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Texas Metal

Texas Metal

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Specializing in one-of-a-kind custom builds, Bill Carlton and the crew of Houston's Ekstensive Metal Works deal with rowdy customers, challenging projects and tight timelines while working on everything from muscle cars to monster trucks.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Texas Metal

Texas Metal - S5E2

#1 - Mom-Ster Truck (Season 5 - Episode 2)

After pro wrestler and actor John Cena makes a surprise appearance at the shop, Bill and the guys begin to customize John's small '69 MGC to be a perfect fit. A new customer wants a handmade lifted suspension on his '20 Denali 2500 as a gift for his wife.

The episode was rated 8.82 from 11 votes.

Texas Metal - S3E11

#2 - Earl Campbell's Custom Cadillac - Part 3 (Season 3 - Episode 11)

The team revamps an old school '34 Buick into a modern day lowrider. After months of rebuilding the body and making a custom frame for Earl Campbell's '49 Cadillac, the Hall of Famer challenges the shop with a last-minute wrinkle.

The episode was rated 8.50 from 18 votes.

Texas Metal - S3E12

#3 - 5500 Lifted, Texas Edition (Season 3 - Episode 12)

This year's over-the-top build has Bill and crew lifting a 2020 Chevy Silverado 5500 more than a foot with a custom heavy-duty air suspension. The guys also prove their Texas mettle by radically overhauling the utility bed.

The episode was rated 8.47 from 17 votes.

Texas Metal - S2E3

#4 - Beyond ZL1, Part 2 (Season 2 - Episode 3)

Bill and the gang are back under the hood of the 2018 Camaro ZL1, rebuilding the engine before a visit to the dynamometer; and Ekstensive tries to turn a patinaed '49 GMC pickup sleeper truck into keeper truck.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 22 votes.

Texas Metal - S2E7

#5 - Street Rod Milk Truck (Season 2 - Episode 7)

Bill's neighbor hands over the crumbling shell of a '52 Ford F4 Milk Truck. The guys unleash their best fabrication skills, and turn this 60+-year-old milk truck into a one of a kind, dazzling diesel street rod.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 22 votes.

Texas Metal - S5E1

#6 - Jeep Splits and Foreign Whips (Season 5 - Episode 1)

Bill and the gang split a nearly perfect 1960 Willys Jeep into four pieces to make it longer, wider and meaner. Drop shipped from halfway around the world, a 1998 AMG G-Wagon gets overhauled into a hand-built masterpiece.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 11 votes.

Texas Metal - S2E4

#7 - International Truck of BBQ (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Bill and the guys are known for their custom metal work, but the transformation of a 1940 International Harvester water truck into a mobile barbecue pit tests all their skills; a 1986 C-10 is a family heirloom that's remade for future generations.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 20 votes.

Texas Metal - S4E6

#8 - Beantown Continental (Season 4 - Episode 6)

A '64 Lincoln has been collecting dust for years. The guys bring this classic roadster back with a late-model Coyote engine and handmade interior. Plus, the Sling-Ray is a custom automotive sensation, but Ekstensive has what it's been missing.

The episode was rated 8.43 from 14 votes.

Texas Metal - S4E12

#9 - A Texas-Sized Surprise (Season 4 - Episode 12)

The guys hit the home stretch on the '46 Ford "Blue Thunder." Ekstensive powers up Bill's all-tube buggy with a 1,500 hp Cummins diesel engine, and actor John Cena drops off a '69 MGC, wanting nothing less than to change the game with his British classic.

The episode was rated 8.42 from 12 votes.

Texas Metal - S2E5

#10 - C10 to a Hundred (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Bill and the guys take a good C10 to a hundred with custom touches from inside to out including one of one interior and bed; Ekstensive makes a dream come true by modifying a 2018 Dodge Demon for an under ten second quarter mile run on the track.

The episode was rated 8.39 from 18 votes.

Texas Metal - S3E10
#11 - Earl Campbell's Custom Cadillac - Part 2
Season 3 - Episode 10

NFL Hall-of-Famer Earl Campbell made a career mowing down defenders. The guys take the same hellbent approach to rebuilding his 1949 Cadillac. They also customize a van for a disabled motocross rider so he can drive again.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Texas Metal - S2E6
#12 - Buckin' Bronco
Season 2 - Episode 6

Ekstensive's built a lot of trucks over the years, but never a Ford Bronco. Until now. The client Tony wants his rusted out 1968 Bronco roadster converted into a high powdered, show quality, off-roading truck. Bill and the guys are more than happy to oblige, giving this iconic truck an eight inch lift with custom triangulated four-link suspension and coilovers. Justin supercharges the 5.0 Coyote engine. Bill, Tim, and Jamie fabricate a new dash, a fresh engine compartment, and new roll cage. John makes a completely waterproof interior - so this topless truck stays 100 percent, no matter the weather or terrain.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
Texas Metal - S2E9
#13 - Extra Large & Supercharged
Season 2 - Episode 9

Bill pushes the shop's creativity with his own build of a 2018 Yukon Denali XL. The luxury SUV is their tallest build ever with a custom lift, straight axles & a supercharger. The 1970 Suburban gets a handmade chassis & body with a custom fourth door.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Texas Metal - S4E8
#14 - Texas Square Body
Season 4 - Episode 8

Bill gets déjà vu on a 1985 Chevy C10 square body. After a long history of custom C10s, he and the team try to outdo themselves with a handmade chassis and air ride, interior and bed. After a close call, Ekstensive makes a 1923 T-Bucket street safe.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Texas Metal - S4E7
#15 - The New Old School Suburban
Season 4 - Episode 7

A 1971 Suburban returns to the shop for 'Phase Two,' wanting more power and even more custom metalwork. When a client finds parts and pieces of a '68 C10, Bill and the crew set on a new course on a ground-up build unlike any they've ever done before.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
Texas Metal - S4E5
#16 - Show and Go Dually
Season 4 - Episode 5

Ekstensive turns a stock 2020 Denali dually into frame-dropping, show-stopping work truck. As a final touch, Bill handmakes articulating speakers for the bed. Bill takes a family's minds off their brush with a tornado with a custom 2019 Polaris Ranger.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Texas Metal - S3E9
#17 - Earl Campbell's Custom Cadillac
Season 3 - Episode 9

Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell arrives with the body and parts of a 1959 Cadillac, and the crew is honored to create a ground-up build for the local legend. Plus a 1940 F-100 build snowballs into a much bigger job.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Texas Metal - S3E8
#18 - Dump Truck To Show Truck
Season 3 - Episode 8

A 1996 dump truck is the largest truck the shop has ever customized. The guys go extra heavy duty to create a military-styled mega-truck. A lowrider enthusiast wants a custom air ride and LS swap for his pristine 1934 Buick.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Texas Metal - S1E6
#19 - Black on Black on Black Cadillac
Season 1 - Episode 6

Hip-hop artist Slim Thug wants his rusted '59 Cadillac brought up to the dress code of the rest of his car collection; the Ekstensive crew creates an eye-catching, black-on-black-on-black Cadillac roadster that would make the Batman jealous.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
Texas Metal - S4E11
#20 - 450 Reasons to Go Bigger
Season 4 - Episode 11

When Ekstensive needs a new shop truck, Bill and the guys go sky-high with a lifted '21 F-450 King Ranch capable of hauling over 20,000 pounds. With most of the '46 Ford Coupe body beyond repair, the team has no choice but to build from the ground up.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

Last updated: sep 02, 2022


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