The guys are right, money and talent available are key factors along with parts availability for your project. However in this case you really need to listen to your heart. If you bought a project because one of us recommended it, but really didn't like the car/truck, your enthusiasm will dry up pretty quick. That's when you sell a project car at a loss because of the time and parts you have invested in it.
Check with your dad, I'm sure he had a couple of "wish I hadn't sold that car" or "I had one just like that one...". Then find one that both of you like.
Working on something that you want to work on is a lot different than working on something you have to work on.
One other thing, for a first project I think I would look for a "driver" and make it the best you can. At least you'd be able to enjoy it while you're working on it. If you get a "basket case" sometimes it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Good Luck! Keep us "posted" as to what you wound up with.