How about some girl advice from a girl already owning a 1200 ute???
Hi im Mandy,
Ive just recently bought a 1200 ute with a worked a12 engine. My plan originally was to do paint n interior than a sr20 conversion but now im starting to think sr20 will come first. I bought my ute for $6,500 so i have money left to spent on modifying it.
It really comes down to you if you want the ute to be your "personal" product.
And also buying one already built can be costly if it wasnt done right so if you can do tests on the engine before you buy it or have someone do some for you. Stuff like check compression and spark plugs. Have a look at the oil sometimes you can tell whether the person cares about their car by whether its got fresh oil or not. Make sure everything is engineered if need be for your state.
Well good luck its good to see another girl driving a 1200 ute!!!! you wont regret it