Howdy Kat...and welcome to the Madness! --- If you are shopping skoolies locally (in the NY area)...just be extra cautious about rust. There are relatively new, low mileage units that are about to fall apart due to road salting. It can eat major metal components in very short order and is not something you want to have to deal with.
Best of luck on your hunt. Just read as many build threads as you can and you will begin to get a picture of the make, model, engine & tranny that will serve you best.