Thanks Bigpaws, really appreciated. But the info seems as I'm doing it. I even went as far as digging Uels script out of our latest kernel's sources and issuing the commands one by one. Still the same.
I'm sure it's the snd_hda_intel module sources I'm modding are causing this. I'm using this guide http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/packages/ltmodem/11c11040/HOWTO-Agere-11c11040-HDA.html
In a nutshell my embedded winmodem doesn't work and I've been following the linmodem mailing list because there has been hope lately. This mod and a newly compiled alsa-driver that matches the kernel will allow a new modem driver to work
I'm confident it's not my .config, I'm using the same one for the earlier custom kernel I built for the same sources.
I guess my faxing will have to wait.