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Steve Simon loved his Ford Excursion so abundant he paid for it twice: already aback he bought it from a dealer, and afresh about a decade afterwards aback he paid an Oklahoma mechanic to clean it.

He’s not the alone one. The big, powerful, boundless and now-extinct Ford Excursion has a cult-like afterward that has bodies advantageous as abundant as $100,000 for a “new” anatomy of the long-dead behemoth SUV.

It’s been added than a decade aback a new Excursion hit a banker lot. The ample ancestors hauler that aggregate its platform architectonics with the F-250 Super Duty saw U.S. sales aiguille in 2000 at about 51,000. The automaker confused 16,283 of them in 2005, the year it was killed. 

Alex Sanchez grinds a bond on a custom congenital Ford Excursion at Custom Autos By Tim in Guthrie, Oklahoma. (Photo: Nick Oxford, Special to The Detroit News)

It battled a poor accessible angel due to bad ammunition abridgement — an ecology accumulation dubbed the SUV the “Ford Valdez” in 1999 afterwards the Exxon Valdez oil discharge — and was about for beneath than a decade afore Ford agilely did abroad with it. Some gasoline-engine models got beneath than 10 afar per gallon.

But the better SUV Ford anytime congenital was advanced of its time, believe the enthusiasts advantageous tens of thousands to get a new one built, and the Oklahoma-based artisan and business buyer who builds around 40 Excursions a year by marrying a aback end to newer Super Duty chassis. 

“What I apprehend all the time is bodies ambition Ford would anatomy the Excursion again,” said Tim Huskey, the 59-year-old administrator who is befitting Excursions on the road. He owns Custom Autos by Tim in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

His baby boutique can anatomy you a “new” Excursion in two months. He and his aggregation charge at atomic $40,000 if you can acquisition them a Super Duty anatomy to assignment with. The amount goes up if you charge to buy one of the anatomy he’s salvaged from about the country, and if you appetite custom screens, acrylic or seats. Most bodies absorb amid $50,000 and $100,000 on one of his builds.

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“I’m 99% abiding I’ll be affairs them for the abutting bristles years,” Huskey told The Detroit News. “Excursion drivers adulation them. They will accumulate affairs them.” 

Steve Simon might.

When the 57-year-old Orleans, Massachusetts, business owner bought his 2005 archetypal with the 6.0-liter agent engine from the dealer, he said he knew Ford wouldn’t be authoritative them long. He paid in high-$40,000 ambit to accept Huskey clean it afterwards Simon and his ancestors ran the odometer up to 225,000 afar a brace years ago.

“We’re never accepting rid of this,” Simon said of his Excursion. “We collection beyond the country in it a brace of times. You don’t accept to anticipate about ‘oh we can’t booty this or we can’t booty that.’ Nobody’s got a car big abundant to calmly fit six bodies in it anymore.”

Huskey kept the engine, manual and dashboard from the aboriginal SUV Simon beatific him. The blow was rebuilt from acclimated cartage Huskey salvaged — used Excursions that had front-end damage, and Super Duties with rear-end damage.

Ulises Rivera, left, and Edwin Ramirez adapt a custom congenital Ford Excursion for acrylic at Custom Autos By Tim in Guthrie, Oklahoma on April 26, 2019. (Photo: Nick Oxford, Special to The Detroit News)

Felix Denmon, 72, came to Huskey a year and a bisected ago to accept him catechumen an F-250 into an Excursion. He’d been active Excursions aback 2000, and bought the aftermost agent archetypal in the accompaniment of Florida in 2005 aback he abstruse Ford was axing the SUV.

When he brought the aboriginal of Huskey’s builds back home to Florida, Denmon’s wife said she capital it. So Denmon bought a additional one for his business that deals ample cartage to municipalities. Then a third for his son, and a fourth for the accepted administrator of his company.

“I get chock-full at atomic already a anniversary with somebody adage they didn’t anticipate Ford fabricated these anymore,” Denmon said. “It’s still an eye-turner.”

For best builds, Huskey marries salvaged Excursion aback ends abaft the disciplinarian bank to the advanced end of the newer Super Duty anatomy to accomplish new Excursions. Huskey additionally stretches Super Duties to accomplish absurd six-door cabs.

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His capital antecedent of assets are the Excursion conversions, he said. He’s averaged amid 35 and 40 for the aftermost few years. There’s a two-month wait-list and a two-month anatomy time. Now that the 2016 Super Duties are active out, Huskey says he’ll accept to move to application F-650 frames for the conversion, because they still bout up with the 2005 Excursion body. He can’t assignment with the newer F-Series models that use aluminum.

“People beg me every ages to amount out a way to use the ’19,” Huskey said.

From 2000 to 2006, Ford offered several trim levels of the Excursion and three engines. A fourth agent was accessible from 2000-03. One aberration the automaker fabricated was offering gasoline engines: they weren’t able abundant to ability the massive SUV with its abundant animate frame.

People who bought agent Excursions, like Simon and Denmon, adhere assimilate them for life. Some agent models that are added than 15 years old are allurement added than $20,000 on the acclimated market.

The agent agent is added powerful, has a ammunition abridgement in the high-teens and lasts a continued time, they said. And they fabricated the agent drive like it was meant to. The gas engines sucked up gasoline and gave the SUV a bad name, Denmon said. 

Polo Geronimo sews calm upholstery pieces for a Ford Excursion at Custom Autos By Tim in Guthrie, Oklahoma. (Photo: Nick Oxford, Special to The Detroit News)

Ford agilely marketed the vehicle, according to Karl Brauer, an auto analyst with Kelley Blue Book who’s been about the industry for years. They pitched it as a “fresh new best in the able account market” in a columnist kit from 2000 aback the agent was introduced. It boasted amplitude and accessibility for cartage in a agent that could calmly bank nine on three rows of bank seating, tow up to 10,000 pounds and booty up to a ton of cargo. It additionally had 10 cup holders and bristles ability outlets.

“They affectionate of accepted that the bodies who would appetite that affectionate of agent would acquisition it,” Brauer said. “It was affectionate of new in the aboriginal 2000s to accept a ample vehicle. Bodies were calling out the Excursion as a foolish, wasteful, decadent, egocentric and abundantly not earth-friendly vehicle. It seemed like overnight, all of the sudden, they all vanished. And the Priuses took over.”

For Jason Mase, aforetime the Excursion business administrator at Ford, the vehicle’s blockage ability is affirmation that Ford fabricated the appropriate agent for the appropriate people.

“Mustang is the alone added agent area I’ve apparent that affectionate of aftermarket love,” said Mase, currently the business administrator for Ford’s electric vehicles. “Excursion is that affectionate of artefact that was never a brain-teaser vehicle. It had burning respect. Bodies knew that it was a barbarian for towing and hauling. Bodies admired it again and adulation it now.”

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Ahead of its time

Ford admiral say they don’t affliction killing the vehicle, partly because the bazaar admeasurement for it was small. Sales ballooned and again fell by half in the seven years Ford awash the model.

But Brauer said Ford and Accepted Motors Co., which had its own gas guzzlers in the Hummer brand, ability anchorage some regret. No one questions the automakers’ decisions to get rid of those vehicles, but U.S. consumers appetite added beyond and added able SUVs now that ammunition prices assume abiding and automakers accept ample out how to accomplish them added ammunition efficient.

The aback bisected of several Ford F350 cabs sit in the aback lot of Custom Autos By Tim in Guthrie, Oklahoma. (Photo: Nick Oxford, Special to The Detroit News)

“I don’t anticipate anyone, myself included, questioned their cerebration at the time,” Brauer said. “For a aggregation like Ford to accompany aback the Excursion now would assume like affectionate of a bang in the face.”

A new Excursion would acceptable appropriate from Ford’s hot-selling Expedition model, which the aggregation overhauled aloof added than two years ago. The automaker sells the Expedition MAX, which is an continued cab. It’s about aforementioned admeasurement as the old Excursion.

But for Denmon, it’s not alike close. Nothing comes abutting to the early-2000s behemoth he fell in adulation with.

“All you got to do is ascend into the cab of one,” Denmon said. The Expedition is “a actual nice unit, but it’s not the Excursion. Believe me. In the Excursion, you see the difference. It’s aloof a bigger, roomier vehicle.”

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