I guess I never did update this semi-build thread.
Got the Taurus, changed out the ambi-safety & replaced the hammer (Taurus has this stupid internal safety faux hammer that is a POS) with all steel versions. Tuned the trigger to just a hair over 4 pounds. Bought (3) Tripps Cobra mags and sent the whole shooting match off to Robar for coating.
Got it back, changed out the grips for my thin scale proprietary ones as seen above and took it to the range when Yunus was in town. The thing ran like a champ and shot extremely tight groups.
CA357 was kind enough to sell me one of his slightly used snakeskin IWB holsters and a dual mag carrier for a great price.
Boxed it all up and sent through the FFL maze to my buddy who was completely floored when he opened it. He carries it everywhere now and his "lowly Taurus" is all the rage with family, friends and folks at the range.
Grand total of the entire project came in at just under $1K by the time I was done. The weapon is 100% reliable with about 8-10 kinds of ammo (ball and HP) having been shot through it and it is now a forum members #1, always on hand, everyday carry piece.
Just goes to show there are no "bad" 1911's, just some that might need a little love to make up for where the bean counters cut a few corners.