Welcome to the Team Paul!
To misquote Horace Greeley Go South young man. You want a car from the desert southwest (SoCal, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico. or West Texas). It will pay for itself in the long run. The early Chevy's were popular with Hispanics in the early Seventies and they grabbed up as many as they could find. Ever since the Gringo's copied their low rider look they have been shedding them or stashing them in garages in back of houses in hopes the fad will pass. You can find a well preserved Impala already lowered ready to go which will save you years of work and a yard full of donor vehicles trying to save one from the rust monster.