Price needs to be somewhat low since I just bought a house, and I'm not afraid of a proper project.
Several possibilities to consider. Should be near redding, ca and would preferably be stock. No turds.
1979-83 2wd toyota truck. 79-80 prefered. Diesel a big plus. Prefer short bed but will take long bed. 3/4 ton is ok. Should run well and pass smog and have nice cab and an interior that doesn't smell like the cat lady.
1984-89 4runner. No 1990-95 runners. Should smog and drive well and have complete un-thrashed interior.
1996-03 4runner. Same as above.
Any year tundra or sequoia. Same as above.
2000ish or newer subaru. Should run well, smog and not be thrashed.
Any year datsun 240z. Anything non-rust-buckety considered. Would even consider clean 1975 280z.
Almost any year landcruiser or lexus lx450 considered, condition depending.
Mid 70s celica hatchback, condition depending.