Gambling on this ’05 Ford Excursion paid off big
In most cases, a parent’s love and passion for certain things is passed down to their children. But for Josh Beachum, it was the complete opposite. Although he grew up in Aynor, South Carolina, admiring custom cars, Josh’s interest in trucks didn’t emerge until his son got involved in the scene. Before the age of 21, Josh had five custom builds under his belt, but they were all import vehicles. When Josh’s son Tristan turned 15, he asked his father for a truck. They found and agreed to purchase a ’92 Bronco for Tristan’s birthday.
Throughout the next year, Tristan began customizing the Bronco with the help of his father in their garage. “I started looking at these upgrades and kept thinking these were so much better than a car,” Josh tells Truckin. “It was time for me to join a new culture.” Almost one year to the date of the Bronco purchase, Josh found an ’05 Ford Excursion for sale online and made arrangements to take a look at it. The truck was located in Nashville, about eight hours away, but he and Tristan made the drive.
Once the new Excursion arrived home, Josh began cleaning up the undercarriage and removing the factory running boards and replacing them with Amp Research PowerSteps. The next task was adding a modest lift and putting some wheels on the Ford. When the ’16 Ford F-250 was released, Josh fell in love with the new front end of the truck and enlisted Bob Daft from Horry County Collision to add it to the Excursion.
After getting a lot of positive feedback on the updated front end, Josh decided he wanted to go a step further by updating the entire interior to a ’16 F-250. He located someone in Pennsylvania who was willing to sell the entire interior of a ’16 model. “I drove the nine hours and bought literally every piece, panel, nut, and bolt from that truck,” Josh says. “It was a cramped ride back home.”
Once home, Josh and his good friend Josh Evans began installing every piece. Not one wire matched up to the ’05 Excursion, so everything had to be adapted and made to work. Josh estimates they spent about 500 hours on the installation of the interior. The rear door panels had to be cut and stretched, because the rear doors are longer on the Excursion than the F-250. They molded the headliner to the existing headliner and designed a custom backlit panel in the sunroof slot.
The build went viral online and got the attention of Joel from American Force Wheels, who offered a deal on some new wheels. Josh purchased brand-new 26-inch rims and 40-inch Fury tires. After the wheels and tires were added, Josh got a confirmation letter stating he would be in the Fury booth at SEMA in Las Vegas. “It was at that time I knew I wanted to go even bigger,” Josh adds. “It was time to impress people.” He contacted the Davis brothers, Daniel and Brian at Davis Off Road in Richmond, Virginia, for a lift. For the next nine weeks, the Davis brothers poured their heart and soul into the new lift, changing practically everything under the truck.
Josh knew his time was getting tight, so he drove to Richmond and, alongside the Davis brothers, spent the last nine days adding the Boost Bars, grille, and Bodyguard bumpers to the front and back. The truck was finished approximately six hours before Jay Thompson from Thompson Transport arrived to pick up the Excursion. Josh proudly displayed his Excursion in the Fury booth for the duration of the show and got exceptional feedback.
Although Ford halted production of the Excursion in 2005 (the year Josh owned), Josh’s rig—with the 2016 upgrades all around—represents what the make and model would look like if it were in production a lot longer. Josh wishes to thank his family for being there and dealing with him spending so much time building Lady Luck. A special thanks goes to his wife, Kendra, and son Tristan for all their help, as well as his extended family, his mother, father, brother Chip, and daughter Jessica for their support.