One nice thing about Metalmeet is that you have plenty of help there, if you need it. If you have a piece that you want to fix or make, there is someone there that is willing to help. Being from Ohio, you might check the Metal Meet site and see if there is a regional meet someplace close. If not, the Big Deal is in October every year, I believe, in Illinois, and you might consider a trip there.
It is rewarding making your own parts. If you have the front end on that vehicle, you can use that for patterns, modifying the patterns to where they bolt together. Imagine going to a local thow where there is a guy that talks about that he made the tubs in his car. You stand there and look at them and they look like TUBS, and reply " I made the whole front end of mine".