I like your car! If I would have done "our" 68 the way I wanted it would have been returned to factory like yours. Like the pic below when we bought it.
But my son wanted something to compete with "daddy". Sorry, I still can kick him. He wanted something that kinda looked like Eleanor, but not.
Nice job Cruzer. I especially like the gas tank 'sploder stopper. I want to get a cardboard pattern from an old 65 and build mine out of sheet metal. Of course, if the tank really blows, one is in trouble regardless.....