I was driving along the other day, heading back from spending Thanksgiving with my family, when I ran across a Ford Excursion that looked too… new. It was a regular Excursion, with a regular Excursion body, but some things seemed off: The badges were a bit too big, and the front end seemed too modern, and the wheels were larger than I expected.
So I noted the license plate number, and I ran a Carfax report on it when I got home. The result: It wasn’t an Excursion, which was sold from 2000 to 2005. It wasn’t an SUV at all. The Carfax report said I had seen a 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty. See the Ford Excursion models for sale near you
But how?! Why?! It was an Excursion!
Enter Custom Autos by Tim.
Ignore the rather juvenile name — and, frankly, the website, which looks like it was the first thing Al Gore designed after he invented the Internet. This is a legitimate outfit that converts modern Super Duty pickups into a wide variety of creatures — including modern Excursions, 6-door Excursions and even 6-door Super Duty trucks.
Naturally, as an SUV enthusiast, I think this is the coolest thing in the world — especially since the Excursion, while slow-selling and maligned for its crazy size back when it was new, actually found a niche market of buyers who really needed its unusual combination of size, heft, towing capacity and passenger hauling capabilities. And so, even though there’s no more Excursion from Ford, there’s one from Custom Autos by Tim.
Of course, this conversion isn’t cheap. Turning a Super Duty into a 4-door Excursion seems to cost $41,000 — plus the cost of the truck. Creating a 6-door Super Duty is a $33,000 job. And a 6-door pickup based on the brand-new 2017 Super Duty is a $65,000 conversion. And then, of course, there’s a long list of options, tempting you to drive the price up even further.
But if you missed out on the Excursion a decade ago and you want a modern one, well… Tim’s got you covered. Find a Ford Excursion for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.