Ditto on a good tip for good and timely service !
and you are actually lucky to find someone that would work over - MANY won't !
My choice too to pay others -
I do other things well, so I pay people to do the things I don't want to do
fyi, I absolutely LOVED the three Excursions I had, but with the latest being an 05 with MANY miles on it, we opted for a new crew cab Superduty and haven't looked back...
We didn't NEED the space in the Ex, we just liked it, but you, on the other hand, NEED one
good luck and hope it works out !