I am a competent metal fabricator and I plan on building a H1 hummer. I had the opportunity to buy a good condition Hmmwv A2 rolling chassis. I almost went for it but I didn't. My reasons: Independent suspension = drive off a 1 Foot ledge and start balancing on 2 or 3 wheels. Portal hubs = yes they look amazing and are sweet for off road use. The con (for me) they lower your final drive ratio (higher rps on the highway lower top speed). This is very important for me as this vehicle will be my road trip machine and will see a lot of highway driving . Parts availability = I plan on modding the engine and transmission. The factory half shafts are not meant to handle 400-500 horsepower and a ton of torque. Upgrading these costs a fortune. The dodge is sporting the proven dana 70 in rear (quite capable of easily handling that kind of power) and the dana 60 up front (an amazing axle except for the garbage unit bearings which I plan on replacing). Cost = I have to look at what I am capable of doing with my super limited resources (I don't even have a working engine hoist or torque wrench ) in a decent time-frame ( I am still remodeling my destroyed house working full time, running all aspects of my bike company, fixing my brothers trucks and riding bmx). I desperately need more than 24 hours in a day. The plan is to build a new hummer body over the top of the dodge chassis. I am starting by building an outline of the outside profile using 1x1 and 2x1 .065 wall steel tubing. I plan on doing a double wall style body with insulation in the middle all the while making the interior as roomy as possible. I also plan on using tons of real hummer parts. Real hood, tailgate, metal roof, double bead-lock wheels with run-flats, real hmmwv doors with bullet proof glass, bullet proof windshield... you get the picture. Out side will be authentic while the inside will be completely custom.