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smc1118
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May 28, 2016, 6:59 AM

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Hello everyone. I'm new here I'm from Western Pennsylvania and I am looking for advice. I want to learn how to fix cars but I don't want to go to school nothing against the schools... it's just I all ready went to school for welding so is there any advice or tips you guy's and gals.Can give me also tools to start out with I want to add this to my welding background...I plan on getting in to body work also because I want to get in to customization work thank you all


Hammer Time
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May 28, 2016, 8:38 AM

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These trades are learned over lifetimes and you don't find the knowledge laying on the street. Those 2 trades are no really compatible with each other. Grease and oil just doesn't mix well with body work.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on May 28, 2016, 10:32 AM)


Tom Greenleaf
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May 28, 2016, 10:21 AM

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WOW - If you even think you can learn off the web a full trade you might someday but not close yet. Automotives are a collection of trades most do NOT do all of them. Welding isn't really required for about any normal plain mechanical but super handy.
Auto body is on it's own. You need to know each other trade to a reasonable degree to know what is part of your part or not.


I can't imagine learning how to do finish work - I mean the ends all finish before paint such that it doesn't show a vehicle was touched then paint as needed is again both a trade and art to learn or shows up horribly.


In short - learn as much as you can but at some point you need hands on learning by a total pro in that area or apprenticeship can work out as well but don't expect that alone to be fast or pay well or in cases at all,


T



smc1118
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May 28, 2016, 10:37 AM

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Well I want to start off as hobby work and go from there. I was think of getting a car that needs work and go from there.


Tom Greenleaf
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May 28, 2016, 11:08 AM

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That's a good start IMO.


Most (high bet) of us started probably with a common bicycle and got an itch that couldn't be scratched and then a lousy car to mess with, make the mistakes on or assorted things. Win or lose with a whole car fine if cheap enough. Body work or mechanical it must be safe for use - no exceptions. Good looking work is great but not necessary to be safe for looks alone - we see plenty out there that's bad either just age, or lousy work.


Done with this except for myself which is enough. Never did finish paint on some very cool looking perfectly as new mechanically restoration jobs and leave that for the pros. I won't even prep for the smallest dings as it would be the first spot to show when done and worse the first spot to react a year later or something so tons to know.


Worked with these people. Shocked at new whole panels and stuff still comes thru with flaws to fix out of a box! I'd go more nuts than I am already!


Get a hobby something going. Can't hurt at all. A welding background is just so much the better. My own years of trade school didn't focus on auto body but rather respect it and know what can harm a good finish while doing something else,


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