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Old 05-19-2015, 05:38 PM   #1
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Beginner learning to wrench

I've done a few things on my mustang with help from a family friend, but I want to start learning how to work on cars more. The family friend lives far so I can't really ask him to show me. I've been reading a lot online and most people say it's best to just start trying. I don't want to learn on my daily driver so I plan on buying an older car.

What car would you recommend? I plan on making this my project car and eventually building it for auto-x.

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A fox body or a 90s gen SN-95, would be a good one to learn on.


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Are they pretty simple to work on?
And also which engine should I go for?


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Yes they are pretty simple especially the pushrod engines (95 and older). If you find one or have an issues/questions just let me know. I'll help as best I can, and if I can't I'll point you in the right direction.


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Yes they are pretty simple especially the pushrod engines (95 and older). If you find one or have an issues/questions just let me know. I'll help as best I can, and if I can't I'll point you in the right direction.


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Would you recommend going for the gt or v6/4 cylinder?


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Would you recommend going for the gt or v6/4 cylinder?


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Both are pretty bulletproof. Get the 8 if you can just because
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Personally, I'd want a cobra, but that narrows it down quite a bit (93-95). I've got a friend who's building an SVO (a wicked 4 banger), that would be my next choice if I couldn't have a V8.


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I agree. Go with a 94-95 gt or cobra depending on budget. The push rods are much easier to work on for sure. You can make them pretty light and there are a ton of aftermarket suspension parts, their plentiful and cheaper. You can get a pretty clean 94-95 gt around me for around 3k or sometimes less if it has a clean body and needs engine work. Should be a great project for you to learn, ive been thinking about doing this as well but im looking for a new edge that needs some tlc.

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What kind of wrenching are you wanting to do? Most projects are pretty straight forward...remove old part, put in new part. It's just a matter of figuring out what fasteners are used. If you start with smaller projects, you should be able to finish them in a weekend on your DD. As you gain confidence, you can take on more and more. When you start getting into custom fabrication or full drivetrain/suspension upgrades, you'll want something that can sit (not your DD).
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why not an older truck?


edit....just read the auto-x line. Never mind my idea although trucks are great.
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If you want to do auto x I'd try to pick up a V8. There isn't a whole lot of price difference. I'd personally try to find a clean 90-93 fox body. Parts are so easy to get as well


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Thank you for the advice and honestly just trying to get more confidence with working on cars. I've done a few stuff on my car(shocks and struts and driveshaft, throttle body, axle backs)

I wanna learn how to replace the rest of the suspension on a car, headers, etc. right now it's between a 95-98 gt or just go for an older (65-66) mustang and let them sit in the garage while I learn and tinker with them. I can't really risk messing up my car since i work full time lol


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I wouldn't go back that far. The classics need to be driven. If they sit for long periods of time, it's really hard on them. Stick to a pushrod SN-95. It's very similar to a classic, and doesn't have that flaw.


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I was just thinking a classic because everywhere I read it says they are really simple to work on.


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They are. But most of the stuff on them is very dated. It would give you a basic grasp on things but an SN-95 would be a better choice. The car is still old, but it does have modernish stuff on it. It's your choice, if you want a classic go for it. If you do get one just post up any questions you have about them.


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I'm still saving a bit, so we will see what is available when I'm buying it.


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