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  1. Shook one

    Shook one New Member

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    hey guys, as I can see I'm not the only one to be a Honda fan around here..(i guess) I was just wondering are you guys all experienced mechanics to do all these things by yourself with your hondas ? because in the future (yes i'm only 17 years old) I would really like to get my civic boosted or swapped and I was just wondering if I really NEEDED to be a mechanic to do all those thing to my car.. cause right now I'm really stuck on deciding what my future job will be.. on one hand I want to be a mechanic so I will be able to do whatever I want with my car but on the other side I want something that has a better money income.. any comments or life experiences are appreciated..
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    probably 90% of the people that i know who work in shops are not "licensed and certified" mechanics. they are just people who like wrenching and busting their knuckles then started doing it for work.

    pop the hood and get dirty. i'd guess that how 99% of the members on here learned to work on cars.
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    you do realize that many people view cars and tinkering with them as a HOBBY right????
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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  5. Shook one

    Shook one New Member

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    damn I didnt knew that.. but the thing is that if start to play with my car, i'm scared to get the car fucked up.. its not that i'm not confident, its only that the most complicated i've ever done to a car is changing the oil.. I was planning on doing a mini me with a d16y8 head next summer, do you think I should be able if I tell you that i'm pretty well informed on d series engines(i've been reading about Honda engines for like almost one year), I know what fits and doesnt fit etc.. also, i've found a very well described write up of a guy doing a mini me.. so what do you think ?
     
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    99sidude Moderator Moderator VIP

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    The best way to learn is to start digging into it. You have us and the rest of the intranets to guide you:)
     
  7. UNDR8D

    UNDR8D ...has a job!

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    I bagged my truck without knowing anything. I hadn't even welded before. So I bought a welder, practiced, then started cutting. It came out great the first time because I researched and made sure I knew exactly what I was doing and was going to do before I did it.

    Building a Honda is like playing with Legos. With the exception of tuning and machining, which you will not be doing, the parts only go on one way. It's a great platform to cut your teeth on.

    And just remember. It is a car. It is made of metal and plastic and some glass. No matter how badly you fuck something up, it can ALWAYS be fixed. And with a Honda, even if you destroy your entire drivetrain, you are only about $1000 away from having it drivable again lol
     
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    believe me, hondas are very easy to mess with, im 16 and have done a lot of work to my car, get a haynes manual for your car and just have fun with it, when you take bolts out, KEEP THEM IN ONE PLACE, it helps a lot, just read up and dig in!
     
  9. UNDR8D

    UNDR8D ...has a job!

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    Ya...definitely keep them in one place. Organization is crucial.
     
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    yes it is, ive learned that the hard way, and keeping your tools cleaned up and put in a tool box helps a lot too ive found out
     
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    dude to tell you the truth listen to these guys on here if you really want to get everything "professionally" you have to go through some schooling and it costs a shit ton. i know just for what i have gone through i need to pay over $35000. i just got lucky with remembering everything and having volvo paying for another $8800 but just start working on your car and if anything happens to it just go to like a local independent shop and tell them whats going on and what they think you should do.
     
  12. invisibledemon

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    you dont have to go through schooling to work on cars, bmw's benz's and shit like that, yeah maybe.
    but to work at a local shop, you can learn there. the best way to learn about working on cars is to get a job at a small shop making min wage and doing bitch work in exchange for being able to help the mechanics and pester them with annoying basic questions.
    its just like an internship somewhere, you get shafted, a lot, but you also learn a lot if you try.
    also, instead of paying thousands of dollars for a shitty "education" from a shitty "school" (like NADC) you are getting paid to learn in a shop, not making much mind you, but i think taking home around 1000/month in shit pay is better than paying in however much a student loan payment is.



    but, that being said.
    start tinkering. get the haynes manual, research and ask things here.
    you are going to fuck up. a lot. but thats part of the learning process. the beauty of a honda is that the fuck ups wont cost you an arm and a leg to fix.
    so, roll up your sleeves, grab the $120 dollar basic craftsmen ratchet set that your parents gave you last xmas/bday and get to work. lol.
     
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    UNDR8D ...has a job!

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    Get the Chilton lol...it's way more detailed
     
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    well im not saying getting schooling would be somewhat of a mistake but it will get you somewhere. im gonna work on brand new Volvos because of everything that UTI taught me. granted everyone learns differently but schooling will show you how everything works and with everything going electronic you would need to start somewhere. but thats not for everyone so he can learn by wrenching too.
     
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    No offense but do you really want your future job to be a Mechanic? I'm not saying that you should shoot to be a doctor or lawyer or anything but if all your interested in doing is being able to work on your own car you can do what most people on here do, just start tearing into and learn by doing and following guides and do research(like everyone else said). You don't need to strive to be a mechanic to work on your own car.

    Not that there is anything wrong with wanting to be a mechanic but that is some back breaking work and your body will be shot by the time your 40.
     
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    get a helms manual. it's what the dealerships use.

    if i were you, i would try to find a blown engine on craigslist for like $50. rip it apart and put it back together just for practice. don't plan on installing it. just treat it like a building blocks and practice wrenching.
     
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    well it depends of your a mechanic or a technician. it also depend on what exactly do you do that will mess up your body. a drivability tech will get his hands dirty as little as possible and get paid a shit to while a heavy line tech does all the major stuff and gets paid a shit ton.
     
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    there is some truth in that.
     
  19. Shook one

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    thanks for all everybody, you made me realized that what I wanted is to build MY car and not repair other people's car. I'll do what you all said, buy a haynes manual, and try to get a blown engine to play with it. but i'm still stuck with what my future job will be.. anyway, thanks again for the support it really helped me out !!!! I will probably post my build when i'll start to get some more power in this hatch !
     
  20. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    Go to college or a trade school. The job market sucks right now. That's why I'm in graduate school. And pick a major/area of study that will give you a job after graduation. Yet another reason why I'm in grad school.

    If you're not into the whole college thing, look into welding schools. They can make bank in the right scenario and knowing how to weld, especially well, never hurt a Honda build.
     
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