Granted, I’ve been saying this for years but it’s true now that my wife is going to be starting her apprenticeship in funeral service, embalming, and cremation. She wants to spend between $4000-5000 and get a little pickup truck that will be reliable and relatively fuel efficient for me, so she can drive Meepster.

I have bad ideas - not Torch-level bad ideas - about doing something like this:

Which, with an older NPR or Fuso can be made for under $5k. Take-off beds are all over around here too because there are a few utility-body companies in the Charlotte area.