I just received this truck 2 days before thanksgiving. It was towed to my house by flatbed after sitting 8 years in a field. The truck ran when it was parked in December of 06 after the owner had a stroke and then passed away. After making the determination that the 4.9L (300 cid) engine would turn over, I started to work on cleaning it up, giving a good tune up and replacing the fuel tanks, fuel pumps, and sending units as well as all the hoses, and belt. A new battery, a set of new tires, the truck cranked right up and has been excellent to run. After 500 miles, I drained the oil, and it looked just as clean as it was the day I put it in.
I love the 1994 body style of the truck. The manual transmission, and the power it gives, makes it really fun to drive.
The engine runs like new - I replaced
the air intake manifold gasket at
approx. 150K & the crankcase oil pan
gasket once at approx. 200K. The front
brakes must have been designed for the
festiva - I had to purchase rotors way
to often! My transmission was rebuilt
around 150K. The torque converter sent
a hard to find vibration through my
truck at around 75K that was a Ford
problem - Ford actually issued a
service bulletin for this. Overall a
great truck! I should have purchased
(2) - it was ~$13K new.