So, we've determined I bought the wrong plane. Thus, I'm looking for a taildragger that's both ready for floats as well as skis. Primarily I'm looking for 180's but then I started seeing 170's that I like. Realistically, if I were to buy a 180, I'd be getting into some mission creep. As much as I want a 180, the 170 would meet my needs 90% of the time.
Please set forth convincing arguments that there's a real reason I "need" the 180. In lieu of that, there are some very nice 170's out there that I think would fit the bill, and when I'm only one person in the plane, would save me $15-$20 an hour just in fuel.
There's an experimental 170 that's for sale that's really caught my eye. The specs are as follows.
Manual Wastegate Controller
R172K wings with 40 degrees of flap(electric).
1954 170B Gear legs
Factory Float Kit
BAS Tail Pull Handles
Javelin Fuselage Tank (60.3 usable)
172 Style Panel
Shadin Fuel Computer
Flap Gap seals and Bushmaster STOL kit
4 Place Intercom
24V with Ground Start Plug
Door Steward Lights
Fresh Bendix Magneto Overhaul
New 172 Interior and Seat Rail AD completed
Tanis Engine Heater
2550lb Gross weight
Full IFR panel
Would I be nuts to consider an experimental 170 such as this?
Please let flow your wealth of opinions!