2002 Ford Excursion - Total Recall
Out of the ashes comes a massive Excursion
When 37-year-old Matt Miller of Starr, South Carolina, sets out to build a truck, he goes all out. In 2009, Matt built a Ford F-350 from the ground up. He poured his heart, time, and money into this unique build and, because of the size of this truck, he had to leave it outside his construction company building. Late one night, vandals tried to steal the truck, breaking into it and attempting to cut wires to start it. The thieves failed, but in the process a fire started under the dashboard. The truck was engulfed in flames within minutes and was captured on Matt’s security camera.
With such a traumatic end to his custom build, we wouldn’t blame Matt for not wanting to build another vehicle. However, when his 15-year-old son Brady wanted to learn about trucks, Matt decided to try again. He purchased a barely driven ’02 Ford Excursion from an elderly lady. The minute the truck was brought back to Matt’s place, he got to stripping it down completely. New fenders were purchased and installed. The one remaining part of his fried F-350 was the hood, so for nostalgic reasons it was put on his new Excursion.
An ’07 front end was installed to give the Ford a much newer look. Matt added a set of 20x14 Weld Racing Chevron wheels wrapped in 19.5/46-20LT Mickey Thompson Baja Claws. Once the wheels and tires were on the truck, Matt noticed the fenders needed to be extended. He added Bushwacker cut-out flares to the front and fabricated custom rear flares. Matt then began his search for a nice bumper for both the front and rear. A Road Armor front bumper with a 12,000-pound winch was installed for a more aggressive look. For a touch of creativity, Matt added a Fab Fours front bumper with an 8,000-pound winch to the rear of the truck.
The 6.8L V-10 in the gasoline-powered Excursion was tuned and prepared for the road along with reworking the transmission. Matt added chrome accents to every piece he could, resulting in a custom touch. An 18-inch lift was installed to bring the Ford sky-high using Carrier springs and BDS shocks. When it came down to changing the exterior color, Matt enlisted Charlie Bolt of Karolina Kustoms out of Anderson, South Carolina. He sprayed a rich coat of Toyota blue and added Ford silver tribal graphics throughout the large body. Since the truck was a daily driver, Matt decided to only alter the interior mildly by adding a custom Bad Bone steering wheel and a Kenwood stereo system.
It had been tough watching his old truck go down in flames, but the happiness the new build brought to his son and his family made it all worthwhile. Matt wishes to thank everyone who helped him along the way, including his loving wife Tonya, his two boys Brady and Carter, Charlie Bolt, and Buck. Their help and motivation ensured Matt would come back on top with a truck that set a new standard in South Carolina. A complete Total Recall.