*Haystack's BOV Buildup - Part 01*
By: Haystack
28 June 2012

This is going to be the first in a series of articles of my current BOV. These articles show the buildup of my BOV. All opinions on this are mine. I know that everyone's situation is different. Everyone's area of operation is different. Everyone's priorities are different.

I have always had a 4 wheel drive vehicle (4x4). My dad taught me to always have one in the family. I believe that a 4 wheel drive truck is the best platform for a BOV.

Since 2000, I have had 3 new 4x4 diesel trucks. They were powerful, reliable, and expensive. I found that I would put off-road tires on them and a receiver on front for a winch and that was it. I could not afford to build them up how I thought a true BOV needed to be. I sold them, then bought used trucks. I wanted a non-electronic motor so it would be EMP proof. I have read the EMP Commission Report, but I would rather be safe than sorry. (If an EMP happens and all the more modern vehicles still run, I still like my current choice of BOV.) So I bought gas motors with the plan of converting them to the old point-type ignitions. Then I read about the alternative fuels that diesel engines could run on: Veggie oil, motor oil, transmission fluid, etc. The alternative fuel possibilities made me want a diesel again. Then I learned about the Cummins 12 valve diesel. It is a mechanical motor. I was on the search for one.

My requirements were:

I found one about 7 hours away in May of 2009. It was exactly what I was looking for...

A 1996 Dodge 2500 4x4, 5 speed manual, extended cab truck...

It had 247,000 miles and was a farm truck. It was all stock. I bought it from the original owner. It was nothing fancy, but it was exactly what I was looking for. Since it was used, I paid cash. That left the ability to modify it as money permits.

What I want to do with it:

Let the buildup begin...

This is the current state of the BOV...

It still has a ways to go, but it is getting there.

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