I struggled a bit getting new FSA cups in mine recently, doenst help I'm using one of the cheapo Heath Robinson Headset installers off eBay but I figured with an old used bike it would be easier but no. in the end I heated up the HT with a hair dryer, and cooled the HS in the freezer briefly and sanded and cleaned inside the HT lightly while taking time to enjoy a chill pill and a cuppa! More struggles with the contaption and it's in, hope I don't have to take it out!
My worry is damaging new paint.......... patience is the key and I'll keep your tips in mind.
Colour, yes, being custom at heart, I'm a sucker for going with original colour anyway! White does look ace fresh specially if a quality powdercoat. I prefer white to my dark blue, but even blue looks quite good built. Nice to go with an original colour, though saying that, with stickers on a new colour could be custom and factoryish.
Yes I think any well chosen colour will look good, I was also thinking of a greyey/blue colour too.
Are you keeping all the cable guides n stuff then? bloody loads of the damn things!
Yes, as they will all be used! Front and rear mechs and full brake set.