There aren't many people in this area with any automotive imagination.
Most shops want to do book work to avoid liabilities and such, which is understandable in California.
I've worked with a guy named Ryan Terry down off Power Inn. He is a one man shop, the name is Sikk & Twisted. He did some nice work on my '67 Fleetwood, and he was working on putting a Honda b-series motor in an old N600. He's got the skill I'd say, I just don't know about the interest. It's been a year since I've spoken with him so I don't know if he's still around.
Edit: Looks like he is!http://sikkntwisted.com/
And that's my Fleetwood right on the front page. I'm famous!
[This message has been edited by thesameguy (edited 10-22-2013).]