Mafia Secrets – August/September 2019

Lang Bros. hauling equipment – in style

August-September 2019

Bryan "Boss Man" Martin


Our feature truck this month belongs to Ron Lang of Grinnell, Iowa. While we have been acquainted with Ron for a number of years, we were a bit surprised when we saw him at Louisville this past March and he informed us of his brand new Peterbilt 389 glider kit build that was already underway.

The truck was assembled by Ponderosa in Kentucky, where they used a high performance C15 Cat engine that was custom built by PDI. This 389 has Viper Red paint, a flat top sleeper and long wheelbase. What more could a guy hope for?

When the truck arrived at Chrome Shop Mafia headquarters in Joplin, Mo., Ron had a pretty clear vision of how he wanted it trimmed out.

Starting at the front, we added a Valley Chrome Bumper, additional 389-style grille bars; air cleaner light panels; extra cab lights; painted-to-match cab and sleeper panels; CSM stainless steel battery boxes with billet step plates, Lincoln Chrome exhaust stacks; custom-fabbed toolboxes and deck plate, all of which were built by the boys here at 4 State; Hogebuilt half fenders; and an Iowa Customs rear light bar.

With Mr. Lang’s occupation of moving trucks and all types of equipment, some pieces are running and some are not. He worked closely with Cody in our fab shop to fabricate storage boxes that not only were tailored to meet his specific needs, but used every square inch of space available to offer maximum storage.

Inside the rig, Ron stayed pretty mild, but, after seeing the new Pinnacle Series seats at MATS, he knew he had to have a pair. So we removed the stock chairs and bolted down a set of the cool new Pinnacle seats.

Ron operates Lang Bros. Equipment, which buys and sells used trucks from the central United States to the West Coast. Ron’s family also is involved in farming in a big way, and moving ag equipment has always been part of everyday life at Lang Bros. Ron’s wife, Sally, is a key part of operations and pulls all the loose ends together in the office.

Ron has been trucking since 1976. He started out hauling grain right after high school in a big 1974 White (which was sort of a late model back then) and has been grinding gears ever since.

With his sporty new 2019 389 Pete, he doesn’t have a lot of plans for additional upgrades, as he wants to keep it 100% functional and rugged so that it can easily perform all the tasks he needs. He wanted to give a shout to the guys at PDI for the torquey-high horsepower engine and also to the crew at 4 State Trucks for trimming out the truck exactly to his order.

We have enjoyed our friendship with Ron, and when asked what his advice to someone just starting out in the business would be, he stated, “Anything is possible with a positive attitude and a good work ethic.”

It was a pleasure building Ron’s ride for him, and I remember a story he told me. He said he got his Ph.D. in Iowa. Then he explained “PHD” means many hours on a post hole digger. Raised in the farming community, Ron practices what he preaches by working hard and always looking on the bright side.

May he enjoy his classy cool Pete for several years to come. LL