Here's how this thread started in my mind. I was going to ask what the three round objects are on top of this 195 engine. Since I knew this is a very simple question, and was embarassed to ask, my mind began to wander to something I've been meaning to ask for a very long time. I am pretty knoweldgeable about the history of the automobile - many marques included, and Ferrari in particular. But my technical knoweldge is next to nil. I barely know what a carburetor does, what drum breaks do, etc. (I know, I know...) The thing is, I love these cars. I love them. And I want to own them, and I want to be able to work on them and know how they work. So, my question is: what can I do to acquire this knowledge? What do you suggest for someone who does not want to become a professional mechanic at all, but wants to get the kind of mechanical training that would allow me to know more about my cars? I am free for this summer, and I have considered just taking some sort of auto. mechanics course at a community college... but then part of me doesn't know how useful this would be - would it just be teaching me how to change the oil on a Taurus? I would love to just work for a couple months at a shop that specializes in these types of cars; I feel that just being around them in that way would teach me a lot. And that kind of hands-on experience would be fun too. But, I'm not sure where I could do this or who would take on a temporary quasi-apprentice. Anyway, that's the position. Any advice would be appreciated.