Thanks for all of the responses. In that considerable mention is made of possibly making matters worse I'm thinking it would be wise for me to put this on the back burner for a bit.
The local vo-tech school has a body shop class and I'll call tomorrow to see what the instructor has to say. Ford/Mercury will no doubt have some info but will probably be making more of a sales pitch than advice. Not that I wouldn't pay to have it done but, as in larrybl's case, not jumping in w/o testing the water first.