Those engines were so easy to work on. I had to replace a water pump once and when you opened the hood, everything is right there. No pollution devices or contraptions.
I wanted heart and soul to be a mechanic when I was a youth. A mechanic friend told me to forget it because eventually everything was going to be computerized. The man I was dating at the time had several brothers, all mechanics. It was a wonderful learning experience, since I used to play with my brother's plastic motor in the 60's. I lucked out too that when I have to bring my vehicle in for service, nobody can snowball