Cutlass and 88.5,
All of the last several weeks has been spent on the logistics of setting up a factory so there is little to show on the car itself. I think we have it resolved but not without first learning all of the ways it does not want to be done. I got quotes from Fuelsafe and ATL for a bladder. After the quotes, I told them this is probably a mute point on a $2,700 bid, but asked them if they realized that I only wanted the bladder. They said yes. One of my drag race buddies quoted me quite a deal on a stainless one for $1,000, then the other stainless bids came at $1,700 and $2,300 from street rod tank specialists. Rotational molding is a good solution, the cost per tank is under $100, but the mold is $20,000. I could go on with other examples of how not to do it. Then my fiberglass guy says to make them out of chemical resistant fiberglass, the same thing that gas station tanks are made of.
Progress continues many long hours every day on this but not a lot can be seen on the actual car for several reasons. Most of the time spent lately is more administrative to go into production, rather than nuts and bolts. The decision has been made to take full advantage of the Low Volume Act and build 325 cars per year. Clients have been flying in here and I have sold seven more cars. I am glad to have them but that takes time too. In the middle of all that, my fiberglass shop manager committed suicide. He was not depressed, rather drunk and stupid. All of us are mad at him rather than sympathetic. The Pererbuilt people have graciously taken up the extra fiberglass work but I just got the first fiberglass fuel tank last Friday. I am also glad to know that I will be able to use their giant five axis CNC to cut the body plugs rather than my small three axis and have to Rubic's Cube the pieces together.
Shark Tank is still on but they have asked me not to comment about it.
I have hired a new Solidworks engineer and he starts this Thursday. I have a second one standing by and may hire him as well.
As soon as this tank (number 5) passes leak testing, I will have more on the chassis. In the meantime, I am told that we are 100-200 hours of 3D modeling away from cutting plugs. After a thousand hours already invested to convert an artist rendering for plugs, this process is still mind boggling to me.
P.S. There was also a little diversion. I now have accurate OEM splashed GT-40 molds if anyone is interested in that body style.
SHARK TANK. How far have you gotten with them. Theres a lot of back and forth applications, then an interview and its a pain in the butt. An old friend is a producer for that show. My ex wifes mother is going through the whole application process been 2 yrs now and and shes had some experience with these types of shows. She helpded her daughter get on hells kitchen and came in 2nd place and owns restaraunts in texas now. Cork and pig is the name. Sounds like your process is really moving along quick. Ill put in a word for you with Pat. I remember when shelby was doing the ssc aero and no one belived he could do it, the lambo power guys were being the cocksmokers they are over on that forum talking about him being a kit car builder, no one would buy a car and then he proved what he was saying the car would do and he went from no sales to somwhere around 27 cars overnight. Thats pretty good selling another 7 cars without even a prototype, So 8 cars , im in the wrong business time to build my iwn design. Ohbtw i ran into your oatent when i was looking up lambo patents about a month ago, i think you need to check on that last info said your patent was no longer valid. Maybe i read it wrong but sometbing about they didnt receive some paperwork. P]McCain uv
Colato, I cannot answer your questions about Shark Tank, I have been asked not to talk about it. I have sold a total of 15 cars now, without the first finished one but also without any sales solicitation. I wanted to finish the design and construction before any sales, but I am not turning down deposits for low serial numbers. I think you are referring to one of my Trademarks, I do not have any Patents. It was an intent to use filing and I made a mistake on the timing for the proof of use. It has been refiled and since nobody filed for it during the lapse, it will be good. The only down side is my having to pay the filing fee again. I also filed for some additional Trademarks yesterday, more about that later. Dale Van Blokland of Lambobuilder.com fame was here today, we had a great visit and lunch.
Mdwsn, I intend to sell kits and turnkeys. The body kit with all the glass will be $9,000, $1,000 deposit. The bare chassis kit with the four corners hung will be $9,000, $1,000 deposit. The base motor is a GM aluminum 383 with a 300,000 mile factory warranty, but the drivetrain is all mounted by motor plates so a dual turbocharged LS will bolt right in. The base finished car is $80,000, $10,000 deposit. Either way you would be Serial #0016.
Those engines were contracted at a minimum 420 horsepower and the first three came with dyno sheets of 450HP. That doesn't sound overly high but my target weight is 2,300lbs. That gives a power to weight ratio of 5 to 1. By comparison, a 650HP Z06 Corvette has a worse ratio of 5.5 to 1.