I understand what your saying, but when you start a project like this a lot of guys buy perfect parts, don't buy the show stuff. buy what you can afford and most of all KEEP IT SIMPLE. A part that's been reconditioned by you will have just as much appeal as a chrome one will. theres nothing wrong with rattle can paint, as a matter of fact it is easy to touch up if it gets scratched up during build. Don't try to build a show rig, build one that your proud of. I've got a lot of friends in Everett wa that always come to the show or gathering with what they have and its amazing at what some guys come up with because they can't/won't spend the high dollar. car guys are very resourceful at making do. Remember mustangs are a dime a dozen out there and ford put some really good parts on them and they can be adapted to your project with just a little research. you've already got the idea so I think you've got the ability to do the rest.
Yes simple donna make it all gunmetal grat metalic and black bumpers grill and all other trim. Dont want a show rig. I want a cool old tow rig. I have money just not alot. Been saving few bucks here ant there.