The Round Six Podcast

The Round Six Podcast

Fabricating in Exile with Mike

April 05, 2019


Mike Jones of Exile Fabrications in Apple Valley, California joined the Gearheads in The Round Six Experience at the 70th Grand National Roadster Show. Mike played a BIG part in making the show display what it was by fabricating the e-newsletter sign-up kiosk stands. And when he's not over-delivering on incredible favors, he's creating some of the coolest stuff for everything from rock crawlers to custom cars. Mike talks about his focus on off-road or the past few years, and the transition this coming year to fully-finished hot rods.


  • The gang thanks Mike for his hard work and help with the Round Six Podcast show display
  • Take a kid to a car show
  • Brian makes a very awkward segue
    – And then doubles-down with an even creepier transition
  • Mike's background and history with hot rods
  • Mini trucks once again prove to be the gateway
  • Making the transition from off-road to street cars
  • The gang goes flat-billing
  • Current projects in the shop
    – The twin turbo Lincoln
  • Mike's 1965 C-10 project
    – A test bed for new products from Exile Fabrications
  • It all started with a Bug
    – Mike's first VW
    – Learning about air bags on the fly
    – Fist outing with the bug led to a first place at Severed Ties
  • The Tacoma
    – From lowering to butchered first mini
  • Learning to MIG weld and TIG weld
  • Entry to the professional side at Daytec welding cycle frames
    – Crash of the motorcycle industry
  • The move to building drag cars
  • A jump to Trophy trucks
  • Mike's King of the Hammers ride
  • Billable kilowatt hours
  • Differences between building for off-road versus street cars