Hot rod as a daily driver?
Don't do it. You need two vehicles, a real fire breathing rod knocker for a hot rod and a utilitary daily driver that it good on gas, reliable and easy, cheap to repair with road reliability to the point where you can jump in it, turn the key and drive across the country. Preferably a smaller truck so you can drive parts to the machine shop, go to swap meets, ETC. leave the truck stock so it starts and drives good, after-all you need a way to get to work, possibly a third vehicle, a enduro (dual sport) bike. Fun, reliable well built, fantastic great fuel mileage, (chicks love em). The money you save in fuel will be enough to buy the parts for the hot rod.