I see a lot of contradictions here especially about the body/paintjob. As I have NO experience with any of these things, it is going to be fun
First of all I want to drive the car every year, so suspension (I've got frontdiscs) and handling upgrades gonna be first, I guess. (and now probably the frontend rebuildkit from vettebrakes). I think I can do this before the summer begins, and just ride the car during this period.
When I buy the 12bolt and gearbox to be installed during the winterperiod, I'm ready for the 383, to be installed during the next winter. Then I want to buy the complete interior, and when the sheetmetal is finished I can install the interior (again in the winter). Then the spoilers/chrome/paintjob, because I don't want to make scratches on the paint when installing the engine/gearbox etc. I can always protect the paintjop with some paper/tape against glue or something needed for the installation of the interior. I think this will become more difficult to protect it against a few hundres kilos of iron hitting the paintjob...
Marktat, I know what you mean about the budget.... As I am now completing my masters education Supply Chain Management and the Product Design, I'm almost certain that I'll get a nice paid job.
Also, like you and Gheatly wrote, I'm not intended to strip the car. I want to do modification after modification, I don't want to end-up with a chassis and 30 boxes.
Gheatly, about the trends changeing... I'm not afraid of this cause I like everything about a deluxe interior, so why change it into protouring? As for the 70's streetmachine style..... I think I have a similar car now. On the pics in my sig. I lowered the car a bit etc. But at the moment I have a Monroe pneumatic lift system. Just blow some air into it, and the back of the car rises. I also have 14" wheels in front an 15" in the back, but I think it's not for me, so I'm going to remove these 2 features. (So If you are interested in the Monroe's....
My interior is a bit dirty, but no cracks or anything a good cleaning-job can't handle. (Only have a small scratch at the side of the passenger-seat) But it looks nice.