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It has always been a dream of mine to build an old muscle car from scratch (particularly a 67 Shelby GT, but let me not get ahead of myself). I have very basic car knowledge but since i'm only 28 plenty of time to get hands on and no problem picking up a book or two and getting up to speed.

Just looking for some advise for someone as to what are good beginner steps? Book/manuals to read? Possible weekend mechanics courses to take? I really have no interest in becoming a mechanic (have a full-time 9-5 job right now) just looking to be able to work on a car on my own and then eventually build all or most of a car from scratch.

Just some background, i live in a city-like area right now so don't have my own garage but looking to get the ground work going so that in the future when I move to the burbs and have a house/garage I could start working on my own cars and then eventually (hopefully) be able to build my own car from scratch.
 

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Not sure what your skill set is. There is a pretty big jump from working on your car to building one from scratch. If you're interested in Mustangs, most of the classic mustang parts websites sell mustang specific books on rebuilding engines to improving handling to resto-mods. Start watching Gearz, Muscle Cars, Overhaulin to get an idea of what can be involved in restoring old cars. Find a friend or make firends with someone at a car show and learn from them. Watching and helping is a great way to pick up some skills. It's a tough post to answer in a few sentences, but if you get the fever for cars, you'll figure out a way to do it. Good Luck!
 

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It's a big job to "build" a car from the ground up. Aggiesrok is right, but the car show guys get everything done in record time. Tools, knowledge, and money are a must but patients is what I've learned the most. Save money, parts don't fit, modify, return, wait for new parts, cut the grass, go to work, busted/ bleeding fingers, it's all part of the build. After 2 years invested in rebuilding my 66 GT coup I'm looking forward to starting it up this weekend. But even then it's not over, tune the carb, fix the leaks, adjust/retighten everything order more/new parts etc. But, if your determined to do it, lay down a plan. Organize/prioritize what needs to be done, what you would like to do and finally what can I afford to do. But the end result is a car that you will know every nut, bolt, thread size, etc. Good luck. Hey Aggiesrok, you still in Aggieland?
 

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Just moved back here 2 years ago. Getting ready for LSU. Hopefully it won't be horrible. Good Luck getting your 66 running this weekend. I know how anxious you must be after all time and effort.
 
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