It can be done.
Like I said. I will help. Ill be honest. Im still learning an asston, no where near the knowledge level I need to be at. My welding is a little under-par right now. My knowledge of engines.. mediocre at best.. (thats what manuals are for).. that said.. no reason you can't just build as you go. Not necessary to do everything all at once. For instance.. We're in oregon.. half doors not that great of a plan. dovetail probably unnessessary the trails here don't require it. Start small and build off of it. At some point you could reach twisted ranger status.
Start reading. I read stuff 24/7, peruse craigslist if your serious, start picking up parts slowly. Then by the time your ready to build, you should have a pretty extensive knowledge base. Shoot Ive been reading for months and months and i learn new stuff every day. I say get it.. start small.. build and build.. and eventually.
and hell ya i wanna help.. your like 20 minutes away.. By the time your ready to build then between the two of us we could figure most of it out. If not. we have the internet to help and Oregon State University's Mechanical Engineering shop/department at our disposal.. Some very smart, very savvy, real world dudes in the dep..
oh, and don't be afraid to pick the minds of dudes like andrew and zach with experience and knowledge. hell Im pretty sure andrew hates me I keep bugging him about his project..
oh and fyi, when the patchwork ranger leaves dd status. I will be shooting for something like this....EVENTUALLY..