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What's a good way to go about learning more about cars, parts, how they work, etc?

Hi, my dad knows a ton about cars, but unfortunately i never knew him so i never got to learn anything from him. He's been in jail since i was a kid, woes me! haha

Anyways, i'm 20 and i know very little about cars. I change my own oil and check antifreeze/trans fluid/break fluid. That's about all i know really. My mom has one of my dads old junk cars, it's an 88' firebird or transam, can't remember which. It doesn't run(did a few years ago) so i thought about maybe just toolin around on it and getting a manual from my local library, but i dunno. I also thought about maybe enrolling in auto-mechanics classes at the community college, but i'm kind of embarrassed too because most guys going into that probably have at least a solid understanding of things where as i know nada.

I'd really like to get a nice classic car when i get older like an old GTO, or Impala, or charger, mustang, etc. But i think it'd be kind of lame to have such a great car like that but not know anything about how they work.

So what do you guys think i should do to learn a little more about cars?
Thanks for any ideas, appreciate your time.
 

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What's a good way to go about learning more about cars, parts, how they work, etc?

The teacher Rita is quite right bec all you really need is the will power and willingness to learn.No one learns better then those that have a very strong desire to learn whatever trade etc they want to learn.
Don't hold back on your dreams bec you only live once and never worry about what other ppl will do or how they'll react to you not knowing much bec anybody can learn and you'd be surprised in just how fast some ppl learn things in life.
I've designed course studies and even helped to teach classes in many different subjects and have found that the best students are the serious , sincere ones.Many times even the so called dump or stupid students are in fact the brightest and smartest students of the class.
Never allow yourself not to explore your dreams and hopes bec it's you that misses out on life that way.

Hope that helps and best of luck.By the way the way I started out learning about cars is hanging out with a mechanic friend at his shop and asking any question that came to my mind , drove him nuts lol but I learned a lot.
 

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youtube.com, it answered a lot of my questions. just mess around with whatever your doing.
 

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Justin, my son is 17 and has the same idea. He is taking auto-mechanics this year in high school. You can benefit from the community college classes BECAUSE of the students who know more about car repair. These guys will be the ones that help you the most. And because of your shared interests, you will probably make a lot of new friends. Years ago, my uncle worked for a mechanic neighbor. He apprenticed for free at first just for the opportunity to learn. You are lucky to have the perfect car for a restoration project! (Just stinks that car insurance for guys doesn't go down until age 25 or that your dad couldn't be there to help you restore it.) You sound like a smart young man with some good ideas. Please don't give up and don't underestimate the networking power of the internet. You can type in any automotive issue or question and get some very reliable advice.
 
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