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Cool What's before a "newbie"?

To say I'm a newbie is an understatement when it comes to actual cars. I've been racing karts for a few years now so I have some basic (and I mean very basic) ideas of the way things should work, etc.

My first question to this discussion board would be where to start. I understand how incredibly vague that question is so let me clarify.

I will be graduating in May of 2005 with a degree in Architecture yet all I can think about is how little I know about what I love... cars. I don't really care to make a career of working on cars but I want to learn everything. I want to learn how to build an engine, fabricate the body (or at least repair), do the wiring, and the list goes on. I plan on moving up in racing and I'd like to know how to work on my own engines, etc. and I also have a dream of building a rod at some point. The dilemma here is that I just don't have a clue where to look for help. There are no gearheads or greasemonkey's in my family whatsoever besides myself.

I have considered going to a technical school right out of college such as www.uticorp.com to get the training I am looking for but I thought I'd ask you all if it is just a waste of my money. In other words, is it possible to get those skills somewhere else.

I look forward to all your responses and thanks so much for the help.

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Welcome to Hotrodders.com

[color=aqua]the best advice i could give you on learning all things automotive, is READ READ READ. What kind of car do you drive? get the book(s) available for that car, and go from there. the old threads on this board and many others have sooo much info laying around, it's sickening. the Knowledge Base here is a great resource.
let me put it to you like this, when i joined this board, i had plans of attempting my own paint job. by the time i got through, i had rebuilt and hopped up my own motor, in addition to a bunch of other little things that all go together to make a rod......
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Welcome and someone on here should be able to help you.
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Good advice above but another great way to learn is just start working on cars! Start simple, plug changes filter changes in trannys, re lube rear ends, brake jobs, etc. As you knowledge builds, attack tougher jobs like carb rebuilds, minor body work, manifold replacements. Eventually work up to an engine rebuild, etc.

Go take some classes at your local JC. Fees are usually very low and they usually offer a bunch of very usefull craft classes. Auto mechanics, machine tools, and weldign are musts.There are so many help videos on the market that you can rapidly accelerate your skills by buying them. Great investment in your on-going education.

Here are just a few,










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Thanks so much for the advice guys. Those links are awesome. I kinda figured I just needed to dive into something but I wasn't sure where to start. Those books and videos seem like the way to go.

So, is there a good place to find old muscle cars in need of restoration or is it best just to check the local classifieds. I'm really into chevelle's (as many are) but I also really like old camaro's (`75 in particular just because that my dad had one of those as his first new car).

Thanks again everybody!
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