2005 Ford Excursion- Lady Luck

Gambling on This Excursion Paid Off Big

Phil Gordon
Jun 27, 2018
Photographers: Phil Gordon
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.
Photo 2/17   |   2005 Ford Excursion Lady Luck Rear
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.”
Photo 3/17   |   2005 Ford Excursion Lady Luck Front View
Once home, Josh and his good friend John 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.
Photo 4/17   |   2005 Ford Excursion Lady Luck Suspension
Photo 5/17   |   2005 Ford Excursion Lady Luck Wheel
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.
Photo 6/17   |   2005 Ford Excursion Lady Luck Grille

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’05 Ford Excursion
Owner and City/State: Josh Beachum; Aynor, South Carolina
Club Affiliation: Team Billet
Chassis: 20-inch custom Davis Off Road four-link
Front Suspension: King 2.5-inch chrome coilovers, 16-inch travel with remote reservoirs, King 2.5 triple bypass remote reservoir shocks, F-250 hydro-ported RedHead steering box, 2-inch steering bar, one-off double-shear pitman and steering arm, PSC hydraulic assist, custom front crossmember and transmission crossmember, massive chrome 2-inch .250-wall DOM four-link bars
Rear Suspension: King 2.5-inch chrome coilovers, 12-inch travel with remote reservoirs, custom rear crossmember, massive chrome 2-inch .250-wall DOM four-link bars, one-off subframe
Drivetrain:
Engine: 6.8L V-10, full stainless exhaust by Gibson Performance, steering by RedHead steering gears and PSC Steering, brakes by R1 Concepts, all batteries by XS Power
Transmission: Built 4R100
Rearend: 4.88 gears, Mag-Hytec differential covers
Body/Paint: Tuxedo Black paint and front clip swap to ’16 Super Duty by Bob Daft at Horry County Collision in Conway, South Carolina, using McNasty Customz conversion adapters; graphics by Matt Renninger at AED custom graphics in Richmond, Virgnia; highly modified front and rear Bodyguard A2L bumpers by Davis Off Road; grille by Boost Bars; headlights/taillights by Bullseye Retroz; chromed front Monster Hooks swivel hooks and chromed Monster Hooks Reaper shackles in the rear; all lighting by Heise LED; 24 rock lights under the truck as well as 30-inch lightbars and 3-inch pods in the bumpers; hitch by Gen-Y with stabilizers; train horns by HornBlasters; hydrographics by Outlaw Hydrographics in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; window tint by Abi’s Window Tint in Lumberton, North Carolina; all chrome work by Speed & Sport Chrome in Houston, Texas
Interior: Console safe by Lock’er Down USA, interior fully converted to the ’16 Super Duty interior, dash with dual iPads (one in cluster and one in center), power-heated and -cooled bucket seats front and rear, custom headliner and door panels integrated into the ’05 body
Stereo: Stereo controlled through the iPad
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x16; American Force Crux
Tires: 42x15.50R26; Fury Offroad Country Hunter M/T

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