At first glance it looks like a lifted late model 2011+ Ford Excursion, but then you remember Ford axed these behemoths back in 2005. Then you hear that rattle of a 24 valve Cumins from beneath the hood and realize there’s more than meets the eye with this matte gun metal gray 2001 Ford Excursion. Dreamt up by Brian and Rachelle Arnold from Rok-Tek in Oregon City, OR this build came together from a need for a true family “excursion” vehicle with room for the whole family and gear. While they thought of picking up a new 4-door Super Duty to build, upgrading the family’s Excursion seemed like a great opportunity to create something functional, familiar and above all unique.
Starting life as a 2001 Ford Excursion, this rig went under the knife early on heading to Diesel Conversion Specialists to swap in the 24V 5.9L Cummins out of a 2001 Dodge Ram. The engine is mated up to a 4R100 transmission and stock t-case that gets monitored by an Edge juice attitude cts along with receiving a cold air intake, Sinister Diesel intake elbow and a FASS titanium 150 fuel pump. Tranny mods include a PCS controller and Billet Triple disc converter. Keeping true to its roots this Excursion is still running the stock Dana 50/Ford 10.5 axles with 4.30 gears and upgraded Powerstop ceramic pads. Giving this rig its new stance is a BDS 8” full leaf spring lift kit featuring Glide-Ride springs for great performance and flex offroad with quiet smooth ride while on. Up front a pair of BDS-5500 series shocks and dual BDS steering stabilizer control the ride with 37×12.50×22 Atturo Trail Blade M/Ts mounted up on 22×10 V Rock Reactors.
On to the exterior of this Excursion the most notable change is the 2015 Ford Super Duty front clip that was added to include new fenders, hood, core support, grille shell and headlights. In place of the F250 grille a Rok-Tek R-series grille was mounted and the stock bumper was swapped out for a Hard Notched Customs winch ready bumper with Rigid D2s lights and a Superwinch Talon 12.5. Bushwacker pocketstyle flares were modified to fit the fenders and in the rear a Hard Notched Customs bumper was fitted with addition Rigids. Up top this Excursion features a massive Rok-Tek safari rack with 50” Rigid lightbar for ample room to haul gear on long trips and offroad adventures.
This Excursion is an awesome example of breathing new life into an older ride. Great job by everyone involved with this frankenstein Ford Excursion to transform it into the family hauler it is today with unique styling and bulletproof powertrain. To check out more of this Ford Excursion head to the BDS Facebook page or check out Rok-Tek.com, Rok-Tek on Facebook or the RokTek Instagram page.