302 V8. 5 spd od stick, yes. Likely the Mazda sourced 5 spd. Used in later (88? +)F150s, a few light duty 250s, supercharged t birds and cougars, from what I've read. First is awfully low. Proabably a reasonable tire shredder in the cars. I've been easy on it so far. Installed by a reputable local garage with POs money. New clutch.
Paint isn't burned. It is either spray bombs or the worst spray job ever. Hope to start cleaning on paint this evening. Pressure wash everything I can. Then see what we have for paint. Maybe steel wool it to make is smoothish and some sort of shine juice. I've spent a little chunk on it so far just to get the interior to where it doesn't feel like a crime scene (way too much dirt and DNA in there) and a few other doll up things. Ordered a set of shiny dog dishes today.
I'm going to go for a "survivor" vibe for a while. then see if it feels worth doing any more to it. Should come around good enough to cruise in if the mood strikes.