How old does a car have to be to still run after an Electromagnetic Pulse Bomb has been set off


#1

How old does a car, or truck, have to be to still run after an Electromagnetic Pulse Bomb has been set off?


#2

How big a bomb? How close?


#3

Why, what are you planning?


#4

If the battery is disconnected, any car will still run. EMP pulses only disable active electronic circuits that are powered; ones that don’t have juice running through them are not affected.

To answer your question…I’d guess at least 20 years old. Maybe more.


#5

You must have just finished reading Dan Brown’s latest thriller, “The Missing Symbol”, where the CIA has a powerful ray that “fries” the local internet relay station.

Any normal radiation from industrial or commercial sources will not interfere with you car’s iginiton or electronincs.


#6

It still has to have points instead of electronic ignition, so it needs to be pre 1973-1975 in most domestics and possibly a little later in some imports.


#7

If the battery is disconnected, any car will still run. EMP pulses only disable active electronic circuits that are powered

I would not be all that sure. Disconnected would increase the resistance, but not eliminate it.


#8

If you are close enough for it to do the damage, you are close enough that it won’t be a problem for you.


#9

Why are you asking this question? Are you trying to decide what kind of car to keep at your bomb shelter in the mountains? Are you planning for Y3K?