trake wrote:PLEASE dont put those ugly steps and handles on a pretty plane like a 170. Thats number 17 on my list of dumb mods.
That's a wonderful difference in airplane ownership..... personality!
I personally am an originality-nut. (Although there are many, invisible mods to my '53 170-B)... I personally have a preference for original (appearance) airplanes.
There are a great many mods out there that make this a more useful airplane, and many owners avail themselves of those mods. The best ones, (in my opinion) are those that do not obviously alter the appearance of the airplane, yet provide measureable safety and operational advantages.... such as: Cleveland wheels/brakes, BAS tailpull handles, Pponk gearbox strengthening-kit, shoulder-harnesses, solid-aluminum (ski) or hollow steel axles, parking-brake disabled, ...and a few others, but those are the major ones....
... but above all, enjoy your personal preferences and maintain it, maintain, it, maintain it. We are only caretakers of these things. Their long-term existence is a testimonial to our short-term ownership of these fantistic, classic, great airplanes!