coils, dist cap, Rectifier and fingers crossed
you'll be fine.
Prob with a bike is you dont have the space to carry around a Faraday cage like this - but the components would be much smaller so it could work.
Another option is to keep your spares in a heavy metal tool box at home - the principle is the same, you Earth the tool box well enough and again you
have a farady cage!