I'm headed over tomorrow to Old Car Parts to look at the chin panel that goes under the grille. Joe has one that he says is very solid, but has "a dent the size of a small potato". So I'll grab that and hope I can beat him up on the price tag a bit. I found another in Kansas that's perfect and he's the same price. So maybe Joe will lower his price on a dented one.
Of course the front clip will be bolted on now, and not tilt. But hood will remain removable by pulling the 4 hood pins, and lifting it off. So it will still be easy to work on with the hood off.