Help me repair my truck

51658630_1601766061105818_r.jpeg51658630_1601766099720823_r.jpeg51658630_1601766128153297_r.jpegI know this year has been bad for everyone in their own way and I hope everyone has been coping well during this whole pandemic. With that being said, my truck has been doing pretty bad this year. Back in April, my truck overheated but luckily it was only the radiator along with the water pump and thermostat that needed to be replaced and it continued running great for a 16 year old truck. Back in August, while driving down 410, a piece of rebar went underneath the side my truck (I didnt even see it coming) and pierced the side of my gas tank, costing me $557 to replace it. A few weeks ago however back in September, a lot of odd things were going on with my 2004 Ford Ranger. First, my vehicle wouldn't start but luckily I figured that out by simply pushing the fuel pump reset button. It was running ok then but then I noticed that the temp gauge on my instrument cluster was always reading towards cold, never at normal. I was thinking it was just a sensor issue since the thermostat is fairly new so I replaced both sensors but nothing changed. Eventually it turned out to be the sensor was stuck on "open" since it was always saying that the engine was cold. Annoying but whatever, I fixed it. A day or 2 later, my battery just went dead. It was a few years old so ok got a new one. A few days after that, was when everything went wrong. I was driving on the highway on September 19th (?) And I remember slowing down on the highway to let someone in. I accelerated and I heard a rattling noise coming from the engine. Then, my truck started slowing down. I'd hit my gas pedal but my truck would no longer accelerate. I was stuck on the side of the highway and had no other choice than to call a tow truck because my truck wouldnt move at all. I got my truck towed to a mechanic that my parents would always go to and had done work for me a month back with my gas tank. They did their test and found that cylinders 4,5,6 were all misfiring on one side, told me that my oil was black and low (I've always been on top of my old changes, so idk how they got that to be honest), and that my timing chain was out of time. Long story short, they saw no point in fixing it because of the age of my vehicle and recommended just getting a salvaged engine or junking my vehicle. I know this is just a vehicle, but I've had it for 11 of its 16 year lifespan. I was upset. I was ready to throw in the towel but luckily my dad recommended me to this other mechanic who felt that he knew the answer to my problem. I had to get another tow truck and tow it to the 2nd mechanic's shop. After he looked at everything, he saw that the timing chain had a lot of play in it and that it was out of sync, thus causing those 3 cylinders mentioned above to be misfiring. For the repairs and parts, it will all come out to $975.70. Now I have the money to cover most of it, but this is really hitting me at a time when I've got a lot of bills to pay for. This is why I'm asking for your help of $450 to help me get some breathing room for this costly repair. Most of y'all know how much my truck means to me and financially, I'm not ready to part ways and have car payments every month. So if you can, please donate whatever, $20, $10, $5, $1, anything helps. I know this post is long, but I really know I needed to go in detail about the issues my truck has been having and what has been going on. I've included the diagnosis and the estimate for the cost from the 2nd mechanic.  Thank you for your time and thanks for your help!
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