This is a very hot topic througout the forum as well as on Facebook and other sites.
As most everyone knows by now I am the current owner of the FieroX BrandX 3800 swap mount business. I have been PM'd by several people on the status of my mounts and have answered most everyone I think with the status or at least with the hope of mounts being made soon.
So, a little history of what has transpired since purchasing the operation in December of last year.
I bought the business/operation in December last year and with a lot of hope and energy was excited to offer these mounts to the Fiero community again. Unfortunately, things would not go as smooth as both Ryan and myself would have hoped.
Since purchasing the business we have run into numerous problems with the original fabricator of these mounts.
Initially the fabricator promised to continue making the mounts and would help to get the first run out in January of this year. Well, as those who pre-ordered know, that promise was broken and the production didn’t happen. The one person the fabrication shop had who knew where all the jigs were located and how they went together to produce the mounts wound up becoming extremely ill to the point he still has not been back to work up to this day.
So, figuring the fabricator was a reliable shop and owner I continued to request that he make the mounts as promised. He finally said,“I am not interested in making these anymore, I am losing money with these and I have changed my plasma table and cutter and don‘t have the time to reprogram my cutter for these items. I will help you find another fabricator, locally and see what he can do to help you." Well, of course, he didn't really do anything on this front either and I was stuck with no one to make the mounts.
At that time I decided it was best to return all the money that people had prepayed for their mounts. I had one customer in Canada who let me hold on to his money through July 1st but I was a little late getting that back to him due to my misunderstanding of when it was supposed to be sent. So to date, all members were refunded full amounts. No money was retained by myself.
Now after several months of both Ryan and myself trying to get these jigs and several cut pieces from the fabricator we have run into a dead-end. Basically, the fabricator is asking us to pay an excessive price for jigs that are basically scrap metal for him yet we need them to continue my business.
So I am opening the following suggestion to those who are looking for mounts and are ready to get a reliable, steady source for your mounts operating.
Ryan suggested to me via several people in the PFF Facebook community to open a kickstart account. If I were to receive the support of the community and decide to go this route the account would be opened to complete the following tasks:
- 1. Collect money to purchase all of the jigs and pre-cut parts from the current fabricator holding these items hostage.
- 2. Have the new fabricator produce the first batch of 20 – 30 complete sets of mounts.
- 3. Have the new fabricator design and fabricate the much wanted and needed F40 mount, complete low-mount alternator bracket and the throttle cable connector.
My new fabricator does all the cutting with water-jet instead of a plasma cutter as previously done. He says this provides a cleaner cut and a much better finished piece in the end. I'm not sure if water-jet cutting is faster or cheaper but I will learn soon. All welding will be done with the highest quality. I forgot the method but I will edit this once I call hime to verify how they will be welded. All items will be powder-coated from this point forward instead of painted. The base color will be black.
I would like to set up donation awards similar to other kickstart pages but as this is my first attempt at this I need ideas of what I can send people as thanks for their donations to finish this project and making the mounts available to the community once again.
One item I would like to give away to donators is a custom t-shirt with the FieroX and BrandX name on it. But I need some help designing these so any of you creative photoshop and design wizards out there please throw some ideas my way for something cool and exciting to print on a t-shirt.
So, in an oversized nutshell, this is where I am at with the BrandX 3800 mounts.
Lastly, let me be clear on this point. This was a problem that neither Ryan or myself anticipated that we would run into since the fabricator verbally said he would continue making the mounts. In the end we should have gotten some written guarantees from the fabricator on how many sets or how long he would continue to make them under the new ownership. But that’s in the past and it’s time to move forward.
Any and all positive suggestions are appreciated. For those that wish to say "I told you so" or state anything negative let's keep it out of this thread and please PM me with your comments. This thread is for creative, forward input.
Thanks in advance for everyone's input.