My truck: it lives!!!!
I have to say, working with Carl from Carl's Automotive Repair was a joy. He was extremely nice, and he took the time to explain how and why my car wasn't working (instead of just telling me how much it was going to cost me to fix). Ultimately Carl fixed my car, charged me a very fair price, and actually taught me a bunch about how combustion engines work (have you ever seen the inside of a distributor? Do you know where your fuel filter is? Did you know that most cars need their oil changed?) Thanks Carl -- my car is purring like a lion!
To those of you who held vigil with me -- thank you!