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About rogerkeith

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  1. Nothing to report I'm afraid. Everything has gone silent and the informant no longer responds to my emails. Just some bum stringing us along.
  2. I have heard rumors and I MEAN rumours that the Zeintop moulds have been located and production of the tops has commenced. I am trying to verify the information and will post again once I have something positive.
  3. I really don't think there is any comparison between the Zeintop and the OEM part from Porsche. If you are just looking for basic protection from the weather, then perhaps the OEM is the way to go. If you are looking for style and almost a complete transformation of the look of your car, then the Zeintop certainly delivers. It is all a matter of taste. Production costs of anything in fibreglass are generally high in view of the vast amount of manual labour involved. It is very much a question of efficiencies and good business practices. In the case of Zeintec, there is little doubt these two
  4. Do not confuse Christoph Zeinecker with Andreas Zeinecke. The latter actually INVENTED the hard top design and has NOTHING TO DO with Zeintec. The two parties are members of the same family and that is a far as it goes! Andreas has his own business, "Z-Art" and currently works from Switzerland. He is to relocate and set up in Canada with a business partner. He MAY decide to manufacture the Boxster tops later on in conjunction with all his other quality products but this will be a completely separate to the Zeintec exercise. Andreas has run a successful and reliable business for many years an
  5. To the best of my knowledge, the Spin Lock Insert procedure is identical on both the 986 and 987. You do NOT have to remove the soft top but it IS a difficult and time consuming exercise which can be quite frustrating! I am assuming you do have the Porsche part inserts and the securing bolts that go with them. These are essential. If you could post a photo of the insert wells which should be covered with a plastic "mushroom" shaped plug, I will have a better idea of the task at hand. We can move from there.
  6. Just a word to the wise! Before you launch into painting the top, have a GOOD look at the left hand side of the HATCH. Run your hand down the left and centre from below the rear window to the bottom. You MAY be able to feel some "highs and lows" here. A good spray painter or panel beater will certainly pick it up IF there are some ripples/waves in this area. If there are, make absolutely sure you have them flattened out BEFORE you paint because the imperfections become quite pronounced once painted. There were some quality control issues with the more recent tops which were not picked up u
  7. What is the problem with the fitting? Perhaps I can help you. I fitted one earlier this year (probably the LAST one shipped to a customer) and I didn't have too many problems at all.
  8. Unfortunately, a top for a 987 will NOT fit a 986, so please don't even try.
  9. I very much doubt Christoph Zeinecker will be contactable by anyone other than his bankers, company liquidator and lawyers! He has recently been telling acquaintances that he has lost everything, including his house. He and the company owe money everywhere and Christoph has also signed personal guarantees for loans made to the company. A personal liability figure of 200,000 Rand has been mentioned. There is every likelihood this figure is understated! I hope he has the foresight to tell us the name of the company liquidator when he next (as promised) posts information on the Zeintec website.
  10. Christoph Zeinecker, the sole director of Zeintec, has posted a message on the Zeintec Website. If you click on "products" you will see that he is trying to sell his own Porsche. The car is financed and I don't think any of the sale proceeds will come our way!
  11. Right. 50 tops a year at $5K apiece is not a tremendous amount of money for a small business. You'd have to sell a few thousand of them at $2500 apiece to probably make a significant dent. In terms of selling them, that is what a good retailer does - instill trust into the relationship. People like to order from a good, reliable retailer because the experience is repeatable with no headaches and problems most of the time. We deal with 250+ vendors, some multi-million dollar companies, but also many who are little guys who have created some neat products in their garage. There really are no iss
  12. Once a liquidator had been appointed and he assesses just what the company owes and owns, he will probably hold an auction for all items which are to be sold. The moulds and plugs are probably the most valuable assets. However, to transport them would be a very risky exercise as any breakages or cracks would render them useless. To have them crated and sent half way around the world would be a very courageous undertaking! The manufacture of tops from these moulds is highly specialised work and it is 99% manual labour. I feel sure that is why Christoph Zeinecker, the director, left Germany and
  13. Zeintec is to go into voluntary liquidation according to an undertaking made in April by the Director, Christoph Zeinecker. The company has little or no assets and owes money to many creditors both secured and unsecured. I am afraid we have no reason to think we will ever recover the money we paid to the company for Zeintops and other products. For more information please contact me on boxstatops@adam.com.au
  14. I'm afraid there IS no other supplier. The tops were made exclusively by Zeintec in South Africa. If you are one of the many who have paid for tops and not received them, please contact me on boxstatops@adam.com.au if you haven't already done so. I am the Australasian distributor and I have legal action underway to attempt recovery of money.
  15. You really do surprise me with that one as all emails directly to the company were being returned as "Undeliverable..unroutable"as early as April 15. However, it is a mystery as to what happens to emails sent via the Website as I have sent quite a number. If YOU were one of those who ordered and paid for any product or you know someone who did, please get in touch with me at boxstatops@adam.com.au giving me the details. The same goes for ANYBODY out there in a similar position. If you paid by credit card you may have a chance. I can tell you that I have reports that there ARE people at t
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