I love aluminum canoes, except they make a hell of a racket when banged even slightly with a paddle. If you could dampen the sound with something like pickup truck bed liner sprayed on the inside, and painting up and perhaps adding some kind of material (fiberglass?) to the bow and stern to give it more of a historical look, it would go a long way to being easier to live with. Fiberglass canoes might even be easier to modify, and are quieter but also harder to paddle in my limited experience. But by all means keep on trekking, it will be fun and all the other canoe buffs will ask 'what the %$#% is that? LOL!
Store fiberglass canoes out of the sun greatly extends their lifespan. They seemed heavy though, bit the really good trade off is that you can repair them out in the field.Fiberglass is the worst material for a canoe IMO. Every fiberglass canoe I have ever been in has left me with glass rash.