RE: 1996 starting problems
ivannj, that is a tell-tale sign of an ignition switch problem (key switch). Sooner or later, it just won't do anything.
smplgrn, I'm wondering if you don't have an intermittent bad connection on the fuel pump relay. All that it would take would be alittle bit of corrosion on the trigger line (either 12v+ or ground) and it wouldn't trigger the fuel pump to turn on. I just recently traced a similar problem down to a faulty connection at the fuel pump relay on a '93 Ford E350 moving van. Cleaned out the connectors with a very small set of files that I bought specifically for this purpose and the thing fired to life after sitting for over a year. See the trigger lines for relays are 12v+, but very VERY low amperage because the trigger only has to energize an electro-magnet to pull the contacts on the high amperage side together (that click you hear when a relay switches).
During this cold start problem do you hear your fuel pump whirl to life when you turn on the key?