Update: dropped the truck off at the dealer on Thursday night, they put it in the bay overnight with a fuel gauge on it. It didn't bleed pressure down to zero for them, but a scope of the cylinders showed possible fuel pooling on one of the intake valves. They already had it torn down to the fuel rail so the cost of injectors was virtually redundant, the labour is the majority of the bill. With my oil change just under $1000 out the door. I do oil changes every 4-5 weeks on average so I never check the oil level - I can't say if it's grown or not.
Tried the 'key on' cycle, brought pressure to the rail no problem but still have an extended crank time as it bleeds out the air. It was exhibiting what they thought might be hydraulic lock on occasion - starter would engage, turn a couple of revolutions and then almost come to a dead stop before spinning again. I initially thought it might be the starter again but based on the other findings I'm satisfied that we found the correct problem.
Should be all redundant, while they were diagnosing the truck in the service bay I was in the sales office working out a deal on a new F150. The loaner they gave me had heated seats and SYNC which told me it was time to let the Ranger go. My boss wants it for one of his kids, now it's just a question of will he give me the right $ for it..... A guy's gotta get something nice for his 40th birthday, right?
Regardless of whether I trade or sell her, one thing's for sure: I will miss her. Best truck I have ever owned for reliability, repair cost and just plain driving fun. Even with 325,000K when you jump on the loud pedal there is no question it's the 4L under the hood. If only I could have found an aftermarket stereo that played nice with my iPod...
Updates to follow.