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Old 06-27-2017, 09:49 PM   #1
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4x4 shortie named Z.E.U.S.V III build

Hey there all. Just wanted to start a build thread of our little shortie Z.E.U.S.V. (Zombie Eradication Utility Support Vehicle #3) my father in law has built some pretty nasty suburbans he named zeusv (the v is silent ha ha), so we call this number 3. I have introduced myself in the new members forum a while ago, so all the info on the bus is there. After a year of using the bus as a moto hauler (just removed the seats and drove it like that), we have finally decided to start tearing it apart and doing our camper conversion. Here is where we are at right now.




The day i bought it.


Been using it as a moto hauler. My daughter (on the yamaha) and one of her riding buddies.


Found a pretty nasty oil leak from the turbo oil feed and bad valve covers. Got new covers and replaced every gasket and o ring we could. No more leaks and running great!


Luckily the turbo checked out ok, so i did get a little bit of good news there!

The bus is up and running great again!
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:57 PM   #2
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Got a new suprise in the mail today. 4" diamond eye straight pipe exhaust. Couldnt find anything for the van 6.5t due to the center mount turbo, so ordered one for a 4x4 pickup. Luckily the factory downpipe was 3" which is what the downpipe that comes with it is. Other than having to weld on my own hangers, it fit like a glove!



Here is a short video of it. Still need to order a tip for it to bring it out flush with the body. Just wanted to get it on first so i know how long of a tip i need. Going to go with a 4" to 6" tip.
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:02 PM   #3
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Got the hitch put on today. Hopefully tomorrow i can get all the wiring done for it. Now i can pull the trailer with the toys on it.

There is a few things i want to do on the body before i do the paint. Then it will be on to the inside. Stay tuned for more progress pics and updates!
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:07 PM   #4
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Sweet ride, got to love the 4" Dimondeye lucky you had it mailed directly to your house, i had to drive 6 hours to pick up mine. I been debating on a tip since i got the exahust, i dont know if it makes any differance.?
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Old 06-28-2017, 06:29 AM   #5
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Awesome rig. I use my shuttle for towing my atv's also. Wish my bus was 4x4.
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Old 06-28-2017, 06:52 AM   #6
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I love the sound of the 6.5's with straight pipes on them!! this is gonna be a fun bus!
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:20 AM   #7
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:07 PM   #8
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Today i got the rock guard/step fabbed up and mounted to match the drivers side. Every time those tires threw a rock, i had to stop and look because it sounded like it shattered the glass!
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:11 PM   #9
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Sweet ride, got to love the 4" Dimondeye lucky you had it mailed directly to your house, i had to drive 6 hours to pick up mine. I been debating on a tip since i got the exahust, i dont know if it makes any differance.?
The only reason i ordered a tip for it, is to bring it out flush with the body. The system i got was for a single wheel truck, so it stops in the middle of the duallys.

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Old 07-05-2017, 09:26 PM   #10
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So today was an exciting day for us. I didnt really get a lot done, but what i did get done was a huge relief. The bus now has cruise control! I know it might not seem like a big deal to those who already have it, but i was NOT looking forward to taking this thing cross country without it. Luckily all i had to do was replace the multi function turn signal stalk with one that had the controls for cruise. Plug and play.

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