Okay, I have a 1995 ranger xlt super cab. It is a 3.0 5spd.
On to the noise, I really only notice it from a complete stop when I slowly accelerate to start moving. It's sort of a creaking sound. I don't believe it is in the engine, my guess would be somewhere in the driveshaft. Even if you start from a slow roll, you don't hear it. Almost always has to be from a complete stop.
Here's a link to the vid, not the best quality...but you can hear it the best around the 25 and 34 second marks.