thanks MJ for reviewing my INITIAL plan. My agreement with Billy (paint shop owner) is that nothing is really a MUST, so I listen a lot to what He suggest.
As for the details of the dash/instrument panel, I've had some new thoughts, but holding off in providing to him until he gets there in the rebuild. instead of trying to add warning lamps near the guage, maybe put them between the tach and speedo, where the original "brake" warning lamps were. Not sure about keeping brake warning anyway
I am thinking of moving the wiper switches to under the window switches in the center panel. Deleting the "courtesy lamp" and "manual radiator fan" switches. I would also expect the HVAC fan switch will be part of the modern controls that will be on the passenger side of the center section