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PostSubject: HAYNES V/S CHILTONS   Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:04 pm

What do you guys and gals prefer Haynes or Chilton's repair manuals ?

I like Haynes personally, I feel they use terms a shade tree mechanic understands and they have very good pictures..... FYI i picked up one for the Zephyr for a Penny and 3.99 shipping handling at .....
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PostSubject: Re: HAYNES V/S CHILTONS   Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:32 am

I like the Haynes better as well. But the Chilton's has more stuff about the smog equipment. (a must have in California) Now you can get those smog diagrams off the AutoZone site. Together with the Clymers manual, they are good for quick reference of torque specs, fill caps and some of the simpler repairs. Before the internet, I had all 3 of those, and used the big Mitchell reference manuals at the library for the complicated stuff. You had to photo copy the pages you wanted and it would add up when pages were 20 cents each.

Now, thanks to eBay, you can get a whole set of Ford shop manuals that have so much more information than the others. The Ford shop manuals are where the others get there line drawings and instructions from. A whole set is fairly inexpensive if you wait for the right deal (about $5 for each volume including shipping). I have the sets for 1979 and 1980.

Don't forget about the electrical manuals, they help to troubleshoot problems. These are really cheap and can usually be bought for under $8 shipped. I have all from 1978 thru 1983. The different years really help to when you add wiring with options from cars of a different year, or are wiring in your own accessories.
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PostSubject: Re: HAYNES V/S CHILTONS   Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:42 am

Thanks for your input Red i will be looking for these other manuals as well, i will be doing my own wiring, i plan on adding stuff i don't need but i want to the car. since my seats need recovering i think I'm going to get some power seats and add power windows.... Which i should be able to salvage the harnesses from the donor car.... Where i will be needing wiring assistance is if i decide to go with a fuel injected engine i will need a computer and the harness for that.... Ive been downloading any all PDFs that i think will help me in my restoration the internet has a lot of free information.....
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