Mafia Secrets Jan 2014
Attention Truck Addicts! Effective NOW, you can ask your Chrome & Custom Questions and get ‘straight up-no nonsense’ answers from the Chrome Shop Mafia! Allow me to introduce myself……….this is Bryan ‘BossMan’ Martin leader of the CSM crew here at 4 State Trucks in Joplin, Mo! I’ve been messin’ with these big rigs since I was just a young kid, and for the last 25+ years I’ve been weldin’, fabbin’, designin’, modifyin’ and customizin’ on em’, just about anyway I can.
I’ve been blessed to be smack dab in the middle of a truck junkies paradise! Here at CSM we’ve got truck salvage, a metal fabrication shop, full custom paint shop and mountains of chrome & custom accessories……..it’s pretty much Truckers Heaven!
We started out here in Joplin years ago as a truck garage and salvage yard. Fortunately business was good to us, so we expanded our facility in the 90’s and started stocking some CHROME. It wasn’t long afterwards that 4 State Trucks began to customize a few trucks for some long time customers. Pretty soon, accessorizing was our specialty and guys were coming from ‘near & far’ to get their chrome and have it installed too. In 2005, we hooked up with Country Music Television to do TRICK MY TRUCK. What a ride that was! It was a cool, fun experience that got folks lookin’at Big Rigs again and we are proud to say we were an essential part of it. But, as Hollywood usually goes, it got a little ‘far-fetched’ and strayed away from our roots-the Big Rigs. So, rather than customize more vans, pick-ups, mobile wedding chapels, buses and such- a few of us cast members ‘threw in the towel’ and went back to our respective places of business and catered to our customers and friends-America’s Truckers. Sure felt good to be ‘back in the groove’, trickin’ out cool trucks for America’s everyday hard workin’ truckers.
Here at CSM we have 60+ dedicated employee’s, and offer a fully stocked CHROME and CUSTOM SHOP with full installation and paint capabilities. We also print a free 200 page Super-Size Chrome catalog and have a state-of-the-art website where folks can order on-line anytime!
My Dad raised us to realize that we need to work hard, don’t forget where ya came from, take care of the customer and if you tell folks you’ll do it……….do it or die tryin. Our word and our promise is everything. He also made it clear that life is all about family-FAMILY FIRST, and in so many ways, all of us in the trucking biz-we’re one big family, all on the same team, pulling the same direction for the common good. Most all of us were raised in the biz, weren’t we? Seems to me like a lot of us had Uncles, Grand Dads, and kinfolk that were mechanics, drivers, truck stoppers or similar-trucking has always been a ‘generation after generation’ line of work.
So, Whether you drive a Pete, a KW, A Freight-Shaker , a Western Star or whatever your brand may be- hit me with your questions or idea’s. It doesn’t matter if the question is paint related, suspension related, lighting related, exhaust related, fender-seat-bumper or visor related……….you name it! If you’ve got somethin’ worth discussing-I’ll get you the RIGHT answers and explain em’ to you in ‘every day’ language that we can all relate to!
Nearly every day here at Mafia HeadQuarters we get inquiries about frame stretching, suspension lowering, trick painting, bumper flipping, full fendering, interior modifying or ground effect lighting………….it’s what we do, it’s who we are. A team of Truck Maniac’s trying to help our friends get their Trucks lookin right! Every one of ya’ll wants YOUR TRUCK to stand out and look better than your Buddies truck, eh? It’s the AMERICAN Way!
So, send us your questions-there’s no question too big or too small. I’ll be primed and ready to respond!
So, until we meet again………….may the Goddess of High Payin’ Freight be with you!
Keep em’ rollin,
Posted on January 20, 2014