If he learned anything so far its that these things are alot of work, cost to much money and time and he will always be broke if he owns one. LoL. It does look nice though. I need to get into painting too. It pays better than motor building.
I fixed my motor mount inserts using stainless timecerts in my carbon Freak . Had to be careful not to drill to deep and the timecerts were kinda hard to find but really happy with the results. I think they were M8x1.25x8 small ones..