My story hasn't changed. All documented. To repeat...
* Contract called for turn-key car, registered by JPS and delivered Sept, 2017.
*John set the contract date. We questioned it several times. He assured us. As with any contract, whatever date that's set, once breached, it's breached. If no new contract, no new date.
*Almost all intermediate deadlines were never reached in time to have car finished. But promises and assurances were always made.
*Matters got more " heated" as due date passed.
*John then casually informed us he used a salvage chassis and title. May not matter to some but my state, it's bad news.
*John then informed us he was installing a JDM motor. We didn't order a JDM. I'll let others read about this. Bad news for us if he didn't follow protocol. I sent him protocol. Again JPS had to register car per contract.
*We also ordered a DOHC motor (not standard build). John verified he was installing a SOHC. We started inquiring about his building techniques. Like a chassis welding table and other proper car building matters. We got real nervous.
*Promise after promise made over months without following through on any. We finally had enough as there was not apparent end in sight.
*Asked for full refund by EOY, 2017. That passed and John started getting more unreasonable.
*2018, John said he had a buyer. Told John I didn't care how he raised the money. John said 1/3 money would be sent with 2/3 at EOM. Like all the rest of his BS, Didn't happen.
*Much later John sent $10k but not the rest (excess of $20k). Wouldn't respond about rest. Sent me back parts I had sent. Dirty and damaged. Added to the bill.
*No money, no car, no communication what John Steele plans to do. No response directly by old or new company or on this forum. People here have already asked for that.
*I remind him weekly. He doesn't answer emails or calls. Says we are not welcome on his property and his lawyer can't meet due to conflict of interest. BS. At least we don't have to hear a bunch of promises he won't keep.
JPS Motorsports, Inc (State Att. Gen records) is inactive. Records show codes for why it closed.
No record of JPS Motorsports business or license with county, city or DMV we can see. Maybe John can clarify how his business is operating. I know authorities have visited.
So what does that say about any existing contracts?
JPS Classics, LLC opened. John found a partner. (Eek). Registered address is San Marcos not N. Hollywood. They are using JPS Motorsports name and Vanowen address when convenient. No excuse for that. Not even a one-man shop excuse. Business is business.
And there's much, much more I can't mention. I think that's enough to draw some conclusions about businesses and the risks.
Max is satisfied after talking with John. All I can say is, If his contract (with JPS Motorsports?) due date has passed, he should consider his options carefully now.
Oh...and I am still not going away. Note to John Steele (and/or pard-ner). I left phone message yesterday. We want our money. I also emailed prior that I want it by EOD today (04-11-18). I'm not convinced there is anything but unfinished contracts, debt, and empty promises to be a good boy.