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Thanks for the welcome and the replies.
I decided to move forward and get the truck and get things straightened out.
I had codes pulled from a shop with a snap-on scanner, it had a miss in #8 and a glow plug issue (actual codes on a paper in the truck if helpfully). They cleared them and said to drive it and see what happened.
I started and drove the truck during the day, having stopped and restarted it a number of times. No engine light.
Took it to get the smog test (in CA) which checks the OBD-II, looks for mods and smoke. It passed and for the balance of the day no light.
In the morning, as soon as it started - engine service soon light back on.
Drove in total about 60 miles with 50 of that highway. 20 of those with about 3000 lbs in the back, going from sea level to about 3,000 feet. I was easy on the pedal keeping it at 55 to 60mph and trying to not have it lug which it feels like it does in overdrive. About 10mpg. Never a sign of black smoke.
Another thing I noted, is that when cold and 70 degrees outside, there is no power. I can't imagine that new it ran like this. How would a salesman demo a truck like this in the cold by saying "... need to let it warm up for 15 mins...".
Any recommendations as to how to proceed will be appreciated. I think I need to own a scanner and have read about an older chip scanner that will do the job. If that is the best option, please let me know what type. If not, what will be good to have to stay on top of this. Also a service / shop manual... who's?
Thank you for the help!!!