sometime in the next two years.
Casey and I just moved to a non-deploying, "gentlemen's hours" assignment, ie, M-F, 7-4, which means a little more time for me to work on the car.
Yesterday I found out that my neighbor two doors down works for American Classics & Hot Rods, Inc here in VA Beach. Never heard of them, but will have to check them out. Anyhow, he says the owner has been over several times and has been eyeing my '68, and said something to the affect that he'd really like to get it in the shop.
Casey and I could only think that maybe fastbacks are hot enough right now that he'd like to have his name attached to one.
So, he then goes on to give me a card, tells me to feel free to drop by, the owner will let him escort me around the shop and see the work they do, and that if I wanted to bring my car in, that he would work with me "after hours" to do the bodywork and paint.
I told him the gameplan, disassemble the car, strip of some kind (yet to be determined), paint, and re-assemble, and he mentioned that they farm out the media blast work, and estimates $300-400 for the blast work (versus the last estimate I had for $1400). He said the paint and bodywork pricing will depend on what I want done, but he didn't flinch when I mentioned I wanted to spend about $3000 on it.
So, looks like I might be able to actually do this within my budget and actually have some time available to do the work.
Anyhow, I'm pretty psyched, gotta get that garage put together/cleaned up so I have some work space and get moving.