I got my headers back from Swaintech coatings yesterday. I went with their "White Lightning" as it's advertised to be most effective in heat retention. It looks better than I was lead to believe it would as their sale force described it as a functional, but not an aesthetic coating. I like it. It's coarse, almost looks metallic, and I took a close up with a dime for a scale comparison. It does appear to mar easily. I haven't decided yet if I'll leave it like this of paint over it with white header paint.
I made a crossmember for my car. It's better I have one and not need it than need it and not have it. I added the main hoop with the engine still in, and removed it to add the bracing to my engine mount perches. I also painted the engine bay with the engine back out again.
I also stripped some of the car's exterior down and gave it a coating of phosphate for now to prevent rust from flashing. You can now see just how rough and hacked the body on this car really is. It's a big deterrent for wanting to have a nice paint job on this. That, and the savings of having to pay for it, pay for rechroming the bits and refinishing the wheels, etc. So my plan is most likely to go with my original vision of a primer- like paint a la 2LBT and no filler. Embrace the rough body and not worry about maintaining another show car. Just enjoy it.