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If an EMP burst, could we make our trucks run?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by RV7Garage, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Dec 8, 2011 at 9:26 AM
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    RV7Garage

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    I figure an EMP would fry the electronics in our trucks pretty thouroughly. Could we still make them run, and if so... how?

    Just a random apocalypse question! :eek:
     
  2. Dec 8, 2011 at 9:32 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Sure, after you replace all of the electronics or convert it to a carbureted engine.

    In think you might be alright though if you disconnected the batt before the burst.
     
  3. Dec 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM
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  4. Dec 8, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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    just wrap the truck in aluminum foil :cool:
     
  5. Dec 8, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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    Isn't an EMP the same as if you were to statically discharge on a circuit board? The excess in voltage would fry everything?

    An EMP would overwhelm the electronics in the car and fry everything even if your battery was disconnected.

    Best way, other than lining everything with an electric barrier material, would to park your truck deep in a concrete culvert or many stories underground in a parking garage.
     
  6. Dec 8, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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    my four-wheeler would start, i dont think i could get my truck running...
     
  7. Dec 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM
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    chris4x4

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    If its not running at the time, it should be fine.
     
  8. Dec 8, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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    Don't forget to wear your foil helmet:)
     
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    Buy one of those small shitty aluminum sheds from wally world. Cover the entire inside in copper mesh, and run a ground wire to a stake outside.

    Its a makeshift Faraday box. My old college prof had put copper mesh on the walls in his classroom to kill cell-phone signals. That shit worked. It was a dead zone.
     
  10. Dec 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM
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    oh that would suck.......
     
  11. Dec 8, 2011 at 10:09 AM
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    Well, there are systems that still use the battery even though the truck is off. For instance, the emission fuel vapor purge activates 2 - 2.5 hours after the truck is shut off. I would think the ECU might take a hit with the battery connected.
     
  12. Dec 8, 2011 at 10:14 AM
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    Will an EMP fry the electronics in my car? EMPs come in different total energies based on the source (bomb, microwave generator, etc) that created it. And like any electromagnetic effect, it obeys the inverse square law, where energy, and hence damage potential drop off at the square of the distance between you & the source. So you need to answer both those questions to know how you'll be affected.

    If your car is 12,000 miles away from the biggest nuke ever built it will be unaffected. 12 miles away it might well be incinerated, electronics and all. Somewhere in the middle is a distance where some parts will be EMP-ed out but the car will be otherwise undamaged.

    If your question is really "Are a modern car's electronics susceptible to strong enough EMP?", the answer is yes, definitely.
     
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    EMP induces current in wiring and may or may not "fry" your electronics. The only engine that is 100% EMP proof is an old-school diesel with mechanical pump and injectors, zero electrical dependency once it is running.
    There may be some old-school gas turbines that have zero electrical dependencies as well.
     
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    we are driving toyotas therefore an EMP will just cause our pedal accelerators to get stuck at WOT... and some Priuses will lose their ability to brake.
     
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    So then, what would we have to do to our trucks to get them running again? I mean, convert to carburation, hotwire a bunch of components, what? In other words, I want my Taco running when the post-apocalyptic zombie hordes start roaming the earth! :D
     
  18. Dec 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM
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    Was just gonna say something about the older trucks. They can take such a fucking beating and an EMP blast wouldn't phase it.
     
  20. Dec 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM
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    This has actually been tested by the government already and it's been shown that most electronic parts will survive. It's kinda like how the car is the best place to be during a lightning storm.

    Although things that would most likely go would be ECU, coil, battery, starter. Just throw those things in a big micrawave overn and you're all good. Better yet, build your garage into a giant faraday cage and you won't have to worry about it at all!! :)
     
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