Just got the truck out of the shop, and I couldn't be more thrilled. It was a frustrating sequence of events having purchased a used vehicle, but the brothers who run Select Motors couldn't have been more accommodating given the cascading issues, and their garage of choice, Alexander Motors is now my garage of choice as well. Despite the initial bowel-wrenching estimates, the professional attention I was given by the entire staff really did win me over.
Turducken now has a completely new front suspension - all Moog parts - tie rods, upper and lower ball joints, and two new shocks. Perhaps more importantly, four brand new catalytic converters. For the first time since driving off the lot, I now know why the 4.0L V6 was an option in the Ford Ranger; its damn impressive.