Vic, you’re more than qualified to make the call. You’ve restored more racers than most anyone.
“Remember, it’s only original once”- only applies to when it first came from the factory and BEFORE it was raced. Almost all racers were modified.
Nothing wrong with bringing it back to how it was before the season, before it was ridden hard and put away wet. Some of these sleds were screwed up years after their race days when some kid hopped on it and bounced it through a field. Or, it had a 40# sack of crap sitting on it in a barn for 10 years.
It can be really tough to truly know the “as raced” condition.
My 79 was raced and then modified for drags. At that point, nobody knows what it really looked like during its racing days so I brought it back to how it looked at the beginning of the season.
I’ll look forward to seeing this build.