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Old 11-16-2016, 01:16 PM
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Many of you might get a good laugh out of this, but wait until I have explained my rationale. Here is the vehicle I have chosen as by BOV and workhorse around the homestead:



Yes, indeed it is an ex GDR Trabant, more accurately an ex NVA Kübelwagen!

Now, why would I chose, what has been called "the worst car of all times", as my BOV?
Well, simply because it is NOT the worst car of all times, but rather one of the greatest cars of all times. It is a SHTF car from the beginning. GDR was, during its entire lifetime, a SHTF country, with a chronic lack of raw materials, just as our life will be, post SHTF. So when the SED decided they wanted to motorize their population, they would have to make a peoples car within the framework of a miserable raw materials situation, a collapsed infrastructure and an auto industy in shambles. So they came up with the puny little Trabant with its 26 HP, 2 cylinder, 2 stroke engine. A car that came with its own repair manual called "Trabant 601, how do I help myself", that also could be fixed with some ducttape, rusty nails and a srone of you had no hammer.
The car had an average lifespan of 28 years in the GDR, something no western product even comes close to. It transports 4 people, with an adittional 450 kilo load in the back.

It takes me half an hour to disassemble the entire engine, drivetrain and gearbox, and about 2 - 3 hours to put it all back together.

In short, an excellent vehicle for a post SHTF world, but also a fun toy to drive around with today!

Specs for the Sachsenring Trabant 601:

http://www.trabant.ca/specs.htm
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Interesting....Maybe buy 2 so you have a parts car?
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Looks nice.

But in my opinion it has some ground clearance problems for anywhere other than the street,
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Looks nice.

But in my opinion it has some ground clearance problems for anywhere other than the street,
It will struggle in the worst of terrains, but look here what the little bugger can do.. Also I am looking to see of the ground clearance can me improved somewhat.


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The car had an average lifespan of 28 years in the GDR, something no western product even comes close to.
Wow, man. Impressive average.
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It will struggle in the worst of terrains, but look here what the little bugger can do.. Also I am looking to see of the ground clearance can me improved somewhat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv0XcJtEcIA
I see. But....you have to admit .....a fair portion of that video was footage of them getting it unstuck! That wouldn't have been the video that sold me.

Does it have a heated rear door panel?

I will agree though, a novel little car. Kinda like the old VW it model. Can I ask what one goes for in US$?
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Good luck, I admire your courage
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that video reminded me of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8wOJC8M2jA
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I see. But....you have to admit .....a fair portion of that video was footage of them getting it unstuck! That wouldn't have been the video that sold me.

Does it have a heated rear door panel?

I will agree though, a novel little car. Kinda like the old VW it model. Can I ask what one goes for in US$?
Heated rear door panel?? It doesn't even have a fuel gauge, but comes with a dip stick! :D

I'm not sure how available they are in the US, but they are easy to find in Europe. A standard 601 goes for between 1000 and 2500 Euros (reasonable to excellent condition). A fixer upper you can find for as low as 400 Euros. The NVA versions are a bit more expensive; they go for between 4000 and 6000 Euros.
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Heated rear door panel??
For pushing it out of a hole from the rear in cold weather. Keeps the hands warm. And an old US joke.

For that price you could get 3 of and have a caravan. I'd buy one just to have around.
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Hell, I would take one in that condition just to go around to the car meets around town. The cool factor is pretty high on that one.
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The Trabi as the greatest car of all time?

Come on man.

A Baja bug, which is as equally primitive and crude, at least has parts easily available for it.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lfkdM-WraiY
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Might be fun to own, but as a BOV? Depends on your range and load really, but I would not put either at too much.
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Might be fun to own, but as a BOV? Depends on your range and load really, but I would not put either at too much.
Nothing wrong with the range. They were used all over eastern Europe during the cold war era, and have since been used on many expeditions all over the world. As for load, there are clear limitations to a little car with a tiny two stroke engine.
But for my use around the homestead, transporting goods back and forth in the area it is a great car. Its simplicity, readily available spare parts, the ability to machine my own parts and its ruggedness, makes it a great car for a SHTF scenario.

Remember, GDR was a country in a permanent SHTF situation all through its existence. I have many friends in the former GDR, and to them, the things we are doing as survivalists, was more or less everyday life for them. In that part of Germany, they still produce more than 70% of their foodstuffs in private gardens to this day. Self sufficiency and survivalism was a way of life for the GDR citizen..
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Nothing wrong with the range. They were used all over eastern Europe during the cold war era, and have since been used on many expeditions all over the world. As for load, there are clear limitations to a little car with a tiny two stroke engine.
But for my use around the homestead, transporting goods back and forth in the area it is a great car. Its simplicity, readily available spare parts, the ability to machine my own parts and its ruggedness, makes it a great car for a SHTF scenario.

Remember, GDR was a country in a permanent SHTF situation all through its existence. I have many friends in the former GDR, and to them, the things we are doing as survivalists, was more or less everyday life for them. In that part of Germany, they still produce more than 70% of their foodstuffs in private gardens to this day. Self sufficiency and survivalism was a way of life for the GDR citizen..
Geography differences, I'm guessing you are not in the states?
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Geography differences, I'm guessing you are not in the states?
No I am in Norway..
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I'm not sure how available they are in the US, but they are easy to find in Europe..
Well, here in The States, I would say,.. NOT AT ALL.
Never been to Europe, but I do admire the Trabant. Truly a survivor.
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. So they came up with the puny little Trabant with its 26 HP, 2 cylinder, 2 stroke engine. A car that came with its own repair manual called "Trabant 601, how do I help myself", that also could be fixed with some ducttape, rusty nails and a srone of you had no hammer.
The car had an average lifespan of 28 years in the GDR, something no western product even comes close to. It transports 4 people, with an adittional 450 kilo load in the back.

It takes me half an hour to disassemble the entire engine, drivetrain and gearbox, and about 2 - 3 hours to put it all back together.

In short, an excellent vehicle for a post SHTF world, but also a fun toy to drive around with today!

Specs for the Sachsenring Trabant 601:
http://www.trabant.ca/specs.htm
Neat choice, Elvin! Easy to fix, decent load carrying capabilities for it's size, other than the ground clearance and lack of all-wheel/4WD capabilities, not a bad choice!

Beats walking long distances ANY day! I'd be interested in some more pics of yours, and how you've utilized it since you've had it! Maybe some of the mods you've made to it, to fit your particular usage/scenarios.....

I have to laugh, my lawn tractor has more horsepower! If they were available here, I'd HAVE to have one, just for fun and local fishing expeditions!

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Most likely not an option in USA with smog emission laws and such......unless you call it a "tractor...or golf cart"
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Have not seen one of those in a while. When the Berlin Wall was torn down they were broken down everywhere though.

Made the Yugo look like a luxury car. Like others have said though, the cool factor is there.
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