I especially like the idea of using a quality but not necessarily valuable Japanese lugged frame for the project. Make something pretty nice into something very nice!
On an entirely unrelated note, the JSO (police) have cordoned off all the roads in town today, and they are escorting the football teams (Clemson and Nebraska) for the Gator Bowl to the stadium right now, sirens screaming. Nothing like cops with freshly polished equipment strutting their authority through completely abandoned downtown streets. "Time to earn our overtime 'racketeering fee', boys! Arm up and put out the cones!"
It is after all, the 31st...And I'm sure there's NOTHING more relevant that they could possibly be doing.