Things are coming together now. It's weird, the more time I spend with this frame, the more I swear the frame was either twisted in a wreck or something or maybe it was welded up on a Friday afternoon or early Monday. It's not just the rear triangle where I widened the frame to clear the big rear slick. The top tubes are not even, even up front. Oh well, maybe some shims here and there will help.
So here is where I am at, this 6th day of July.
Decided to try a fade paint job, a light coat of lime over the chrome on the lower part of the frame, fading to a mist about half way up, leaving the top with its glorious Murray chrome still shining. At least that was plan. It didn't turn out as nice as hoped, but with some judicious use of four ought steel wool to "age" the paint, it looks like a really ratty fade job! LOL
Still think those grips are gonna need a little help to blend in better.