I am posting this update in response to the recent inquiries into the price of the kit.
I just spoke to my friend and he said he had over $4K into the donor plus the cost of the Badlands Kit. Based on that, he would like to get around $10,500 but he will consider other offers. Even at that price someone could save about $6K off the price of a new kit and a donor in the same condition as his.
The best part is that this kit is available now, so you don't waste the summer waiting for your kit to be built, or looking for that perfect donor. My kit is based on the same Chevy 4X4, 3/4 ton. 350ci with Auto Trans. Personally, I think this is the way to go for a useful daily driver. I spent the better part of a year looking for my donor and I finally had to compromise and buy my donor with a 4 speed manual and convert over to Auto. If anyone is really serious about building one of these vehicles, save yourself the time, money, and aggrivation and buy this kit from my friend.