Beat up rat rod.
There you go. You already have a body. Look for a frame. Maybe a S-10 with a v6 4 speed. i just missed one running for $500. I have a dodge d50 with a nice frame and suspension that i paid 600 and ran it for 3 years, now it is potential. Hope you have as much fun with old iron as I have had since HS days.
A rat rod is a pile of junk that an artist has turned into a (safe) drivable custom vehicle. Beauty is in the eye of the owner.