I'd respectfully suggest you cool down a bit and get your feet planted before taking on such a big project. (snip) Cheers, Chuck
I was starting my build -- had an engine, parts, new welder, etc -- before wife got sick. Then the economy tanked, and I was forced to work "out of town" for a few years. Now wife is ex wife, etc etc. I'm back to square 1.1 (still have the new welder, albeit never fired up). This hobby depends on you having a stable home and work life to pull it off, or so it would seem to me.
The second thought I have is that many have started out fretting over the tensile strength of each rivet, looking for the unobtainium motor parts, deciding to MegaSquirt (when they've never done that before), obsessing over the relative rigidity of 16 ga versus 18 ga, etc etc etc etc. The end result is that, if they ever do get the thing built, it will be 4-5-6 years down the road.
(this is where I tie those 2 thoughts together)
The problem with taking 4-5-6-100 years to build this, aside from the fact that you can't drive it during that time, is that the longer you take the more likely that family, work, finances, etc will put a stop to things. And it increases the likelihood that you'll get bored.
My new idea here is to set a limit on the build time -- I will spend no more than 2 years, from first tube cut (or purchase of donor) until I'm driving it. After I'm driving it, then I will feel free to change motors, or turbo it, or whatever.