I pled my case to Steve and he told me he wanted to see some pictures of the car. I emailed them to him, and after he looked at the mess, he agreed to do the work. Thank God! So, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2003, I borrowed my friend's truck and trailer and schlepped it the 5½ hours up to Baker's. Unloading it was fun, the car came off the trailer easily, but when the guy's asked where the rest of the car was, you should have seen their expression when I opened up the back of the truck!
Steve and his masters started to put the puzzle together. I left him some disposable cameras and he would periodically send them to me (with a bill) to show me the progress. Little by little, I could see the car coming together. A fellow Lincoln & Continental Owner's Club member who lives near me took his Lincoln up there just before the Ford Centennial in May 2003. He saw the car and snapped a few shots for me. (Thanks Bill!) Other LCOC members who stopped there left posts on the website letting me know of the progress.
Steve would call me about once or twice a month to discuss how I wanted certain things done on the car. I wanted the best of both worlds; I wanted a 100-point car that I could drive everyday. We discussed how I could get the best of both worlds and he continued to work on the car.
Finally in late August 2003, I got the call.