I'd always wanted to learn about car mechanics, and have a fondness for older cars. In 2013 I bought a 1993 VW Mk1 Golf Cabriolet for $1,100 where it had been sitting in someone's shed for years, with the intention of fixing it up and learning a thing or two along the way. I wanted to share what I learnt about fixing up the car somewhere (guides here) in hope that someone else finds it useful some day.
It's here I want to add that I am in no way a qualified mechanic. I'm just showing what I've picked up when doing the work myself. I'll also give a rough estimate of the time and cost (in Australian dollars) I've put into various fixes.
Most of the work I've done is routine maintenance stuff with normal hand tools that anyone could do. For some bigger jobs I took it to a proper mechanic.
Well, mostly because it was there and it was cheap. But, also:
Or, find a list of useful resources here.