Because we need more super-sized SUVs right now.
Remember the Ford Excursion? First introduced in 2000, the super-sized SUV was infamous for its terrible fuel economy, with some models offering less than 10 mpg, but is perhaps best known for being the longest and heaviest SUV ever made, measuring 226.7 inches long and having a curb weight of up to 7,668 pounds.
It was available with eight or nine seats and came with 5.4-liter V8 as standard or an optionally available 6.8-liter V10. 7.3-liter and 6.0-liter turbodiesel V8s were also introduced. Its bad publicity led to Ford ending production of the Excursion in 2005 after selling just 16,283 units. But if modern SUVs aren't large enough for you, Custom Autos by Tim is giving the Excursion a new lease of life, as there are still enthusiasts willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a "new" Excursion.
Based in Oklahoma, the company marries an older Excursion body to a new F-Series Super Duty pickup chassis to create a "new" Excursion. Customers can provide a donor vehicle or pay more for Custom Autos by Tim to use a chassis salvaged from around the country. Because of the greater use of aluminium, the firm can't convert 2017 model year or newer trucks. The shop even offers massive six-door versions.
If a client provides a truck the conversion takes six to 14 weeks. The Excursion conversions start at $41,000 for the four-door, $49,000 for the six-door, and $59,000 for a dually. In addition, there are also a wide variety of customization options such as different seats, rear HVAC system, up to six inches of suspension lift, and more. On average, people spend between $50,000 and $100,000 for a conversion according to The Detroit News.
There's clearly demand for the reborn Excursion, too, as Custom Autos by Tim has a two-month waiting list. On average, the shop builds 40 Excursions a year. "I'm 99% sure I'll be selling them for the next five years," the company's owner, Tim Huskey, told The Detroit News. "Excursion drivers love them. They will keep buying them."
"We're never getting rid of this," said Steve Simon, who paid Custom Autos to rebuild his 2005 model. "We drove across the country in it a couple of times. You don't have to think about, 'Oh, we can't take this, or we can't take that.' Nobody's got a car big enough to comfortably fit six people in it anymore."