My advice? doing a restoration doesn't mean make it look pretty, its making it last, but at the same time, make it how you WANT it to last. Paint colors will come and go in your brain, focus on the motor, and focus on the brakes, and focus on the suspension+tires...
One thing for sure if you were in the same boat as me, and that's called 'BUDGET PRIORITY' is don't count on hitting your date. Plan on running into a few hidden hickups, and plan on setting a firm budget and watch it carefully. And if you love to ride I hope you have another bike to do so while you wrench on this, otherwise, its kinda like torture.
I tore into everything on my 1980kz 12 years ago, wasn't that bad. But take that same mentality for my cb750 cafe fighter i was doing just 3 years ago, you run into new parts that simply don't exist any more! Need a new stator? Good luck! Aftermarkets sucked and oem was like a second mortgage shipped from China...
I guess, what I'm trying to say is:
Restore because you love it, or you want something to do and learn. Don't restore if it doesn't mean anything and you just want to ride. A cheap bike that doesn't do it for you and doesn't run...doesn't help you.
And get a good torque wrench, snapping a head bolt twice after port and polish, hot cams, suns ignition, big bore and cr29s...just ruins the party. Ask me how I know :-(
I may not have a lot to say but it doesn't mean I don't listen.