Hello everyone!!! I'm new here on the forums, but no stranger to the car building world. I came to this forum because of my intrest on the ZX3, needing something new to build, since I had to sell off everything when my kids was born. I've been in several forums in the past, during some of my builds and found out quickly, just how helpful forums are. I'm not Chip Foose or even trying to claim a pro builder. I have 17yrs as a mechanic experience and was turboing and drifting back in the late eighties, lol, before it was even cool. I had one of the first DSM's, the Shelby turbocharger, even though the DSM guy's now a days won't claim it as a true DSM. I've seen alot of things and done alot of things, and I've been on this forums trying to cram like a med student before finals. I read that Tom is closing shop (which I hope isn't true) and I think to myself, not again. I've seen this many times in the past and is has more to do with us builders than one might think. I've heard only great things about Toms work and research. His quality and craftmanship has not been surpassed by anything out on the market, more than likely it never will. The blood, sweat, and tears, not to mention the hours he has put in to bring us these quality parts, but yet many poeple think that he's overpriced. Not!!! As a car builder, the quality of the parts make the build and when a machinist/ speedshop specializes on a particular car, a lot of research and quality goes with that. I've heard poeple say that his kits are too high and you can get the same power elsewhere for a cheaper price, but what are you really getting? You see some big companies that rather depends on quanity as to quality, does just enough research to market a product. The young and dumb flock in to grab the product by looking at the price, other than how long it might last, or the quality of the product. It's a shame, later you see that same product fill up the classified sections of the forums, or how it broke just a couple years down the road and now they're out thousands of dollars. When they could've spent alittle more, been a little bit more patient and took time to do it right from the begining. Have you ever seen a great build in one of the car magazines that have stated, "and thanks to such and such speedshop or machinist for dedicating all the time and hard work to make this build possible". The build is great because of this quality and craftmanship, or it would read, " I built it cheaper, thanks Ebay!" or "Instead of spending timeless hours building, we decided just to bolt on this on a factory engine!" Yeah get real! What makes a build great, is the great people you have like Tom, that takes no shortcuts to make a buck. Will stand behind anything he builds, or will go out of his way help one of his costumers. If he does close his shop down, it would be the greatest loss of the focus, and the forums. Building cars is a craft, to do it right takes money, skill, and pateints! Makes your car really out shine the ones that run out and buys the cheapest bolt ons. The old saying, "you get what you pay for!" comes to mind. We need to support the ones that support us, hopefully we can keep him around longer, its a win win situation! I personally think Tom should claim the title "GODFATHER" OF THE FI FOCUS, and I hope he's still around when I'm building my focus!!