I've got you beat by two years. My truck is an '81 Ranger Lariat with a 351W engine with a Motorcraft 2100 carb and a C6 tranny. All original. I tuned her up a few weeks back, (rebuilt the carb, set the timing and replaced the plugs.) and she runs like a scared rabbit. Starts right up and that old C6 shifts smooth as butter. If you take care of a Ford product, they will last a lifetime. My old '65 Mustang has never had the engine overhauled and it runs great. Yes, the brakes and other things that tend to wear out need to be replaced, but the major things will last forever if you take care of them.
Anyway, if I hit one of those "cheater" cars with my pickemup truck, they are history, and I will be attending their funeral. I get about an average of 14 MPG, and I only use the truck for short trips to haul stuff. My Mach gets about 30 MPG so that is the vehicle we take on trips, I just value the life of my wife and myself to drive anything smaller.