Where did you learn about engines?

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As the question states really! I'm after learning but don't know where to start....the haynes manual eh?
 
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I learnt most of it in my best friends' Garage.

His dad is a Mechanic and I started to just help out...

I think I spent the best part of every Saturday for five years in the garage!
 

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Firestar_3x said:
My dad was always messing with the car, servicing / replacing bits, so from 5 i was always involved :)

Thats where I made my mistake :( was never interested as a kid :(
 

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Id be scared to open an engine up, but happy swapping one out. Havent learnt from anywhere in particular, its just not that complicated to unplug and unbolt things, and then bolt and plug them back together again :/

My problem has always been the confidence to actually start a job, once doing it, its always been fine.
 
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I went to evening classes. 13 weeks and I left with a basic understanding of car mechanics and troubleshooting.
Then it was a case of having a go before I turned to a garage.
My biggest triumph has been replacing the engine in my Landy but this was some 10 years after the classes.


There's no better way to learn that to grab a Haynes manual and give it a go.
 
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ive kinda learnt as things went wrong... had plenty to fix with the old nails ive had.

changed a head gasket on an XR2 in a little under 2hours on my own (with an ashley 4-1 rally manifold on - nightmare to take off.... alternator/starter has to come off to get exhaust off... :o)

bikes wise, rebuilt bikes from scratch now. :) ive made mistakes but next time i do it i know what not to do which is half the expense and half the problem. :)
 
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My first car taught me a lot seeing as I was always trying to fix the damn thing with help from one of my mates who was doing an apprenticeship at BMW at the time.
Gotta love rust buckets :D
 
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My Dad got me into bikes, I found them very easy to work on when I was old enough to own one. Always enjoyed dismantling and rebuilding things anyway.

Cars are just like big bikes with more bits. :)
 
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from being brought up drag racing, since I could walk I was there and my dad's had a variety of cars over the years so most of it by watching/listening and more recently doing, never underestimate listening

I don't claim to know everything by far and my knowledge is fairly limited to V8s but I know more than most my age
 
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My dad has been building engine for race cars since forever, so i have been out in the garage learning since i could walk. The best way to learn is get a cheap crap car, a half decent tool kit and an appropriate haynes manual. Then you can rachet away on it not really caring. Might also be worth talking to friends who good with cars and doing some stuff with them.
 
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Started weekend work in a garage at 13, but had already been fixing my own off road motorbike for 2 years by then... Did a complete rebuild on the engine when I was 12...

Did some work for a motorcycle shop in WGC, then started Karting so got a great grounding into 2 strokes as well...

By 16 I had stripped and rebuilt a Ford V6 (3 litre), By 18 I had built a full race ford 1500 non-crossflow to go in my 1966 Ford Anglia..

In the main I am self taught, but that has involved an awful lot of reading over the years..

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