i just bought an 01 xlt with a 2.5L. texas 3.5/4 lowering kit (heated & cut springs, 2 leafs removed), and xl stockers painted black. (see pictures).
no, it's not in very good shape. but it runs better than mine and has 200 miles on the engine. it has no exhaust, glovebox, and it was painted poorly. a few dents, nothing major. wire-tied-on edge mesh grille. smoked (sort of) corners and tail lights.
the hood wouldn't close right, so i figured out the battery was too high. and i thought, hrm... the battery doesn't fit. i'll get another one. so i got to wal-mart stand in line for too long, come home, put the battery in... backwards. the posts on the new battery were different than the (marine) battery that was on it before, and when i put the cables on (backwards), something under the alternator started smoking, and i thought, wtf. that's when i figured out i didn't reverse the wires. i'm a fucking melonhead. now it's sitting in the driveway waiting to be taken up to ford and empty my pockets. thank jesus for credit cards.
moral of teh story: if you drive 11 hours to get a truck and dolly it 11 hours back make sure you hook the brand fucking new battery up right.
and i still have the 96.