Originally Posted by amudgarden
How do I go about finding an experienced mechanic in my area (Maryland) to work with me on this?
good mechanics are always hard to find, but they tend to be in the smaller shops. it's helpful to be able to talk to them before they work on your car, sometimes you can get a feel for their level of 'give-a-shit'. a good indicator is if the mechanic has a modified vehicle (obv truck would be better for your scenario). i honestly have never felt ok letting others work on my cars because i feel like i get burned every time i go to a shop.
for the suspension install i would recommend that you be a part of it so you really understand whats going on under there. there are people in your area that have installed lifts before and would be willing to help. there are tons of weekend mechanics all over that have lifts, jack stands, air compressors, and all the tools you would need to do your stuff. i've helped a bunch of my friends lift their jeeps and tacos in exchange for beer.
i strongly encourage you to get your hands dirty though, and if you don't feel comfortable taking the lead on a project like that you should be able to find someone who is experienced enough to help you through it.