Posted: May 31, 2013
A Custom Jeep Built To Eradicate Zombies... If NecessaryBy Candace Wittrock
The Garage by Austin Weiss based out of Stuart, Florida, recently took on a project that was destined to get mass attention. The custom car fabricator set out to build a 2008 Jeep Wrangler with an apocalyptic theme and dubbed it the Zombie Eradication Jeep (aka “Toxic”).
This customized Jeep is without a doubt a head turner with its unique paint job that is actually a polyurethane truck bed liner from Scorpion Protective Coatings. Weiss took the protective product to a whole new level with his creativity, vision, and extreme attention to detail, by covering the entire exterior body of the Jeep. In doing so, Weiss also proved that Scorpion Protective Coatings has endless possibilities for use with its very durable physical properties and easy to use application process.
But Weiss didn’t stop at just a fresh, original and unique paint job. He saw much more potential and imagined more of a statement for a Jeep that would be under constant attack by Zombies. So the entire vehicle was completely upgraded with new KC Hilites front and rear bumpers, as well as Poison Spyder fenders, rock rails and body armor that give the Jeep a tougher looking exterior. When matched with the green exterior neon lights under the body of the Jeep, it gives it an eerie glow at night. In contrast, clean white LED halo lights all manufactured from Oracle, give the Jeep the advantage of illuminating everything in its path, no matter the time of day. All of the upgraded lighting runs off of dual batteries with a switch box and power distribution relay system by sPOD.
The Jeep's drivetrain was also beefed-up, using a modified Dana 44 rear outfitted with chromoly axles and 5.13 gears. A set of Northridge 4x4 chromoly tie-rods are used on the front suspension, as well as EVO Magnum 44 sealed JK axle sleeves.
When eradicating Zombies, you'll need to carry plenty of gear and ammo, so Weiss added a Morris 4x4 cargo carrier at the rear of the Jeep. In order to shoot Zombies from a variety of angles while seated in the custom upholstered, black and green seats, Weiss added a set of OR-Fab rock doors that were also painted neon green to match the Jeep's color scheme.
A Volant air intake system with snorkel scoop helps the engine make additional horsepower and provides the ability to wade through deep water crossings. The Toxic Jeep is sits tall on a custom coil-over suspension system and a set of Toyo Open-Country M/T, 37-inch tall tires. Currently the Jeep is busy touring the United States, appearing at various Jeep runs and rock crawling shows, but if you ever happen to be near McAllen, TX. You might just see this 2008 Jeep Wrangler patrolling the roads for any renegade Zombies that might be invading the neighborhoods.