I remember that thread. That gun is amazing and one of my inspirations for buying mine. Since all of the cosmetic work is already done to mine all I would need is the action job. Do you know what he would charge just for that? I've been thinking about trying this guy: http://www.coltforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=138117#post138117Very nice Colt twaits!
As for the Colt action. Send it to Dave Sams. If he could save my Colt 1917, he can surely save your Colt!
when I hear back on the reports. Nice guy and always gets right back to you when you contact him. He told me timing job for my DS would be about $50-$60 which seems very reasonable. I may send both the NS and the DS to him.