Thomas reckons the little Zooks are good things, and we agree. Small, light and nimble, they’ll go just about anywhere. More importantly, driving them puts a big smile on your face.
According to Thomas, it doesn’t take much to turn a Sierra into an almost unstoppable 4X4, “just some mud tyres and a lift”, but why stop there when you can do so much more!
And Thomas has done so much more.
Powering The Zook is a G13B 1.3-litre Swift GTI engine, running a Garret GT28 turbo on a custom manifold, a 2.5″ turbo back exhaust and a front-mount intercooler to keep the charge temps down.
An Adaptronic ECU keeps it all singing sweetly.
Thomas has had The Zook’s gearbox rebuilt and added a heavy duty Excedy clutch to deal with the uprated GTI power levels.
Underneath The Zook is a standard transfer case fitted with a set of 6.5:1 rock crawler gears, a rear disc brake conversion, a front disc brake upgrade, a pair of rebuilt diffs and extended brake lines.
The suspension has received a complete work-over, with a Rear Up Front (Google that one) set up installed, in addition to a 2″ OME suspension lift and extended shackles. The body has been lifted by 2 inches and Thomas is currently running 31″ muddies on 15″ Sunraysia steel rims.
Inside there’s a set of GTI Swift Recaro seats, custom flooring, door and wheel arch cards and a rear drawer system.
The Zook boasts plenty of protection with an ARB bull bar, custom steel sliders and an internal roll cage…just in case.
As you can see, The Zook is a deadly serious bit of kit and it’s not difficult to understand why driving it has Thomas grinning from ear to ear.
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