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Old 02-21-2005, 01:30 PM
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Where did you learn your shop skills?

Hi everyone!

After looking at some of the amazing work that some of you are doing on your projects, I am wondering where you learned your shop skills?

For several years I have been wanting to start some kind of project - I don't have a garage or access to one, and this has hindered me from taking the next step.

I am in the process of planning a garage that will allow me to do just about anything that I might need to. My problem is : I've never done any MAJOR work on cars or trucks. I did help my dad when I was a kid, he drove a semi truck, and I rememeber helping him work on the truck.

I think before I commit to building this garage that I would like to actually try fixing / fabing whatever first.

Is it out of the question to ask to help someone work on their project in exchange for teaching me how to do the work? I know that most of you guys have spent hours and hours grinding metal, but the first few hours to someone who hasn't done it are invaluable to someone who wants to learn.

Sorry for the long post - I'll sumarize my question :

If someone asked to help you with your current project, but would need instruction on what to do, what would your response be?

Thanks to everyone


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Too bad you're not near me, there is a person on here that is the best person in the world for just that. OddRodder.

I came to the forum, saw he was near me, talked to him and showed up at his house. Very first night I was at his house, he let me help him tear apart his rearend and install a posi-trac which I've never done so obviously he had to tell me what to do, lol.

*edit* - The point is, they're out there, you just have to find the right people!
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I have way more experience as a metal fabricator than a wrench turner. Most of my mechanical knowledge comes from the industrial trades (millwrighting & fabricating field) and small engine repair (rental industry) I have wrenched on my own cars as much as possible over the years, but lately I get it done as life is too busy and the project list is too long. I don't care to wrench on the family wagon anyway. (unless it was cool '60's wagon...)
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What I know came from my Dad, who's been rodding since the fifties. We built my first car (57 Chevy) together 20 years ago, which is the source of my core experience with cars. That isn't the only experience I've had, but I'm still far from being an expert.

I think the main thing I've managed to learn is that when things don't work, you find a way to make them work. You overcome, you adapt. As far as I can tell, that's pretty much what hod rodding IS. If you've got problem-solving skills and aren't completely useless with your hands, you're good to go.
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Where to learn

I learned mostly around the local speed shop. A little more around the race track.

I found the local machine shops are just rattling out stock motors. You ask them to balance, deck, or torque plate hone and you find out they don't even have the equipment to do it.
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I can't claim to be an expert wrencher or anything, but I'm learning as I go. I just do it and I'm lucky enough to have a good understanding for mechanics so it usually turns out right. I'm also into computers and among computer scientists there's an abbreviation "rtfm" which means "read the ****ing manual" - one would usually say that to another asking stupid questions. Happily there are enough people here willing to answer stupid questins too, but it's still a good idea to have a manual at hand and read it before wrenching. I'm catching myself not doing it sometimes and often regret it.

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