That's too bad, Bruce. But I guess it's good news to move forward. I'm interested to see how Greg tackles the rack, and I'm hoping he uses a center-pull equal-length tie-rod setup to minimize bump steer. A conventional rack with short tie-rods is NOT the answer with a VW beam.
I have yet to install my rack, but that will happen this fall/winter. The parts are all here, painted, and ready for installation. I will post pictures on my rack thread.
I went with a 2" narrowed beam to accommodate the Airkewld front brakes, which usually widen the track about 3/4" per side. I believe my car was the first Vintage Spyder so equipped. I'm extremely pleased with the beam/brakes/Vintage 190 wheels and Vredestein tires. NO RUBBING! I think the rounded tread shoulder helps with that.
My Spyder exhaust has two V-band clamps from the header/J-tubes to the mufflers. It is easy to take on/off and seals perfectly, plus they're stainless. Home run there.