Joel wrote: "Now when it's done and you see it, then you can tell me if you like it or not and what you would do if it were your car and we can debate the pros and cons of the choices I made for my car. But I will tell you all now, it will be a bad ass and that's what I want."
@Joel Roth My only suggestion is something you're already doing:
You be you.
When I was building my Speedster way back in the 1990's this forum didn't exist. All I found was an email list with people from the New jersey Replicar Club and another few guys from the Philadelphia and DC area who were building all sorts of replica cars (many Fierro based) and I used them for guidance on the mechanical stuff (I had the CMC build manual as a guide, too).
My older brother's friends all had 356s in the mid-late 1960's. Mostly sleepers - Cars that looked ordinary with engines way beyond super 90s and a couple of modified 4-cams in a '62 and '63 coupe. Everyone in that group added fog/driving light combos, enhanced suspensions, better brakes, better seats and on and on, but few changes to the outside.
When I was building mine, THAT is what I had in mind, so that's how it has turned out. I knew I wanted a 356 Hot rod (I come from a flathead Hot Rod background) and was cheap enough that the shaved hood handle and deleted bumpers and emblems just made $$ sense.
I didn't have the background noise of social media people telling me to do it this way or that way so I did it MY way and I love it.
I used (gasp!) Pearlescent Metallic paint - and cream white, even - from an Audi!
I used (Gasp!) bucket seats out of Chrysler LeBaron (They won't even fit!)
I run (GASP!) 1-1/4" thick wheel spacer adapters! (They're gonna wreck your wheel bearings!)
I installed an antique VW Gas heater (It's gonna go up in flames!)
None of that stuff happened and the car reflects my idea of how it should look.
Three of my brother's old friends have seen and driven my car and all of them said I more than nailed it, especially on the performance end. They have all had Porsches since the '60's and one was the service manager at Al Alden's Porsche/Audi in White River Junction, Vermont for 36 years so I value his input. He loves it.
So it doesn't matter what I/we think til it's done and, even then, it's your car.
So build us something interesting with your twists on it. I'm sure it's gonna blow our sox off! Build something "Bad-Ass" like mine and MUSBJIM's and a growing number of others and you'll be part of the "Bad-Ass Club", too.