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Technical Motor Manuals

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by atch, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,439


    While perusing Wynne's post about front end alignment I got to thinking that there are probably folks on here that have beautiful collections of Motor Manuals. Please show us your collection.

    I have about 3/4 of the years from 1935 through 1980. The ones newer than about 1965 I acquired because I realized that I have many boneyard parts that are newer than 1964. Since every one covers several years I probably have enough to fix anything I have or ever will have.

    I highly recommend everyone having as many of these as you can find. I probably spent around $15 - $20 each for the ones I have. I don't recollect spending as much as $30 for any of them. Altogether I'm sure that a new set of tires would cost more than I have in all my manuals put together. eBay and swap meets are full of them. There are 892 on eBay right now, which is about how many are usually there. The very first one listed is an 8th edition that covers 1935- 1939. It's about $20 including shipping.

    My well worn collection:

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  2. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 4,690

    from Oregon

    Very cool. I will get a pic of mine tomorrow
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  3. I only have two.....and they are the same.:( JW
  4. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,753

    stuart in mn

    I only have about a half dozen of them, but since each one has repair information in detail for several years (and includes basic tuneup information for even more years) I'm covered for most cars since the 1940s.
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  5. Frank Carey
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 494

    Frank Carey

    I have 3 or 4. My oldest is 1949 - $1.00 at a garage sale
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  6. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,009


    I’ve got about ten, including several that my Dad bought when he was working. I think mime start around 1935 or so, maybe 29?

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  7. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 4,056

    from Ioway

    The Tune-Up section alone makes it worth owning at least one copy from the 50s or 60s, the one I have this chapter runs 8 pages and is comprehensive. Most, if not all questions or diagnostics that people ask about are addressed. I know it isn't realistic, but I often wonder about folks who ignore all the great information available at their fingertips.
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  8. KenC
    Joined: Sep 14, 2006
    Posts: 404


    Great idea. Unfortunately, I let all but one of mine go a few years ago, along with a bunch of Hollanders.
    Only have one of each now that cover my '56.

    Hollander manuals are also a great source of info. Maybe pics of those would be interesting.
  9. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,191


    I've got a '71 & '74 from the beginning of my wrenching adventures. They go back 9 or 10 years, so they hit the tail-end of the Hamb parameters. Got a big-ass, green, Hollander interchange bible from the same era, prized possession!
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  10. fauj
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 725

    1. 57-60 Ford F100s

    As a teenager I remember having a question about the 413 in my Chrysler, so I went to ask my neighbor, who was a machinist, he invited me in to his garage and he had quite a collection of Motor Manuals. He found the one needed, and deftly turned to the exact page needed to show me what I needed. I ended up being his apprentice for a while before I joined the Marine Corps. Great memories from a great teacher!
  11. MO54Frank
    Joined: Apr 1, 2019
    Posts: 269


    I have two, one is a 49-57 that I have had since I was about 12. It also has tune-up info for cars back to approx 1940. And detailed info about the automatic transmissions of the day.
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  12. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,537


    I have three or four. I am good from 1935 to 1961 I think maybe 63. Will have to check. They are invaluable.

    Just library goes from 1935 to 1971.
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  13. I have a half dozen... can't imagine trying to build or maintain a car without the proper manual. Also can't imagine using the internet as a primary technical resource, but some try.
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  14. hemihotrod66
    Joined: May 5, 2019
    Posts: 174


    Much better than Chiltons books...
  15. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,537


    There's no comparison with Chiltons
  16. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 632


    My collection is nothing like yours Mike, just enough to get me by. Motors 1935 - 1942 and 1946 - 1956. Also a Chilton’s
    1940 - 1953 to fill the gap. Also one I’ve had for years called “Fix Your Chevrolet” 1940 - 1957. The only one I’ve ever seen and served me well when I played with Chevys.
  17. MO54Frank
    Joined: Apr 1, 2019
    Posts: 269


    Somewhere packed in a box I have a Fix Your Chevrolet that covers 40-59. A high school friend gave it to me after he sold his 57 210 2-door and bought a 65 Mustang.
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    I had a bunch of motors manuals and a ton of factory shop manuals. It took forever to get rid of them! Some of the mundane shop manuals finally went in the trash. I
    used to acquire them at every opportunity, I finally realized I almost never used them. My cars were too modified or the info was readily available on line. So i freed up a bunch of space and helped some young guys grow their collections. I saved one 1957 motors manual because there is a good story as to how it came along and it goes with my Dads old 57 that I now have.
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  19. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,861


    I've got two or three of various years including the 46 edition sitting next to my chair. Years ago Chiltons actually made a manual with the same format as the Motor manual. I've got a very well worn 1972 edition that I used while I was working in shops in the early/mid 70's. Almost every page in it with front end alignment specs has finger prints on it.
  20. Have some I'll get a pic tomorrow - lots of duplicates - I just buy them because and try to sell at the swap meets. The Motor's Flat Rate manual's are great too - gives you the time - AND PART NUMBERS - if you need them so have a few of those....
  21. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,573

    from Ks

    Do not get rid of your motors manuals. They contain tons of info. Lippy
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  22. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 821

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    I have about a half dozen, plus Gen's, and Hollanders interchange manuals to cover from mid 30's to 1979. I usually get the factory service manuals too. It would be hard to function without them. Sadly, most of the younger guys rely exclusively on the internet for tech data, and I find that what I see posted on sites like facebook is about 80 wrong. Guys are chasing their tails, then give up. If they had some good manuals, and would take the time to study them, they could become good mechanics. I got my first Motor Manual a 1969 edition back in 76 when I got my first vehicle. I studied that thing - all the horsepower ratings, compression ratios, bore and stroke and compared them all in my mind. It was fascinating and educational, and a great foundation.
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  23. LWEL9226
    Joined: Jul 7, 2012
    Posts: 272

    from So. Oregon

    I have 9.... Gave around $20 ea. for most of them.... The last ones I got I bought at an Estate sale...
    Gave $10 total for 4 books.... 2 were duplicates so I gave them to friends....

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  24. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,214


    I only have a 1959 Edition. It's gotten a lot of use over the years and is a bit worn. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  25. TrailerTrashToo
    Joined: Jun 20, 2018
    Posts: 513


    Random image from the internet

    I hauled 2 of these around for over 50 years. One covered 1920's and the other covered 1930's. Never owned anything that old that was stock. Recently gifted them to a local with a 1933 Pierce Arrow.
  26. Lucky not to loose these in that little fire while re- locating to the new house. The LJB's were my grandpa's from the shop. This is kinda disorganized but I had to put them somewhere as the other shelves got used. 20200615_152642.jpg 20200615_153258.jpg
  27. I got most of the books when we closed down Fair Deal Auto the corner...boxes and boxes. 20200615_152816.jpg
  28. Had a new/old shelve colaspe...and some of my early flathead books. Off to the garage where there's more. 20200615_152851.jpg 20200615_153326.jpg
  29. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,439


    Yeah, mine used to be on wooden shelves (actually MDF) until the sag got to looking like collapse was eminent. Now they're on steel shelving.
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  30. What he said!
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