Regarding the suggestion of insurance and AAA towing, well there is a bit more to my story. I forgot to include that after approx. 45 mins. or so, the calipers released the pads/shoes--whatever they're referred to-- enabling me to drive it home from the highly over priced and presumptuous Briscoe Alignment and Tire in Denton, TX.
So, carefully, trying to run as many stop signs as possible, thereby avoiding using the brakes, unless absolutely necessary, I made it home.
When all hope seemed lost, an old acquaintance, (a know-it-all) mechanic type, dropped by and my 1998 Ford F150 brakes (which was the ONLY thing on my mind) was the topic of conversation.
He, knowing it all, said the 'diagnosis' was ludicrous. He then proceeded to tell me what the real problem was and how to fix it, using his 'technical' lingo, I just nodded and smiled, thinking...HOW MUCH$$$
We purchased at Auto-zone (his favorite place??) 2 new brake lines one for the left and the right front disc brakes....which BTW I assisted installing. :-) 2 @ $19.95 each. We reassembled everything and test drove the new and improved F150. Did this fix the problem? Nope, the rubber/brass brake lines was not the problem.
OK, by know I am thinking that the old married couple that was the sole owner of the truck, prior to April 14, 2010, wanted to make some quick cash and saw a poor sucker (me) w/only $2400 in her 'buy a vehicle' fund, and rooked me.
The would-be brake technician/acquaintance continued the trouble shooting, clearly on a mission now, and proceeded to diagnosed that both calipers need to be replaced. This is the entire kit and not just the bracket or the pistons, but the whole housing. Because these parts (at Auto-zone of course) where priced at $65 each, which I most definitely do not have at present, he called one of his "Acquaintances".
This guy sells or parts out the cars that people use for trade or 'cash for clunkers' and said he had what he needed 2 for $30. OK, great, but..if it sounds too good to be true....
We just finished with the disappointing installation of the, in my opinion, worse looking than the ones we took off, calipers Did this fix it? Nope.
So, because it was getting dark and impossible to see anything, we are putting off any more trouble shooting until tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm continuing the search for a REAL second opinion.
Thanks for your comment and suggestions, please accept my apologies for not including all these gory details.....I'm so depressed. :-(
I hope my troubles and hopefully my solution/s will help others.. have a lovely day/week/weekend.