a year out of high school, i sold my 67 mustang and bought this trusty steed. it was a gas guzzler with zero appointments, including non-functioning AC. i got about 8 MPG. it was awesome, but i eventually got tired of sweating my ass off in the summer and freezing in the winter. plus the back window was unreliable (i didn't know about the safety switch). i eventually sold that for the comforts of EFI, AC, and decent gas mileage. i bought a 93 ford ranger. BORING, but i loved it, too.
well, fast forward however long and here i was with a daughter about to be driving age. since i'm not the type to gift a car to my kids, i decided i needed a new vehicle for myself. well...at that point i knew the time had come that i needed another bronco. so here we are.
i settled very specifically on what i wanted. i wanted a 96 with a 351w XLT, with 2-tone paint..blue and silver if i could pick. i wanted the 351w b/c there's no replacement for displacement. and i wanted 96 because of the OBD2. not to mention that a 96/351 combo gives you mass air vs speed density. and there is no ridiculous SMOG / emission crap on the 96 351, either. and the 96 is, of course, the most updated E4OD. really, in my book, the 96/351w is the greatest combo and that's why i bought one. yea, i said it.
that said, when you're looking for such a specific variety of an (at the time) 19 year old vehicle, you have to either have a deep pocket book or cast a wide net. my pockets are extremely shallow. i cast a wide net by using the internet in my search. i found this truck in tucson, AZ...nearly 1,000 miles away. however, it was the right price. and, it was pretty much stock. here are some pics from the sales ad. rust free. straight body. runs and drives. SOLD! i flew out within a day or two and drove it home.
when i got there, we had to unbury the camper shell. PO left it off full time. and i had to re-attach the front bumper. PO had damaged it trying to pull someone with a tow strap tied to it. doh!