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Old 12-11-2004, 02:06 AM
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Hi, I'm a physics student at Sonoma State University in Northern California and on my time off I like to work on fun projects. I've always had an affinity for working with metal and electronics and wanted to get into car customization. What's a good place to start for someone who has little to no experience? I worked at an auto body shop for a summer in high school and now I'll be taking a welding class next semester and I have the opportunity to take the auto shop series of classes. Should I start with classes or should I buy an old bug and just start taking it apart to rebuild it? Or both? How did you gurus get started?

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I think most of the old guys just did something..made some modification..fixed up what we had in the driveway..That is how I started..

I would do the keep it simple deal as that is more likely to be successful..

There are lots of old cars setting around that could make a good project so just take the bull by the horns and get started..

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right now I've got a 1970 Cadillac Sedan Deville that I dumped a bunch of money into during highschool, but my dad wouldn't let me bring it to college, so it sat for years and has since locked up. It's not feasible to transport it to my school so I'm trying to sell it, or else I'd be working on that car.
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Old 12-13-2004, 12:19 AM
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The fastest way to learn to fix up something is to break something that doesn't belong to you. Like your dads brand new harley .

It really depends on what area of customizing you want to get into. Welding, bodywork, and electronics seems like you'd be a good canidate for the body work and interior work (like guages and custom paneling etc).

But any aspect of customizing is great.

I learned by taking apart things that weren't really broken and being under pressure to learn to put them together. Take apart your GF's hairdryer and see if you cant put it back together before the next morning . That'll teach ya lol.
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