I bought one from Advance a few years ago, it was $110. It was the best MAF my 95 ever had on it, gas mileage picked up a little.
I agree on working on the T-Birds yourself, any used car actually. If you have to pay shop prices for all car maintenance, then having an older used car is cost prohibitive. Of course, there are some big jobs you can't do yourself no matter what.
I would ask around to find a mechanic that can handle the older models. I don't mind driving an hour for someone good.
Back on point, I don't see how a bad MAF could keep the car from starting. They always throw a code too.
97 T-Bird LX 4.6 - 80k miles
94 Supra TT Auto - street/strip car
04 CVPI- Brenda's car - 76k miles
95 T-Bird LX 4.6 - fully optioned, owned 15 years, 220k miles
96 Cougar XR-7 4.6- Brenda's car, owned 11 years, 187k miles
88 T-Bird 3.8 - first T-Bird, owned 5 years, 206k miles