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This Fullsize Fummins Ford Excursion Comes With An Inline-Six Surprise

Rachelle’s “New” Excursion

Jun 5, 2015
Photographers: Jason Gonderman
The Excursion SUV was built on Ford’s rugged F-250 Super Duty chassis, so there isn’t a lot that can improve the capabilities of this legendary workhorse. However, Rachelle Arnold found a way when she and her husband Brian decided to do the increasingly common Cummins swap, getting rid of the old truck’s Power Stroke 7.3L V-8. The swap opens up a world of aftermarket performance opportunities, and Rachelle says she gets 25 mpg now if she’s easy on the throttle. That’s a number most 7.3L owners could only dream of.
Photo 2/22   |   It looks as good going as it does coming. The shaved bodysides and black-powdercoated rear bumper look much cleaner than the stock plastic cladding and chrome.
After finding the right 24-valve Cummins I-6, Rachelle and Brian undertook the heart transplant starting in April 2014, but that wasn’t all they wanted to change about their supersized SUV. Since Ford doesn’t make brand-new Excursions anymore, the Arnolds decided to build their own, doing a full exterior conversion to the ’11-to-present Super Duty styling.
A full powertrain, suspension, steering, and appearance transformation took tons of patience, so the Excursion wasn’t finished until four months later. However, as you see, the hard work has paid off. Rachelle’s “brand-used” daily driver has all the personality and uniqueness you’d expect from a proud eight-lug owner. Best of all, the Arnolds got to show their truck off at the family business’ SEMA booth in 2014, and the truck will be a featured vehicle at the 2015 SEMA Show!
Photo 3/22   |   The heart and soul of this project is this: a 24-valve 5.9L Cummins I-6. This engine was capable of 325 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque in stock form, so there’s some definite power potential if Rachelle and Brian ever decide to turn up the wick on their motor. The carbon blue valve cover does its part to give the engine bay some flash, coordinating perfectly with the Sinister Diesel air intake and underhood wires.
SpecSheet
Year/Make/Model: ’01 Ford Excursion
Owner: Rachelle Arnold
Hometown: Oregon City, Oregon
Engine: 5.9L 24-valve Cummins I-6
Induction: Sinister Diesel air intake
Exhaust: Diamond Eye Performance 4-inch exhaust
Fueling: FASS Titanium 150-gph lift pump
Engine Management: Edge Juice with Attitude CTS programmer
Transmission: 4R100 four-speed automatic
Suspension (Front/Rear): BDS 8-inch lift kit all around, twin front BDS shocks, and twin steering stabilizers
Wheels: 22-inch V-Rock Reactor
Tires: 37x13.50x22 Atturo Trail Blade M/T
Odometer: 167,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 23 to 25 mpg
Weight: 9,800 pounds
Special Thanks: “My supportive family. Also, all our suppliers: Diesel Conversion Specialty, Diamond Eye Performance, Bushwacker, BDS Suspension, Atturo Tires, V-Rock Wheels, Quietride, Tiger Lights, FASS Diesel Fuel Systems, Edge Products, LKQ, Keystone, Superwinch, Hard Notched Customs, and Sinister Diesel.”
Fun Fact: “The 24-valve conversion isn’t a weekend project! Trying to get the computers to talk to each other took longer than we thought. The Excursion will be a featured vehicle at SEMA 2015, and it’ll get a new paintjob and a ’10-plus Super Duty interior before then!”
Photo 7/22   |   One of the coolest, most subtle features of the Excursion is the custom- fabricated roof rack. The sides of the basket feature die-cut Rok-Tek logos, which dress up what could have been just another custom rack. Also, note how cool the yellow-letter Atturo Trail Blade M/Ts look when the truck is in motion.
Photo 11/22   |   The Atturos are wrapped around 22-inch V-Rock Reactor wheels. The maximum-traction tires are 37-inchers, so they have no trouble hurdling tough terrain, potholes, and other road hazards.
Photo 15/22   |   These off-road lamps and D-rings, mounted to the heavy-duty bumper, make this SUV ready for anything. Backing into dark spaces is no problem for anyone behind the wheel of the Excursion.
Photo 22/22   |   With more than enough power to move the nearly 10,000-pound truck down the road, it’s not surprising to see the tires lit up. The durability of the Cummins I-6 means Rachelle’s Excursion could do tricks like this all day without breaking a sweat.

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