Rad Rig: 1997 Suzuki Samurai ‘Zombie’

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Words & Images Andrew Middelton

Clichés can come in various forms, but more often than not they stem from a modicum of truth. And in the context of the red Samurai here, dynamite does indeed come in small packages.

Bought in 2013 as an el-cheapo project car, Hendri Mouton’s SJ413 ‘Zombie Response Vehicle’ quickly got out of hand, becoming an all-consuming passion for the young engineer in training.

As with many projects, this one will likely never be completed. Call it a constant work in progress.

I have known Hendri for a while now, and it’s clear that he’s a perfectionist – at least when it comes to his vehicles. And, instead of building his 4×4 the easy way, he’s stuck to the mantra that if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.

This mantra goes for every little detail around the vehicle, including multiple home-designed and laser-cut zombie emblems, interior switchgear and the front bumper.

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