I went to a small independent restoration shop that was dirty and busy. I talked to the owner, Mando, who seemed like a good guy, even though he admitted he had never worked on an old Celica like mine. He was confident that he could do the work, but had to research parts. A couple of times during this process I did not hear from him for a few days, and he did not call when he said he would. The third time I gave up.

So I looked around and found a more established, but family owned, shop. They had worked on Toyotas for many years, so I took the car in on Friday.

Mando called me today, and I have not returned his call. I never promised the guy the work, but I feel bad. I think the T Bird is right up his alley, and I would like him to work on it.