Oppo - I just bought a house out in the country (well, ok, Napa), and I'm considering buying an older truck, preferably mechanically relatively sound and easy to work on but condition of exterior and interior not really important. I'm a sports and performance car guy, so I don't know much about trucks.

Any suggestions? Any ideas what I should expect to pay? Normally I like things that are unusual, but in this case I think the idea would be to have something as "usual" as possible. And I'd like to keep it pre-1975 due to CA smog requirements, and under $5k - which seems like a lot, since when I was growing up I feel like you could buy these all day long for $1k.

Is something like this a bad idea?