Ginch, I actually had watched that guy's videos once before. They made a lot more sense to me this time, so maybe I'm learning a little bit.
I think that the real question for me right now is how much steel is going to be left once the rust is off the frame. If it's feasible to put a plate underneath like V oodoo and then just bolt the whole thing together, that might be a winning design for me.
Since it's a resto-mod, I can either work it into my aesthetic and/or add the extra bolts under the foot rails, so it won't even be visible unless you really know what you're looking at. Then, I can just fix the rot with good metal filler, don't even need to weld.
All of this is predicated on the assumption I can actually get a VIN. I'll be making my first run at bluffing my way through the DMV for that on Friday, assuming I can keep my schedule clear. I expect I'll need a couple tries, but I have to go down there to get Tennessee plates for the rest of my herd anyway, so that's fine.
I don't want to get too far into the process before that happens, though, so the bike will be looking thoroughly Barn Found if I need a cop to come inspect it (which I still expect I'll need to do).