The cruddy master cylinder is scrap "nobody rebuilds those old thangs any more" but new ones are available, and shoes, and slave cylinders.
My question on removing play from the steering box was answered in a good down-home VW fixit site: there are two adjustments possible on the box, one for the worm and another for the pinion. I haven't tried it yet.
Fuel tank. Now that the VW frame head is sitting on the floor in my little shop, I've been able to work in a fuel tank, fill otherwise empty space. Originally I had figured 5 gallons is plenty but then since I have the volume available, 7 1/2 gal might provide 300 mile range, so why not. Yes the tank is right up front, about a foot behind the forward end of the nose cone, but it is behind the parallel spring tubes and formed in around the frame head. All that metal is too heavy already for this light car, so it might as well double as armor. In defense of putting the fuel up front: 1) VW of that era did it too, and 2) I want to get more of the weight on the front wheels.
I'll carve a foam core the right shape to fit around the center frame, in pieces so it can be removed, and then wrap it with epoxy glass, leaving the top open in the first stage so the foam can come out, then adding a final top piece. Will probably use a piece of hardware cloth under the top laminate to keep it from sagging into the tank, plus mold in a filler cap and an exit tube.
The lower part of the tank (L-shape) will slip in under the tie rods behind the axle, then extend eleven inches up from the floor behind that. 28 inches end-to-end between the front wheels. A centered chrome-plated filler cap just forward of the bonnet might look OK.
I'm leaving plenty space for a guided stream of cooling air from the grill to over the motor on the right of centerline, then out through louvers in the bonnet. Floor under engine and everywhere else will be sealed.
Asking for opinions: Would the vee-twin look better exposed on one side or covered with a louvered bonnet Bugatti-style? The left side will have a bonnet in any case, so in the interest of symmetry I think most locost votes would be to cover the motor?