Been reading "World War Z" this week (really, really good book BTW. Dunno why it's taken me this long to pick it up...) So I thought I'd feature the "Zombie Outbreak Response Vehicle" from the Zombie Outbreak Response Team (ZORT) that made it to the NoVA shoot earlier this month courtesy of Wandering Neurons.
It piqued my interest as soon as I saw it parked:
Self, I said, that looks like one of the original H1 Humvees. Only...
Talking to Wandering Neurons, he told me that it's not, in fact, a Hummer (although, really, for all intents and purposes it's darn close - it's still a GM). It's a mid 1980s Suburban frame with the tried-and-true 6.2L diesel engine. While the GM car diesels of the 1980s were horrible abortions and abominations unto the good name of Harley Earl, the truck diesels were nigh-unstoppable. He did the conversion himself - and said the hardest part was tearing out part of a wall to get it into his yard!
It looks awesome, turning heads and getting people talking. I don't know what he's got into this baby, but you can find kits for $5-$15K (and more, of course) and a decent donor vehicle for ~ $10K - so even at the high end of $25K, you have something like the above that will turn heads just as well as any six-figure Ferrari. And you can work on the motor yourself, and even tow a camper with this one! I liked that option myself - and there are companies that offer kits for Dodge pickups.
If the Earthf**ker ever gets in a wreck, I know how I'm rebuilding her!
That is all.