Here are the broad strokes on what I want for my car restoration.
I was given the estimate that the cost of cleaning my frame, blasting it, and re-coating would be likely around $2,000 and mind you my frame has been in an accident in the past.
Because the frame is the foundation of the car, and my overall goal is longevity and safety, I figured instead of paying $2,000 to refurbish a previously damaged frame, I should just spend an extra $3,000 and spring for a new to-factory-spec Ratco frame. It's piece of mind and will help guarantee a rigid foundation for the body and mechanics for decades to come. It also has front and rear shock tube conversion options, which I will take advantage of.
Body off restoration means I will have the car completely stripped, blasted, rust-free and repainted with confidence and piece of mind. I've bought new rockers and floor pans. Regarding paint; I will also will be going for a darker than normal deep red paint job.
Despite not having any current issues with the engine, I figure for piece of mind, I should have it completely rebuilt while it's out of the car doing nothing anyhow. In fact, because I'm interested in getting a super-charger, and to save myself from having to get the engine modified down the line, I'm going to have the rebuild be more performance based to accommodate the addition of a super charger in the future, since it's recommended to have upgraded cam and porting anyhow. So the engine isn't just being rebuilt, but getting performance mods to later accommodate a supercharger.
5-speed conversion. From what I hear, if you want to enjoy this car as a driver and go for long trips, you get a 5-speed or an OD. Considering the 5-speed is readily available, I'll go that route. Goodbye to 4500rpm at 50mph. haha.
Other than that, alternator conversion is a must, as is an electric fan for cooling! Maybe even an oil cooler/radiator. Front/Rear sway bars are also a must.
Light tan interior and brown carpet for two toned look that will go well with a deep red.
Custom zebra wood dash board for a more fun wood dash feel, instead of some of the really nice wood dash styles where it looks almost luxury. I also am getting a wood steering wheel but want to keep the original hub and banjo style spokes on the wheel so I will need that custom done.
New seats with headrests and three point seat belts because I'm too young to die in one of these and I rather like my face and neck bits.