It’s always a great time to brush up on your mechanical knowledge, so we’ve pulled together all the supplies you’ll need to ace your next project. No matter what the automotive subject, you’ll find links to helpful formulas, calculators, and notes below. Feel free to print ’em out and stuff them in your Trapper Keeper—or whatever it is kids use these days.


Things got a little fuzzy for us after Algebra I, but most of the A+ students in class had something in common: a good calculator. Here are three very good calculators that will help you do some very important automotive math:


For us, high school science meant memorizing formulas and blowing things up. We put together a list of key mechanical formulas to help you avoid blowing things up in the garage. Check out our earlier post on the 13 Key Automotive Formulas You Should Know.


English/Language Arts

If you’re going to survive in a gearhead world, you’ve got to know the lingo. That’s why we compiled an A-Z Glossary of Hot Rod Terminology to help speak the language. It’s OK to admit it–you probably don’t know everything that’s in this extensive collection of gearhead words and phrases.

See also: Camshaft Glossary and Tire Glossary.


Reading is fun—especially when the book’s topic is related to cars. We put together a list of 13 awesome books that’ll have you doing more than just looking at the pictures. But don’t worry—despite the title of the post (Book Report: 13 Must-Read Books for Gearheads), there’s no homework required.


We couldn’t really afford a field trip this year (the OnAllCylinders emergency levy failed), so we’ve brought cars from around the world to you! Thanks to the magic of Facebook, readers from all over the world submitted their finished and in-progress projects. See what’s going on in the global automotive community in this worldwide Facebook Gallery.


Automotive art can be a lot things—sculptures, drawings, photography, etc. We’d prefer to share the joy of painting by passing along this whole series of helpful guides to automotive painting. The six-part series covers everything from equipment and supply lists to helpful clean-up tips.

Lithographs1Home Economics

That’s right—we chose home ec. over auto shop. Problem with it?

Fact is you’re probably beyond Auto Shop 101. Instead, we’ve got manly, car guy decorating tips, cool hot rod-themed decor, and tons and tons of ways to make your money go farther. Home Economics.


Social Studies

Delve into the plight of an American icon—old Route 66. Find links to the latest news on the Mother Road and see how you can get involved with its revival with our Route 66 revival post. You may even get extra credit.

Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.