Kingpin Car & Marine Audio recently completed another successful class in its nationally acclaimed Kingpin University Training. This one was called Advanced Trunk Class # 301. Jason Kranitz, the owner of Kingpin, has been a believer in ongoing training since the beginning of his career more than 20 years ago. When he was looking for a larger facility to house his company awhile back, one of the considerations was finding a building that would let him start an ongoing training facility of his own. The thought process here is multi-fold:
- Give back to the industry he has called home for more than 20 years.
- Teach other retailers how to survive profitably in the custom world of mobile electronics.
- Grow the mobile electronics industry by encouraging and equipping other retailers.
Advanced Trunk Class
The Advanced Trunk 301 class focuses on the back end of a vehicle, commonly called the trunk or hatch area. That is where much of the custom fabrication happens in a mobile electronics build. The unfortunate thing about the mobile electronics industry is that many of the talented people in the industry have never been taught repeatability and longevity for their installations. They go at each vehicle as if it is going to be the only one they will ever do. The reality is that common processes that can be applied to every vehicle that, when used properly, allow the build to be done faster, look better and be more reliable.
Our team teaches the students several different fabrication techniques that can be applied to any trunk, to give them more flexibility when creating a design.
Metal Fabrication Techniques
We teach students how to properly build metal amp racks, including what raw materials to use, what tools they will need in their own shops and actual training on the tools. In the recent training, each student built his own metal amp rack as part of the training. Historically, wood has been the most common material used for an amp rack, but that is a poor choice in an automobile. Metal is not affected by moisture and is much stronger, resulting in a finished product that will last for years.
Layering panels is another thing we teach in the class. This technique creates a three-dimensional look for the trunk, giving it a much classier, more-finished look. When combined with the metal pressed grille technique we teach, this technique means students will be able to offer their clients trunk designs that have a cutting-edge look.
Selling And Estimating Custom Labor
Proper time and material estimation is also another area we teach in the class. When you combine this area along with our repeatability training, it means that our students learn how to build a trunk much faster than they ever thought possible, giving their clients a better-finished, more-reliable product in a timelier manner.
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