It doesn't take too much to make an Excursion stand out on the road. It's already one of the largest SUVs on the market, with a menacing stance and an intimidating front end that can startle anyone who suddenly notices it in their rearview mirror. The challenge is making a vehicle both stand out and look good. With a little time and some carefully selected modifications, Boyd Coddington Jr. from La Habra, California, turned this Excursion into a great-looking vehicle that is a force to be reckoned with. Boyd Jr. has extensive experience in automotive modification, having been a highly respected vehicle customizer for the last 15 years, and he used that knowledge to make this Excursion look sweet.
Boyd Jr. started by giving the two-wheel-drive '02 Excursion a higher stance. The Excursion received a suspension lift from Fabtech, an I-beam kit that raised the vehicle 4 inches. The system uses a combination of I-beam drop brackets, radius arms, front coil springs, a drop pitman arm, and Fabtech shocks. As soon as the suspension made room for a larger wheel and tire package, a set of 37x12.50x17-inch Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires and 17x10-inch Boyd Coddington Juggernaut wheels quickly made their way into the Excursion's wheelwells.
Style was a priority, and Junior looked to Car Wear equipment to give the Excursion's exterior that special touch. He chose a Car Wear polished billet grille and Car Wear Wizard ultra-white bulbs for the headlights. Finishing off the front end is a set of Car Wear clear corner lenses. The Excursion sat high enough and had the right accessories to make Junior happy, but he wanted the paintjob to make a statement as well. He opted for a combination of Orange and Cream, which were custom-mixed DuPont Custom Colors paint. All of the bodywork was done at Boyd Coddington's Garage in La Habra. The Garage is a one-stop roadster-building shop, where that customization expertise was used on this Ford. Dennis Recklefs of Riverside, California, did the pinstripe work.
Boyd Coddington Wheels, which is both the family business and the source of the wheels on this vehicle, is a company that has been traditionally biased toward roadsters, street rods, and classics. From there, it expanded to street trucks and newer vehicles. Since then, it has continued to expand, and Boyd Jr. and Sr. are looking to include products for off-road-style trucks. What better way to get into that industry than by showing how an immense SUV can be turned into a cool ride?