The joy of parts and info hunting
The term "expert opinion" is an oxymoron. When it comes to automotive information, this is what you end up with most of the time, as long as all your doing is asking questions. I learned today that it really doesn't matter who or where you get your information from, don't count on it completely until you've proven it by application. It cost me 1 dollar to enter Frank Butler's U-pull-it yard in Pensacola, FL. I spent 2 hours researching the differences between the 7.5" 10 bolt rear-end(s). I found information that was supposed to be of expert origin to be not completely true. The factory is not very kind about giving up information about some things, so we have to chase down the real answers ourselves. I didn't find the part I was looking for, but for 1 dollar and 2 hours of my time I found out some facts. Combined with all the information I've gathered, thats alotta knowledge for a buck(a real bargain). When you build a car(or rebuild, whatever), kiss the money goodbye, if you anticipate breaking even or making a profit you are insane(for that type of thinking). This is not the true reward. The true reward is in the effort you put forth. It's nice to share information and experiences with other people on this bulletin board and I enjoy reading about the discoveries of the other members. To me this is what it's all about and I hope some of my posts and opinions don't get misunderstood, I was jesting with 57chevyman about being old fashioned because he opposed the use of headers, it was just humor and I hope it was recieved as lightly as I tried to put it. Our opinions do mean something to each other, otherwise we would not be on here. My first post on this bulletin board ended a little defensively with "no smart *** replies please" because you come to expect things like that on the web. Weak minded people do this and then hide behind thier keyboard. I've been happy to see an absence of this and on the rare occasion that it happens someone tactfully responds in defense and thats normally as far as it goes. This is a good site and a good bulletin board, it's up to all of us to keep it that way, heck, I'd even like to see a member get together formed somehow, somewhere(maybe at some National event). But thats just my expert opinion.