It may be better to start with an ex-GT5 race car. That would give you the tube frame and body, then modify to your heart's content.
Yeah starting with an existing frame sounds considerably more sound an idea... Especially coming from the designer of the frame I was planning on using...
But tube frame and gt anything sounds way out of my price range too. Should've mentioned that too I guess too. Going for inexpensive as possible and diy as much as is required.... I think. I'm a more time than money type.
On the tube frame cars I've seen naked, it doesn't seem to me there is much more than an odd tube here and there to support the panels. Like the bumper cover support in the photo below
What are the biggest set backs that I have set myself up for so far that you see Kurt?
Well, of course I'd like you to build a Midlana, but what you're looking to do, it seems easier to start from the "other end" of the design, where someone's already done the heavy lifting. About cost, find one without a drivetrain; I've seen such cars for well under $5k.