Hey Dan, there is no found money here I'm working with little to no budget. I had my brother pick up the copy camera with two lenses for $60. He hasn't gotten my any precise detentions but he guessed the thing stands 4 foot tall 3 wide and 2 deep and weights in at close to 200lbs. All looking like a plus to me, except for the weight. I'll have to wait and see once I get it out here. As for adapting to a shutter I have a friend that works at a full service machine shop that is always willing to take craft beer in trade for machine time and a challenge.
Also I skimmed the article you shared and it looks like a lot of great info. I'll read it in full tonight. Thanks for passing it on!