Words and images by Chris Cordes
This truck needs nothing mechanically. It will be delivered with fresh fluids and an interior and exterior detail. That being said, it is still a travel truck and thus shows some signs of wear. There are some small scratches and chips in the paint. I’ve included some examples of the larger damage in the photos below. The most notable are two dents in the plastic rocker panel door guards. These can certainly be replaced or removed if you wish, but it’s very difficult to actually notice the damage unless you’re laying on the ground looking for it.
It has been flawless throughout my ownership, conquering over 50,000 miles of pavement, dirt, snow, mud, and sand. It has taken me over mountain passes, through scorching deserts, and along emerald coastlines on adventure after fun-filled adventure. Now, I’m faced with a situation I had hoped would never come, selling it.
With the housing market being what it is, I need to free up additional cash to eventually buy my first home, and that means despite how much I want to keep this truck, I must let it go.
As many of you probably know, this Excursion was built without compromises. The base was a one owner garage kept truck in a small town in Georgia. It was owned by a retired naval aircraft mechanic, serviced at the same dealership it was bought from its entire life, and included every maintenance record down to the wiper blades. It had the perfect combination of options, Estate Green paint, the Limited package, 3.73 gearing with a limited slip, a 44-gallon fuel tank, and of course the venerable 7.3L diesel.
From this pristine base we built up to what you see in the photos above, and the huge gallery below. Every accessory was carefully considered, best practice was always used, and maintenance was always preventative using all genuine Ford parts. Every critical component was gone through, and many were replaced. An edge monitor was installed with an EGT probe to make sure temps stayed well within the limits, an upgraded transmission cooler was added to ensure no grade could pose a problem even while towing, and the entire cooling system was redone with brand new Ford parts just to be sure we wouldn’t encounter any issues in the field. We rebuilt the axles and limited slip, replaced the factory gears with 4.56 Nitro Gears to compensate for the eventual install of 37” tires, upgraded the alternator to deal with the increased load on the new AGM batteries and so so much more.
Then the modifications began to turn this family SUV into a real travel truck. It was lifted, armored, and equipped with recovery gear like a Warn 16.5Ti-s winch. Inside the factory seats were replaced with orthopedic Scheel-Manns from Germany, a full Goose Gear interior was built with flush locking storage hatches, two rear drawers, a 13 gallon stainless steel water tank and pump beneath the deck, and plenty of charging ports to keep your devices running on the go. There’s a fridge, a cell phone booster, an Espar diesel heater to keep you toasty in the winter, and a mud room to put your shoes in after long days in the field.
It has all the comforts you’d want, but in a simple and easy to use package that has been 100% reliable. All told this truck has over $55,000 invested in it not including installation costs or preventative maintenance, so I've made an organized list of parts and the vehicle's condition below to help sort through everything.
ARB Old Man Emu lift kit with add a leaf
Daystar Airbag Cradles
ARB front bumper with integrated turn signals and running lights
Baja Designs LP6 lights
Warn 16.5 Ti-s Winch
TJM Raised air intake
Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform
Pioneer Platform cross bars
Pioneer Platform shovel mount and shovel
Buckstop dual swing-out rear bumper
120L rear Alubox on Buckstop
Scheel-Mann Varios F XXL Seats with heated backs and seat bottoms
Goose-Gear interior storage system
45L Engel Fridge
Hard Mounted Extreme Outback compressor with heat shielding, and air tank
Baffled stainless steel 13 gallon water tank with flush fill port
Whale water pump
Blue Sea Fuse board and high output dual USB and 12V ports
Weboost cell phone booster
Espar D2 diesel heater with internal thermostat
Flexopower Atacama 79 Watt folding panels and solar controller
Ravelco Anti-Theft System
Edge Monitor with EGT Probe
Nitro Gears : 4:56:1
Switch-Pro Control Board
AMP Power Steps
Upgraded Transmission Cooler
Five 16x8 Standard Method Race Wheels
Five 315/75R16 General Grabber A/Tx Tires
Tepui Tent Not Included!
Repairs to be made before delivery
As you may notice the windshield was hit by a rock and cracked. I will have this repaired before delivery, or simply discount the price if the buyer prefers.
You can also read the build article in the Gear 2019 issue of Overland Journal, or the repost of that story at the link below on Expedition Portal.
Note: The middle section of platform can be removed to install a second row of seats.
2000 Ford Excursion
Price: $37,500 USD
Email me with questions or offers at - firstname.lastname@example.org