So I'm finally starting my own build thread for my truck:
2003 GMC 2500HD
Ext Cab, Short Bed
I bought it off a good friend of the family in April of 2011 with 95,000 on it. He was the kind of guy that took it in every 3000 miles for oil changes, and had every service done by the dealership (for better or worse). Fortunately the diesel mechanic at our local dealer is one of the most well versed guys with the duramax motor I've met.
It was completely stock when I got it, but will be slowly changing as time/$/wife allows.
The buildup will serve many purposes. I raise/train/breed German Shepherds, and need to be able to transport dogs and equipment ( www.ortnervdpfalz.com ). I am also big into hunting, so I need a truck that can get me in/out of places, haul what I kill, and also serve as a place to sleep/camp. I also need my truck for basic chores around the ranch. On top of all that, I need the truck to remain comfortable and accomodating for my wife and eventually family.
I've started a few things on it:
ARE utility shell
bed platform with storage (not quite finished)
PIAA Lights (I know they're not great, but 10 years ago when I bought them, I didn't know that but one day they will be replaced with HID's.
Procomp leveling kit
just bought some Hummer H2 wheels with 315.70.17s that I'm going to stuff under the rig.
This is what she looked like when I brought her home.