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Unread 09-11-2006, 05:19 PM   #1
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Since I was like 7, I've wanted to restore a car. By myself. Something along the lines of a 1965->1975 Mustang, Camaro, or Chevelle. Body work really isn't my concern; one, because I'm in a class that teaches that in High School. Plus, I've done a little here and there with my uncle, and it wasn't really hard, just tedious as %*$(. Still fun when your done.

Anywho; I have next to know engine knowledge. I know a little here and there with my dirtbike, and can usually tell whats wrong with something goes wrong- but after that, I'm clueless. I've gotten lucky and done it a few times (read: twice) with anything more than a spark plug or something along those lines.

My question. How likely is it that I'd be able to do it myself, granted the only "obstacle" is the car itself, not anything along the lines of tools, etc (I'm only 14; so I still got a while)- without much difficulty?

I'll be doing a *little* general-engine work in auto body class, but not much. One month outta the 6 in the semester is "just for engines."

Yeah. And be honest.

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Since I was like 7, I've wanted to restore a car. By myself. Something along the lines of a 1965->1975 Mustang, Camaro, or Chevelle. Body work really isn't my concern; one, because I'm in a class that teaches that in High School. Plus, I've done a little here and there with my uncle, and it wasn't really hard, just tedious as %*$(. Still fun when your done.

Anywho; I have next to know engine knowledge. I know a little here and there with my dirtbike, and can usually tell whats wrong with something goes wrong- but after that, I'm clueless. I've gotten lucky and done it a few times (read: twice) with anything more than a spark plug or something along those lines.

My question. How likely is it that I'd be able to do it myself, granted the only "obstacle" is the car itself, not anything along the lines of tools, etc (I'm only 14; so I still got a while)- without much difficulty?

I'll be doing a *little* general-engine work in auto body class, but not much. One month outta the 6 in the semester is "just for engines."

Yeah. And be honest.


Didn't someone used to say " You can do anything you put your mind to" ?


Yeah man I'm sure you could restore it, the hardest parts with most likely people electrical and or interior things. But there's always going custom at most likely a better price, ex. you could refrabricate your seats and other things yourself and save a ton of money. The only thing you probaly won't be able to fix yourself would be a problem that involves taking the engine apart only because of the limited knowlegde, I don't think I could even take one apart, but I am only 16 and work from the things I learned from my dad.


I say look for a car with the best engine rather then looking for the best looking car so that most of the engine's kinks aren't in it.


The rest of the stuff you could most likely do yourself, also watch for frame rust or anything like that.
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I guess it's good to start at it young because you will only learn alot from doing it, so I say go ahead and do it.
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I think your main obstacle won't be ability...it'll be more along pecuniary lines.

If you find a junky car to restore you're gonna have to buy a lot of new parts for it, which can add up fast.

But hey, if you get a job or parental support or if you just have enough money sitting around...go for it. If there's something you can't do by yourself find somoene to teach/help you or if that doesn't work pay a pro.
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The thing I would worry about is the project being put on hold when you go to college. It sorta happened to me.
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I think your main obstacle won't be ability...it'll be more along pecuniary lines.

If you find a junky car to restore you're gonna have to buy a lot of new parts for it, which can add up fast.

But hey, if you get a job or parental support or if you just have enough money sitting around...go for it. If there's something you can't do by yourself find somoene to teach/help you or if that doesn't work pay a pro.
I don't plan on doing it any time soon. When I'm 18 or so, and I have a car in the first place if I have to put it on hold for whatever reason.

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The thing I would worry about is the project being put on hold when you go to college. It sorta happened to me.
As many times as people tell me to "aim high", I don't plan on going to any "good" college. Community college + autobody classes if I like it and am at least decent at it, if not, computers for me.

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only way to get to know your vehical is to dig into it.. Just ask for help along the way.. No shame in that!!

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Exactly...but learning while trying to restore a car wouldn't more or less be a mistake?

Kinda what I'm poking at.

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I don't think you should expect your first restoration to be perfect. Besides, experience is the best way to learn.
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It could be possible but the only issue would be money. This will get expensive especially on a part time job salary or whatever.

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