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Z.O.O.M. August 2013 - alien

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Congratulations on being selected for Auszookers Zook Owner of the Month!
How does it feel being honoured with the nomination for Z.O.O.M. 2013?


Quite surprising actually! I never would have guess that i’d be nominated for it, especially given the standard of some of the zuks on here.


So tell us about yourself. Who are you, What's the meaning to your username, Where do you live, and what do you do for a living?

I’m an almost 30 year old graphic designer living in Perth, WA. My username comes from a highschool love of the X-Files and a general interest back then in paranormal stuff – although i don’t subscribe to it anywhere near as much now. Of course it was only fitting that my main mode of transport when i got my license was called my “UFO”.


How did you get started in Suzuki's & how many have you owned?

The UFO is my first car – i bought it for $7,300 when i was 17, and i’m only its second owner. The previous owner was a girl who lived in bunbury, and it had highish kilometres on purchasing because it had been driven to NSW and back (the alloy bar it used to have was fitted in Sydney as proof).
I can’t remember when i saw my first sierra, but i always knew that i wanted one right from when i was really young, and my mind was well and truly made up well before buying the UFO. Lucky for me too, as the salesman in the caryard was trying to sell me a lower KM sierra which was actually a coily! (i know, right!?)

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Z.O.O.M. July 2013 - Gwagensteve

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Congratulations on being selected for Auszookers Zook Owner of the Month!
How does it feel being honoured with the nomination for Z.O.O.M. 2013?


Thanks Atari, It’s nice to be recognised, and It means all the more coming from someone as helpful and smart as Jrzook. 


So tell us about yourself. Who are you, What's the meaning to your username, Where do you live, and what do you do for a living?

Well I’m a 38 year old bloke who spends too much time on the web and not enough time in the shed   :D

As to my username, I guess most people would know that I own a Mercedes Gwagen. I bought the Gwagen in 1997, and as it was my primary car when I started joining forums, it just seemed like the obvious username – I’ve had it long enough there’s little point changing it now, even though I’m selling the Gwagen. I’ve basically never driven it since I’ve had Piggles. 

I’ve lived in Kinglake, 65km North East of Melbourne, for 12 years. It’s a semi-rural town, so I have space for a shed, great neighbours, and a really lovely drive through a National Park every day. I’m also 10 minutes from the Toolangi State forest, so I don’t have to drive far to get onto the tracks. 

I work at Mobil Altona Refinery. I work for a French-based Multinational company, providing testing and inspection services (stuff like crack testing X-ray and thickness testing) for Mobil’s existing equipment, and new fabrication. It’s a pretty interesting field – there’s always more to learn, and we work alongside the Mobil reliability engineers, so we get a lot of context about what they are trying to achieve. I mostly look after the technical reporting, but I get out into the field from time to time to help out. 


How did you get started in Suzuki's & how many have you owned?

I got started on Suzuki’s kind of through convincing a mate to buy one as a first car. My folks had been in the Landcruiser club for a while, and whilst I didn’t know much about Suzuki’s, they seemed affordable and good fun. On top of that, In my first few months of driving, I met up with the Vic Suzuki club when they came to a competition event the Cruiser club was running. They seemed like a really nice bunch of people, so quite a few of the younger cruiser club members ended up joining the Suzuki club. That was in 1993. At the time I was driving a Hilux. After a few years of Hilux ownership, I decided to buy a commuter car (a Honda Civic) and a Suzuki, so I found a tidy LWB styleside, and drive that for about a year, with open diffs and no gearing. In mid 1997 I blew the motor in it in a stupid bog hole, so I took it off the road for a rebuild. I was trying to punch well above my weight at the time – I really had no idea what was involved, (and I wanted to get back to 4WDing) so I traded the Civic for the Gwagen in late 1997. 

I ran the Gwagen as my only car for quite a few years, but I wanted to get back into a Sierra. I’d helped out with quite a few cars over the years and I was missing the capability and “nothing to loose” attitude of driving a cheap Sierra, so in 2006 I bought Hedgepig AKA Piggles, a very rough 1983 trayback. 

That's not the whole story though, because I've worked on or built up a whole bunch of cars with their club member owners over the years. Major builds were a rework of Grimbo's car a million years ago, A rebuild of Critta, Greg's green car, Greg's black car, CJ's Sierra, and the trolley tug. 

On top of that, I have a non-suzuki project in the works. A couple of years ago I bought a rough F250 "Highboy" It runs a 351C, NP435/NP205 and has a dual rear wheel D70 rear diff. It's going to get injection (The LPG is going in the bin) and a dual rear wheel spec D60 in the front, and some drab paint. 

I also have "Blingy" a very straight type 3 1.0 tray back with no engine/trans/transfer which will be the basis for an engineered build along the lines of Piggles.

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Z.O.O.M. May 2013 - 3cyl

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Congratulations on being selected for Auszookers Zook Owner of the Month!

How does it feel being honoured with the nomination for Z.O.O.M. 2013?

Haha, kind of pleased, I guess.

So tell us about yourself. Who are you, What's the meaning to your username, Where do you
live, and what do you do for a living?


Name's Wayne, I'm an Electrician doing industrial service work. 3cyl, because the Zook, Annette is her name, has 3 cylinders and the user name 2 stroke was taken. On and I live at Ipswich.

How did you get started in Suzuki's & how many have you owned?

When I was a kid 2 neighbours had LJ50v's and I remember riding in them with my friends and hearing them each morning, guess the sound got imprinted into my head or something. I had a nice LJ50 soft top in the '80s, sold that when I went travelling. Was only full sized fourbies then, 2 Landbruisers and a number of Landrovers till the LJ50v. The white LJ50v I saw in a yard when Picking up my youngest son (Littlejeep on here) from primary school about 10 years ago, he pestered me into buying it an I sort of "surprised" the wife with it. Took a year and a bit to get the number plates on that, then a mate who used to run the Mogrover at Tufftruck wanted a toy and bought a paddock basher one and locked it and put on an exo. I learnt a lot about what they can do between that and a LJ80v I picked up cheap and gave to Littlejeep (normal people just attempt the things a 11 year old like him put that thing through) named Leprosy.There'll be pics of these rigs in the first Ripley thread, called "Ripleys" or something, as well as the normal Ripley wheeling one.
Keeping up with these 2 and also meeting up with Tanshi and Highway-star the poor old hardtop eventually got too beat up and I had an old parts LJ80 Stockman tub left over from a parts car I bought that had no floors so I started to build a body from that, and by the time I finished it, the floors had been raised and replaced, the firewall moved back a little, the sills were replaced with RHS and the rear had tubs and a beefy RHS back tail light panel, then the EXO, then to fit the 32" tyres I had to build a new front clip. 

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Z.O.O.M. June 2013 - JrZook

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Congratulations on being selected for Auszookers Zook Owner of the Month!

How does it feel being honoured with the nomination for Z.O.O.M. 2013?

Feels pretty awesome! Great way to find out a bit more about other forum members. Some interesting stories have come out of it so far!

So tell us about yourself. Who are you, What's the meaning to your username, Where do you live, and what do you do for a living?

Hi I’m Dan! Have been living in Brisbane for the past 8 years but originally from Cairns, up in nice warm FNQ. I’m a Microelectronic engineer but didn’t learn from just surviving through 4 years of uni hell, as a result I’m still there attempting to complete my PhD on Silicon Carbide semiconductor power devices (yea super nerd stuff….). My user name was strongly influenced by my uncle. He was quite involved with the Suzuki 4WD Club of NSW back in the 90’s and early 00’s. He also was commentator at the first tuff truck event so a few of you may know of him. Anyway he had the MRZOOK plates on his zooks so I guess that’s what inspired my user name, JrZook (hopefully upgrade to DrZook when I graduate haha).

How did you get started in Suzuki's & how many have you owned?

Well I guess I got into 4x4ing ever since I was born. We always went on family camping trips or pigging out in north-west QLD. Back then Dad had the ’83 L300 van, equipped with custom spring lift, muds, winch and the 2 canoes on the roof. Did the job as a 4x4 tourer very well and boy did it get used! Always was immaculate and looked like it just came of the showroom floor even when he sold it a few years ago. So naturally to 4x4 bug bit hard!

Ended up getting my first zuk in highschool. It was an ’85 normal roof drover, non ugly! In its prime it was resprayed in british racing green, ran 235’s, 4:1s, weber and OME springs. Really simple yet capable rig!

Now in my 2nd zuk “lil foot”. A bit more time was spent on this one with the knowledge gained from the 1st

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Z.O.O.M. April 2013 - tanshi

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Congratulations on being selected for Auszookers Zook Owner of the Month!
How does it feel being honoured with the nomination for Z.O.O.M. 2013?


Thanks its actually pretty cool. I think it’s a really good initiative and I hope it catches on with some of the new guys as well. I was surprised that Tony nominated me, but then we LJ drivers have to stick together! 


So tell us about yourself. Who are you, What's the meaning to your username, Where do you
live, and what do you do for a living?


This feels a lot like what I would expect an AA meeting to be like. 
My name is Darren and I have a problem, I’m 34, and I am a Suzuki Nut. 
I currently get paid to answer the phone for lawyers and tell them to restart their PCs. 

My username comes from a character in novel I was writing which has been untouched for about 10 years now.


How did you get started in Suzuki's & how many have you owned?

I got started in the early 80s when my father had an lj50, but I first owned one in 2005 when I decided the hotted up Torana I had was too expensive on fuel. 
My first sierra, “Jenna” I had for about 6 years.
I now regularly drive “Ring Ding” the LJ50 
I daily drive a 2008 GV, Have an LJ81 project in the shed, two lj50s in the back yard.
And have owned 4 other zooks of various kinds.

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