Originally Posted by TomH
THIS SITE exists for the purpose of discussing SMB and custom built similar vehicles. This site is NOT the place to discuss swapping out engines in Provan Tigers.
I see. So it's okay to have a Tiger thread in the Member Classifieds section, and even for you to post in that thread, but I somehow crossed a line when I talked about gearing and engine swaps? They would only make a "custom built similar vehicle" (Tiger) even more custom.
So your distinction seems both arbitrary and contradictory to me.
Frankly, I've always thought of this site as a forum for sharing knowledge and wisdom, so people can learn from each other's experience and mistakes.
That was my motivation in posting. I wanted to offer an opposing view to the preceding pro-4.3 posts for someone considering buying that Tiger: Based on my experience, check the gearing or consider an engine swap or you'll likely be underwhelmed.
To your point, Tom, I think of my Astro as a custom-built similar vehicle,
a (mini) SMB. After my '99 EB50 7.3, it's a dry run for my '99 RB 7.3 home build.
The '99 build is why I'm on this forum. And to compare them, I think the Ford is a much better platform to start from than the Astro. It's more robust, has more room, has better 4x4 conversion options, has more aftermarket parts to choose from, has a diesel, and more.
But that doesn't the mean things I've learned from the Astro won't translate or help other members here, things like matching gearing with engine choice, wheels, tires, weight, interior buildout, materials, etc.
So I'll stand by my post. I don't feel it was out of line or out of context with the rest of this thread or the rest of this forum. And it seems like some others agree...