what is the reason for upgrading?
also if this truck is yours how come you can't sell or trade it in?, or are you the nice brother?
I have friends with fords that have the push button 4x4 and they have had some issues with it, one of them shorted out and left the truck 4x4-less durring a horrible snoe storm, something to keep in mind. never heard of anyone with trouble with the manual engagment.
5.4 is a whole lot of engine, I think it might be too much engine for an f-150. But none the less, it is a fantastic engine.
if it were me, i'd get the 1996.
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2005 GMC sierra 2500 4x4
2000 Chevy Astro 4.3l vortec V6
2006 Simplicity Broadmoor
2005 Lawn Boy 21" walk behind
2006 Craftsman 21" 6.0 HP push
2005 tow behind spreader, dethatcher, aerator
2006 5X8 trailer
2005 Echo gt-200R
a slew of hand tools
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