I have had two Ford F100's on the road. Neither one I built myself. While I worked to come up with the cash to pay them. It is was more beneficial for me that way. I have no problem saying "My friend and his Dad in West Tennessee did it" Most of the big work someone else did it for me. Like Tommy says here if you find one that suits say 75% or greater of your taste you sometimes not always can get it cheaper than you can build it if you consider cash and TIME to get it on the road. I think it is truly more of a preference. If I had time, skill, and a place to do it I would build my own but since I dont no shame in buying one IMHO. The smiles and thumbs up you get going down the road feel the same either way.