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Are Haynes/Chilton's antiquated?

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by SnakePlissken69, Oct 26, 2019.

  1. SnakePlissken69
    Joined: Oct 24, 2019
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    SnakePlissken69

    Been looking for these books. That's how I figured out how to do everything back in the day. Are they out of print? I found old copies for my wife's 66 mustang but not for my 64 Econoline. They used to make them for everything.
     
  2. Truck64
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    I never really cared for the generic manuals, too general usually, and not always accurate. Better than nothing, sure, but what you really want is the shop manual.
     
  3. SnakePlissken69
    Joined: Oct 24, 2019
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    SnakePlissken69

    What do you mean?
     
  4. Truck64
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    The shop manual has the detailed, specific information on what you're working on. Voltages, torque specs, clearances and quantities, jetting, all kinds of stuff.
     
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  5. SnakePlissken69
    Joined: Oct 24, 2019
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    SnakePlissken69

    Ya that's what I used to get out of those books. It was included in The instructions.
     
  6. VANDENPLAS
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    The Hayes and chiton manuals
    If you where not a tech/ mechanic have you just enough information to be dangerous!!

    there used to be volumes of them at the auto parts store
    Now I only see generic frame, steering, brake ones nothing car specific
    But with e-pay and goggle a manual is just a click away now
     
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  7. Jimbo17
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    Guy's the times are changing and so much of what used to be in books in now on line but the problem is you have to know how to use a computer to find it.

    I happen to like using computers but I do not like what computers are doing to Libraries all over the country.
    Jimbo
     
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  8. Get the factory manuals and you will realize what you have been missing....I have them for every vehicle I own. I have a lot of manuals


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  9. Truck64
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    The times have changed, though for example the shop manuals aren't generally available for download, they are still copyright pubs. Have to buy those. There is a lot of stuff available, nobody probably cares if a 65 year old document has been scanned and uploaded. Unless, somebody buys the name, as happened with (for another example) Heathkit.

    I still prefer a bound printed manual in the shop as it is still faster and more convenient, easier to read, I think. I use both. Anyway the online stuff is most def. not permanent, it can and does go bye-bye with no warning.
     
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  10. TagMan
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    Next to the factory manuals, the Motor's Manuals are the best. I've got them covering everything from the mid-1930's to the 60's, about one manual for every 5-years.
     
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  11. LAROKE
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    I have factory service manuals for all my rides including my o/t Caddy ATS-V which weighs in at 9,289 pages and drives me back to the good old days of my Chevy trucks.
     
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  12. Try Rockauto, I found a reprinted manual for my 27 Chevy and it was under ten bucks.
     
  13. BamaMav
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    Here's another voice for MOTOR's manuals. Can usually find good used ones on eBay and at garage and estate sales. Last one I bought goes to 76 I think, gave $5 for it. One cool thing about the older ones is they have a grille identification chart that helps figure out different models.
     
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  14. Truck64
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    MoToRs Repair. The older manuals have a Tune-Up section that is about as good as it gets.
     
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  15. Greg Rogers
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    I used to love the old Chiltons and Motors manuals. They used to have the drawings of the model years and were so much fun to look at. ( course I am/ was weird, used to look thru the yellow pages ads for pictures of cars etc. , also looked at Sears catalogs for pics of ladies... OOPS off topic!!) But as others said the aren't very detailed, but sometimes they would show you how to do something. I see some on ebay at times. I always thought the Clymers manuals were about worthless though.
     
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  16. Haynes is the newest and the worst. I got one for newer Chevy Impalas and Caprices, but it had a random diagram for a tail gate assembly on a '64 Chevy. Right there I knew they were bird cage fodder.
     
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  17. Road Racer
    Joined: Jan 29, 2017
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    Road Racer

    Used to love the "assembly is reverse of disassembly". No kidding? Plus the fact they didn't do a good job of describing the disassembly in the first place
     
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