The Expedition Portal 7.3L Diesel Excursion

Chris Cordes

Expedition Leader
Staff member
NO LONGER FOR SALE: SMOKEY IS HERE TO STAY
For those of you who have been following my travels or this build, you’ll know that this Excursion has been my daily driver, my home, and my passion project for nearly three years now. After selling my last truck, I set out to create a vehicle I would want to keep forever. One that would be reliable enough for world travel, capable enough for remote trails, and comfortable enough for me to live out of full time. Eventually, through a lot of hard work, careful planning, and long nights that dream became a reality, and I fell in love with the SUV now called Smokey.





It has been flawless throughout my ownership, conquering over 50,000 miles of pavement, dirt, snow, mud, and sand. It has taken me over mountain passes, through scorching deserts, and along emerald coastlines on adventure after fun-filled adventure. Now, I’m faced with a situation I had hoped would never come, selling it.

With the housing market being what it is, I need to free up additional cash to eventually buy my first home, and that means despite how much I want to keep this truck, I must let it go.

As many of you probably know, this Excursion was built without compromises. The base was a one owner garage kept truck in a small town in Georgia. It was owned by a retired naval aircraft mechanic, serviced at the same dealership it was bought from its entire life, and included every maintenance record down to the wiper blades. It had the perfect combination of options, Estate Green paint, the Limited package, 3.73 gearing with a limited slip, a 44-gallon fuel tank, and of course the venerable 7.3L diesel.

From this pristine base we built up to what you see in the photos above, and the huge gallery below. Every accessory was carefully considered, best practice was always used, and maintenance was always preventative using all genuine Ford parts. Every critical component was gone through, and many were replaced. An edge monitor was installed with an EGT probe to make sure temps stayed well within the limits, an upgraded transmission cooler was added to ensure no grade could pose a problem even while towing, and the entire cooling system was redone with brand new Ford parts just to be sure we wouldn’t encounter any issues in the field. We rebuilt the axles and limited slip, replaced the factory gears with 4.56 Nitro Gears to compensate for the eventual install of 37” tires, upgraded the alternator to deal with the increased load on the new AGM batteries and so so much more.

Then the modifications began to turn this family SUV into a real travel truck. It was lifted, armored, and equipped with recovery gear like a Warn 16.5Ti-s winch. Inside the factory seats were replaced with orthopedic Scheel-Manns from Germany, a full Goose Gear interior was built with flush locking storage hatches, two rear drawers, a 13 gallon stainless steel water tank and pump beneath the deck, and plenty of charging ports to keep your devices running on the go. There’s a fridge, a cell phone booster, an Espar diesel heater to keep you toasty in the winter, and a mud room to put your shoes in after long days in the field.

It has all the comforts you’d want, but in a simple and easy to use package that has been 100% reliable. All told this truck has over $55,000 invested in it not including installation costs or preventative maintenance, so I've made an organized list of parts and the vehicle's condition below to help sort through everything. You can also read the build article in the Gear 2019 issue of Overland Journal, or the repost of that story at the link below on Expedition Portal.
https://expeditionportal.com/the-expedition-portal-diesel-excursion-wrap-up/

Note: The middle section of platform can be removed to install a second row of seats.

Specifications
2000 Ford Excursion
7.3L Turbo-Diesel
Mileage: 169,000
Price: $37,500 USD
Email me with questions or offers at - cordes@overlandinternational.com




Parts
  • ARB Old Man Emu lift kit with add a leaf
  • Firestone Airbags
  • Daystar Airbag Cradles
  • ARB front bumper with integrated turn signals and running lights
  • Baja Designs LP6 lights
  • Warn 16.5 Ti-s Winch
  • TJM Raised air intake
  • Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform
  • Pioneer Platform cross bars
  • Pioneer Platform shovel mount and shovel
  • Batwing Awning
  • Buckstop dual swing-out rear bumper
  • 120L rear Alubox on Buckstop
  • Scheel-Mann Varios F XXL Seats with heated backs and seat bottoms
  • Goose-Gear interior storage system
  • 45L Engel Fridge
  • Hard Mounted Extreme Outback compressor with heat shielding, and air tank
  • Baffled stainless steel 13 gallon water tank with flush fill port
  • Whale water pump
  • Blue Sea Fuse board and high output dual USB and 12V ports
  • Weboost cell phone booster
  • Espar D2 diesel heater with internal thermostat
  • Flexopower Atacama 79 Watt folding panels and solar controller
  • Ravelco Anti-Theft System
  • SCT Tuner
  • Edge Monitor with EGT Probe
  • Nitro Gears : 4:56:1
  • Switch-Pro Control Board
  • AMP Power Steps
  • Upgraded Transmission Cooler
  • Five 16x8 Standard Method Race Wheels
  • Five 315/75R16 General Grabber A/Tx Tires
Tepui Tent Not Included!















Condition
This truck needs nothing mechanically. It will be delivered with fresh fluids and an interior and exterior detail. That being said, it is still a travel truck and thus shows some signs of wear. There are some small scratches and chips in the paint. I’ve included some examples of the larger damage in the photos below. The most notable are two dents in the plastic rocker panel door guards. These can certainly be replaced or removed if you wish, but it’s very difficult to actually notice the damage unless you’re laying on the ground looking for it.






Repairs to be made before delivery
As you may notice the windshield was hit by a rock and cracked. I will have this repaired before delivery, or simply discount the price if the buyer prefers.
 
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GetOutThere

Adventurer
Don't think I've ever said this before on a for sale thread, but I'm sorry for your loss, Chris. I've followed this beauty closely, and it is a fantastic build.
 

USMC Dude

Observer
Oh my. This is probably my all time favorite vehicle. I have drooled over it since you got it and dreamt of hopefully buying it some day. Unfortunately, this is literally two months away from being the right timing. Bummer. I think it will sell quick Chris. Good luck with the house hunt!
 

Chris Cordes

Expedition Leader
Staff member
Good luck with the sale, Chris. It's a beautiful rig.
Thank you!
Don't think I've ever said this before on a for sale thread, but I'm sorry for your loss, Chris. I've followed this beauty closely, and it is a fantastic build.
Thank you! It does feel like im losing a friend. Smokey has been my adventure partner through a lot over the years. Ill be so sad to see him go.
Oh my. This is probably my all time favorite vehicle. I have drooled over it since you got it and dreamt of hopefully buying it some day. Unfortunately, this is literally two months away from being the right timing. Bummer. I think it will sell quick Chris. Good luck with the house hunt!
Thanks! I appreciate the kind words. It has been fun for sure, and it has so many adventures still ahead.
Very nice truck. What kind of mileage do you get with it?
It depends. I babied it from Prescott to San Diego once and averaged 18.2. Typical average closer to 15.

Dang that is a perfect build, and my dream with the 7.3. GLWS!
The 7.3 is the way to go for sure! Thank you!
 

ben_j_c

New member
Chris -

I have been following this setup and adding ideas to my F250 to-do list. However, it coming up for sale is very tempting.

Do you have any photos with the rear seats in and the goose system? Does it all lay flat? We have two kiddos that would need seats, but love camping in the back of the rig.

What airport could you meet at?

Thanks!
Ben
 

HillCountry

New member
Chris, I have followed your build and trips since you began with the Excursion. Very well done, sir! I am beginning a build on an '02 F-350 7.3 and am thinking that your truck would save me a LOT of time and is already very close to where I think I am going to end up...
That said, I have 3 questions: where is the Excursion located? did you have to do anything interesting to mate up the wonderful Scheel-Manns to the truck? How do you like the AMP steps? (I am trying to work the long-drive comfort issue and easier-cab-access-for-the-better-half problem before I get too far into the rest of the build.)
Thanks for taking us along on the ride as your ride was designed and developed!
HC
 

Chris Cordes

Expedition Leader
Staff member
Chris -

I have been following this setup and adding ideas to my F250 to-do list. However, it coming up for sale is very tempting.

Do you have any photos with the rear seats in and the goose system? Does it all lay flat? We have two kiddos that would need seats, but love camping in the back of the rig.

What airport could you meet at?

Thanks!
Ben
Hi Ben, sending you a PM
 

Chris Cordes

Expedition Leader
Staff member
Chris, I have followed your build and trips since you began with the Excursion. Very well done, sir! I am beginning a build on an '02 F-350 7.3 and am thinking that your truck would save me a LOT of time and is already very close to where I think I am going to end up...
That said, I have 3 questions: where is the Excursion located? did you have to do anything interesting to mate up the wonderful Scheel-Manns to the truck? How do you like the AMP steps? (I am trying to work the long-drive comfort issue and easier-cab-access-for-the-better-half problem before I get too far into the rest of the build.)
Thanks for taking us along on the ride as your ride was designed and developed!
HC
The truck is currently in Prescott AZ with me. I used wedge seat brackets that were a simple and straight forward order online. No weirdness at all, they bolt right in :)
I LOVE the steps. Honestly one of the best things I did to the truck. They just make it so much easier and more enjoyable to use.
 

KillerB

New member
What is the rig's overall height? I like, but might run into a clearance issue through the garage door at my place.
 

Steve@316

Excursion Overland
Wow Chris! Didn’t expect that! DON’T do
It! You’ll have regrets! Especially with a find like what you started with. The 7.3L Excursion is an awesome platform for an Overland/Expedition vehicle! Maybe not for everyone, but sure is for me!

Someone is going to get an awesome rig! I too, like some of the others have been following from the beginning. Well, now my own Excursion build is finally underway. I guess I’ll just have to start that build thread. Stay tuned for that and would love to have you join the conversation.

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Front & rear bumpers and slider/steps are already being built.
 
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