Well, it's a tad too late to follow that advice. I wanted to see how visible the exhaust manifold would be if I removed everything and once I did I decided to just disassemble the entire system, sans evaporator.
Once I get some money together a header is in store!
List of things to be done.
Reroute starter wire under engine instead of over.
Relocate battery... eventually.
Relocate coolant reservoir... in design phase.
Cavalier intake manifold
Custom alternator bracket... in design phase.
Things to look into
cutting down aluminum radiator support from fullsize
replacing metal inner fenders with plastic, adding tubular braces to maintain stiffness.
check junkyard for cars that use the same air pump, to see what different brackets exist for possible relocation.
I took it on my first long trip through the hills of southern Missouri over the weekend and it performed great. Definitely more light on its feet than before I started turning it into a stripper model. Also the new head and transmission I have added to the fun.