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Old 08-14-2012, 06:17 AM   #72
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I learned a lot from my dad and from my brother who is now a ASE certified mechanic of 20 years.

When I was in my twenties I had a 1974 Vega (I just admetted that?), actually it was a really good car. I put over 200,000 miles on it in 6 years. When it got tired afte a few years I took it to a shop I was working at. By myself in one day I pulled the engine with the tranny attached. I took the block to a friend's shop, the head to another machine shop and the tranny to my uncle's tranny shop. I learned a lot from him too. After we rebuilt the automatic tranny I put it in the back of the truck, picked up the rebuilt and refaced head and the rebuilt short block and went back to the shop. Again with no help I put everything back together, torqued everything to spec and had it back in the car and driving it home by midnight that same night. That was a gratifying experience.

If you have the ability just dig in and do what you want. If you ever have a question you can get the answer on this forum. There is a ton of info in the DIY section and any decent Camarorade here will answer any question you may have. If yo have the desire to do it yourself, dig in and have fun. It really is gratifying to do things yourself and it keeps costs down as well. Have fun and congrats!
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy shit, what a ride!"
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