Thanks for the comments, guys. It was a lot of fun, and sometimes a little frustrating, and I already miss building it.
Dallas, no pro paint booth. I have a good sized home garage and made a booth out of PVC pipe and plastic sheeting. I was going to use wood, but one day I saw a canopy frame made from pvc, so I decided to give it a try. It worked great and when I was done, I simply pulled apart the pipes and put them in the garage attic - maybe for a second build someday. I used 3/4" pipe, but might recommend 1" for a little more rigidity. The paint job's not perfect, but I'm real happy with it.
lopoetve, they came from Summit racing. I can't claim that idea, I got it from a local MkIII owner - Thanks, Bill, aka ozzy m.
Cobra Steve, that's the place, can't miss it after coming across the bridge.
David Hodgkins, paint is from Summit Racing, BC/CC low VOC.
Waiting4Kids2Bgone, $25K was my limit. The MkIII clearance last year was $1500 in free options, so I took some mechanical options and some aesthetic ones. $13,000 for the base kit, $1200 for Stewart Transport delivery and $900+ for FL taxes, title and reg.
I bought the donor for $1K and after I took what I needed, including a shiney new aluminum radiator and 373 FMS rear gears, actually made a little more than $1K selling parts, scrap & the shell. The only major part I couldn't use was the T5, but got a good deal trading it for a rebuilt Cobra spec T5.
Doing almost everything myself, including fabricating some parts, saved a whole lot of $. Waiting for sales and watching the "Parts for Sale" here saved me more. Paint, filler, and related materials were less than $1K. I highly recommend the 3M Perfect-It buffing/polishing system. I had never used it before, but it really helped me improve the look of the finish. As I said, there a a few flaws, but nobody notices them.
Anyway, I kept a log on my expenses, including a few tools I didn't already own, and came in around $2K under budget.