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juzmi 11-10-2012 07:03 PM

Beginner Question
Hello everyone, I have always liked cars but never learned a whole lot about them. My father passed away when I was young and I never got learn about them from him. Anyways, some of my friends are "gear heads" and talk about things that I never understood such as motor sizes from hot rods. Like big block 4xx or small block 3xx, things like that. Also things about camshafts/crankshafts etc. I was wondering if you had any knowledge of books or anything I could look into buying to help me? Even better would be some free resources to learn all about cars. Obviously a site like this will be very beneficial, but I was hoping to find other resources to help me out.

I want to learn about all of this and be able to participate in discussions. I would ask my friends but I dont think they would be too helpful as they would expect me to know things already. :embarrass Any information or suggestions would be great. I have looked on Amazon and such but don't know exactly what to look for subject wise. Hopefully I can find a cheaper book or something. Thanks :thumbup:

techinspector1 11-10-2012 07:28 PM

I must have been about 13 when I bought my first Hot Rod magazine. I read through it and then asked my dad what a "manifold" was. He didn't know. I forget who explained it to me, probably the "older" kid down the street who was 18. I just kept readin' and askin' questions and by the age of 16, I was workin' at the local drag strip and rubbin' shoulders with the fast guys.

If I were you, I'd begin at your local library. They will have an automotive section and should also have a collection of magazines such as Hot Rod, Car Craft, Street Rodder, Rod & Custom and others. Do some reading, writing down your questions and then ask them on this board. We'll help you as much as we can. Don't just read the articles, read the advertisements also.

And by the way, this site that you're on is loaded with information that will help you. Go to the wiki and look around. All free. :thumbup:

If you do find some books that you'd like to own, buy them used. I've been buying used books for years and have saved a bundle. Here's a for-instance, David Vizard's "How to rebuild a small block Chevy".....

Cape Cod Bob 11-10-2012 07:32 PM

Just go to the library. They have lots of basic books to learn about the internal combustion engine. Learn the basics first then branch out from there.
I did not lose my Dad until I was quite old . He was a chef and knew very little about cars. Therefor I did not learn from. I was always interested in mechanical things from the time I was young. .Took things apart that were not broken. Took power mechanics in High School. They teach the basics.
If you have an interest then will come naturally.
Over time you will learn all the lingo.:welcome:
Don't be afraid to come here and ask questions. Lotsa old geezers like me to answer.:D

hp246 11-10-2012 11:01 PM

Don't know where you are located, but if there are any Manufacturers in your area, you might want to see if they hold free or low cost seminars. IDIDIT is about 15 minutes away and they hold 3-4 inexpensive seminars every winter. the seminars are usually put on by a manufacture of one of the product IDIDIT sells in there hot rod shop.

vinniekq2 11-11-2012 10:22 AM

all the mags that the library has ,are also available online.If you like looking at pictures of cars then it will just fall in order as you read online.
Go outside and play too.Its easy to lose yourself in the computer.
If you like math,then you will be bench racing before you realize what happened.

juzmi 11-11-2012 11:01 AM

Thanks for the replies so far everyone. Ill look into your suggestions.

vinniekq2 11-11-2012 11:17 AM

what got me started in cars was the look of ferraris back in the sixties. I read a magazine call road and track and really like road test because it was full of numbers that I liked. When I was old enough to drive my first car was a pile of crap I had to fix.

cdminter59 11-11-2012 11:57 AM

Beginner Question
After checking out your library when you come back to this site look at the very top of the page. Click on wiki and decide on a topic you want to learn about today. If you have a question don't forget about google. I would also choose a magazine subscription such as Hot Rod, Super Chevy, or Car Craft. These are things to do on rainy days when there is nothin else to do.

geezer69 11-11-2012 12:11 PM

yep, im an old geezer and just scratchin the surface of these builds. these dang forums are a hoot. you can do any dang thing you want to with the help of these guys. anything . dont be skeered to ask. you wont be disapointed. good luck juzmi. hope to see you here more.

lakeroadster 11-11-2012 12:22 PM

Welcome! Feel fre to ask anything here, we'll treat ya right!

These might help ya some:

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boothboy 11-11-2012 12:36 PM

Something else that might be heplful. When you are reaing material such as Hot Rod mag or anything else, when you read about something and don't understand Google it. That way you'll get a visual description of what it actually looks like. Ask questions! There are no dumb ones!
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cobalt327 11-11-2012 12:56 PM

If you are in my area I have a bunch of old car mags I bought from several yard sales. Never got to read many of them, and I never will. So if you want them they're yours, N/C.

user151 11-11-2012 01:54 PM

What Geezer said -- ask! Don't be afraid to ask your friends "What's that?"
And read the hot rod magazines... some of them have good tech and hop-up columns... you may not understand all of it at first, but you will eventually.
You don't need to subscribe, by the way -- look for old, free or cheap, issues... not much has changed in engines and rods in the past 20 years.

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