Thanks for the support guys!
I do like the flat-black 1981 oxidized gel-coat look. I contemplated painting it flat black until I spoke with some hot-rodders at a local car show about the joys of owning a flat black car. It seems flat-black is rather difficult to keep clean and uniform looking. It's going 06 GT Tungsten...dark silver, no stripes.
The body man is hanging the doors, hood, trunk, roll-bar, shaving all the emblems/badges/handles/side markers and all the other associated stuff, as well as grafting in a viper naca duct for the blower inlet...and doing some glass work to make a nice duct; it should be very cool when its done...simple lines, nothing gawdy, clean...more race car than show car.
Registering this car was a challenge. The SB-100 program in California seems ridiculous to people in rural america, but in California...it's a godsend to the kit-car builder. Back in 2001 (I think) a SoCal senator passed this bill that lets 500 "specially constructed" (home built / kit) cars a year be registered by the year they most resemble. For GT-40 and Cobra kit builders, this means "the sky is the limit", since the year they resemble is smog exempt to begin with due to age. The process involves a lot of steps. First, you have to charge in to the DMV on Jan 2nd and engage in a dialing marathon to the Sacramento DMV to obtain 1 of 500 available numbers. No guarantees. First come first served. I accomplished this in 2004. Next, you have to have the car inspected by the CHP (highway patrol) so they can make sure it's not stolen, and make sure it has a valid VIN. If it has no VIN, they put one on. After that, you have to take it down for a Brake & Light inspection...which is much like a safety inspection in any other state. Then, you have to take the car to the BAR (bureau of automotive repair) and have it examined to make sure it's a valid SB-100 candidate (looks like a cobra). At the same time, they record engine information and smog it...why? I don't know. You should have seen the guy try to figure out WTF he was looking at under the hood. He couldn't figure it out...had to finally ask. Then, when I told him it was a '71 460 block, he couldn't fill out any of that information because it asked for carb type, manifold type, etc...and none of my parts matched the options on the forms. Eventually, he just lied. FINALLY (no, I'm not making this up) you have to go back to the DMV and submit all this crap to get your plates and tags and stand around for an hour while they try to find a way not to register the car.
It was a nice piece of burocratic BS, but it's done! And now, the car is smog exempt and street legal...in the smog happiest state in US.
As far as sound, there is no sound limit on automobiles in CA. It is left to the discretion of the officer to determine if the car is too loud. There are some generally accepted guidelines for "new cars" but nothing for vintage. The "generally accepted" guideline is 85db measured 15ft from the side of the car at idle. Mine is 87db. So basically, you're at the mercy of the cops. If you have a new car and modify the muffler, they can write you a fix-it ticket for modified muffler. On a hand-built or kit car, I don't know what they can do...but I'm sure they can write you up for something. In my case, if they want to be a jerk about it, they could write me up for no front plate and no wipers...I don't have either. I did start the car for the CHP to ask them if they thought it was too loud. The officer told me he thought it sounded great...and that if I got any noise tickets, come see him for signing. He even gave me his card. Nice to know there's at least one car enthusiast among the CHP.