I finally got my name on the registration, and a temporary op. permit that lasts until the end of the year! I win! Finally! And I only had to go to the Novato DMV once (where they actually know how to do their jobs!)
We are all primered and ready to get a-painting.
I purchased a black hard-rubber restorative for the wheel-well covers and bumpers and guards (and other whatnot that is rubber and black) so everything will look nice once we put it all back together again. [not like humpty-dumpty]
as always, things are continuing-- slowly but surely.