Ok now this hurts! Having to admit I went to Paul for advice
Since he's such a Ford nut (emphasis on NUT!), I emailed him some questions about it.
I guess I also have to admit that I also looked at a '96 Dodge stakebed, and opted to keep the Ford. This truck is super clean! And I'm actually enjoying driving it. I'd still prefer a Cummins, but there's nothing wrong with this Ford!