allen said:grumpy I've been reading info on this forum for a few years now.
this forum is by far the most informative , (and at times confusing) Ive found.
If you take the time to read the ENDLESS, links and sub links and endless SUB- SUB- LINKS , you can always find what your looking for,
but its very easy to find your off into an area reading about subjects you never intended to visit, or consider, originally.
But I must point out, that the process usually involves several hours ,"down the rabbit hole with Alice"
wandering around and learning things you never even considered or thought of, things are pointed out, in the links, that might be related to your original thought or question, but many times I wonder what I was thinking or can,t remember the original question after several hours reading time, but I've also found I have learned a great deal and almost always find I would have made some costly mistakes in parts selection or machine work, that I never considered important if I'd ignored reading the linked info!
I've started reading up on selecting a cam, and in no time I find myself reading about loose valve locks, selecting rockers or valve springs or wondering if the heads I selected are nearly what I should have purchased?
or in some cases I start thinking why am I building a 350 SMALL BLOCK when I obviously should be building a 540 cubic inch big block? , WOW! is like being addicted to drugs, you get a taste and before you realize it you spent 4 hours, on the site reading ,links and sub-links, and you realize you forgot the original question and start wondering why you don,t have a huge list of tools and engine parts you never knew you wanted before!
you might not believe this, but I go back and read thru the existing threads and find the same thing happens, and I frequently go back re-read threads and
( think, I forgot to tell them about this) so over time several of the older more experienced members usually add linked info I or they forgot the first time the thread was posted.
I know its hard for most people too dive head first down the rabbit hole,
read what may seem like endless links ...
but its productive, well spent time and instructive in the long term,
and doing that, will absolutely will save you a great deal of wasted time and cash in the process
NO ONE KNOWS EVERYTHING!, AND WE TEND TO FORGET THINGS WE DON,T DEAL WITH FREQUENTLY, SO TAKE NOTES AND ASK QUESTIONS
but in addition I find places where I forgot to point out related things, readers need to know, and it has me starting new threads or adding related existing linked info, or pictures to clarify, previous answers. and that frequently results in some one posting new questions so it in effect snow-balls, into adding info ,even more links and info.
you'll also see fairly frequent links to books or other sources of info...keep in mind that the more you know and the better your reference material is , the less likely it is you'll make expensive or just silly mistakes
heres some basics that won,t change theres a couple thousand related threads here to help you.
You may find this a bit different from other forums, as I can assure you I spend about 97% of my time on this site adding links info and valid additional text, as do several other experienced members,where its needed in older threads,
as I or they see the need,
I don,t think youll find many threads that are 6-8 months old or older that have not had additional sub links or pictures or text added, and corrections made if that was required, and as questions are asked, additional related info is added, rather frequently, over that time span.
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