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A Company Converts Ford Super Duty Pickups Into Brand-New Excursions

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 DutySee 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.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. My father has a 2005 Excursion Limited as his daily driver. My family got when I was born (yeah, I’m not that old). We sold it off a few years ago when it was just too inefficient. My father had a 2005 Harley-Davidson F-250 and my mother an Infiniti G37. Two years, a month, and twenty days ago, my father’s truck was stolen when he was at the movie theater. He rented some Chevy (I forgot what kind), and called the guy he sold the Excursion to and said he needed it back. That SUV’s been to Hawai’i and back when we had it, and a lot of other tough things. We had a Hibiscus flower sticker on the tailgate window on it in times of old. We were really surprised that it still had the sticker after some 10 years. Now he is crazy and wants to put a 2015 front on it (which is an idea I hate) and tune up the engine to 600 hp with a better turbo and cooling system and some other minor things I can’t remember (which I don’t object to).

  2. Lol Martin Johns Calling Doug a snowflake while he complains about a lighthearted joke…Martin John clearly does not understand Doug’s style of writing. 

    CABT does nice work. I intend to get something from you all at some point.  

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