I'm also part of the F250 7.3 diesel fan club. I have a '97 with 300k on it. We just bought it this past summer. We put a good bit of work into it, but we expected that. It only gets driven a few times a month, and it doesn't seem to mind. For my 5'4" self, it's really fun to drive. I'm finally bigger than everyone else! Do be careful where you park, though. I learned the hard way not to park over a drain in the parking lot. I don't have running boards, and my seat was a good foot higher than normal. Normal is difficult enough!