How to name a truck

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Matt’s truck was a mash-up, but it worked. It was a hydraulic/diesel hybrid. He took the hydraulics from a front end loader and found a diesel engine in a vintage Mercedes. Waste heat from the hydraulics warmed the glow plugs of the diesel, which acted as a generator to add pressure to the hydraulic system. He even had a solar powered steam turbine, not permanently installed, to top up the hydraulic reserve via an external transmission linkage hidden under a locked armor panel. It took days to recharge by solar, but Matt bet he could make it across the country without any diesel if he had to, given enough food and water.

The steampunks valued the efficiency of their vehicles. Matt thought most of them fools. He valued flexibility. His truck was probably the most powerful vehicle in the country, this side of the apocalypse. Bullet-proof and small laser-proof. Non-pneumatic tires. Barbed wire and spikes. Plow, winch, tow tail. He wanted a trailer hitch.

Suddenly, Matt knew his truck’s name. “Dreadnought.”

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  1. Avatar Abstract

    A fitting name for a beastly machine. I like the story’s tone. Will adjust my sequel accordingly.

  2. Avatar Abstract

    I mean, the sequel I previously wrote.

  3. Avatar DoItForScience

    This is all good description, I suppose. Here you go, take the reins and add some more PLOT!

  4. Avatar Abstract

    All right! Would it be OK if I added to the plot from the other one?

  5. Avatar StudMuffin (LoA)

    just go to England and call it a lorrie.

  6. Avatar DoItForScience

    Make no mistake, this ain’t no milk delivery truck! Well, unless the price is right.

    @AbstractRorschach Yeah, do whatever you want man! I liked what you wrote in your other sequel, I’d be delighted to see where it goes.

  7. Avatar DoItForScience


    This story (spiritually 3rd in the series, after AR’s prequel and my original) is sequeled by “The King of the Road meets the Peon” ( Sequels will follow off AR’s story.

    Of course, my fellow ficlyers are always welcome to sequel directly from this of course. Branching storylines rule.

  8. Avatar Ath

    Ha, you did a great job describing how it powered up and worked.

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