I'd like to give Stan's post ten likes. Steve Lawing doesn't deserve to be in this conversation at all. He is an abject bag of scum. How he is still above ground I'll never know.
I've never been a fan of John Steal(oops I spelled it wrong). IMHO he's Steve Lawing lite. I personally saw the questionable quality of his build(s) in person, and all the fixes that were required to get it road safe. There were more required if it were mine, but it wasn't.
I hope you two(4banger and Max) get some answers and/or some money.
Phil is right on the 3 choices though. That's where I'd buy new.