Total win with this story. I can picture it perfectly. LOLIn my '98 Mazda B4000, the gearshift hit any taller beverages (16 oz bottles or tumblers) in the drivers cupholder when shifting into 2nd gear and the passengers in 4th. Swapping my beverage between passenger and driver cupholders just became part of the shifting process. Passengers just had to hang onto their beverage until we got on a highway.
I'd take that again if it guaranteed a manual in the Bronco.