Ken and the newest member of his family: Part 2

In this series we are highlighting Ken Pastorius and his adventures through the manufacturing of his truck, the creation of the tie downs for his new truck and his experience with installing and using them. You can check out Part 1 here where Ken got to see his truck built at the GM Factory. In Part 2 of 3, we will focus on the production of Ken’s 2016 Torklift Talon Tie Downs.

Below are some awesome production photos of the Talon Tie Downs courtesy of Truck Camper Magazine along with the packaging of his FastGuns and Ken’s reaction toreceiving all of his goodies.

TCM 6Templates of the Talon Tie Downs that fit different kinds of trucks including Ford, Dodge RAM, Chevy and more

TCM 5Welding the tie down parts together, they’re still smoking hot

 

TCM 4Sandblasting the Talons to make them clean and prepare them for powder coating TCM 2Adding finishing touches to the Talon Tie Down stickers by adding the stickers to the ends

One of the things that is so grand about Ken and his story is that he is receiving the very first Talon Tie Downs made for 2016. Yes, I repeat: the very first Talon Tie Downs of 2016. They are also the first product of our 40th anniversary year and we couldn’t be any prouder of them.

IMG 2763Wrapping Ken's FastGuns with love IMG 2764The FastGuns are wrapped nice and tight 

“I'm very grateful to Torklift Manufacturing for providing these products and everything else you have done for us over the past several years. You've proved to be an amazing company with products that truly provide a great service for RV enthusiast.”
                  – Ken Pastorius

IMG 2767Boxing the FastGuns up with care

IMG 2769Each box of our FastGuns are hand wrapped and packaged 

In the photos above you see us packaging Ken’s white FastGun turnbuckles. They are the number one selling quick disconnect camper turnbuckle in the world and are 100% lockable and tool free, making them incredibly easy to use and safe from potential theft. Another great thing about our FastGun turnbuckles is that they are made from high impact powder-coat stainless steel making them more resistant to diminished quality when it comes to impact, moisture, light, chemicals and weather conditions.

At Torklift, we go through stringent checks to make sure that every part is made correctly and that what we are shipping out is of the highest quality. Once everything was thoroughly checked and packaged, it was time to send Ken the new toys for his truck… but with a funny twist.

image1Ken got his new Torklift gear!

image2Did he really order a box of hamsters?

 

 "I can't tell you how excited I was to come home and find my Torklift order sitting in the garage. Donna said I reminded her of a kid on Christmas morning. But upon closer inspection, I was a little concerned I may not have gotten the items I ordered and then we both laughed.”

No, Ken didn’t order large boxes of hamsters or dog bones or kidneys, but we are glad that Ken and his wife had a good chuckle about it.

Below is more information on the Talon Tie Downs that Ken received:

• Rust free corrosion protection for life
• Finishing Kit included
• Available for best-selling applications
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum
• Ultra-light weight
• Fast, no-drill installations
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden when not in use
• Best ride quality in the industry
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Make sure you stay tuned, part three of his adventures will be out soon which include feedback on his experience with the Torklift products.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the FastGuns and Talon Tie Downs or where to purchase them. 

 


 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Ken and the newest member of his family: Part 1

We here at Torklift International love our customers and like to share their latest news and achievements. In this series we would like to highlight Ken Pastorius and his adventures through the manufacturing of his truck, the creation of the tie downs for his new truck and his experience with installing and using them. In Part 1 of 3, we will focus on the production of Ken’s 2015 GMC Denali 3500 DRW.

GM Factory GMC Truck Assembly Factory in Flint, MI In Ken’s own words, “the opportunity we were given to visit the GM Flint Truck Assembly Plant and watch our truck get built was a very unique and once in a lifetime experience.” What started as an inquiry on RV.net asking about the compatibility between the Arctic Fox 1150 Truck Camper with the 2015 GMC Denali DRW turned into an invitation from General Motors to tour the plant where their truck was being assembled in Flint, Michigan.

Below are some of the photos that Ken took and shared with us while he and his wife were at the plant watching their ‘baby’ get assembled.

Bed of Truck Box of the truckFrame of Truck Cab of the truck

 Over 40 years ago, Ken used to work on an assembly line in a different truck manufacturing plant and noticed a night and day difference between then and now. When talking about the quality of people working on the GM assembly line, Ken stated “there is no more prying or banging on something to fit. No more having to lift a heavy part into position. It was more like a precision partnership between man and technology.”

 

 Duramax EngineEngine and transmissionAssembled Frame Assembled Frame

Engine and Frame Together Engine and Frame Together

Rear BumperRear bumper

Engine and frame together Engine and frame together Hood being added to the carHood being added to the car

“Tuesday, July 21st, we went someplace a little out of the ordinary to watch the birth of our new baby. The Flint Truck Assembly Plant in Flint, Michigan, where we watched our 2015 GMC Denali 3055 DRW come to life.” - Ken Pastorius

New Pastorius Truck New truck for the Pastorius Family!

Ken is not kidding when he said, “she may purr like a kitten but don't be fooled, she is a beast with the heart of a lion.” That isone beautiful truck that will be great for camping and adventuring! “Now, the only thing left to do, is to get her all accessorized in Torklift products and the two of them will be ready for their first adventure, together.”

2015 Denali with Arctic Fox 2015 Denali with Arctic Fox Two weeks later the new truck is safe at home and excitement is building! We are so thrilled to be working with Ken to outfit his new 2015 Denali with the first set of 2016 aluminum Talon Tie Downs and to see where Ken and his family will go on their latest adventures. Thank you so much Ken for sharing your story with all of us.

 

One of the things that is so awesome about Ken and his story is that he will be receiving the very first Talon Tie Downs made for a 2016 vehicle and the first product of our 40th anniversary. These tie downs are the first product of our anniversary year and we couldn’t be any prouder of them. Below is some more information on the Talon Tie Downs:

• Rust free corrosion protection for life
• Finishing Kit included
• Available for best-selling applications
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum
• Ultra-light weight
• Fast, no-drill installations
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden when not in use
• Best ride quality in the industry
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Make sure you stay tuned, parts two and three of his adventures will be out soon which include the production of his very special Talon Tie Downs. In the meantime, below is a video of Ken’s trip to GM and the production of his new Denali.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the Talon Tie Downs or questions about other Torklift International products.

 


 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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