East Texas diesel performance shop featured on MotorTrend TV show

East Texas diesel performance shop featured on MotorTrend TV show
Published: Mar. 8, 2023 at 12:00 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2023 at 12:14 AM CST
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches diesel repair shop will be one of the shops featured in a new show, which premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. central time.

Texas Metal’s Loud and Lifted features three diesel repair shops and shows the progress throughout their extreme builds. One of the three shops featured is 1 Way Diesel Performance in Nacogdoches. The shop’s owner, Chase Wells, says he started the business in 2011 after modifying and building his own truck.

“It started from there and I would be out on the streets and people would see my truck and wanted their truck to do what mine did.”

In the last four years, the shop has been featured in episodes of Texas Metal hosted by Bill Carlton, and the opportunity for a spin-off came about.

“On Texas Metal we just specialized on the engine, now we’re specializing in full builds. God took that situation, and we got our own show now, and we love what we do and we’re able to show the world what 1 Way Deisel is about,” Chase Wells said.

Chase Wells’s father, Tommy Wells, started his own automotive shop in 1995, but once his son was interested in diesel engines, they decided to combine efforts and create 1 Way Deisel Performance. He says in the show they are doing the unthinkable.

“Basically, what we’re taking is an iconic or unique vehicles, updating them with new suspensions and just newer components. We’re taking a vehicle and putting new stuff on it and making it run and drive like a new one you would buy.”

Clay Wells, Chase Wells’s brother, who is also a manager of the shop, says the community has been extremely supportive and excited for the show to air.

“It’s an amazing feeling to have your friends and family and even strangers you don’t know telling you that they’re proud of you and encouraging you to keep going and keep doing what you’re doing. I can’t thank them enough,” Clay Wells said.

Chase Wells says the projects you can see on the TV show are things that have never been done before.

“I’m super proud of that. I’m super proud to do it, be able to support Nacogdoches, come from Nacogdoches, and do stuff that has never been done in the world,” Clay said.

You can watch Texas Metal’s Loud and Lifted Wednesday at 9 p.m. central on MotorTrend TV or MotorTrend TV Plus.