Trying to keep pace with the steadily growing customizing scene is like trying to harness the power of a tidal wave. It is a huge undertaking, as the surge keeps coming and drowns everything in its wake, while wiping the slow and weak away. Holding steadfast against odds like these takes a company on the leading edge of the rush, surfing the wave, and ripping it up. Street Scene Equipment in Costa Mesa, California, is such a company. Openly committed to serving the needs of the market, Street Scene keeps a varied catalog of cool, custom parts on hand for even the newest vehicle releases. Facing another SEMA show, the team rode the wave all of the way to the new '07 Ford Expedition and its unique styling.

Putting the project into First gear, Street Scene coupled with Ford to acquire a brand, spanking-new Expedition that was loaded with all of the extras. Slipping the shifter into Second gear, Rinaldi Designs set up a few drawings to give some conceptual views of the possibilities with the angular new Ford. As far as the '07 body, the amount of angles have been dramatically increased, and the Rinaldi concept drawings perfectly nailed the look. So, Street Scene went back to the lab again. Inside the fully secured and locked confines, its mad scientists came up with a complete body kit based on the renderings. Walking around the Expo gives one a visual tour of the new, front-bumper cover, rear-valance lip, trailer hitch plug, side skirts in place of the running boards, smooth wiper cowl, and the racy fender vents, all installed by L&G Enterprises, San Dimas, California. Street Scene also made up a pair of billet tow hooks for the front bumper. The holes in the main and bumper grilles are filled with the company's signature Speed Grilles, done in black chrome. L&G Enterprises rolled the SUV into its spacious spray booth and grabbed a few hues from House of Kolor's fine line. Squirting the body of the Ford in Black over Blue-Blood (red). A stylistic change was made by adding a swoopy-yet aggressive-graphic scheme to the body sides, and a red panel over the black hood which was set off with righteous pinstripe graphics. This is a hot rod for a new era.

With the gears turning full speed, attention was turned to the stance. It takes a perfect stance to make a custom of this size look the part, and this SUV is sporting the right rake. The factory soft riding suspension was swapped for a more sport-like ride by slipping a Ground Force lowering kit beneath the behemoth. Gianelle Spezia-6 wheels make the space under the lowered fenders appear filled, thanks to 24 inches of chromed aluminum. Nitto rubber wraps the Spezias in a high-speed traction aid, known as the 420S sized 295/35R24. The stance was set, now a little extra horsepower was needed to make things more entertaining while driving down the road. A throaty rumble emanates from the 5.4L V-8, thanks to a MagnaFlow after-cat stainless exhaust system, which was polished to a full show shine.