I can feel you. Reading books and forum posts is a great starting point. I have the feeling you can build up knowledge this way. However, sometimes comments like lubricate this part or use some RTV helps a bit but for rookies the question is always HOW MUCH IS "SOME" RTV. I also watch YouTube videos in addition. After a while you get a feeling which channels are good and which are bad. Combine it with everything you learn here and in the shop manual and go make your hands dirty.
It is a great hobby and sometimes you will fail the first time, but I guess all of us did at the beginning.
1966 Convertible (Plant: San Jose, CA)
289 2V, PS, AC