Spawned from the San Antonio-based repair mega shop Triple R Diesel, the Texas Chrome Shop rang its bells of independence on July 4, 2005.
Online PR News – 10-June-2011 – – It was then, says the shop’s co-owner Raul Mendez, “we got more into customizing and started building all kinds of different trucks.” Triple R Diesel opened shop in October 2001 as a tri-axle and tandem dump truck repair and rebuilding center. After the Texas Chrome Shop’s inception, though, the shop started working on sleepers, day cabs, heavy haulers and quad-axles. The shop has repaired, built and customized hundreds of trucks since that time. Triple R Diesel still serves as the company’s repair shop, while the Texas Chrome Shop works in fabrication, custom builds and custom part manufacturing. Mendez says Triple R Diesel and Texas Chrome Shop have interior specialists, audio gurus and body shop and installation crews on-site. He also says they on adding a retail store front soon to house their in-house manufactured parts and serve as a showroom entrance to the shop’s facilities.
I spent a good part of last week hanging out at Triple R Diesel, located about 25 miles south of San Antonio on I-35. I have to tell you, every time I have stopped by the place is a bee-hive of activity. It’s amazing how many trucks they have in one stage of maintenance, repair or customizing at any one time.
At one point during my three days there last week doing customizing how-to articles I counted 17 trucks being worked on and not one bay or work area was empty. The other thing that’s amazing to me is how friendly and accommodating they are towards every trucker that steps through their doors; they treat you like family.
The Mendez family, which owns and runs Triple R Diesel and the Texas Chrome Shop, have been in the trucking biz for decades and they know what it’s like to have trouble on the road. So they do whatever they can to make sure their customers, whether local or out-of-state, are taken care of so they are back on the road as quick as possible. They also know customizing. What impresses me is they do every aspect of customizing a truck on-site, from wrenching to fabricating to painting to upholstery to audio. It truly is a one-stop shop. They are fast and a very, very talented group of guys…
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