Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: St. Petersburg Florida
Well, let's say we spend $300,000 for a state of the art CNC machines capable of doing the entire machining protocol for the adapter. Not counting software costs, programming costs, billet costs, and actual production labor, how many of these adapters do I need to sell to "turn a profit"? More than I could ever possibly sell to Lotus owners.....
My point is that there have been a number of owner-initiated tool projects, some very sophisticated like Jim's and some very simple like my water pump seal tool. NONE of these are based on the idea of profit. The blood, sweat, and tears are dedicated to preserving the Esprit. Check out the extraordinary stuff Mr. Dangerus has done, including transmission fabrication. Astounding amount of work.
Nobody is in this for the money. Owning a Lotus is from an economic point of view totally irrational.