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Old 05-27-2013, 02:43 PM   #15
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My best friends dad used to own his own mechanic shop and so my friend also worked on cars a lot. I picked up some from them. However, a lot of it was good ole fashioned jumping in feet first and hoping I can swim. With a few tools and the internet, most anyone can do a surprising amount of work on their own...they just gotta have the balls to try. Nowadays, suspension work, pulling/installing engines, transmissions, doing electrical work, etc is no sweat.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:29 PM   #16
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Quite simply, having tools, and having friends. The first cam I changed out was on my current Camaro, asked a corvette gearhead I knew in HI to give me a hand and used the internet a bit. Not a single issue in 20k miles. Now fast forward a couple years, the Camaro currently sits in my garage 27" in the air, the clutch, transmission, and rear subframe are removed and sitting to the side. The gas tank is next to come out. Just think with this round of mods, I have saved somewhere between $5-10k in labor costs, and it is nice to know that I wrenched on my car as opposed to paying someone else too. The key ingredient is a desire to learn and the ability to learn from watching and doing.
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:24 AM   #17
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I just do what everyone else states.... Google and Youtube and to be honest when I first started it was Trial and error... Sometime I did it right the first time and sometimes I had to redo whatever I was doing.

Its my way to get away from everything in life and just relax and wrench. I just started doing this when I was younger and have always been good at it and just taught myself how to work on most things.

Just have fun and try doing something and if it doesnt work just right come ask the guys in here cause I have asked many things with dirty hands lol...
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:35 AM   #18
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pops had a wrench in my hand when I was a toddler. I do try to do as much as I can to my cars. This computer age stuff is beyond me tho.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:47 PM   #19
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Yup, like most have stated already, My Dad taught me all the basics. He built my foundation. The rest of it is telling yourself you can do it.

Don't worry if you can't do it though, mechanical inclination is a natural ability, some just don't have it down as well as others. Start with small and easy projects like a spring swap or suspension upgrades and build your skills and confidence up to cam and gear swaps.

Nothing beats the gratification of turning the key and the car firing up for the first time after you have had it broken down to parade rest in your garage. Makes every mod that much sweeter!
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:24 PM   #20
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Spending all day on C5 and reading thread, instructions, and making friend with the right people. Learned a lot from many people in the Community.
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:27 PM   #21
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Dad taught me the basics, but i did most of the work on my car. It definitely is a great feeling when you get done knowing you did it yourself and knowing its done correctly
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:37 PM   #22
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Being young and poor helped me. Could barely afford the parts let alone paying someone to install them. Lots of wrenching, lots of learning the hard way, you just have to dive in and start somewhere. Like Stig said most products come with decent install instructions. Start small with a cold air intake or something along those lines, then you can progress to other things as well depending on your goals. Start doing all of your own maintenance when feasible. Stick with the bolt ons at first and when you feel more comfortable, then tackle a cam or something.

It's also great if you happen to know someone who wrenches, that can maybe spend an afternoon with you working on the car in trade for a case of beer or something! Guided help is great, you get to wrench yourself and hopefully your friend will keep you from doing anything dumb
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:51 PM   #23
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Has anyone on this forum done a DYI Supercharger install on their camaro?
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:23 PM   #24
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Has anyone on this forum done a DYI Supercharger install on their camaro?
I'm sure they have. If you go with a kit like Magnacharger or Procharger, the instructions are usually excellent and very easy to follow even for less experienced folks.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:42 PM   #25
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Where and how did you learn?

I learned mostly from my dad. He has always done everything himself (mainly due to cost) and I was always his helper when I was young. When I turned 16 and bought my first car (a 1987 Pontiac Fiero) it blew a head gasket and he handed me a Haynes manual and a box of tools. A few months later the short block was damaged and needed to be replaced and I went right back to the same grease stained manual. Now, I actually enjoy working on my own cars and my dad and I are currently Resto-modding a 1973 Corvette with an LS1 and completely modern suspension, brakes, and steering!
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:33 AM   #26
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I'm sure they have. If you go with a kit like Magnacharger or Procharger, the instructions are usually excellent and very easy to follow even for less experienced folks.
Ok, thanks. That would be interesting to know if some one has; to see how the install went, if there were any issues or not.
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