I know that you know what you're letting yourself in for, but if you're going the 26 inch vintage cruiser route, you're going to need more: Patience, commitment, inside connections, deep pockets, powers of persuasion, ruthlessness, wheeler-dealing, a nose for dodgy practices and scrupulous attention to detail than almost any other areas of bike-obsessiveness.
And most of what you'll want/ need never made it outside the US even in small quantities.
If the recent Ebay prices for Cook's cruiser bars, 26-forks and clamp-on stem didn't scare you Sh!tless, then good luck to you!
(Can't wait to see what you're planning, BTW!)
For an awe-inspiring glimpse into genius/madness, register on VBMX to check out the photos on this thread. Incredible.
Good luck, BTW!