The Ford lady got back to me and it is a manual transmission with a V8. She said there's an exhaust leak and the ball joints need to be replaced. I'm going to call my mechanic neighbor tomorrow to get a ballpark estimate. Wonder if 2door has an opinion on this... he's a Ford guy, isn't he? Personally I'd buy whatever runs and gets me home. She and hubby haven't had occasion to drive it much over the past couple years. Knows of nothing else wrong with it. Over a hundred grand on the odometer which is no surprise. Which hundred grand? Looks pretty good, so I'm guessing just a hundred something. Thanks,
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...