The internal combustion engine has proven to be one of the most earth changing inventions in human history. Between generators, cars, chain saws, and a plethora of other useful things, a well running engine could be the difference between life and death. While you may not have the opportunity to gain proficiency in engine maintenance, knowing a few basic things will go a long way. This knowledge has the added benefit of being helpful in these pre apocalyptic days as well.
Now, there are two reasons why you don’t know how to fix your own car. One is because you’re lazy and would rather pay someone else to do it. The second is because newer cars are becoming harder to work on in the garage. It’s one thing to patch a hose or replace an alternator by unscrewing it, but today’s cars are becoming more and more electrical and the average Joe can’t do it without a soldering gun. Even the mechanics don’t know how to fix these cars. You go in with a problem and they say, “Oh, I have to plug it into the computer to see what’s wrong with it.” Really? Is that how far we’ve come? The Apocalypse looks closer than ever. (Continued)
Many if you inbreeds are thinking that the best solution to getting around in a post-apocalyptic world is to get an hybrid electric car that will go easy on gas. It’ll be true that gas will be hard to come by, but when that Prius breaks down you’re out of luck. Those engines are wires and circuit boards, you’ll have to find a computer nerd to repair it.
Anyway, look at these two pictures. On the left is a Prius, on the right is a Ford Mustang, which one would you rather work on?
Now which one would you rather have after the Apocalypse when you may only have a quarter to use for a screwdriver? I thought so. You’ll be be better off getting a car thats easy to fix. Hey, maybe even fix up a few more and sell them to Leonardo Dicaprio when his electric golf cart breaks down.
Stay tuned. Soon we’ll talk about the basic parts of an engine, how to service it and maybe even get into supping up your machine with some post-apocalyptic accessories.