reply to post by Oaktree
That may be true BUT the c10s from the 70s and 80s were made for a very long time, sold very well, and were built with very common parts. Any given
part may have been used on many diferent vehicles. So one replacement part could be found in anything from, another c10, to an international scout
(steering box and a few other parts interchange). Dare I say, parts for an old c10 are easier to find than your suggestion. Also, the fact that the
most common engine on earth can be bolted straight in, in a variety of configurations. A 305, 350, and 400 are straight bolt ins with the other older
283, 307, 327, being able to bolt in with the exception of a few brackets. It's a good vehicle for the purpose. They were also built until the late
80s, the main difference being the body parts were updated. Otherwise it's the same truck. Another great advantage to a c10 is that the truck itself
is adaptable. If you need a new radiator and can't find one for the c10, there's enough room under the hood to cut and mount any proper sized
radiator if you're so inclined. Try doing that under the hood of an s10 (if you've ever seen under the hood of an s10 you're laughing at that idea
right now). Need a hose? You can cut and bend a wide variety of radiator hoses or even make your own very easily in an engine compartment that big.
Not the case on a newer vehicle, especially an s-10. It's also nice to have room under your hood to mount things like, dual alternators, an a/c
compressor that's been redone to power air tools, an on board welder, secret stashes of whatever.
If that's not enough, the older mechanical designs offer a few very nice things that a newer vehicle doesn't have. For one, a manual operated fuel
pump located on the engine that's not body specific. Good luck tracking down the in tank style fuel pump for a newer vehicle when the parts stores
close down. Not gonna happen. Any carb that matches your intake will bolt on. There are literally millions of old 4 barrels that are being thrown
in the trash because there are so many of them! Try finding a replacement carb or injecters for a v-6 after the stuff hits the fan. Again, not
happening. Power steering pump goes out? That's fine sbcs share that in common as well, non-body specific and easy to find. I'm sure you're
starting to see the idea now so I'm gonna stop naming things.
I'm sure your trucks share some parts, chevy is known for that. They are known for that because the engine that also holds the title of most parts
interchanged between different engines is.....the generation one small block chevy engine family. They've tried to stay in line with that thinking
but they're not nearly as adaptable as they once were.
You literally can't go to a junkyard without seeing at least one (most likely more) c10s and 350s waiting to be rebuilt or bolted in as is. Half the
time a junkyard 350 is still capable of running, although not very fast. Worst case scenario, your engine throws a rod and it's a complete lose. The
c10 is probably the easiest vehicle ever made to get going again. Which brings me another point. They're very easy to work on. You can sit on the
fender of a c10 and have the entire engine at arms reach and they have a very small amount of junk in the way.
The only real problem with a c10 is going to be fuel consumption. I think if you want a survival vehicle your best bet would be to use the vehicle
sparingly and keep a bike around for shorter trips. Use the vehicle itself to aquire fuel as payment for helping others, if you find yourself having
a supply issue. If you've got a truck that's working that can weld, fix, recover other vehicles, haul, and transport a passenger, you've got a great
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