In September 1993, I bought a new, base model Toyota Pickup truck with 4 miles on it in Miami. It was my very first car, and I didn't even know how to drive a stick. 17 years later, I sold it to a young driver and his dad for not a lot, with 245,000 miles on it. It was a regular cab, and my tall frame just couldn't take it anymore. Yes, I cried to see it drive away. I understand if that story makes you laugh or you do not relate, but it's true. I'm 41 years old now, and having lived a pretty frugal lifestyle all these years, I'm considering a project car. My friends are mostly doing the Rat Rod thing with old Chevy's, but I would really like to get an extra cab Toyota like the one I had, and do a modest renovation on it. My dilemma is as I scan through these amazing threads of all the things you guys are doing, I'm overwhelmed. I have no idea how to do these things, but I feel like they are all do-able. So, I'm gonna try it. I've done minor repairs on my Lexus LS400 and my old 1998 Jaguar XK8 by watching YouTube videos. Is my wife going to leave me?? Main Question: I'm looking for a good starter car that some old man owned or his wife drove. It will be low mileage for the year and cosmetically in decent shape. Can you guys help me out on Key Concepts of basic starting principles (as I know specifics will depend on lots of variables) for: 1) Lowering the Car. 2) Sprucing up the Interior. 3) Sprucing up the Exterior Regarding Lowing the Car: I'm not interested in getting super fancy, so I don't plan to attempt the air bag setups I've seen. What I would like is Rim and Tire recommendations along with 2 inches of lowering. I want the truck to still be able to carry a load of firewood if possible. (Is that possible?) Also, what are all the kinds of things I need to buy or replace if I make these changes. What are key Concepts I should think about in making these kinds of selections? How will these selections affect whatever they affect? Regarding Interior: I'm not interested in neon lights and sound systems or any gadgets. I'd prefer a clean, simple layout like new dash, steering wheel, seats, carpet, sound dampening, etc. I'm tall so I'm hoping to find some comfortable leather seats that recline. I will be looking for an xtra cab btw. Regarding Exterior: I'm clueless with all this stuff. I mean I don't even know what the options are other than Maaco. I'd be up for any recommendations of trying something myself. What I anticipate is that I'll get some brown or green Toyota that some old man bought back then, so it will likely have that frosted check mark stripe down the whole side of the truck. He will also have very likely scratched up the side of one of the bed-liners as he backed down his driveway. I'll need to fix dents and scratches and then repaint in the same color family of whatever I get. Also, I'll definitely want Front Grill and other Cosmetic Recommendations like mud skirt removals. So, how do you fix stuff like that... I have thousands of curiosities about what all I have seen guys do on this Forum... Mind-blowing. I thought I would just start with these 3 things and try to get decent on them before I ever try some of the other stuff. I'm limited for garage space (ie carport), but I've got some tools and jack stands. I'd need to buy a good jack and probably need to buy lots of things I don't know about. Can you guys who remember being a beginner give me some directions starting out? Maybe recommend some other threads that already addressed this? I'm lost on the site. Overwhelming information.