I'm glad to see people keeping this topic alive, it's something every car owner will face. To update my deal, I found a retired guy that likes to do bodywork to fill his time, and he is doing a great job. He took the car down to bare metal, fixed all the rust, dents, dings and today is shooting the final primer on it. He did it for $20 hour, about 175 hours work, plus materials. Will have about $4k in all this work. He won't do final painting, but a buddy of his does. I'm waiting on his pricing now. Both of them have over 40 years experience doing this. I feel like I got a great deal so far. I'll post some pics later. He's kept a photo journal of everything he's done and will give it to me when finished. I was lucky to find this guy. I did it the old fashioned way, talking to gearheads and following up leads. Thanks everyone for the feedback on this. Much appreciated.