Vehicle Maintenance: Books & Manuals

  • ABKFG
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    This title offers a comprehensive guided tour under the skin of the car. Diesel, petrol (gasoline), electric, hybrid and alternative propulsions are all dissected and explained in a reader-friendly manner, and as you move from the engine to the tailpipe, you'll discover what an exciting world there is within the car. Organised in intuitive chapters and backed with colourful illustrations and cutaways, this book describes the systems and parts that make your car move. Without emphasizing the 'boring' science bits, it discusses the practical application of various automotive terms, and explains why having more of one thing and less of another is beneficial in the real world. Whether you're just curious, or wish to become a better car owner, this book will start you on an exciting journey.
  • ADJNL
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    The legendary 'classic' Land Rover - the mainstay of the four-wheel-drive market world-wide for over 60 years - was rebranded Defender in 1990, and has upheld Land Rover's reputation for producing rugged workhorses, with unbeatable off-road capability. This Haynes Manual provides a practical guide to modifications and upgrades for Defender owners who wish to update or improve their vehicles. Coverage includes modifications for recreational off-road use, as well as modifications intended to improve comfort and cosmetic appearance.
  • AKXZN
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    Men work on cars and women cook. Men put up shelves and women make curtains. This used to be typical but not any more, with tasks in the home often shared equally. But women can go a step further and become as confident with a jack as with a power drill. This empowering manual, written by a female car mechanic, explains all areas of owning, maintaining and caring for your car. After absorbing the guidance in this manual you will know how to deal with a puncture, replace a brake light or even do an oil change - and when to challenge a garage mechanic's advice.
  • ABKFN
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    With this book, you can begin caring for your car like a professional, achieving dramatic and financially beneficial effects almost immediately. Written by the 'undisputed king of car detailers,' it teaches you the importance of using specific chemicals for specific tasks, how to properly clean wheels, paint decontamination, polishing paintwork, removing light scratches, waxing, interior maintenance, leather care, and much more. The step-by-step guides explain the purpose and importance of each process in a straightforward manner, and will help you carry out more complicated procedures - such as cleaning the engine bay - without causing any damage. With helpful illustrations and advice based on the author's many years' experience, this book will get your car looking great.
  • AEYFL
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    If you drive a car then this is the book for you. Avoid serious repair bills by learning what to do when something goes wrong. Our cars are essential to us, and we rely on them for so much that it's hard to imagine being without them. Doing the wrong thing when your car develops problems could cost you a lot of money and be a real inconvenience - but what if your car has a water leak, or if you discover oil underneath it? What if a warning light comes on? What could be the cause? Is the car safe to drive, or do I need a breakdown service or a mechanic? How can I get it to a garage safely? This book covers the most common problems that can occur on modern cars. It's easy to follow, written in plain English, and is full of detailed photographs. Probably the most invaluable item you can keep in your car, and you only need basic mechanical skills to get the full benefit of this book.
  • AIOGN
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    The Maserati 250F is one of the classic grand prix cars of all time and won F1 World Championships in 1954 and 1957, both in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio. Stirling Moss, who won the 1956 Monaco Grand Prix in a 250F, described the car as the nicest front-engined F1 car he drove during his career. Here, in this new Haynes Manual, is a unique perspective on what it takes to restore, maintain and race a Maserati 250F, as well as an insight into the design, engineering, development and period race history of this iconic racing car.
  • AEBLQ
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    Part of a new range of "Enthusiast Manuals" from Haynes, this book traces the history and development of the ubiquitous Austin FX4 London Taxi, built between 1958 and 1997. From the origins of the Hackney carriage, the author follows the evolution of the taxi through early 20th century designs by William Beardmore of Glasgow to the dominance of later vehicles commissioned from Austin by Mann and Overton in 1929. Later designs follow a distinct lineage and despite continual improvement of the design over the years, coupled with a succession of more refined and cleaner diesel engines, the black cab remains an enduring icon of Britain's transport heritage.
  • ADNOF
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    This radically updated third edition encompasses the very latest developments in motorcaravans. It is full of practical information for both new and experienced owners and includes an overview of models, maintenance and repairs on habitation elements, explanations of construction methods, practical advice concerning appliances, and detailed descriptions of motorcaravan supply systems. The content is invaluable for owners of both leisure vehicles based on van conversions and coachbuilt models constructed on a separate chassis. Guidance is also given on accessories, weight restrictions, modifications, restoration work and self-build projects.
  • AJLQS
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    The VW Transporter is one of the most iconic vehicles on the roads today. Introduced in 1967, and continuing in production until October 1979, the Bay was the successor to the legendary 'split-screen' Transporter, and is the second of five generations of van so far given the Transporter name by VW. Even the poorest examples of the 'Bay' now fetch significant money, and imports from drier climes continue to appear on British roads, so the case for restoring one of these hugely popular vehicles is increasingly attractive. Using the trusted Haynes practical step-by-step approach, this all-colour manual follows the restoration of a 1979 Devon camper from beginning to end, and provides expert advice on the problems likely to be encountered when working on vehicles that have seen over 35 years of use and, in Britain, as many years of rain, salt and mud. This is the only guide to restoring (or part-restoring) a 'Bay' you will ever need.
  • ABXMY
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    Providing an understanding of steam locomotive operation, this book details the duties of locomotive drivers, firemen and cleaners. It illustrates and explains locomotive components, and gives advice on all types of steam locomotive and train working, from shunting loose-coupled wagons to high-speed main line passenger trains. The book also includes health and safety regulations and advice.
  • ALQXA
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    Lotus 49 Owners' Workshop Manual 1967 onwards (all marks) Ian Wagstaff The Lotus 49 F1 car was designed by Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe for the 1967 F1 season. It was the first car to use the legendary Cosworth DFV engine. The car was designed around the DFV engine, and was highly significant in being the first successful Formula One car to feature the engine as a structural member. The Lotus 49 was also significant in being the first F1 car to feature aerodynamic wings, and was the first car to feature commercial sponsorship, in the form of the famous red, gold and white Gold Leaf Team Lotus colours. Jim Clark famously won on the car's debut at Zandvoort for the Dutch Grand Prix in 1967, and it would also provide him with the last grand prix win of his career in 1968, before Graham Hill went on to win the 1968 F1 World Championship using the car. This manual provides a fascinating insight into the design, evolution, operation, maintenance and restoration of the Lotus 49. Key content The Lotus 49 story - brief history of Maserati, design, evolution and racing history of the Lotus 49, and subsequent Maserati story. Anatomy - chassis, cockpit, Cosworth DFV engine, transmission, suspension and steering, brakes, wheels and tyres, electrics and aerodynamics. Owning and restoring - buying, provenance, paperwork, values and insurance, obtaining spare parts, restored Lotus 49 profiles. Driver's view - racing in period, with input from Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi. Racing today with views from drivers of cars running in historic championships. Engineer's view - factory mechanics' memories, maintenance and repairs, setting up a Lotus 49, rebuilding and maintenance of a Cosworth DFV engine, brief technical appraisal of rival F1 cars. Appendices including technical specifications, race results and useful contacts.
  • AOMBS
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    NEW IN PAPERBACK. The Routemaster bus - instantly recognisable as the classic red double-decker London Transport bus - is a British icon, and a symbol unmistakably associated with London. Now the Routemaster receives the famous Haynes Manual treatment. This book provides a unique perspective on owning, restoring and operating a Routemaster, as well as an insight into the design, development and anatomy of this remarkably resilient machine, which saw continuous service in London for over 45 years.
  • AEOHZ
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    That a vehicle born in the late 1950s and ending production in 1979 would still be owned and driven today was way beyond the expectations of the original manufacturer. Hence, today's Midget and Sprite owner needs to be aware of the special problems that can emerge through continued use. Just how do you look after and maintain a vehicle built last century? This book helps you identify all the things you need to be aware of to avoid trouble. The shortcomings, the odd funny noise, that little something that just does not seem quite right ...here, we sort them out. The book systematically describes all the main components of the Midget/Sprite, and details what can go wrong with each. Being able to identify simple warning signs can keep you ahead of a big repair bill - and possibly save you from being stranded at the road side.
  • AEGEK
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    First published more than 30 years ago and in continuous print ever since, this remains one of the most comprehensive references available to the enthusiast engine tuner and race engine builder. Drawing on the author's many years of practical experience in tuning and modifying high-performance road, rally and race units, every aspect of an engine's operation is explained and analysed. Detailed modifications and improvements are suggested and described in the author's practical, down-to-earth style, making this book essential reading for anyone involved in building high-performance engines.
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    It is often said that steam locomotives appear to be living machines, casting a spell over spectators young and old, from lifelong steam enthusiasts to those witnessing live steam for the first time. This extensively illustrated manual provides a fascinating practical insight into the hard work, knowledge and skills required to safely drive a steam loco. The unique "Haynes Manual" approach, marrying the engaging text with step-by-step photographs and fascinating illustrations, puts the reader firmly on the footplate to experience the raw power and energy of a steam locomotive in action.
  • BRREP
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    How to Restore Triumph TR5, TR250 & TR6 covers all Triumph TR5/250 and TR6 models, and explains the characteristics of the various TR sportscars, what to look out for when purchasing, and how to restore a TR cost-effectively. As well as his own substantial experience and that of other amateur restorers, Roger Williams had the help of various TR specialists and professional restorers. All this knowledge, allied to substantial photographic coverage, allows him to provide truly detailed coverage of complete restoration and good advice on how to overcome common problems. (Note that the TR5 model was known as the TR250 in the USA.)
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    Written by an enthusiast with many years experience of working on classic British motorcycles - but with little experience of working on these iconic machines - this book covers the complete dismantling, refurbishment, and rebuilding of two Tridents: a 1973 Triumph T150V and a 1975 Triumph T160. Written from a the point of view of a relative novice, it covers all parts of the rebuild in great detail; parts that other manuals gloss over, leaving the novice confused and frustrated.From the simplest of jobs, such as removing the oil tank, through to detailed explanations of rebuilding the engine and carburettors, this manual is an absolute must for any enthusiast contemplating working on their Triumph or BSA triple. Over 650 colour photographs and detailed text descriptions clarify every stage ...engine, gearbox, clutch, electrics, frame, wheels, forks, swinging arm, brakes, instruments ...the whole bike! Highly readable, and written with , the author readily admits to the various pitfalls and mistakes he makes in order for others to avoid them.Designed to sit alongside existing workshop manuals, this book is intended to help the owner complete any restoration operations that are omitted from repair manuals. Essential garage literature!
  • BADGV
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    No one contemplating an MGB V8 engine conversion should start the project without reading this book, which is based on the real world experience of many owners and specialists who have re-engined MGBs in the past. Avoid expensive mistakes and pitfalls and end up with a car that performs, handle and brakes superbly by following the detailed advice compiled over many years by MGB expert, Roger Williams.
  • BKAKT
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    Convert your own VW Panel Van to a Camper, and you've got the best of both worlds, as Lindsay Porter's manual shows. The T5 Transporter, the world's best selling van, is great to own and you'll save a fortune compared to the cost of buying a ready-converted Camper. Follow the detailed, highly illustrated instructions in this manual and you can't go wrong. This book will show you how to chose the right Panel Van for your needs, how to fit the roof, windows and furniture, plus step-by-step guides to fitting cookers, a water supply, wash-stands, heaters and more. A detailed guide with 500 illustrations, covering every aspect of the conversion. You'll save money and learn a lot.
  • AYZNS
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    Your in-depth colour illustrated guide to understanding, repairing and improving the electrical systems of British classics. Electrical systems used in British cars in the period 1950 to 1980 have gained some notoriety, most of it unfavourable and much of it undeserved. This book shines a light on the subject, system by system, including the murkier corners. Whatever their foibles, the cars remain the cherished possessions of enthusiasts worldwide, and this book's contribution to making the electrical systems understandable and reliable will maintain the enjoyment the cars provide for many decades to come.Based on the proven formulas of Rick Astley's previous, and much acclaimed book, MGB Electrical Systems, this book breaks down the electrical systems of classic British cars into separate and easily understandable sections. In each, the components and system as a whole are examined in theory and chronology, to show how and why they evolved the way they did. With hundreds of colour photographs and diagrams, together with fault-finding tables, the veil of mystery is removed, allowing the owner to understand, repair and improve their cherished classic.This book is the definitive and indispensable guide to British car electrical systems, and deserves a place on every enthusiast's bookshelf.
  • AZLIN
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    This book is essential reading for every MGB enthusiast. The mechanical aspects and the restoration of the vehicle have been written about in numerous publications but the so often maligned electrical systems has never before been comprehensively covered. For those new to vehicle electrical systems the book provides a simple primer using mechanical analogies. Each system in the car has its own chapter, with simple and uncluttered circuit diagrams in which each wire can be seen in its real colours. More than a how-to-do guide, the book also explains the "why" of each system and procedure, aiding diagnostics when things don t go quite as they should. The many fault finding guides help pin those elusive problems down. For those wishing to improve the car for reliability and safety."
  • BIXEP
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    The Triumph TR sports cars were best-sellers in North America. They were simple, inexpensive, fast and fun to drive, if sometimes wayward on the limit. Here the 1950s first-generation models - TR2, 3 and 3A - are described in depth, including development, production, specification changes, competition history and the practical aspects of owning one today.
  • AMXCV
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    When Honda released the CX500, the sales brochure stated 'First into the Future,' and described the bike as a road sports V-twin. Honda's first venture into the V-twin engine market, with water cooling and shaft drive, was certainly different from their previous twin- and four-cylinder models. Known for its good handling and fuel economy, the low maintenance Honda was comfortable, loved by tourers and couriers alike and, after overcoming early teething troubles, developed a reputation for reliability. Sportier models incorporating turbochargers were also released, for those looking for an additional adrenaline rush. After thirty years, there's now a resurgence of interest in the CX models, both from restorers and custom builders, with aftermarket cafe racer kits available, too. The techniques, tips and tricks used by an experienced restorer will save you time and money. You'll see that you don't need expert knowledge or a fully fitted workshop for a restoration project. Packed full with photographs and detailed instructions, this book is your perfect guide, from start to finish.
  • AQCXT
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    If you can still remember the signature of many 70s motorcycles - the characteristic sound and smell of a 2-cylinder 2-stroke engine - then you'll find pleasure in the knowledge that there are many of these classics are still alive and well today, in sheds, garages and barns across the country. Many only make an appearance on a nice, sunny day, perhaps attending classic events or taking an early evening summer ride with friends. Buying one of these motorcycles can be expensive, yet find one in need of just the lightest restoration you can strike a bargain price. Restoration is not as difficult as it may at first appear, and this step-by-step illustrated guide will give any potential restorer all the advice, tips and shortcuts needed to make an economical, easy restoration happen.