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

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

How big a bomb? How close?

Why, what are you planning?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?