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Old 08-13-2012, 09:22 AM   #26
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You have to be mechanically inclined and just like cars. I ave been a car nut since I was 3 when cars were cars and not some ugly buzzy econo boxes roamed the streets but just American Iron.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:45 AM   #27
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Back in the day, car forums (believe it or not) actually had technical information and discussion on them. Good discussions about specs and doing the work yourself.

Today, everything is social media / fanboy nonsense barely related to the car.

Go to Amazon.com

They have a lot of good books on building/rebuilding LS engines and car guides that can help you learn a lot.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:04 AM   #28
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When I got my first car at 17 a 74 Malibu Classic I blew the engine doing stupid stuff. I lost my dad at a very early age, so did not have him to show me what to do. My best friend and his brother were older than me, and they showed me. He gave me a 350 bored 30 over for nothing, and told me that now I have to learn what to do. We did it all in my back yard in about 3 days. Been working on them ever since...
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:05 AM   #29
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Back in the day, car forums (believe it or not) actually had technical information and discussion on them. Good discussions about specs and doing the work yourself.

Today, everything is social media / fanboy nonsense barely related to the car.

Go to Amazon.com

They have a lot of good books on building/rebuilding LS engines and car guides that can help you learn a lot.
So you learned about cars from car forums back in the day?
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:07 AM   #30
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:18 AM   #31
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My dad. Hes an old school streetrodder and I grew up watching him restore hot rods. I paid attention. My dad is a big time DIY type guy and builds most of his own stuff. Guess thats where I get the DIY too bc most of the mods on my car, Ive done myself. Heres my dads current ride

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Old 08-13-2012, 10:31 AM   #32
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So you learned about cars from car forums back in the day?
Yes. camaroz28.com ls1tech.com

oops, I said them out loud. I guess that's the end of me.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:33 AM   #33
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Yes. camaroz28.com ls1tech.com

oops, I said them out loud. I guess that's the end of me.
Nah, neither one is a competitor for C5... since we have neither LS1 engines or Z/28's... so I think you're safe.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:38 AM   #34
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Nah, neither one is a competitor for C5... since we have neither LS1 engines or Z/28's... so I think you're safe.
Meh, they have sections dedicated to 5th gen.

Love the thread tag updates. More personal attacks for me stating a general opinion that didn't target anyone/anything specific and I gave a good source of information to the OP. oh well, hooray.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:40 AM   #35
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I bought my SS knowing nothing 6 months ago. I have learned sooooo much since then. I have pretty much everything down on cars . I've done plenty of my own mods and have plenty more coming.
My hero I'm hoping for the same for me within the next 6 mths to a year. But so far since being on this site and my home site (NY5THGEN) just reading is how I've been learning, along with asking question from a few fellow camaro buddies at our weekly get togethers. I've come to the realization that I'm learning a lot more than I thought. So a BIG thanks to those that I've pm'd asking questions, and to those I've never encountered. I thx you too for asking the question I may have thought to ask, but never did. You learn by reading and doing.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:44 AM   #37
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:46 AM   #38
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My grandparents started a repair shop in the 40's, which led to my dad and uncle growing up working there before doing their own things. They got into drag racing around 14/15 yrs old and by the time I was born, they had a set racing schedule, a couple cars, etc and I basically grew up in the race pits. My dad worked at a dealership (started sweeping floors in the parts dept) and wanted to be a parts salesman. Well, he stayed honest, and worked his butt off and 35 years later, has 20 stores (how's that for a feel good american dream story).

My uncle now owns and runs my late grandparents repair shop, still going strong. I started working summers there when I was 12, being around the repair side of things, when I turned 16 or 17 I started working away from family. My other uncle has a BMW store and like 30 amazing cars in the garage that I drool over, including a new ZL1 and GT500.

My dad never gave me a dime, a car, etc. I bought my first car for 400 bucks with money I worked for during the summers. A 1984 Z28, a real turd. Took me 1000 bucks in parts and my own highly skilled labor to make it start. Then I smoked out the mosquitoes for a while until we built a 350 for it. Still slow. But I waxed it every weekend and did one-tire burnouts every chance I got.

Now, 40 cars and 12 motorcycles later (not at the same time), cars is all I do. Tuning, selling, tinkering, buying, whatever. Cars are my whole life (except for my wife).
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:58 AM   #39
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My Dad was big into racing when I was growing up. He had an auto repair / performance shop in the 80s, although he still does it's not as big as it used to be. Anything anyone wanted to go faster, they brough it to him. He was always building kick @$$ small blocks for his race cars. He had a 68 Firebird that would run 11.70s, had a pro-street 67 Camaro that ran in the high 9s-low 10s, and his last hurrah in his racing career was a rail that he would run in the 7.90 Super Eliminator class. We were always traveling around to different tracks.

I've learned everything I know from him, and I've even taught him some things about fuel injection along the way. He started migrating away from cars in the mid-late 90's and starting building/tuning motorcycles, quads and go karts. We've got a DynoJet 168 at the shop, and there is always something on it.

My first car was a 71 Chevelle, we built the engine together my freshman/Junior year. Since then I've owned a 67, 68, and currently have a 72 Chevelle. Last time I've counted I have owned close to 50 cars since I was 12. I would buy cheap with some kind of problem, fix them up, turn them, and eventually trade up to a better car that I wanted.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:03 AM   #40
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When i was 16 my first car was a 73' firebird formula 400. My neighbor had a Camaro. He invited me to the drags one day. I went and met all the other car guys in the area. They tought me a ton. While the techology has changed the basic principles and major components are still the same. Just way more advanced.
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Back in the day, car forums (believe it or not) actually had technical information and discussion on them. Good discussions about specs and doing the work yourself.

Today, everything is social media / fanboy nonsense barely related to the car.

Go to Amazon.com

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Damn that made me feel real old ...
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A lot I picked up from my dad, more maintenance items than mod items but learned my way around a car. The mods really came in oddly enough on my first car my '95 Chevy Monte Carlo Z34. Started out small with exhaust and some things there. Then everything branched off of that when I got my now DD, 2006 Pontiac G6 GT. Just picked things up online... Now slowly moving into it on the Camaro
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Damn that made me feel real old ...
The back in the day part did since those forums haven't been around that long, haha.


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Meh, they have sections dedicated to 5th gen.
Their sections for the 5th gen are about as significant as C5's are for other gens. Those forums aren't marketed to 5th gen owners thus aren't competition like a couple of other forums I won't name which are 90% 5th gen like this one.
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My Dad was big into racing when I was growing up. He had an auto repair / performance shop in the 80s, although he still does it's not as big as it used to be. Anything anyone wanted to go faster, they brough it to him. He was always building kick @$$ small blocks for his race cars. He had a 68 Firebird that would run 11.70s, had a pro-street 67 Camaro that ran in the high 9s-low 10s, and his last hurrah in his racing career was a rail that he would run in the 7.90 Super Eliminator class. We were always traveling around to different tracks.

I've learned everything I know from him, and I've even taught him some things about fuel injection along the way. He started migrating away from cars in the mid-late 90's and starting building/tuning motorcycles, quads and go karts. We've got a DynoJet 168 at the shop, and there is always something on it.

My first car was a 71 Chevelle, we built the engine together my freshman/Junior year. Since then I've owned a 67, 68, and currently have a 72 Chevelle. Last time I've counted I have owned close to 50 cars since I was 12. I would buy cheap with some kind of problem, fix them up, turn them, and eventually trade up to a better car that I wanted.
Sounds real close to my experience, ha. Pretty cool.
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The back in the day part did since those forums haven't been around that long, haha.
They are about 15 years old.


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Their sections for the 5th gen are about as significant as ours are for other gens. Those forums aren't marketed to 5th gen owners thus aren't competition like a couple of other forums I won't name.
Can you send me the names of them in a PM? I'd like to check them out.
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Can you send me the names of them in a PM? I'd like to check them out.
Wow, they were around way before the internet was really mainstream then.

Trying to get me banned again? I just got back! I see through your tricks!!
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:32 AM   #47
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Wow, they were around way before the internet was really mainstream then.

Trying to get me banned again? I just got back! I see through your tricks!!
Again? Not sure when I tried to ever get you banned at all? Contrary to the popular belief, I'm not here to start a bunch of e-fighting.

Just curious to see the other 5th gen sites. I haven't really found any. Not that I have looked that hard, but I just want to know what else is out there.

Sorry, I'll "shut up" now and stop "whining".
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Again? Not sure when I tried to ever get you banned at all? Contrary to the popular belief, I'm not here to start a bunch of e-fighting.

Just curious to see the other 5th gen sites. I haven't really found any. Not that I have looked that hard, but I just want to know what else is out there.

Sorry, I'll "shut up" now and stop "whining".
Dude. I was joking. I was banned like 11 days ago and just got back; it had nothing to do with you. Even mentioning those forums in PM could get you banned here, thus why I said "dude you're trying to get me banned again." Simmer!
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Growing up with out my father all my uncles were their for me. All of them were car buffs. 2 of them were total gear heads. One of my uncles taught me the repair process of things. While the other 2 taught me the ins and outs of old cars, modding, painting and car care.

All let me help them and at 12 my late uncle doug taught me how to rebuild a chevy 350 engine and turbo 350 trans from scratch. He was such a gear head he built a mocked up ghetto paint booth in the alley and painted a 67 chevelle in it. Not one flaw in it at all.

They taught me so much I was able to get a job at a local dealership out of high school and was able to pass my ASE certs with no schooling.

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My brother owned a few 57 Bel-airs back in the day (67-68) when I was a mere sprat. I used to hang around with him in the garage and hand him wrenches - he showed me how a clutch works after I almost leap-started it over him and his buddy when he asked me to "turn the key on, then off", and I turned that key a bit too far.
In high school I hung around with the boys with cool cars and so the fascination grew. The other girls hated me because boys liked to hang around with me because I liked cars.
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I finally have a great car I can modify, I have to ask hubby for help on some things but by and large I'm doing my own mods. Dennis is real handy with wiring, a wrench and a welder though, so if I can't do it, he's pretty sweet about doing the things I can't.
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