Inherited a 2000 F250 from my grandparents who didn't want to sell it because they thought they'd have to pay taxes since it was a write off as a farm expense for them. I'm not going to argue about a deal like that.
Here's how it sat when I got it.
I know the tires are small. I know the running boards are ugly. I hate the looks and lack of visibility from a shell, but I haul a lot of steel that can't get wet so I have to have a cover and a tonneau doesn't leave me enough room.
Loaded up the bed with a bunch of other junk my grandmother didn't want which included some antique woodworking tools from my great-grandfather. Turns out this lot of hand planers is worth about $500-$700! Score! That's off topic, but I like cool old things.
Hit the road to drive from Amarillo to Denver. I was about 30 miles past Clayton when the engine started losing power and stumbling. I pulled over and shut it down, checked all fluids, restarted the motor and headed back on my way. 2 min in started the same thing only worse. Pulled over and shut her down again. Turned the key and listened for fuel pump. Took the fuel filter cap and the filter looked good and the pump was fueling the bowl in 1 cycle. Back on the road and it was even worse so I pulled over into the median and called for a tow. Could barely keep the truck running to get into position for the tow to come haul me away.
Tow truck hauled me to Raton where they have a Ford Stealership. The next morning I bought a gold plated fuel filter from them and swapped out the old one. Now the truck wouldn't start and just puked white smoke so I just told them to fix it.
$400 to troubleshoot and replace a leaking fuel filter cap (which wasn't leaking) and glow plug relay just to get it to start so they could start really troubleshooting.
Diagnosis was bad injector #1. Total out the door will be in the $1200 range. I know I got hosed on price, but I was stranded 300 miles from home and they're the only game in town. Took 2 days to get the injector in ($359) and hopefully I'll be heading out of this crap-hole later this afternoon.