That's great news, Tom!
When I went for my replica inspection here in Mass. everyone on my Hot Rod side hoped that I wouldn't get "Sgt. Burns" as he was a real PITA on inspections.
Turned out I got him and he was very brusk at first ("just give me your paper work and I'll figure it all out in my office") but after it was all over and I had satisfied everything he asked for, he turned out to be a nice guy - even a muscle car motorhead!
These guys have to deal with a lot of salvage cars, many of questionable repair quality, that they have to inspect and certify as OK and put up with a lot of flak from the "mechanics" bringing some of them in, so I can see where they might be a little critical.
Now that you're rolling, we'll have to find an event somewhere near us for the NE group to show up at and check out your new ride!
Congratulations and happy Father's Day!!