Sad to say but my patience has finally come to an end. This truck has 325K miles on it now. The engine idle is becoming low and erratic. The output shaft on the "fully rebuilt" tranny is worn, leaking and I get solenoid "click" plus a clunk when I shift between park/drive/reverse. I still have oil dripping from the pan and many other little tell tale signs that it's time to let this one go.
I picked up a 2003 single owner Ram with 68K miles on it this morning. It's a reg cab short bed with a V6 but the price was right and it will work just fine for my new daily commute. I quit my old job with the 150 mile daily commute and took a much better job just 6 miles from my house so my driving needs have just been drastically reduced.