Welcome to Altec Products, Inc.
The Altec Beginnings and storyAltec was started in a Twin Cities garage in 1977 by two friends who were motorcycle racing and sports car enthusiast, Paul Plahn and Bud Stahel. They had been looking for a way to channel their passion for cars into building a hobby business that would support their ever-growing collection of motor toys. Paul, a design mechanical engineer, and Bud, an accomplished industrial designer, were a complementary fit as partners for the task of designing producing novel products. They started out working weekends and evenings while maintaining their full-time corporate jobs, and later recruited a couple of after-work technicians to help out.
First ProductAltec’s first product was headlight lenses for the Datsun 240–260 Z sports car. They created custom vacuum forming equipment and tooling for the molding process and initially sourced the vacuum from the intake manifold of a 289 Ford V-8 engine. This worked out quite well!
Strong sales financed the procurement of injection molding dies for the following 280 ZX model, and additional Z accessories were created. The renewed interest in the original Z lines has kept these two products alive for over 44 years!