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Asomewhatautomotive podcast for gearheads—and friends—who want more from life.We're not entirely sure what we're doing, but one thing's for sure:If we don't take charge of our lives and move with initiative, we're just going to end up somewhere.The Gearhead Project is an ongoing series of conversations with interesting gearheads—and friends—who have done interesting things or are figuring it out.. Maybe they've started their own businesses. Maybe they've given up and quit. Maybe they just ha ...
 
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Keep it simple. Everybody’s talking about new year’s resolutions and I’m just over here thinking, “I wish I could get my shit together a little bit better EVERY day.” Meet Ken Theis, gearhead like us, but also a seeker of work-life parallel he is. Ken and I first connected in earnest back in the spring of 2017. I’d bought my first mountain bike, sh…
 
Cinderella story. We always see the best. Nobody’s sharing their shitty failures online. We’re not looking at Facebook and Instagram to see all the boring, mundane tedium of our friends’ lives. We’re seeing their new cars, their exotic vacations, their $1,000 steak dinners. And we often walk away feel like we’re missing out as a result. They say we…
 
The first two-time guest on the podcast! Driving into an unknown future. He did something crazy, something nobody in their right mind would do—he spent days driving a small car across Japan on B-roads. Wait. That doesn’t sound crazy at all. But when you think about it through the lens of leaving a horrible job in a still largely new-to-you country …
 
TGP S01E29 | Glenn Wallace Went All-In How many engines have you built this year? As of November 19th, Glenn Wallace had built 155. Let me put that another way. 46 weeks into the year, that’s more than three a week. If you divide 155 engines by the 322 total days already passed the night we had our call, that’s a new engine every other day. And get…
 
Eric’s one of the small handful of people I consulted with prior to making this podcast the replacement for Gearbox Magazine. He’s a fellow Montero owner. He backs up his technical positions with facts, hard data, and—get this, math. He recently asked me if I’d ever noticed my projects get done faster when I don’t tell anyone about them. Considerin…
 
You don’t have to be a gearhead to be a gearhead project. Anthony isn’t. And the more I think about his path—even though we hadn’t spoken in nearly 10 years—the more I see he’s doing the exact same thing I am. The same thing we’re ALL doing. Chasing our dreams of doing stuff that matters. He’s a self-taught software engineer who shares his path fro…
 
Berry Lowman is a gearhead like us. I met Berry on Twitter almost 10 years ago, but we didn’t get a chance to really talk until we recorded this episode of The Gearhead Project. He does open road racing in a Corvette. He drives the latest Ford press vehicles. He doesn’t get into religion or politics online. And he help organized Motorama LIVE, a we…
 
David Lovett has some very interesting cars. If you don’t already know David Lovett, and I tell you he lives a mile from his nearest neighbor, deep in the heart of Texas; so far out in the boonies he still has to budget his bandwidth because it takes all night to download a single gigabyte on his “high speed internet” service. What’s your brain tel…
 
OMG. I am SO over it. ? In the month leading up to Gearbox Magazine's 9th anniversary, I realized I no longer cared about all the magazine-related stuff. I took a month off—and nobody noticed. I like to chalk it up to Facebook being the Walmart of the Web, simultaneously eroding attention spans and reversing nearly 20 years of the Internet effectiv…
 
Sometimes you just gotta start over. It's easy to discover something new and exciting, go all-in, and have a number of very meaningful experiences—to the point where you it starts feeling like a calling. But it's also easy to get burned out, lose interest, and find yourself struggling with sunk cost fallacy—you don't want have wasted all that time.…
 
Sometimes you end up in business for yourself purely by luck. That’s how it happened to Justin Mohney. And it all started with a Christmas present back in 2009. Tired of crusty brackets and whatnot under the hood of his first gen DSM, Justin asked his parents for Eastwood powder coating kit for Christmas. They put in a good word to Santa, who deliv…
 
Dan drives a Montero. Dan lives on a sailboat. I drive a Montero and want to live on a sailboat. When I discovered this fact about Dan, I got his number and called him up. He gave me some good advice. Suffice to say, while living aboard a sailboat makes for some of the most affordable housing in Berkley, it’s like living aboard a project vehicle. T…
 
They say the best things in life are free. But you’ve got to invest in the skills and experiences that prepare you for the best things in life. Elise Bent and Mercedes Lilienthal are doing just that. They are Team Free Range Dames—and they’re working their asses off to get to the Rebelle Rally in October What’s the Rebelle Rally, you ask? It’s the …
 
Get this. There’s an old saying about starting a business—find a problem and solve it. Josh Bent bought a fancy awning for his truck, only to learn they don’t sell mounting brackets because people install those awnings on all kinds of vehicles all over the world. It’s not a cost effective thing for an awning manufacturer to do. So what do owners do…
 
Everyday, we see gearheads like us living the good life. They have the toys, the trips, the titles. They make it look effortless. It’s like they have perfect lives. But we don’t see the dedication. The sacrifice. The sweat equity behind those carefully curated images. Today on TGP, a conversation with my old friend, Kris Marciniak. Kris had been a …
 
SAVE THE FORUMS! Once upon a time, there were places gearheads like us could go online to find other gearheads, learn to maintain, modify, and fix our own vehicles—and make lasting friendships that border on family. These places were called “forums”, and they were the original social media. Sadly, Facebook has all but killed the forum. Our collecti…
 
We gearheads are a special lot. We know what we want—and we’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and sacrifice a few 10mm sockets and wrenches to get it. We take things apart. We figure out how they work. We put them back together—better than ever. Some are content to remain consumers, buying go-fast bits and playing cars. Others take things a bit …
 
Ever notice how easy it can be to talk to some gearheads? You meet someone new and, after the usual chit-chat around common ground, discover they come from a completely different background from you. Most of us would agree (the cool kids, anyway) that, while the machines bring us together, it’s the people who keep us coming back. I met Wade Stoddar…
 
Acura’s 500,000-mile legend talks about making the miles count. I met Tyson at a Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) meeting back in April. It was the first of hopefully many engagement with the local motoring press. Sitting down next to Tyson in the small conference room, after getting my name, he asked the only question a true gearhead wo…
 
Based out of Oklahoma, Darren and the DTR family have been showing up to events around the country for over a decade. When I first interviewed Darren, way back in 2009, he was a full-time heavy diesel mechanic with an 8-second, automatic 1G DSM and a couple Import Face Off national titles under his belt. When I caught up with him again three years …
 
I struggled with writing this intro. What should I say about Chazz Layne? This guy has inspired me since 2012. When we first met, he was an editor at Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. He also had his own web and graphic design business, The Layne Studio. I’ve been carrying a Fisher Space Pen Bullet, Streamlight Nano, and Ken Onion Leek pocket…
 
This one is special. When I joined my first car forum as a know-nothing no0b—back in 2001—Jeff Lichtfuss was already a moderator. Everyone on 2GNT remembers his red, first gen Talon. And how he was often spotted incahoots with Matt Prim, who had a silver one. About the time I was meeting my eventual wife, about 12 years ago or so, Jeff packed up an…
 
Recorded live, on location, at Humming Aero world headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, while the kids were asleep, this is the Gearhead Project. Why do some gearheads like us start side hustling? How do those side hustles evolve over time? And what has your documented body of gearhead work done for you lately? These are some of the things we’re talkin…
 
What if I told you one of the most helpful people in the North American Montero/Pajero community for the last decade doesn’t know as much as you think he does? What if he was just so consistently good at helping others find what they need you just assumed he knew everything and didn’t realize it? This is the story—the JDM Journeys, if you will—of P…
 
Why is there time and money to do it over, but not to do it right the first time? In this episode, I sit down with Michael Rodarte, who the old school DSM and GVR4 owners in the audience might know as “boostedinaz”. Michael’s always been meticulous in the ways he’s modified his vehicles, but he’s followed a similar path in the ways he’s modified hi…
 
This one’s basically a campfire conversation—without the campfire. If you missed it, here’s a link to our original conversation back in 2016: Adventurist Life (American Adventurist) Today we explore adventure itself; getting away from it all—think: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What’s the call of the wild all about? What possesses so…
 
How do you describe one of the most exciting conversations you’ve ever had? I drove up to Flagstaff, Arizona, to sit across a giant break room table from Arron “Tatanka” Stump, founder of 316 Motorworks and talk about how he got started. Oh, he told me, alright. Wow. If you want to know what the next level looks like, this is it, my friend. The Gea…
 
Stick with a project long enough and you’ll run out of aftermarket support. That’s kind of what happened to Scott Glassbrook. A long, long time ago, he got tired of running 11-second ETs in a DSM making 10-second jam. In a friend’s garage far, far away, he cut the rear subframe out of his first generation Eagle Talon TSi AWD and began building a na…
 
Two things I took away from Episode 2: The M in M3 stands for Magic. The big question is “Do you?” We’ve been hearing how great the BMW M3 is for, what, 40 years now? BMW says it. Magazines say it. Owners say it. And yet, most of us will never own one, let alone drive one. My long-time friend Greg Wallace used to race sport bikes. And then he start…
 
If you like R/C or scale model cars, you’re going to love this episode. If you want to work in the automotive industry (beyond sales or service), you will too. If you’re an adventurist with a thirst for experience over stuff, boy howdy. We’re on fire. Today on The Gearhead Project, Andy Lilienthal talks about how he ended up working for Warn Indust…
 
Why do some gearheads start businesses? How do they get started? What does it take to succeed? Most of us know a gearhead who went into business for him or herself. We see how they set their own hours, call their own shots, and do their own things—and we want that kind of freedom for ourselves. What we don’t see, however, is the opportunity cost, t…
 
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