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Old 07-13-2011, 10:12 AM
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Default Question for ASE tech, or person who is experienced with engine build/repair.

Ok long story short, I really want to learn alot about building engines / engine repair and so on. I am poor as shit, make minimum wage so school is out of the question, plus its just not my thing. I have nobody to teach me anything.. like family or friends, nobody is into it.

I self taught (well through books) myself things on bodywork, some electrical, suspension, brake repairs, exhaust work, all the fluid changes, and painting. Basically all the general easy stuff.

When it comes to the real in depth engine building or repair I have no experience and I really want to learn on my own.

So where should I begin? Books? Buy a piece of shit car to tear apart?

Any help would be great, thanks
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:15 AM
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Default Re: Question for ASE tech, or person who is experienced with engine build/repair.

There are many dvd's you can get at the library

Also getting something to tear into will not help much unless you can put it back together and it run.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:18 AM
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Default Re: Question for ASE tech, or person who is experienced with engine build/repair.

I guess what I ment by tearing apart a junk car is for the hands on experience... I understand what you mean though, maybe a car to restore would be better to use after I learn things through books for dvds???
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:35 PM
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I kinda got started with a old 86 mercury cougar. I had the engine torn apart and everything laying out. Now I put it back together, but it was all wrong. Unless you have a book with specs then there is no way to fully learn how to assemble a engine. Along with the proper gauges and torque wrenches.

I dont know how old you are. If you are Young and live at home with parents. I would suggest getting some sort of grant to go to a trade school.

Here locally there is a Technical College and that is where I got my start in Diesel Engines.

Wyotech and UTI are a couple of schools that you can get accepted into. You live on campus and go to school. They also guarantee employment after graduation. I know a kid that got his paid for by applying for grants.

When you start making excesses not to do something then you are basically saying you dont want to.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:23 PM
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Default Re: Question for ASE tech, or person who is experienced with engine build/repair.

It's just like anything else, you have it or have to learn it. I was lucky and grew up around mechanics. My dad had a little after work business going. As I grew up I started with bicycles, mowers, dirt bikes and eventually cars. I didn't start out knowing but had the basic skills. Maybe you could get a job at a repair shop changing oil, shocks or something until they can teach you a little. You would probably still start out at minimum wage but might get you started. School would probably be the best but would probably require student loans.
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:54 PM
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Default Re: Question for ASE tech, or person who is experienced with engine build/repair.

Hey guys, thanks so much for the responses. As far as schooling goes, it would be good but I can't do it for various reasons other than money. I either need to learn by myself or one on one.

Heres the DVD I am going to get

http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Engine-Building-Brent-Bye/dp/B000F39P3K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1310759651&sr=8-2
Can anyone suggest anything else for books or dvds?

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