After some consideration, I've decided to have a buddy of mine cast the fenders in resin. I've been concerned about the weight of using the metal pieces and it just seemed to make more sense. They'll be easier to work with also. It sounds like it'll be a couple of weeks before they'll be ready but I'll post up when they arrive.
Would you mind asking your buddy where he got the Empi's? I'd love to find a set. Also, it's pretty common for the deck lid to be open at the top like that. It helps cool the engine. It's called a stand-off kit and they're readily available. Excellent job on this! I love the overall look!