My first truck was a '96 F150. It was one great truck. Mine was 4x4 with the 5.8. Tons of power, but bad gas mileage. Costs a lot and hurts even more with dual tanks! Never had any real problems. A battery, a couple of front lights. The family friend that owned it before me used it to pull a 30' camper and ruined two rearends. He put a new in when I bought it and never had a problem with it. It was a common problem, so be weary of that. alos, the throttle stuck open on me twice... that was real fun! Little DW40 and I was all seat, but scary as hell. Just remember, it is an older 1/2 ton. Treat it well and it will treat you well. It is by far one of the best 1/2 tons ever made.
-2005 John Deere 4310 with bucket loader, 5' mowing deck, 5' backblade, 5' boxscraper, and 6' landscape rake
-2003 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Crew Cab 4X4 5.7L
-1995 Ford F350 XLT Regular Cab 4X4 7.3L PSD with Diamond 8.5' Plow