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    A crazy idea that might work

    Only the BTR-80 and onwards had diesal engines, according to wikipedia and other sites. What is the difference in sound, vibration and reliability between diesal engines and gasoline? Is gasoline better?
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    A crazy idea that might work

    Thanks for the replies! I'm pretty sure this one is a dual engine gasoline version. There is also the single engines OT-64 which is diesel, for half the price. I think maintenance might not be as drastic as you think. Military vehicles are used quite often in very vigorous exercises almost every day. I don't think it would require much if it just sat in the yard for a few months between test drives. Considering it is a soviet vehicle, most of which are known for their reliability (try compare this to the other APCs of the day) it might even be less. I can see the more fiddly features being more difficult to maintain, but at the end of the day it should be better off than anything else when the sh*t hits the fan. A bit of a story about soviet reliability is that there was a T-34 that was pulled up from some bog after the germans dumped it there when they ran out of fuel towards the end of the war. When it was pulled up, all it needed was an oil change and it worked fine My tactic for it is to wait for the short calm after the SHTF, after the general panic but before the looters and other scum who have waited it out come out of their holes. Timing would be important, since you do not want to be caught out in the panic, or be shot just as you pack the final supplies in. It really does depend on the situation though. Would this tactic work? Also, WV Scout, how large was the interior? I understand that the seating configurations changed from variant to variant, but would there be enough space to pack the vital supplies? Oh, another thing. That box on top of the hull is rumoured to be a generator for the electrical air monitoring systems inside the BTR. Maybe there could be a way to convert it so it can power normal devices. An electric kettle would be really useful in the middle of the woods!
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    A crazy idea that might work

    Thanks! I'm not too sure exactly what condition they are in, but according to the info, they are ready to drive. I wouldn't exactly trust that, so I guess a few things will need to be replaced in the engine, since these vehicles can be quite old. I have emailed the sellers a few times, and they have replied quite fast. However, I suspect the language barrier does get in the way since I sent them an email asking exactly what variant of the BTR-60 they are (the information and the images contradict each other, the info claims it is a BTR-60PB, which is a troop carrier with 10+crew, while the images are of BTR-60 PUs of an unknown sort, most likely air control) and they did not reply. They probably don't know themselves what it is probably. If you plan on buying one, keep the emails simple Im planning on getting one as soon as I get enough money.
  4. (sorry, I accidently posted this to the FAQs section for some reason) I live in Australia, which means there is very little access to guns, which in a way is a bit of a good thing if you consider the idea I am about to tell you. I have always wanted to own a soviet BTR-60 armoured personnel carrier, like the one here: http://www.mortarinvestments.eu/products/armoured-vehicles-4/btr-60-8 It is a tough thing, with nuclear, biological and chemical protection, amphibious capabilities, self inflating tires, and two gasoline engines in case one breaks down. The one displayed there is some sort of communications vehicle with a radio mast, meaning if you manage to get the radio working, you can call for help. Some of the communications equipment is not needed, so it can be taken out if needed. Its frontal armour is bulletproof from military grade 7.62 rounds, and the sides are bulletproof from 100 metres away. This obviously means that some bandit with a .22 rifle will not be able to either shoot out one tyre in order to make a normal car stop, or shoot at any passengers within the vehicle. The armour and power obviously makes it easier to push cars aside, so any blockages on a potential escape route will not be a problem. The interior of it seems to be quite roomy despite it being an armoured vehicle, leaving room to put enough food and other supplies to last a while as you leave the city and head to your bug out location, which thanks to the amphibious capabilities, can be on an island. The only downside I can see is the rather large fuel consumption, however it can go around 500km with a full tank. So, what do you think of it? Is it a good vehicle for when the SHTF?
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    A crazy idea that might just work

    I live in Australia, which means there is very little access to guns, which in a way is a bit of a good thing if you consider the idea I am about to tell you. I have always wanted to own a soviet BTR-60 armoured personnel carrier, like the one here: http://www.mortarinvestments.eu/products/armoured-vehicles-4/btr-60-8 It is a tough thing, with nuclear, biological and chemical protection, amphibious capabilities, self inflating tires, and two gasoline engines in case one breaks down. The one displayed there is some sort of communications vehicle with a radio mast, meaning if you manage to get the radio working, you can call for help. Some of the communications equipment is not needed, so it can be taken out if needed. Its frontal armour is bulletproof from military grade 7.62 rounds, and the sides are bulletproof from 100 metres away. This obviously means that some bandit with a .22 rifle will not be able to either shoot out one tyre in order to make a normal car stop, or shoot at any passengers within the vehicle. The armour and power obviously makes it easier to push cars aside, so any blockages on a potential escape route will not be a problem. The interior of it seems to be quite roomy despite it being an armoured vehicle, leaving room to put enough food and other supplies to last a while as you leave the city and head to your bug out location, which thanks to the amphibious capabilities, can be on an island. The only downside I can see is the rather large fuel consumption, however it can go around 500km with a full tank. So, what do you think of it? Is it a good vehicle for when the SHTF?