I'm leaving myself wide open with the title.
I obviously spend a lot of time on VMF. Right or wrong vintage cars
is a hobby to me. I love to discuss car issues/problems with people.
Many things are posted asking for opinions, just comments or the
poster is getting no where feeling something is impossible in their
Many including me hazard an opinion of what's wrong a suggestion
of what to try.
IMO nothing on the forum states that opinions are like the 10 commandments
etched in stone and misleading people googeling/net surfing. If I'm
faced with a problem, net surf and find a discussion on a DIY forum
that's sure as hell not certified gospel! It's someone's opinion.
Am I wrong?
My '64 1/2 vert. Ordered May '64. D code 4 speed, handling package, caspian blue, accent group, Ford blue manual top.
'68 vert. driver. Owned since '77. C code AT, AC, PS, P disc B, PT lime gold, standard black interior and top. NOS RF fender and left quarter.New top and folding glass.
2004 Nissan Titan Crew Cab
1966 Ford Mustang Original 289
Edelbrock RPM Performer Heads; bored .30 over
Weiand Stealth Intake, Holley 600 CFM Carb.
Comp Cam 268H 9.5:1 Speed Pro Pistons
Patriot Tri-Y Headers w/ 2.5" H Pipe, Flowmaster 40S
620 1" drop in front, CSRP Front Disk Brakes.
Ford 8 3.40 trac-loc rear end
I think your right on in saying your opinion is a suggestion to help solve an issue. I always like it when people start their reply with "IMO or IMHO", because often there is more than one way to solve a problem.
65 A code Coupe, Raven Black, Palomino Deluxe. (weekend cruiser)
65 A code Fastback (awaiting restoration)
I try to make it be known that usually I'm just giving an opinion. Especially since my opinions may be unpopular. I want to share my opinions but I don't want anyone to believe I think they're gospel truth. I am opinionated but not that arrogant. I do want to help people (I am still a newb myself) and be a part of the community, but I also think spirited discussion can be fun if fairly civil. Occasional spirited discussion about controversial topics brings the evidence back to the surface. Sometimes it's good for newbs to see this evidence so they don't become sheep who can only regurgitate info (right or wrong) without even knowing the origins of said info. Forums have tendency to pass on information more than wisdom. Information isn't enough to perpetuate a hobby like ours. Lively debate is part of education.
Hey man, It's free advice and worth every penny you paid for it.
Let the negative Nacy's do their thing. In the end its up to us to make the community what we want. There will always be trolls and people with negative opinions on everything. In the end, it's your car, do what you want and the hell with everyone else (unless it's a safety issue and you plan on driving on the road/with passengers).
I agree with you Slim. If someone has a question on something I have either done before or have some knowledge on I will offer a suggestion. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong. Sometimes I have made the exact same mistake. Either way, they are only suggestions and not intended to be gospel. If we actually knew everything about everything we wouldn't be sitting here offering advice, we'd be out getting paid for it!
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