I took the plunge and bought a "work truck." I got a Longbed, F-150 with a 4.6 liter V-8 with virtually no added features! Crank windows, hand adjusting mirrors, AM/FM radio. Oh, I did get air conditioning. Got a hell of a great deal on it new. A good friend is the business mgr at a local Ford dealership. So, now I am fully independant! Just picked up a job in September for 300 too! Oh, it's red!!!!!!