posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 04:25 AM
Being a mechanic, and having much camping, and ranching experience, i may be of some help here. First and foremost, forget horses, they eat too much.
Get a mule or a good donkey, low maintenance and can carry large loads over great distances, horses, really are only good if you intend to be nomadic,
and there will always be plenty of grass.
Mountain bikes, are good, but you will need plenty of spare tires and patches, also you will need to learn how to repair a chain.
If you live on a river, nothing is better than a good old fashioned canoe.
If you have a good fuel supply, first, disregard anything made after around 1985, If it doesn't have a carburator, it will do you no good as there is
too much of a reliance on the electrical system. Find a Jeep, preferably a wrangler, but a wagoneer will do, these are hardy vehicles with a common
bolt pattern on the wheels, also, they are numerous in the states, repair parts will be easy to find. Other good vehicles would basically be any 4WD
half ton truck made by the big three, Chevrolets and GMC's are great, but they're lug nut pattern is unique to them, if they are a 5-lug, however, 6
and 8 lugs are universal in most cases. The parts you'll really need are spark plugs, plug wires, distributor caps, ignition coils, and alternators.
Engines to be on the look out for. For GM products, Small Block V8's Inline six cylinders, or the 4.3 litr V6. The V8's were nearly unchanged from
1955 to 1986, The 4.3 V6 uses many v8 components, like pistons, water pumps, valves, and rocker arms, also for the GM products, they all used the same
transmission bell-housing to engine bolt pattern, making transmission, or engine swaps easy to come by. For MOPAR vehicles, go for the 225 or 170
slant six, or the 318 or 360 V8. The slant six was pretty much unchanged from 1961, into the 80's, the small block V8 was basically unchanged
from1964 with the 273, to the early 90's with the 318, and the 360. For Ford products, look for the 300 cu in inline six, first and foremost as it is
common, long life, and unchanged from the early 60's, even up into the 90's with the exception of fuel injection, but even on the FI motors, the
engine components are the same. Secondly, with Ford Products, go for the 221-351 windsor motors, especially the 221-302 vareity where there will be
the most interchangeabilty. Learn how to tune and rebuild a carburator, this may seem like a futile effort with obsolete technology, but remember,
they are longer lifed in the end as they can be rebuilt almost infinately if you have a gentle hand.