I've seen your thread before and have been following it! I think I've given up the idea of the V8 grill swap...it does indeed look like a ton of work. I'm still planning on putting the V8-style all-red tails on my 91 avant though. I'd also like to do clear-corners up front.
My car needs a repaint, and was debating whether to go with a more "shocking" blue, like the car above.
I'll keep an eye on your project build!