I echo the thoughts about bolt on modifications only… However, I do have some to suggest:
You like the open hood experience, I’ve seen some.clear lexan jobs if you still wanted it covered and protected from the elements with the exception, of course, the sun.
Bear in mind your neck of the woods (Michigan) is the home state of the Model A, which goes a ways towards explaining how many glittering examples of concourse restoration jobs you’ve seen up on the roads and at shows up there.
I would also venture you’ve seen your fair share of hot rods based off of the A. I say, let the hot rod crowd do this with replicas and not the real thing like what you have.
I also heartily recommend applying any and all of the anti theft modifications since this vehicle has a lot of family history in it,.and I can only imagine no matter what you do with it, when it is finished, it will not only be a beacon of automobile style amidst the humdrum boring pillbox SUVs that you see on the road nowadays.
Good luck! I’m sure I speak for all of us stating we look forward to pictures!