Good luck, Mike! I am reminded or the time that I wanted to build the 83 Texaco Star March of Tom Sneva, the 1983 winner of the Indy 500. I bought an aftermarket kit that I waited for weeks for. What I got was a clay body that was poorly shaped and some vacu-formed side pods, metal axles and some poorly molded tires and wheels. I got it out of the box and looked at it several times wondering how I could make it work. Finally I just threw it in the trash can.
Looks like you have a better approach than I did! Good luck!