Starting his detail business with his wife, mom, and dad, Robert Linn of Banning, California, never gave up on his dream to one day own a successful shop. After seven years and plenty of his mom's kitchen towels, Dingmasters in Banning is now a one-stop paint and body shop. In order to celebrate and bring more customers into the shop, Robert decided to build a show truck to display his custom work. Just like his business has grown, this '03 Excursion has evolved into a full-fledged rolling shop advertisement.
Mickey Harris and Simon Evans airbrushed the velociraptor dinosaur and bed of flaming skul
Beginning with the shop '03 diesel 4WD, Robert immediately tore down the suspension and replaced it with huge Atlas lift leaf springs. Dual Bilstein shocks on each corner help cushion the stiff ride. The nearly 2-feet of upward advancement allowed him to clear 46-inch Michelin tires, which were mounted onto 20-inch Scorpion off-road wheels. With the truck up in the air, Phat Fabrications created a one-off roof rack for the top of the Excursion. Mounted on the rack are five PIAA off-road spot lights. Making it easier to hop into the cab, Kodiak steps were installed. All of these mods just made Robert more eager to paint the big Ford.
Rolling the huge rig into the Dingmasters shop, Robert applied the DuPont Orange and White two-tone paint scheme with a blue flame, which masked off the two separate hues. Mickey Harris and Simon Evans (viewable at paintbysimon.com) then stepped in and applied their airbrush talents to the project. First they sprayed a velociraptor dinosaur running over a bed of flaming skulls onto each side of the truck. After going wild with the paint, only one thing remained: the interior.
All in One Upholstery of Banning swapped the seats for a reptilian-skin surface, replaced the headliner with an orange suede and a dinosaur skull, then replaced the carpet. Next, DT Autosound in Banning stepped in and built a huge sub enclosure, which houses four Kicker Solo-Baric 12-inch subs. Powering those subs and the Kicker components are two Kicker amps. In the barn doors, DT Autosound installed two 10-inch Absolute monitors. Each piece of the interior was painted orange to match the body color. Everything is kept out of prying eyes of onlookers, thanks to window tint applied by Dingmasters.
It took about a year to complete the project, and the crew at Dingmasters couldn't be happier with the custom work they can call their own.