There are many ways to value them. Your vehicle will be the biggest expense in your life. I've owned over 300 of them & only 4 were Fords.
Presently I own 4 Chevy pickups, 3 Chevy Caprices, 2 Chevy Motor Homes, 4 Dodges 4 John Deere tractors, 1 Allis Chalmers, 2 International Cub Cadets, 1 Home lite garden tractor, 1 Petty bone 8,000 lb. forklift & an Austin Western 4WD-4Wheel Steer turret crane.
Now I drive the Dodges most. 318 V8 Dakota Club Cab & a Dodge Aries. Wife drives the '08 Charger. Normally we don't do Fords. Our next new one may be a Ford since they didn't take a bale out.
Wanna crank your buddies up?
Tell 'em Henry Ford said I'll make a dollar each on my cars (Model 'T') I'll make my money on all the parts. I had 1 good Ford product. 1976 Mercury Monark, V8 automatic, all door.
I had a 1968½ Dodge Super Bee 383 Magnum that I still have the trophy I got at a local dragoway.
Stock 'G' class 13:96, 102mph in the quarter with street tires. Maybe you didn't know they had NO Power Brakes & NO disk brakes.(& NO Air Conditioning)
I had a quick Chevy Nova SS-350 after that Super Bee. It was Yellow, just like a lemon. My buddy had a '64 Dodge Cornet 383-V8, with dual glaspacs, 4speed & a chain to tow my Chevy Nova home with. The Nova had an .098 Duntov cam, solid lifters, hood tack, traction bars & Corvette Rally Rims (& NO Air Conditioning). Every machine has it's weak spots. We put 7 clutches in that darn Nova. The Zoom disk came out of the hole best but grrrr. What a pain.
We also had a '79 Trans Am 6.6l, with the shaker hood. (a 2" road bump would make ya black & blue) 130mph+? ya.
Next we had a 1979 Dodge L'l Red Truck w/360 Hi Performance, Torqueflite & dual chrome stacks. When ya built it up on the brake & come out of the hole the dashboard would jump up & down. How's 4mpg sound? (when you were having fun :) High Test gas was 30.9 a gallon back then. Then Jimmy Carter came in office. $2.109 a gallon & nobody could get any gas. Odd/Even days.
Next was the worst...1980 Ford Fairmont (4cyl.) We left it in the yard all night & nobody would steal it.
We had a couple Rambler Classic V8s. Real nice cars but they must have had brakes off a go-kart. Going to work in town wife would pull up in the right lane at a light with the Rambler Wagon & everybody would get in the other lane. She would kick their a.... & leave them ALL sitting there.
The old Chevys were quick. The Dodges were fast. Fords are getting better. (if you're a runt) A lincoln Town Car will catch me ½way down my ear trying to get in.
Do research on Checker Cab. They had Chevy V8s & built like a tank, back in 1960s. Ford has a wagon looking thing that looks much like they did. Looks nice. Did I tell ya they did NOT take any bailout money?
It's really what you feel good about. Do your own research. None of them are perfect. They're like people, none perfect & they all have flaws.
You like the good old big ones? I've owned them all. Even a 1960 'Vette. Most any of todays cars make them all act & drive like a bulldozer. You'd have to be a millionairer & own a gas tanker to have one today.
Have fun & do your own research on everything,
Did I tell ya I still hold the track record at Airport Speedway. (doing it in the dirt)
50+ years on the road & under the hood.