Ford F150 Lighting Buildup - Expedition Front Clip Conversion

Bolt-On Transformation

Brandan Gillogly
Dec 1, 2010
Photographers: Brandan Gillogly
OK, let's just get it right out there in the open. The '97-'03 F-150s aren't the best-looking trucks on the planet. There we said it. Before all of you Blue Oval die-hards have a fit, let us clarify. It's not that the trucks are bad, it's just that they look tame compared to the bold looks of '04 and later models. Their curvy bodywork garnered a lot of criticism when the body style debuted, but there's a simple way to get a totally fresh look; an '03-'06 Expedition clip. Thanks to the fact that Expeditions and F-150s share door and firewall designs, their front sheetmetal is interchangeable. Well, almost.
Photo 2/16   |   ford F150 Lightning Buildup expedition Front Clip
There are a few issues, as we'll point out, but for the most part, the more modern, masculine front clip just requires years of bodywork skill, or time, one or the other. We opened up LMC Truck's catalog and got everything we needed for the swap. We then delivered the parts, along with the truck, to South County Auto Body, a local shop that's done several front clip swaps and custom work for us over the years. We also couldn't just have a stock Expedition front clip, so we visited Street Scene's website and ordered one of their bumper covers to set the truck apart even more. Check out how we got an entirely different look on our decade-old truck.
FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
The end result speaks for itself. If you're like us, you'll agree that the new front clip provides the truck with a much more modern look. Some fabrication was involved, but anyone with a welder could accomplish that. The real difficult part was aligning the fenders. Javier has years of experience and knew how to manipulate the shims to get the desired results and get nice, even panel gaps, but you might need to spend the better part of a day getting things right with the good old-fashioned guess-and-check method. On the plus side, LMC's catalog contains exploded diagrams of everything you'd need to do the job yourself, so it was easy to find the parts we would need.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: Approx. one week, it was an off-and-on project
Degree Of Difficulty: Moderate
Parts Used:
LMC Aluminum Hood Panel 49-9993-T $399.95
LMC Front Bumper Cover Assembly 49-9790-T $299.95
LMC Front Fender LH 49-8690-T $99.95
LMC Front Fender RH 49-8691-T $99.95
LMC Grille Reinforcement Panel 49-2525 $69.95
LMC Bumper Cover Hardware Kit 40-0094 $24.95
LMC Front Bumper Reinforcement 49-9524-T $79.95
LMC Bumper Hardware Kit-12 pc 40-0089 $89.95
LMC Black Headlight Assembly LH 47-4782 $149.95
LMC Black Headlight Assembly RH 47-4783 $149.95
Street Scene Gen 1 Front Valance 950-70831 $249.95
Street Scene Main Grille 950-77712 $116.95
Street Scene Lower Valance Grille 950-77831 $61.95
Total: $1,893.35
(Prices from LMC Truck, Summit Racing and Street Scene and do not include tax, shipping, or labor)

Sources

Street Scene Equipment
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-426-0590
www.streetsceneeq.com
LMC Truck
Lenexa, KS 66219
800-562-8782
www.lmctruck.com
South County Auto Body
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-859-7990
www.southcountyautobody.com

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