Friday, March 6, 2015

25k: One Gov't Owned: 2007 Mack XRay Scanning Truck

 Up next is a feature that represents about the best example of depreciation that I could possibly find -- better than an S-Class Merc from the 90s?  Why yes.  Try $2.9 million in 2007 to $25k today.   That is 1% of the original value in less than a decade.  This thing makes an A6 look like a Prius in terms of depreciation and you can give your friends cancer!  Find this 2007 Mack Rapiscan XRay Scanning Truck offered here on eBay currently bidding for $25,100 with 7 days to go.


As with everything you see on these pages, the first question you might ask yourself is "what is this?" followed quickly by "why do I want it?"  Rapiscan  is a company that manufactures Xray scanning equipment for airport security needs, such as the Rape-or-Scan system used in most modern airports (in case you've been on the no fly list for the past decade, this is where the TSA officer asks you if you'd like the rape or the scan?).  This particular rig is a full sized mobile vehicle scanning setup that uses an x-ray array to generate an image of a vehicle contents as it passes through the sensor loop.


After parking the rig at a roadside checkpoint, you can direct smugglers, bandits, and potential evil-doers through the deployed sensor boom.  Proponents of the scan first, ask questions later approach claim the backscatter X-rays won't give you cancer ort violate your 4th amendment rights!  I'm not so sure....


The technology allows you to see the hidden drug containers, gold bars, bombs, human slaves, and disgusting amoebae-shaped nekkid truck drivers alike.  Not sure what a private individual would need with one of these rigs, but maybe you own a retail shopping mall?  If folks are willing to show their receipt to the dude at the door in Costco, will they balk at driving their SUV through one of these on way out of a Walmart parking garage? Who knows, but it would be fun to find out.



Actually, the real reason you are going to buy this thing is because it is loaded chock-full of all manner of electromechanical doo-dads, zip-zaps, and gizmos.  Routers, PLCs, flat-screens, PCs, radioactive control panels, power supplies, giant fuse panels, connector blocks -- it is geek heaven.


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14 comments:

  1. Walmart parking garage? What kind of fancy Walmarts do you have out there in California land that have their own garages?

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  2. They all look like this...

    [img]http://cdn.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/653moreparking.jpg[/img]

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    1. Those look like BC license plates to me, don't think you can blame that one on Californians.

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    2. !@#$%^& tourists! Besides, nobody's from California.

      [img]https://scontent-a.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xap1/t51.2885-15/924243_645916208780541_1608570178_a.jpg[/img]

      I'm kidding, of course. I'm born and bred from...Cali.

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    3. I strongly self-identify with the photo above!

      I can't help but cringe whenever I hear someone say "Cali." I can forgive Notorious B.I.G. however because that was a catchy song.

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    4. Even as only a naturalized Californian, I do too! While we're at it, where'd the Brits buy that extra "I" they toss willy nilly into aluminum?

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    5. Ha ha! Cal-u-forn-i-a! Who are you, Gov. Arnold?

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    6. This is what happens when there are only 2 "German Cars Only" parking places in the lot.

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  3. I think we really need one of these deployed over the inlet to our cul-de-sac.

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  4. These are seriously cool. I worked on another brand, at an entry point in Texas, for a "government agency" ..Homeland Security. They weren't quite as "rugged" as these, but made for interesting employment. I would be willing to bet if your xray tube went out, it would cost more to replace than you initial investment in the truck. A service contract with the manufacture, if still available, would be equivalent to buying the truck every other month.. And you just thought service on your Mercedes sedan was expensive...

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  5. Could you use this to bust cheaters at a 24 Hrs of LeMons or Chumpcar race?

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    1. Chinese Ebay coilovers are indeed radio-opaque... As is an accusump. Of course, the real cheatonium is the Basil Hayden slipped to Phil during BS. And that, friends, is radio-lucent.

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  6. Naaaah, its just a tree-trimmer's truck.

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