Some extra curricular activities I have been up to…

I have decided to take my hobby and passion of automotive, and mix it up with my background in innovative design and manufacturing. We are going to add to my companies lineup and open up a new website geared towards the 4×4 overlanding enthusiast. It will allow us as a company to offer our accessory and storage solutions to existing products on the market. I like to call these GAP products, they are typically products that improve the use of other products. Due to the nature of a GAP product, most people don’t realize they need (want) it until they see it.

Typically I like to find a domain name that fits the product, or the store, one that states what we do or sell within the name of the domain. Needless to say, the market is saturated, and available domains are expensive. So, phase 2 is to take a name, any name, and make the logo speak through the artwork. The below logo artwork is not complete, but is close to the direction of where it will go. I am using one of my existing domain names with a somewhat familiar ring to it….

The website is under construction. Planning on a launch in the 1st quarter of 2023!

We are already setup with hundreds of vendors, Check out some of them below!

Thoughts on my onboard ARB compressor & Horn Blasters in my Toyota Tacoma

Anyone that knows me, knows I like accessories, especially accessories that serve a purpose.

After owning this for about 2 years, I would say it is my most used accessory. I could not tell you the amount of times I have needed to fill my tires, bicycles, other peoples tires, or even run the occasional air tool. It also powers my air horn. I do plan to add air lockers at some point, also made by ARB. It is an extremely well made, continuous duty piece of equipment.

Please note this is not a “how-to” video, but more of a what I did video…

A note about the compressor mount…. Because this project was done during COVID, and things were hard to get, I ended up making a custom mount that worked better for my needs. Currently, I believe there are different mounts available. All the air line are press fittings, high pressure hydraulic lines. I did not wat to re-do this so I built it indestructible. All fitting used are hydraulic fittings. The system literally does not leak at all. The pressure in the tank will go up and down depending on ambient temps. Here are the Air related products I used:

– ARB Air Compressor kit:

Or if you are looking for just the compressor, here it it:

– VIAIR 1 Gallon Tank

– Milton air Regulator:

– Viair Gauge:

A variety of air fittings, too many to list…

Horn Blasters:

Switch Pro:

Dakota sending switch:

Dakota air pressure digital dash gauge:

OR similar through Amazon –

PackOut box mounts:

Is it work or play?

Take a look at this compilation of clips at the shop. We get to play with all kinds of toys, I mean tools and equipment. Everything from cameras and scanning equipment to CNC routers and lasers. With the type of equipment in the shop, we can pivot our product type at any given moment. There have been times when a product was born into my brain, and within 1 day, a prototype was done, it was up on the website and ready for production and online sales. All within less than 24 hours!

PAKstraps – Accessories for Milwaukee Packout Boxes

The PAKstrap is a cost effective struggle stopping product that allows you to utilize the outside of your toolbox systems by securing and hanging your most used items for the project you are working on, and staying completely mobile at the same time. The basic design of this product was driven by the way we functioned as millwork installers. We had many carts over the years for rolling around the jobsites, with tools hanging off all sides of them. When I was installing, the Milwaukee Packout system had not been developed. Due to its massive current popularity, I decided to bring that concept over to this brand. The PakStraps were born…

Find the product here:

This was another product that I designed WITHOUT a name. So, as usual, I put it up on Instagram for suggestions, and I think within minutes, a friend of mine came up with the perfect name. The PAKstrap!! Thank you to Nate Adams, he can be found on IG @builtby_n8

The ultimate Sound System for a 1961 Corvette

My goal here was to integrate a superior sounding sound system that is completely independent of the car itself. It is run solely from the iphone. We have a restored original radio that will be re-installed with its own paper cone speakers to allow us not only to keep it original, for that original sound. The original radio does not put out clean enough sound to even consider running through an amplifier.

Some of the gear used is below:

Amplifier: Audison AV 5.1k 1650 watt –

Subs: 8″ Audison in custom enclosures – Front kick speakers – Morel –

Dash speakers: Audison, custom mount –

System Designed & Installed by: Speed Of Sound, Milford, CT

Do Wheels really make the car?

Custom painting and masking Torq Thrust wheels for a C1 Corvette

After looking at endless options of wheels, everything from EVOD to Schott, and back to the basics of American Racing, I ended up with the Torq Thrust wheels by American Racing. However, I wanted them customized/personalized to match my car. Check out the video below to see my process on how I painted the wheels to match the cove panel color of the corvette.

The car had Crager wheels on it when I purchased it. Both Crager and the AR Torq Thrust wheels were both available for this car, even back in 1961. So I thought it was most fitting to keep with one of those brands. There is nothing wrong with the Cragers, it was simply personal preference (mostly of my wife) that they were simply just too much chrome for the C1. I did agree, so that started the search.

I can not leave well enough alone with anything, I customize almost everything I have. Why would the wheels be any different? The outcome was exactly what we were looking for, and there is no one that has exactly what we have. Makes it easier to spot the car in a lineup…

See all the product links below for more information:

Here are all the grits of the SunGold soft back sandpaper we have always used in the shop:

The most amazing 3M tape for chasing those curves:

The knife I used for trimming the tape:

Find your Torque Thrust wheels on Amazon:

Kaizen Foam:×4-30/30mm-2×4-kaizen-foam-sheets Paints Used for Project:

Primer Used:

Paint – Custom color made to match

Top Coat:

Check out this miter saw mobile bench made for the Milwaukee PackOut System!

Mobile work stations were the backbone of my business when I owned a millwork installation company. The Milwaukee Packout did not exist at that time, so most of our setups were custom, and towards the end we used primarily DeWalt Tstak Systems. There is always a project going on around the shop, so we figured it would be a great time to build a new mobile setup, utilizing many of our product lines!

I would like to thank Milwaukee tools and Acme Tools for supplying the cordless saw for this project. Here is the link to the Miter Saw at Acme Tools:

If you are interested in a pre-cut bench similar to this, please go to the following link and enter your email address. Also, signing up for an account (no purchase necessary) will also keep you up to date on product updates and releases.…

Milwaukee Packouts available here:

Kaizen Foam Inserts available here:


Holstery Products:…

FastCap Products:…

Tacoma/Packout mounting accessories:…

Be sure to leave a comment about what you would like to see available, and any ideas you might have for this custom lineup of mobile bench gear!

Video by Bryce Way

Awesome way to secure your PackOuts in your Tacoma!

The Taco Mount for the 3rd gen Toyota Tacoma(2016-currect) is part of the Kaizen KNEX line of products. The TACO-MOUNT-DSR allows you to easily link your Milwaukee Packout boxes to the backside of your rear Tacoma seat, without interference of the seat latching in the upright position. See product here:… Full video with installation instructions: MORE MOUNTS AND ACCESSORIES COMING SOON!

Spring is here! What’s next on your honey-do-list?

We built this late spring in 2020, and I am happy to say, we do actually use it regularly! (Weather permitting…)

Construction notes : – Our posts are 12’2″ apart (but really should be 13′, your hammock will stretch over time) Most Hammocks come with recommended hook dimensions. The hanging hooks are 60″ off the ground – 8′ to the bottom of the 2×12 support beam – top cross pieces are set at 16″ on center – top cross pieces measure 48″ across at the longest point – 6×6 posts are set in ground, each with 2 bags of quickset.

– Approx build time is 10 hours for 2 people:

Material List: Hammocks that will work: (Seems as though they are hard to find at this time…)

SHADE SAIL: (We did only pay $35.00 at the time….)

hardware to hang shade sail:

Simpson Strong-Tie Accessories: $126.44 app cost View the family of Accessories here: 4 – Model # APDJT2-6 large post brackets – $7.56 each 3 – Model # STN22-R8 packs of hex heads – $12.64 each 22 – Model # APA21 small angles – $1.54 each 1 – Model # SDWS22312DBB-R50 screw pack – $24.40

Pressure treated Material: $307 app cost Find current Home Depot pricing here: (You will always find better quality material at your local lumber yard) 2 – 6x6x12 – $46.00 each 1 – 6x6x8 – $31.00 2 – 2x12x16 – $32.00 each 6 – 2x12x8 – $20.00 each 1 gallon of

Stain finish – not necessary (figure $50)

The “TailLock”

This locking system is something I created out of necessity for my box truck. After owning many trucks and fighting thefts and break-ins, I decided I needed a fast, easy locking system for my box truck. Because there was nothing on the market like it, I decided to build it as a universal product that can be adapted to many different types of trucks. Paul Akers of Fastcap had seen my new system on the truck during a video shoot of the American Innovator. From that point on, his company has been manufacturing the TailLock for me in WA, USA.

I developed the product, and If my recollection serves me correctly, and the name was brainstormed over breakfast with by good friend Lui Nobrega, who is currently the webmaster of Lui also designed the Logo.

The TailLock is available for purchase at dealers all over the world, and of course on my website, CLICK HERE. For questions on the system, reach out to