A High Bolt-age Ride in the Fastener Lane With Bob Florine
EPISODE FIFTEEN. BOB FLORINE OF ARP TALKS FASTENER ENGINEERING AND SALES MASTERY.
The Gearheads host the very gracious and incredibly fun Bob Florine of ARP. We talk careers, the value of learning a business from the ground-up, working as a traveling salesman and engineering. To say that there is a TON of value in this episode would be an understatement. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the in’s and out’s of fastener engineering and how to work your way to the top, then this is your episode. Suffice to say, Bob is the guy you want riding shotgun the next time you run to the hardware store to match up those bolts for your Kruupenschornen IKEA chair.
If you ignore the incredible free class on fastener engineering, the amazing advice on moving through the ranks of company and even the great example of how to treat others, please take this away from the episode:
Bob is a guy who is excited about, and clearly loves his job. The same one he has held for over forty years. Consider that for a moment. This episode hands you the secret to a happy life and career. Boom.
The guys dive deep into the why’s and how’s of bolts, and then get carried away talking about Bob’s project cars, and a little Round Six connection to one via our own Brad.
THINGS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
- The value of starting out on the ground floor
- How a quality product and diverse line can put a company far ahead in all aspects
- A brief history of incredible sustained growth
- Competition in the marketplace
- Quality and engineering
- From go-karts to space
– Everything from food lines to oil rigs to aerospace
– Much of ARP’s work comes from racers having day jobs and suggesting the product to their employers
- Dealing with counterfeit parts in the marketplace
- The incredible advances in race technology
- Brian launches “Team Pushbroom,” the only F1 race team that exclusively uses counterfeit parts
- Smokey Yunick
- John Paul Stapp and the rocket sled
- The wealth of engineering information available in just the first twenty pages of the ARP catalog
- Threads are the weakest link in a fastener
- Torque wrench versus stretch gauge
– Torque is variable, stretch is empirical
– Elastic versus plastic
- How fasteners are essentially springs
- Designing fasteners for turbocharged applications
- Exploring the re-use of “torque-to-yield” fasteners
- Explaining thread diameter
– Rolling/extruding thread
- Hot-heading versus cold-heading
– Sponsorship versus paid placement
– The value of personal relationships over sales dollars
- Moving to California on his own at seventeen
- Starting in sales
- Bob’s first hot rod, a cafe racer-style Honda
- A ’68 Satellite with a 383
- The $1500 4-speed ’69 Road Runner
- The Red ’70 Camaro
- The ’57 Ranch wagon
- Pete Chapouris and Brad’s tribute on the tailgate
- The forthcoming ’67 C-10 project
- On patina
– Alex invents “Simu-Rust”
Listen to/watch this episode on YouTube! Be sure like, comment and subscribe to our channel, please!
EPISODE FIFTEEN. BOB FLORINE OF ARP TALKS FASTENER ENGINEERING AND SALES MASTERY. The Gearheads host the very gracious and incredibly fun Bob Florine of ARP. We talk careers, the value of learning a business from the ground-up, working as a traveling salesman and engineering.