Yes, I decided to just take the car to the body shop. I wasn't going to take it right now, but everything worked out flawlessly. A good friend (Robert) came over with his truck and trailer to take the car down to Salt Lake City, which is only 20 minutes away.
Car on trailer. I followed so that Robert could just go home afterward.
Car at TK Customs, a local body shop specializing in custom paint and airbrushed graphic arts.
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I test-fit the decklid latches today. Everything looked and went flawless. I love the fit and perfect match of the lower latch. The upper latch is the heavy-gauge sheet metal variety that has tabs on each side to center the latch assembly.
I also bought some metal epoxy for the side cast aluminum gills. The epoxy has aluminum and silica as a supplemental binder as opposed to the common steel particles. I don't want a steel-filled epoxy since the steel could rust, expand, and loosen the gills on the mounts. I have some 10-24 stainless steel rod to fit the threads in the gills, and I just need to cut the rod, make up some epoxy, install the rods, and test fit the assembly.