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Mecum Auctions’ Houston Sale Features Custom Texas Metal Rigs

Mecum Auctions' Houston Sale Features Custom Texas Metal Rigs

Mecum Auctions’ traveling car show and sale is taking place in Houston, TX this weekend (May 31-April 2). NRG Center is the place, and with everything “big” in the Lone Star State, a huge cache of vehicles is up for grabs for the highest bidders. Of course, pickup trucks will be plentiful at this sale, as Space City is the center of one of the largest truck markets in the United States.

Houston-based Bill Carlton and Tim Donelson, co-hosts of texan metal, MotorTrend’s custom truck reality series, built two proposed nifty platforms: the raised and lowered 2017 Ford F-250, supercharged 2016 F-150, seen in the attached photos.

As we have noted in previous reports, MotorTrend Group has a multi-year broadcast agreement with the auction giant. The Trucks and Off-Road Group’s senior content producer, KJ Jones, will be on hand in Houston, joining the company’s broadcast arm, as he provides full live coverage of all the action starting Friday on MotorTrend+ and MotorTrend TV.

In addition to the Ford Ekstensive Metal Works (they also auction off a 2021 Tesla Plaid and a Cadillac Escalade from the same year), Mecum Houston also offers a loaded truck, no reserve lot from the Triple J Ranch Auto Collection, a major vehicle consignment group from Miami, Oklahoma, as well as a bunch of Chevy C10s, old Fords, and many other flavors of pickup trucks offered by private sellers.

We strongly recommend that you connect to this one. While not one of the “majors” on Mecum’s schedule (the season opener in Kissimmee, Florida set sales records and the upcoming Indianapolis auction is expected to be huge), we expect to see a lot of activity on the truck side and we’ll be gathering stuff for features (which include Sales details) and a behind-the-scenes look at the Mecum Houston auction.

texan metal 2017 Ford F-250 and 2016 F-150

Ekstensive Metal Works has been around since 1994, producing many wickedly custom pickups showcased each year at the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s big show in Las Vegas.

For Houston’s Mecum Auctions show, Bill Carlton and Tim Donelson are offering two rigs: a jacked-up 2017 Ford F-250 and a slammed 2016 F-150. Both mics are seriously loaded with tricks.

let it fall low

Ekstensive did a serious number on the chassis of its 2016 Ford F-150, creating custom upper and lower control arms and installing a Firestone airbag system to park its belly on the ground. The paint and graphics highlight the body of this rig. The color was applied by Pat Maxwell and features graphics on the hood that blend into the dash and inside of the bed, and airbrush work on the sides that continues into the door pillars.

The high side

The 2017 F-250, conversely, is mounted very high, thanks to a hand-built airbag lift system that can lift this beast 18 to 30 inches. Ekstensive created a four-link suspension that features anti-roll bars, a drop-down strut, bar extensions and custom 18-inch 4.0 quad-bypass shocks from King Racing Shocks. 24×16-inch forged Amani wheels and Mickey Thompson Baja Pro tires complete the rolling package. The entire setup is chrome plated and polished to a high gloss and powder coated in body color white.

Blown to the bone

There’s plenty of “go” to complete the whole show the F-150 puts on. The truck’s stock 5.0 liter Coyote engine has only 332 miles and benefits from a performance upgrade with a TV-type supercharger (brand unknown), which should put the horsepower a bit below 600 on the tires.

Diamonds and painting

The 2016 Ford F-150 is also very personalized inside. Diamond-stitched leather seats, a bespoke console with built-in stereo in the center, and paint accents to match the dark red hue of the exterior.

Diesel Motivated

Naturally, the texan metal The 2017 Ford F-250 is powered by the venerable 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. The powertrain doesn’t seem to be too bad beyond the cold-air induction tubes; stock performance for a truck that we doubt sees any “work” action beyond towing an equally custom boat.


It’s somewhat surprising that a truck with such an elaborate exterior has such quirky interiors as Ford’s 2017. The caveat is a custom stereo system that appears to be based on a stock head unit, supported by a CPU Audison Bit One sound system for OEM integration, and four Wet Sounds REVO 6 coaxial speakers, eight bed-mounted REVO 10 marine-grade tower speakers. , Rockford Fosgate subwoofers and amplifiers, a high-performance Audison Bit Ten sound processor, two 100-amp power chargers, and two automotive-grade fans to keep it all cool.

Off road?

Believe it or not, the 2017 Ford F-250 Platinum Edition from Ekstensive Metal Works has 22,868 miles and is actually a four-wheel-drive platform. We have our doubts about off-road use; wouldn’t want to mess up that three-step white paint job.

Mecum Auction Calendar 2022

Here are the remaining 2022 Mecum auctions that can be viewed on the MotorTrend+ streaming service and MotorTrend TV:

  • May 18-21: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • June 10-11: Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • July 28-30: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • August 19-20: Monterey, California
  • September 8-10: Dallas, TX
  • October 14-15: Chicago, IL
  • November 11-12: Las Vegas, Nevada