Stick beats out Autos all day long. My buddy has a real hard time keeping traction with an automatic when I am using 4x4 Low with a stick. Only time they can get real tricky is when you are on a hill you couldnt make it to the top of. In those situations a lot of the time it is just having the guts to completely let go of the brakes and let it creep back in 4x4 low. I will never own an automatic. Standards are the best.
Complete rebuild axle/engine/everything swap in progress:
Parts already gathered for assembly: 2001 Ford 302, 1990 Mustang GT 5.0 ECU and wiring, NP435, NP205, Pair of axles from 04' F350 SuperDuty (Sterling 10.5 Posi rear, Dana 60HP Front-Both Disk Brakes 3.73 Gears), 37" H1 Tires, 9" lift TJ Coils for 2 link conversion in front, Stage 2 Clutch Kit, 3 Row Aluminum Radiator, Chevy Astro Steering box (4" front Stretch), XJ Rear Leaf Springs (6" Rear Stretch), and lots more.