Friday, March 13, 2020

Survive The Coronapocalypse: 1963 Kaiser M35a2 - 2.5 Ton-Deuce and a half

It seems I can't go 5 minutes without receiving an email from some company informing me that some event has been canceled, or that they are keeping their employees safe by keeping them away from me.  All this preparation for the coronapocalypse makes me want to do two things -- first I'm going to get a t-shirt printed that says "I survived the coronavirus and all I got was this lousy inheritance" and second, I need a good survival/bug-out vehicle. My first instinct was to go for something like this custom hunting truck built on an 84 Bronco chassis...but the passengers are way too exposed and it'll stick out in the sea of modern crossovers fleeing the zombie filled cities...and then I found this wicked Freightliner hospitality truck that is basically a class-8 RV on steroids...but that would be a huge target for the starving masses...what you need is something that is incognito.  Maybe a cool old firetruck, because even the most vicious criminals give firemen a break and you could put anything you wanted in that big tank and tell any potential thieves that it is fire retardant -- drinking water, gasoline, hand sanitizer, rum, honey, Oreo cookies, Albanian refugees, a small home office...with a vintage firetruck the world is your red pained oyster, my friend. Find this 1963 Kaiser M35a2 - 2.5 Ton-Deuce and a half  here on eBay bidding for $5500 reserve-not-met with $12k buy-it-now in Huntsville, UT with 6 days to go.

From the seller:

1963 Kaiser M35a2 - aka Deuce and a half. 
This truck is in perfect running condition with no problems. Was decommisioned by SD Rural Fire in 2016. Extensive reconditioning including all wheel bearings, brakes, hoses, belts, all fluids. Truck was then stripped out and re-painted 2 stage with Clear Coat. 
Perfect for a water truck, rural fire, or other similar use. Water tank is 1200 gallons and in excellent condition, fully usable.
Runs on a 24v system with a 12v subsystem for lights and pumps. 
Front air locker
Heater and defrost.
Venting system, all doors, windows etc. work as designed and are fully functional.
36,678 on the clock.

Receipts of over $16,000 in mechanical repair and maintenance over the past 18 months. 
Tires are excellent and newer. 
Fly in, Drive it home. Not another one like this around. 
Questions. Ask before bidding. 

Deposit due within 24 hours of auction. Vehicle must be paid in full within 7 days. Please make plans to pick up within 2 weeks of auction end. 

See a better way to drive something stealthy that is bright fireengine red?

1 comment:

  1. I use to drive almost same truck back in early 70's while doing my time in Uncle Sam's Army near K-Town Germany. Like the song goes not a single luxury.....The AI version has a turbo an a exhaust that exit's the rear wheel area this A-2 is much louder with that exhaust on pass A pillar area.And that A-1 will pass your ass on any grade plus you get the turbo whine !


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