Sorry Gibs, but I live in Torrance, so I'll be "jogging" over to Knott's this year (relatively speaking, of course).
Check with John's Mustang's in San Diego; they should be able to find a good local prep and paint shop. However, I was quoted at abou $5K for prep and paint here locally in the South Bay...and that was without rust repair! $3K is probably not enough.
Mike (MCA #51273)