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Aubrey64 08-13-2012 03:48 AM

How did you guys learn about cars?
 
So I got my 2010 LT/RS in June, my dad surprised me with it for my graduation present! I am so excited to start modding, but I don't know a whole lot about cars, though I am typically pretty good at this type of stuff (I am great with computers and electronics, and I am pretty good with my hands). I was wondering, how did y'all learn how to mod, and how did you learn about cars? I don't know where I should start, but I want to start modding as soon as possible! Thanks guys! Any tips are appreciated!

06_warrior 08-13-2012 04:10 AM

My grandfather taught me some about cars. Changing oil, spark plugs etc. Just basic stuff. I learned the rest on my own from my thirst to want to know and my interest. Once you get the mod bug fever look out. It is very consuming and costly :) Best thing to do is get very familiar with the search feature of this forum and research, research, research until you know what you want and how to do it.

AdamZ 08-13-2012 04:12 AM

I bought my SS knowing nothing 6 months ago. I have learned sooooo much since then. I have pretty much everything down on cars :D. I've done plenty of my own mods and have plenty more coming.

sam.u.el 08-13-2012 04:24 AM

Not too long ago (about 3 years) I fell in love with classic american cars mostly from the late 60's early 70's. In that time I took a few classes at the community college and started my journey to learn more about cars. After the few classes I took I wanted to learn more so I bought and read magazines and books and researched a whole lot online and learned a bit from those that were car literate. All my knowledge (which isn't a lot to be honest) mosty revolves around classic cars/engines. Luckly for me, todays engines still operate the same way only with modern technology molded into them. After buying my camaro almost 4 months ago, I got to reading and researching everything camaro. I learn something everyday about these cars and the folks on here have been very helpful!

Sorry for blabbing.. I get carried away sometimes haha

Brutal SS 08-13-2012 04:56 AM

Everything I have learned is from :sm1:

lscamaro 08-13-2012 05:10 AM

I got my 2011 Camaro not knowing anything about cars at all. Through research and asking questions I learned a lot! i have done most of my own mods and have loved every minute of it! Now, i know quite a bit about cars and try to help others who are just starting out. If you have any questions about your car, dont hesitate to pm

camarozzzz 08-13-2012 05:39 AM

As sappy as it sounds I have always wished that I had someone to work with me on cars. Unfortunetly I don't. No one I really know takes cars as anything more than "a means of transportation". My generation treats cars as nothing more than a means to getting somewhere - more concerned with fuel economy than anything else. So its kind of lame....anyway...I got myself into cars!

I have always liked them and how they worked. I liked the freedom they provide when I am behind the wheel as it is a very ultimate form of control you can achieve. I also liked how you could change the cars at your own will/ whim, you could modify them to your liking at anytime!

Caitlin&Caroline 08-13-2012 05:59 AM

I am with most of the above. I became an engineer because I love seeing things come together for function, but I am very car illiterate (not that type of engineer). My parents have no interest in cars and would happily be chauffeured or walk the rest of their lives (which is cool, too).

The Camaro is here to help! Cars guys/gals come out of the woodwork now just to chat. I start with, "I know nothing about cars," and it always becomes a valuable lesson. This forum is wealth of knowledge as well, and I am trying my best to soak up as much as possible.

It may be a slow start to start to some, but when my husband and I changed my Outback's spark plugs (gaskets next), I felt like a freakin' champ! :D

Chiefish 08-13-2012 07:32 AM

I learned about cars and fixing them out of nessesity, the first few cars I ever had needed work all the time to keep running in good condition, but thats to be expected when your only paying hundreds of dollars for them and not thousands. I used to always carry a toolbox in my trunk , set of jumpers ect ect.
But as I moved foward in my profession and could afford better cars I still love working on them and doing stuff to make them mine and a bit different from everyone elses. I havent had to carry a toolbox in the trunk for at least 20 years now. LOL

Sword5 08-13-2012 07:43 AM

My dad had me sitting on the fender of old cars he bought and fixed up to sell. Hand your dad the wrong wrench when he's elbow deep in the engine, you learn what an open end is, quick!

RJTV6A 08-13-2012 07:56 AM

From the backseat I was conceved in. Alway been into cars.

SlingShot 08-13-2012 08:07 AM

For me I started with working on mini bikes and go carts back in the early 60's. Then I rebuilt my first V8 when I was 15, while waiting to get my DL. Now I hate working on cars, I don't find it much fun any more and prefer to let a shop do it.

fielderLS3 08-13-2012 08:16 AM

I've always had an interest in cars, and everything I've learned, I've learned bit by bit from all kinds of sources over the years just from paying attention to them. I learned some from family members, friends, books, school, internet, car shows....

It's kinda like learning a language. If you surround yourself with it, you pick it up over time.

Rock-It Man 08-13-2012 08:17 AM

Necessity.

In high school and college I had old VWs and a great book called "How to Keep Your VW Alive: A Guide for the Complete Idiot".

The book showed me that anyone can do maintenance and repairs with the right tools, the right knowledge, and patience.

I have all my tools from 45 years ago.

Now I take my cars to the shop for major repairs, but still do the maintenance, of which there is very little, on modern cars, compared to an air cooled VW with solid lifters and a mechanical distributor.

Mutant Racer 08-13-2012 08:26 AM

My dad taught me. He was cool and let me drive when I was big enough to touch the pedals, not in traffic of course, but in parking lots, and pull the car up in the driveway, he believed in teaching us little punks when we were really young. He was the same with guns. "Teach em when they're small and they won't be dumb when they're big!"

When I hit 16 I was ready for the road.

camarozzzz 08-13-2012 08:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Mutant Racer (Post 5433467)
My dad taught me. He was cool and let me drive when I was big enough to touch the pedals, not in traffic of course, but in parking lots, and pull the car up in the driveway, he believed in teaching us little punks when we were really young. He was the same with guns. "Teach em when they're small and they won't be dumb when they're big!"

When I hit 16 I was ready for the road.

You are lucky man, I can genuinely say that I envy you. I had no one to teach me to drive or anything regarding cars, I had to go around finding friends that would help me out instead!

Neumatic 08-13-2012 08:36 AM

My dad owns an automotive shop and was also into drag racing. The only life I know is a mechanics life, even in the military Im a mechanic. Very little if any of my knowledge and experience came from the military though. Mostly it was from watching and helping my dad when I was growing up.

malave7567 08-13-2012 09:00 AM

my father, my oldest brother, car buddies, and the good ol' interwebz

rykeith 08-13-2012 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Mutant Racer (Post 5433467)
My dad taught me. He was cool and let me drive when I was big enough to touch the pedals, not in traffic of course, but in parking lots, and pull the car up in the driveway, he believed in teaching us little punks when we were really young. He was the same with guns. "Teach em when they're small and they won't be dumb when they're big!"

When I hit 16 I was ready for the road.

My dad taught me about both as well. Funny that now two of my favorite things are guns and cars, lol.

moserbe 08-13-2012 09:20 AM

My father, a mechanic, bought me my first tool box from Sears when I was 11 years old. That was in 1963. It's been love ever since.

1o.f00t.570rk 08-13-2012 09:31 AM

Reading forums, internet articles, and service manuals.

Still don't know as much as I need to, but certainly on the right track. :D

Mutant Racer 08-13-2012 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by rykeith (Post 5433609)
My dad taught me about both as well. Funny that now two of my favorite things are guns and cars, lol.

Oh yeah it makes perfect sense. The old men were smart to do that, it kept me outta trouble.

Xedes 08-13-2012 10:04 AM

How did I become interested in cars?
My mom- GM executive
My dad- Ford executive
My grandfather- Ford engineer
My uncle- Chrysler executive
As you can see, cars have been a part of my life since I was born.

Modding and working on them really came from reading the forums and getting advice from the members. Nobody knows these cars better than the people that own them and do most of there own work. So just read, search and ask questions. Soon you'll be annoying the techs at your local dealership by having more knowledge than them. ;)

BowtieBelle 08-13-2012 10:16 AM

Had some friends that dirt track raced when I was fifteen so I got into that and started racing. Started by working on the car and learning everything I could, then raced it, and it was all downhill from there :D

Rocky1974 08-13-2012 10:20 AM

All real men know about cars! It's in their DNA.:chevy:


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