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  • Started by rodriguj Oct 30, 2007 at 6:30 pm
  • Last post by thejudge Nov 17, 2007 at 9:23 pm
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  1. #1 Oct 30, 2007 at 6:30 pm

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    Hello all!
    This is quite a nice site. I am very happy I stumbled upon it. Anyway, I am a wannabe gearhead. I don't really have much experience with cars (I only changed my own oil for the first time a few days ago), but desperately want to change that. Part of the reason of why I'm such a newb is because I am still in college (no money), living in an apartment (no garage space), and only own a saturn station wagon (daily driver with no aftermarket parts).
    But you kind folks can help me out of my errant ways. I will be graduating soon, and hopefully will be getting a real job teaching. So, now I am planning the begginings of a long journey as a car guy. I need advice on two things really; 1.) what will be the first and most important tools to buy. What are the essential garage necessities which I will need to invest in. And, 2.) what should be my first project car. I need a good car that is common to get a hold of (cheap), and will allow me to expand my knowledge and skills.
    Any other pointers will be helpful. Thanks.
     

     

    I'm not a reckless driver, I'm just assertive.
  2. #2 Nov 16, 2007 at 5:11 pm

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    Hi and welcome. smile image

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    Originally posted by rodriguj  1.) what will be the first and most important tools to buy. What are the essential garage necessities which I will need to invest in.


    A set of wrenches in Standard and Metric units of measure. If you have a car circa 2000 or newer, you can probably get away with Metric tools only. You'll also want a set of socket wrenches, plus an extension for it so you can get those hard to reach places. A set of Hex head wrenches would be helpful too, along with a flathead and Philips head screw drivers. After that, invest in a extendable magnetic tool retriever. It's basically a magnet on a stick with a swivel head. Both cars I've had have parts and screws that fell down into the engine cradle or somewhere around the engine block, and a magnet on a stick is exactly what you'll need. smile image

    A flash light, or auto mechanics light that has a hook on the end of the light is really useful.

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    Originally posted by rodriguj  2.) what should be my first project car. I need a good car that is common to get a hold of (cheap), and will allow me to expand my knowledge and skills.


    I'd recommend GM cars. Caprice, Impala, Camaro (2nd generation maybe?), just to name a few. If I remember correctly, Caprices, Impalas, Buick Centuries, Olds 88s, and Pontiac Bonnevilles were all based on the same chassis for a long time, which gives you a lot of parts cars in junk yards, on top of the thousands that may still be on the road requiring maintenance and parts. You can probably still find new parts for them.
     

     

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  3. #3 Nov 16, 2007 at 10:17 pm

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    i sugest an ice chest stocked with your friends fravorite brew
    and a list of friends with phone numbers
    you would be suprised what your friends will do to help work on an old car
    the car should be maybe a 1972 chevelle ss
    you can still get this car in the rough at a bargain
    and when your finished it will be worth more money than you have in it
    try to find one with a 350 the perfect hotroders engine
    plenty of parts every where
    write down a strargey
    and set dates for compleation of stages
    its gona be time consumeing but well worth the effort.

    ps
    ask questions from other car people
    good luck
     

     

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  4. #4 Nov 17, 2007 at 6:24 pm

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    Oh yeah, Ive heard great things about the chevelle. I actually think the body styling is exactly what I'm looking for: mean, powerful, and menacing. I don't place too much on being "pretty". There are alot of new bolt-on suspension parts coming out. (check out the last few issues of Hot Rod and Super Chevy.) My concern is that most of the aftermarket parts are for 66-69 models. Is finding a cheap 69 very much harder than finding a 72? I would ultimately really want to upgrade the suspession, cuz I've heard chevelles handle like boats.
     

     

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  5. #5 Nov 17, 2007 at 9:23 pm

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    Quote:
    Originally posted by rodriguj  Oh yeah, Ive heard great things about the chevelle. I actually think the body styling is exactly what I'm looking for: mean, powerful, and menacing. I don't place too much on being "pretty". There are alot of new bolt-on suspension parts coming out. (check out the last few issues of Hot Rod and Super Chevy.) My concern is that most of the aftermarket parts are for 66-69 models. Is finding a cheap 69 very much harder than finding a 72? I would ultimately really want to upgrade the suspession, cuz I've heard chevelles handle like boats.

    sounds like youve already done homework and a 69 SS is harder to find but you can buy aftermarket kits for the 70 to 72's
    the one my son and i have done is in his garage hotroder check it out
    we have about 8,000.00 in this car but he has turned down 35,000 twice
    we didn't build it to sell it
     

     

    MONEY CAN'T BUY LOVE, BUT IT CAN BUY LOADS OF HORSE POWER

    PAVEMENT POUNDING GAVEL KNOCKER

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