Agree to a point also. I had the White Magic triton which had the same motor and 870 was modeled after. That Ford engine is discontinued and getting parts will be possible it just might be at a premium price. Still if one takes care of the unit properly they will easily get 5-10x’s their moneys worth.Likewise, Hey appreciate you not having any hard feelings and I don’t resent you. Life is too short to go down that bunny trail.
I will add though, I agree with Rob about shelf life to a certain degree. All items have a certain amount of shelf life. Including us humans.
In my humble opinion and observations having been in the business a very short time and much shorter time on this forum. I must also Balance it out with what Gary one of my Rep’s at JonDon’s in Portland told me:
There will always be parts, and furthermore creative owner operators will find a way to keep them going as long as they can. They are a good machine.