This topic sure was an eye opener. I thought it was done with the nose assembled to get alignment.
In the spirit of trying to duplicate (intentional or not) mass production results on a restore car this is one area where I'll put the stripe back on with the nose assembled (the base coat will go on unassembled). I'm sure the viewing public will understand overspray, paint tabs, etc.....but a misaligned paint stripe....well....that may not be too easily accepted and be more of a sign on sloppy work it they don't line up.
When I look at the paint runs in the door jambs, runs on the firewall header, not so perfect seam sealer finishing in the trunk weather strip wells, etc....and compare to today's higher quality automotive finished standards, the cars of yesteryear sure look sloppy.
Thanks for the inputs!