I went and finally talked through "the deal" with my chosen body guy yesterday. Todd Kerby with TK Customs will be repairing some cracks, installing chassis braces, and painting the car. I've been to his shop before, but this time we sat down and looked at some of the amazing work he's done and also discussed logistics, schedule, costs, and visits by me. I would call him an artist more than a body shop guy. He airbrushes some amazing stuff.
We discussed chassis reinforcement and chassis braces, but that's a post for another day. I'll post again with some info on what I see instinctively among what is being marketed for the Pantera (being a structural engineer) and what I like personally.