I have a 1995 F250 with a 183,000. I bought it last year before winter for $3000 with a western 7.5 pro plow. I took it to my 4WD guy and he welded gussets on the front axle where they are prone to break. All in all put about $750 in parts and labor before plow season. The truck made it through winter and summer without a hitch. I put a couple hundred in plow parts into it put nothing major. Now I just put $1400 to get ready for this winter and pass inspection. It was so much cause I had to replace 3 sensors. Its ready for winter again but could use a gas tank for convience. And the oil pan has been jb welded but dont know how long it will last. I really cant afford a truck payment but cant afford $1400 in 2 weeks either but always come up with the money. Must have the 2 trucks for plowing and will need a 2nd crew this spring. What do you guys do? Sorry so long.