I found out I am in the middle of a pi**ing contest between an insurance adjuster and a building management group.
There was a fire in a 6 unit apartment house, and the insurance company wants to re-use as much material as possible, including soot-covered electric baseboard heaters.
The property owners and myself insist on code upgrades.
As of yesterday I hadn't spoken to the inspector myself. But I have since done so, and he has no problem with the installation as submitted, and, as expected will require wiring to the current codes.
I guess second hand information is all but useless.
Thanks for the input.