I used to have a beater... from 1977 when I bought it to July 1998 when I took it to the body shop. I had the engine rebuilt in 1979 and used it as an almost daily driver or second vehicle.
Before: as it was in 1977:
A before from 1983:
After in 1999 fresh from the body shop:
I do miss the beater days. Now I have to wash it and be careful with it. I put a rug and/or plywood in the bed before I haul stuff. But I had to fix the body as it was just rusting away. After a rainstorm there would be rustmarks on my concrete driveway. There was major cancer rot in the usual places. Although I do like the finished look now. I wish I could have both.... Maybe that is the role my 70 F350 will fill. Although when I was looking for a dump truck my wife says she wanted a pretty truck (meaning good paint), not a rust bucket...