I got reading this thread https://www.oilburners.net/threads/...-for-the-enterprise-up-for-grabs.19461/page-2 And there are a lot of great stories of how people came to own the trucks they love, I figured why not keep it going? I first started looking at an idi when I was a senior in high school. I had previously had a 94 f250 extended cab long box 351 5 speed and man it looked good but it was a XL truck that was beat. Previous owners had not been kind and was using coolant and needed a head gasket. I did not have the knowledge or money to put into it so I sold it. I then began looking for another truck, disregarding my dad’s suggestion to get a commuter car for college. He would not let me get a 460 because of fuel costs, and he said no powerstrokes, and all of them were out of my price range. That left me with a 351, or an idi diesel. I really wanted a diesel, and started doing my research here even before I owned one. I researched on here for about 6 months before I found one. Our family made a yearly road trip over the Christmas holidays from Montana to Boise, Idaho to The Dallas, Oregon. I had not had much luck finding trucks in our area and began looking along our trip route. I ended up finding 2 that I wanted to look at. 1 was a white one that was immaculate by the time we got there it had sold, but the blue and white one was still for sale. My parents and I went and looked at it. A 89 7.3 non turbo 5 speed extended cab long box 4.10 4wd xlt lariat 112k miles basically everything I wanted in a truck. I ended up buying it and it ran absolutely awesome and decent power for a N/A idi. It started extremely hard though. She was addicted to ether to boot. Drove it home and then started working on it after school to fix up the variety of problems. Valve cover gaskets, thermostat, block heater, injection pump, injectors, glow plugs, rear brakes. All of that in a pole barn filled with hay bales. Man that brings back some memories, and so many learning experiences. Anyway I could write a dang book of all the experiences I have had with this truck but I will spare ya. Got it running and driving pretty well and realized I did not want to be a mechanical engineer, well I didn't want to spend 20 grand a year to hate the next 4 years of my life. I then realized how much I loved working on my truck. I figured why not go to school for what I love doing. I did just that and took it to college. WyoTech in Laramie, WY. Part way through my time there 2 bad tanks of fuel ended up giving me a heck of a run for my money. There was more water than diesel in the tanks it ran but not well. after doing 2 block heaters, 1 coolant change, an injection pump,2 fuel filters, a bad battery, return lines, fuel filter housing reseal, glow plugs and a few other little things a insane amount of diagnosis trying to find out all of those problems were working against me I finally got it running, put a new turbo cal injection pump on it, drained the tanks, timed it and got it going. Installed a pyrometer and drove back to Montana averaging 17.8 mpg @ 78 mph. My dad’s brand new 2015 dodge 6.4L gasser with like 10k miles on it also averaged 17.8 @ 78 mph . Did I mention egts get hot fast at 7220' of elevation with a N/A? Got it home and put on a 4'' exhaust and muffler for a power stroke on it. I also noticed that it lowered egts which is awesome. Then had a ray bell air intake given to me. Ran it like that for quite a while. Ran absolutely amazing for a N/A. In a race from a dead stop I beat my buddy to 45. He caught me at 45 and beat me to 60, but his truck was a 97 7.3 e40d with an intake ts6 and exhaust. I felt awesome about it. I then found a turbo kit and intercooler on craigslist and went down and pulled it. It sat in my garage for a year before I sent it off to idiperformance.com to get rebuilt. I then built up a set of traction bars for the impending turbo and intercooler addition as I already had wheel hop as a N/A. I then got my turbo complete with ww2 sent back to me 2 weeks before hunting 4 horsepower. I was able to get it all put on and ready to go. I had been doing everything I could to prepare beforehand though. I then dynod it and was very impressed with my numbers 226/501 @ 7 psi boost. It ran amazing had great power egts were within reason, so why not add a little more boost. That was a terrible idea. I then started a downward spiral to needing more power. 15 psi of boost for almost 2 years it never skipped a beat and got great mpg while doing it. I truly knew that I would at some point need to stud the heads to keep the record of never skipping a beat, even running water meth. I figured it would be better to do it on my time schedule than the trucks. I began buying parts in preparation to pull the motor, reseal it, stud the heads, and cam it. About 1 month ago I finished doing exactly that. I borrowed a buddy's shop, pulled the motor, put rebuilt heads on, comp 910 valve springs, Inconel valves, comp pushrods, arp studs, r&d stage 1 cam, stage 1 drop in turbo, and custom intercooler piping to work with the new turbo, along with powder coating everything possible to dress it up. It runs flat out amazing, tons of power lots of boost. Did I mention I love it? After school I got offered a job in Spokane WA and worked at an international dealership there for 2 years. I then found my second job looking for parts for my truck. the owner of the junkyard saw how well versed in vehicles I was, how every word out of my mouth wasn't a swear word, and I showed him my resume (my truck) and said this is how well I do things, and I treat every vehicle like it is my truck, He kept in contact and while on my honeymoon (yes I took my truck) he offered me a job. My truck was already invaluable to me, but at this point it has directly gotten me one job, and indirectly gotten me another, as well as shaping my life you could say I have a bit of an attachment to it especially after Almost 5 years and 35k miles later. Besides all that, I have met so many awesome people, and learned so many things from my idi it isn’t funny. Sorry for the book, but it is hard to shorten what shaped the course of your life over the last 5 years.