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Old 04-18-2006, 03:29 PM
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I need yall's opinion

What is the best way to get into the hot rod business. I cant build my own car (no $ and no place to build it). And every shop I go to tells me that I need more "shop" expirence but nobody is willing to give me a chance. What should I do?

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Old 04-18-2006, 03:34 PM
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try to go to a mechanics shop, thats what im doin right now. Or a body shop, whatever your interested in
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Thanks oldschoolchevy I trying.
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Old 04-18-2006, 03:54 PM
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School??

Can you do that..even nite school or something..?? In todays world with all the computers and such school is about mandatory to get a good job in the trade..Not like it was 40 years ago when cars were simple and one could learn by doing in someones shop..

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Old 04-18-2006, 04:04 PM
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Yes I have thought about school. Not to sound full of myself but I have been working on cars for almost 10 years and I have alot of knowledge about cars I just havent worked in a shop. And for some reason shops think that means I dont have any expirence at all.
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o sry my bad when you said "shop" i thought you meant custom shop.
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The best advice that I can give you is this: If you want something bad enough you will figure out a way to get it.
Now before you tell me "..uh thanks, like I didn't know that" sit down and actually think about what I said for a minute and get back to me.
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Running a business is not cheap these days. Every employee costs money up front, ie., workers comp, uniforms, etc. You need to look at yourself and consider things, such as..... Do you have your own tools, test equipment, etc? What do you bring to the table? How about references? You've been working on cars for 10 years, can you get or do you have letters of recommendation from anyone whose cars you've worked on? Are you certified in anything? Are you specialized in any one thing, trannys, carbs, blowers, turbo's, body work, etc? Are you going to any training schools to gain knowledge on the industry? Where do plan to be in the next 5 years and how do you plan to meet your goals? Resume? Do you have a previous employer I can call and talk to? I'm not trying to make you feel bad, just give you a heads up! These are a sample of the type of the questions I have been asked in job interviews in the last 9 years, since I retired from the Air Force. Why should anyone give you a chance? Hopefully you can answer this question yourself, because a potential employer may very well ask you that very question! Good Luck!
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Shaggy77, Hi I am a fellow San Antonian, I would
go to St. philips college (ACCD) which is located between S. Newbraunfels St and S. Walters St. they have a nice auto shop to gain some book knowledge. I have no knowledge of your financial status, but if you need assistance they have grants and or loans to help get you where you want to be.

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Start getting certified. You can get a mechanics cert or a welders cert from a community college. The place up here in michigan that I went to does everything from resto to fab, body paint and repair to engine rebuilding for classic cars and a full mechanic's cert. Work whatever job your working during the day, and take classes at night. Then you'll have it on paper to show those shops that you're good to go-

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Thanks to all of yall for taking the time to give me some advice. I will look into getting my knowledge put down on some paper. Thanks again.
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