I am starting to do my homework concerning aircraft ownership and think I will be able to own, either wholly or in partnership, an older plane in two to five years. 90%+ of my flights are just me or with only one passenger, so two seats is all I'll need - rentals will do for multiple passengers. I would prefer something with a Lycoming O-320 for reliability and parts availability. An O-235 or 360 would be fine, too, just no Franklins or other out-of-production motors. (I am partial to Lycoming because I was born and raised in Williamsport, PA and all but 1.5 of my flight time is behind one.) Tube and fabric or metal doesn't matter, and I can learn to fly a taildragger. The biggest issue is purchase price - I have a pretty good understanding of operating costs and maintenance reserves. I am thinking an older Cherokee 140, C-172 (all things being equal, Cessnas cost more), Stinson (is there a Lyco STC?), PA-22 or 20, Grumman or some other older Piper. I might add I weigh 250 and am trying to gain, so useful load is an issue, which leaves out Citabrias. (I can't figure out why a Citabria or Champ has such a crappy useful load compared to a Cub or Super Cub.) A J-5C (100 HP) looks kinda cool, and the .5 I got in a J-3-85 was a blast. Thoughts? The Cherokee is the frontrunner right now, simply for easy maintenance, low costs and virtually no unknowns and vice-free behavior.