Your off to a great start. Love the lines of those old coupe's I'd leave it in primer, slap a set of Cragars on it, put a Thrush decal in the quarter window, and Ta-Da!!! Instant hot rod!!! At least for an old fart like me.
True enough on all counts. Knives and chains, bricks, just about anything can and does get used as a weapon around here in fights. The most alarming one I saw was one guy had another one pinned under his 4 wheeler, and kept trying to ramp him. The guy under it prob went 3 bills and was pinned pretty tight. This happened right across the street from my house in a public school parking lot.