Hello all. I have been doing a ton of research on these trucks. I really want to do the right thing when buying my first one. This will be my first -- how should I say it -- Hot Rod project? I am very familiar with cars and bikes -- own a few and have built a few projects of my own. Just nothing this old -- in a car or truck that is. I really love the lines and look of the 47 - 55 Chevy Trucks. I have been looking at every site that sells them -- eBay, here on the HAMB and about 3-4 other sites as well. Really to do my due diligence to know what is out there and what costs should be etc. Since this is my first old truck -- I would obviously like to buy one that is pretty solid and runs pretty good. I am going to eventually put a newer engine in it and modernize some things for durability and reliability -- but I want to maintain the look and feel of the old truck. In saying that - I have a few questions. - Area where I purchase this truck.... I would love a solid truck with little to no rust. People have often said - stay away from the heavy states with snow -- as you may find more rust on the truck from that. Not sure if this is true or just a miss-understanding. - When looking at these trucks -- where should I look for rust the most? - Under the door's? - Floor in the cabin? - Are there any years out of these that are more desirable? I am a big fan of the 5 window and would love to find one of those to start my project. - Costs -- I have seen decent and running trucks go from $6,500 - $15,000. Yes there are the ones that are already built and customized -- but I am not looking for that. I am looking for a solid truck -- that is in good working condition -- where I can improve on it and make it unique to myself. I am located in South Florida -- there used to be a lot of old trucks down here -- but property is more valuable now for high rises and hotels -- and farm lands are becoming less and less. So I am willing to go anywhere in the U.S. to find the right truck. Thank you for any insights on how I can be a better consumer. What I should look for when looking at them etc.