Task Force, for the first time, is releasing a rough plan on how they construct their bug out vehicles that agents use in the field. Due to some overseas deployments to some obscure areas to deal with zombie threats, the vehicles are constructed out of easy to find materials available almost anywhere. Here is a rough outline of how these vehicles are built.
Of course, the first thing to have to consider for a bug out vehicle is the vehicle itself. For this, Task Force uses a very common vehicle – a white Ford Econoline van. The vehicles are easy to find, are inexpensive, and typically run a long time.
To complete the outside of the vehicle, a few measures are taken. The front of the vehicle is fitted with a bush guard, one with flood lights if possible. In some areas, black pipe is welded on in its place if a guard cannot be found. The roof of the van ius fitted with a roof rack. In that rack 2 spare tires are kept, along with various other gear. It is important to note here that no precious materials – weapons, ammo, fuel, etc – are kept in the rack. All highly valuable assets are kept inside the vehicle.
Chicken wire – usually painted black, is attached internally on all of the windows, including the windshield. In some highly populated areas, additional black pipe is welded on the outside of the side and rear windows as well. This would conclude the alterations of the outside of the vehicle. For good measure, if our deployment is authorized by the local government we throw a Task Force seal vinyl logo on the sides to denote it as a Task Force vehicle.
On the inside of the van, a number of alterations are made. For one, all of the seating except for the front 2 seats are removed entirely. If you were to open the rear of the vehicle and look into the back, this is what you would see.
On the left, you would see one bunk composed of plywood connects to the wall by chain. This allows for the bunks to be folded up if needed. Though the vehicle is designed for two people, there is only one bunk, as the agent NOT resting must stand guard. When the bunk is folded up, on its underside is a net used for storage. Mostly this is fitted with medical supplies.
In front of the bunk, closest to the driver side of the vehicle, is a weapons locker loaded with 5 rifles. Usually the rigging is 2 shotguns, 2 AR-15s, and 1 sniper rifle. Above the weapons locker is storage for all of the ammo, consisting of about 1000 round per rifle. This storage is nothing more than plastic bins set on a shelf made of plywood. On the back opf the drivers seat there is a small amount of storage where extra gear for the weapons is kept – slings, holsters, rigs, etc.
Opposite of the bunk is a makeshift closet of sorts. It has room to hang 4 outfits, with 3 drawers under the hanging portion,. What hangs there is two complete uniforms – including pants, undershirts, shirts, tactical vests, gloves, had,and shemog. The other two hanging suits are chemical suits complete with gas masks. In the drawers below, there are a variety of shirts, pants, socks, underwear,and various clothes.
Next to the closet is a shelf used to store the extra fuel. There is 3 5 gallon containers below the shelf, and another 3 on the shelf. These are banded to the wall with industrial bands to prevent spilling. This provides an extra 30 gallons of fuel if needed. Above the fuel is a second shelf that holds a pistol locker with 2 hand guns in it, as well as storage for 2000 rounds of pistol ammo (usually the vehicle is equipped with 9mm).
In front of the fuel storage area is a divider. On the other side of the divider, right behind the front passenger seat is the food water storage. On the floor is the water tank holding roughly 20 gallons of water. Above the water tank is the dry food storage, which is filled with high protein foods, canned goods, dried goods, etc.
All in all there is enough room in the entire vehicle for 2 people. There are some other “goodies” built in – for instance, a bio-sand water filter is built into the console between the two front seats. Also, there is a lawn chair on the roof rack to allow for the guard to sit up there while standing watch. All things aside though, this is the general vehicle used by Task Force .
If you remove the roof rack bush guard and wire from the windshield it is a non-descript vehicle that can be used without drawing unwanted attention. Usually, after a deployment the vehicle is stripped and the parts sold off (other than the weapons and ammo). In some rare cases, where Task Force agents are to stay for a duration, the vehicles are kept.
For a small investment and some handywork, almost anyone can build this bug out vehicle. Depending on the year and the quality of the van you start with, the vehicle can be made, customized, and ready to go for about $9000. Remember, you will need extra cash for the weapons, ammo, food, gear, etc.