I fully support the touring-tuned 8" bike plan! Has always been one of my faves combos. Classic style and a little hill-climbing power. Keep it mild and reliable, but tune it to PULL.
Yeah I'm definitely on sell the P at this point, but the Primi - maybe it waits for spring. I'm still pondering what would replace it, and the most likely answer that's been on my list for a while is a tuned VBB/Allstate on 8's. Not high horsepower, high strung tuned, but more torquey than the P turned out to be, while still running a stock type carb. I'm going to have to study up on the sub-200 block tuning options, but there's been a ton of project threads with them lately, so there is a lot to read!