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Old 13th Feb 2019, 22:21
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RIP John Haynes

There can be few British men (and doubtless more than a few women) in possession of a less than modern UK production car - and the slightest inclination towards tinkering with its innards in a bid to save money - who hasn't owned a Haynes Manual at one time or another.

I had Hillman Avenger, Triumph Dolomite 1500 and Triumph Dolomite Sprint manuals in days of yore - the latter got me through a complete front suspension replacement, shocks, bushes and all with barely a problem, though replacing the viscous coupling later on wasn't quite so straightforward despite two of us doing the job. Second time around I did it solo - a task made much easier by firstly removing the bonnet and secondly rearranging several wire coat hangers to suspend parts ... or something like that.

These days any forays under the bonnet are totally perplexing. Water goes there, oil there, beyond that....

Thanks John!

And I might buy the Spitfire (Supermarine not Triumph) and Apollo manuals at some point

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Old 13th Feb 2019, 23:15
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Served as an RAF officer, and did his first major restoration (of a "frogeye" Sprite) when he was in Aden. I'm assuming he was an engineer officer, but not sure.
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 23:43
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Yes... somewhere I still have my oil-stained Haynes Manual for my first car, a Mk I Ford Escort.

Not sure how they're faring in the age of You Tube, but in their day, they could not be beat.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 09:56
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Has helped keep my 19 year old car going after the warranty expired. Yes some incredible stuff on Youtube these days but I've found his book to be a good place to start and come back to when embarking on a service or repair. My $55 investment in his book has saved me many thousands of dollars over the life of the car, and I learnt a mechanical thing or two along the way - like making a simple tool to press out bearings.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 10:06
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Every time I bought a car in the 60s, 70s and 80s, the first thing I did was to buy a Haynes manual. Must have save a fortune over the years.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 10:12
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Seems I refer to the book once a week these days for the wife`s Clio.Now it has a minor drive shaft oil leak on the nearside leaving its tell tale marks on the garage floor. Small leaks lead to larger ones. I curse the day I bought this pile of french junk but thanks all the same to Haynes. Asked the garage when I had two new tyres fitted, what would be the cost for replacing the clutch. Its ok now at 65000 miles but the bill would be £800.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 10:25
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RIP Mr Haynes, and thank you for your help over the last 30 years or so.


Pity there isn’t a Haynes manual for my 2008 petrol A3 though.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 10:41
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Originally Posted by Uplinker View Post
RIP Mr Haynes, and thank you for your help over the last 30 years or so.


Pity there isnít a Haynes manual for my 2008 petrol A3 though.

RIP John Haynes - helped me save a fortune over the years on my MGB GT

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https://haynes.com/en-gb/audi/a3/2003-2008



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Old 14th Feb 2019, 11:39
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Thank you John Haynes, even I could carry out some repairs back in the day.
I have the Haynes 747 maintenance manual which might come in useful sometime.
He should have published one on maintaining high octane spouses.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 11:43
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Originally Posted by hiflymk3 View Post
Thank you John Haynes, even I could carry out some repairs back in the day.
I have the Haynes 747 maintenance manual which might come in useful sometime.
He should have published one on maintaining high octane spouses.
He did...


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Old 14th Feb 2019, 11:46
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RIP and thank you for making me swear so much whilst trying to loosen many bolts!
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 11:56
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Originally Posted by Nige321 View Post
He did...


What`s the centrefold
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 12:16
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Originally Posted by gemma10 View Post
What`s the centrefold
How to fit a silencer?
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 12:31
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How to fit a silencer?
... And on Valentine's Day too...
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 13:26
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Served as an RAF officer, and did his first major restoration (of a "frogeye" Sprite) when he was in Aden. I'm assuming he was an engineer officer, but not sure.
Equipment (Supply) Officer I believe.......
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 16:43
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That man was a star!
Saved me a fortune! From my split windscreen 54 Moggie through various old cars.
Although I drew the line with my Lotus Elans. They needed the local Ed China to fix them.
My last Haynes re-build was a Mk 2 Cortina.
For a later Humber, Ididn't need to buy the book. I had already rebuilt the Hillman version.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 17:43
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Originally Posted by Auxtank View Post
Many thanks for your kind research but I should have said mine is a Ď58 plate, which is when they changed the body and chassis, I believe. The only Haynes manual I can find for a Ď58 onwards is Diesel engine only, so I might get one for the body/chassis/running gear, and hope I never need to do too much to the (petrol) engine and DSG gearbox.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 18:38
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Originally Posted by gemma10 View Post
What`s the centrefold
Manifold🤑. Thanks Mr. Haynes, a good few bob saved here too, especially living close to a good "Scrappy" - cheap spares, zero labour costs (okay, maybe a pint or two for a couple of mates if it was a heavy job), and the majority of tools signed out for free from stores.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 18:39
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Just did a head count. There are fourteen Haynes manuals on my bedroom table!

The oldest was bought in 1977 and is by far the most battered and oily. That's the one for the Triumph Spitfire. Essential reading since that car (a very late Mk3) was the most unreliable vehicle I've ever owned. I got very used to changing Hardy Spicer universal joints on the rear driveshafts and I even stripped and rebuilt the gearbox on the kitchen table of my RAF MQ.
I changed a broken exhaust valve spring at the road side on the way to my parents' wedding anniversary party; that took me just half an hour after a kindly fellow Triumph owner stopped to help on seeing the bonnet up and fetched me a spare spring he had at home. I also stopped on the southbound side of the A1 near Ferrybridge power station with a glowing ignition warning light. One of the carbon brushes in the dynamo had failed. I nipped across all four carriageways (!) to a garage on the northbound side, bought a new set of brushes, stripped the dynamo, fitted the new brushes and was soon on my way. I don't see ever me doing that again, for a number of reasons!

I recently bought two more manuals, for the two cars we've recently bought.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 22:29
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
Just did a head count. There are fourteen Haynes manuals on my bedroom table!
Dang, my count comes to eleven, although there are some escapees. One is British (Landy) one French (Renault 14) two Japanese (Subaru). The rest are all FIAT, Lancia and Alfa. The Italian cars all served me very well.
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