This is going to be long, but please hang in there to avoid mistakes I've made.
Late in January I bought phranquelynn's cage out of his wrecked Spec. Miata. He had the cage removed by Wayne and it was residing at Wayne's shop. I contacted Wayne about transplanting it into my Miata.
Wayne made a lot of noise about the transplanted cage not being SCCA legal since it had to be cut in two to transplant into my Miata. I made some inquiries with the WDCR-SCCA Time Trials staff and was told that sleeveing the cuts would be A-OK for Time Trials. I informed Wayne of this judgement and he accepted the work.
Smash-cut to six months later. After dozens of calls and dozens of excuses, I was told by Wayne that today, 8/3, he only had one more back leg to weld in and he "saw no reason why" I couldn't pick it up today. He said that he'd call between 1 and 2 today.
2 came and went and I decided to head down to the shop since I'd rented a U-Haul car trailer for the pickup.
I arrived about 3:45 to find the shop closed. Front door was dead-bolted and repeated knocks yielded nothing. I walked around to the side door and knocked several times again. After no answer, I peeked in and found this:
I've circled in the picture the top tube of the roll-bar. I'm 99% sure it's about 4" low, which is consistent with the cut-out bar just sitting on the floor. I can't see any back support tubes either.
This has led me to the conclusion that I've been lied to for the past six months. I've been given excuses of three welder failures, including a unit catching on fire, a flash fire in the car while he was welding that scorched his corneas, taking him out of the game for a month or more. Yesterday he mentioned that an impact socket exploded and hit him in the forehead. I've also been given status updates along the way such as, "I've completed the new mounting boxes." and, "It's all tacked together, I just need to complete all the welds."
I'm beyond angry. In hindsight, his protests to the SCCA legality were likely a veiled "I don't want this job" protests, but he could have just told me. At any time along the way he could have bailed. Instead he chose to lead me on. I've missed three Time Trial events, and likely a fourth. I'm possibly out $500 for a cage I purchased, but will cost more to have someone else install than to just buy a new bolt-in cage. (phranquelynn, no animosity here. You did the sale in good-faith.)
I'm going to confront him on Monday if he answers the phone. I've had a couple of offers to accompany me down to retrieve the car. I'm hoping to get it home in the next week.
Please do not give this man any more business. He's been a 'friend' to the club in the past, but this is beyond excusable.
Live free or move to MD.