I've never done a ratrod bikes before but have always appreciated them. I picked up an amazing tank on ebay and the correct fenders are extremely hard to find so I fiqured....what the heck? He's the inspiration.
I'm sitting wondering how you will ever be able to make a cool bike out of those parts?? I do think that you could keep the og paint on the fork and not distract from the rat rod theme at all. Heck, at this point, just make it rideable and you have a contender!!