This truck is called an M35A2 (edit:but I call it "Ezekiel"). It's a diesel with a turbo. The turbo is mostly so it doesn't blow as much black smoke. 10 wheels, can disengage the front wheels. It's a multifuel engine which basically means that as long as I follow a few rules, it will run on anything that burns. Motor oil, cooking oil, gasoline, diesel, kerosene. Hell, moonshine if I wanted... but it wouldn't run very far. Top speed is about 52 mph but will go pretty much anywhere. Before you ask: about 10 mpg. 50 gallon tank.
Compared to my mustang: https://imgtc.com/a/7RzA0Se
Here it is in the driveway (at the new house), covered with a tarp. House for size reference on the truck:
One of the information plates inside the cab: https://i.imgtc.com/MHU0T28.jpg
Yes, it takes 22 quarts to do an oil change.
Sitting behind the steering wheel: https://i.imgtc.com/QH3gyqP.jpg
Incidentally, you're not going to be a fatass and sit in the driver's seat. You absolutely will not fit and there's no power steering so a stomach rubbing the steering wheel is just going to cause you to run off the road. This was made in the days when soldiers were men and they were not fat like Private Pyle in Full Metal Jacket. By the way, the windshield glass tilts out from the bottom for ventilation.
Note the top speeds for each gear - there's also a high and low range so even though it has 5 gears forward, you can split shift and get 7 ranges out of it. Also, there's a few things you have to know to do to start it since they don't have keys! By the way, at the bottom center is a green thing with three switches. That's the controls for lights, including the blackout lights which turns off all lights except for some very dim ones that point pretty much straight down. So they won't see you coming, nevermind that it's a diesel and they'll hear it. Not pictured are the air tanks (under the truck) which assist the hydro-brake system... without the air pressure, your brakes won't work and it takes close to 3 minutes to fill the tanks so this is not going to be your "let's move" getaway car.
Panoramic shot inside the cab: https://i.imgtc.com/ctgh6x1.jpg
Instrument cluster: https://i.imgtc.com/duRvOgH.jpg
Standing on the ground looking in: https://i.imgtc.com/6CNTAdk.jpg
Here's looking in through the back: https://i.imgtc.com/LRlYBeJ.jpg
First thing we can see here is a huge water tank, a toolbox, a futon, and two shelves. Along with a shitty plywood floor that swells with humidity. So that's going to need to be replaced. The water tank is 300 gallons and no baffles. At
11 8 pounds per gallon, when full it weighs 3300 2400 pounds. That can shift the balance of the truck significantly. But that doesn't matter because the dingus who installed it only used 8 small screws to fasten it to the floor. If it doesn't rip out of the floor, the screws will break and smash the camper section. I'll be replacing it with a 150 gallon flat tank with baffles and secure it with metal bands. The shelves here gain all of their support from the side of the structure so any significant weight is going to cause serious stress to the structure. The shelf on the left is the "kitchen". It has a sink which was never run to the outside so buckets are required. The cabinets at the top are tiny and would be functional if they weren't pressboard - they swell with humidity which means that they're slowing falling apart. They're snug in the corner so the structure doesn't shift otherwise it would have been ripped out of the wall by now. If I can actually seal it and put in some ventilation, the structure could probably stay but it has a couple leaks. Not visible are the solar panels on the top. Inside the toolbox are 3 deep cycle batteries hooked to the solar charging unit and ....
Here's the inverter: https://i.imgtc.com/ozKTupS.jpg
Good enough to power a major appliance and a decent other draw for most of the day. Along with 2 USB ports, it's set for everything except an EMP. The tool who put this together thought that the toolbox would be EMP proof. For various reason, not the least of which are the wires leading out of it, it is not. At the top, you can see the charging unit.
Here's the spare fuel tank: https://i.imgtc.com/4gv4t3B.jpg
Old school style with a hand crank pump. What's missing here? No access from the outside and no way to pump directly into the actual tank. I would have to use like a 5 gallon jerry can and it would take me 10 trips to fill the main tank. Yeah, that shit is gonna come out and access directly to the tank will be put in, possibly with a completely different tank instead. Also, the previous owner said that he would open a window (there are three inside) and run the fuel line in to fill it. Yeah, maybe if the hose were 15 feet and IF I could get the window above it open. So far, not even a hammer has budged it so I'm pretty sure the frame has settled, sealing the window closed. I intend to rip all of the plywood panels out, replace them with higher quality plywood OR wood boards. When I do that, I'll check on the condition of the window.
So, basically, this has a fuckton of promise and as it stands right this minute, I can get the fuck out of dodge. Plus I can now move large things (can't in a mustang) and I'm guaranteed to be able to get out and about in snow, floods, etc.
I know one of the concerns of a vehicle like this is that in any bugout scenario, it's going to stick out. Right here, it's not a problem. There's a national guard armory here and a few others surrounding it. A few other people own trucks like this here and there's a major military base not too terribly far. Until I get out of the area, I just need to make sure I'm not around if people get desperate.