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Historical manuals on maintenance of vintage cars

A workshop manual for maintenance and repair of vintage and classic cars? Here are reprints of historical books on car engineering. They provide detailed instructions for troubleshooting and to repair or replace parts.

The Gasoline Automobile - The Classic 1915 Auto Book

Henry Ford introduced his Model T in 1908, and changed the face of America. The arrival of the "Tin Lizzie" on city streets also signaled the beginning of the end for a debate that had raged since the beginning of the motor car era. Namely, "What is the best propulsion system for autos: steam, electric, or gasoline?"

Originally published in 1915 as an engineering text, The Gasoline Automobile is a classic book that provides rare insights into the early days of the automobile revolution. Within its pages you will find descriptive text supported by numerous rare photos and illustrations.
Chapters include: general construction, engines, power plant groups and transmission systems, fuels and carburetting systems, lubrication and cooling, batteries and ignition, magnetos, starting and lighting systems, troubles and remedies, and operation and care.

This softcover reprint of the first edition has been slightly reformatted for readability, but care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.

Author:George Hobbs, Ben Elliot
Specs:276 pages, 25 x 20.5 x 1.5 cm / 9.8 x 8.1 x 0.59 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2011)
EAN:9781935700531
Book: The Gasoline Automobile - The Classic 1915 Auto Book

The Gasoline Automobile - The Classic 1915 Auto Book

Language: English

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The Maintenance of Motor-Cars (1916)

A complete and detailed guide (reprint of the original book from 1916) to the diagnosis and maintenance of all pre-war Motor-Cars.

Author:Eric Walford
Specs:170 pages, 20.5 x 13.5 x 0.9 cm / 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:drawings
Publisher:Salzwasser-Verlag (D, 2010)
EAN:9783861953845
Book: The Maintenance of Motor-Cars (1916)

The Maintenance of Motor-Cars (1916)

Language: English

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Motors and Motoring 1916

A rare and fascinating window into the early days of motoring, first published in 1909, this early technical book of advice covers everything the motorist could possibly need to know.
Types of cars, regulations, horsepower, ignition, fuel, carburation, air-locking, gear changing, lubrication, steam cars - and much more!

A must for vintage car enthusiasts, this beautifully reproduced, classic motor book is a tribute to the Age of Speed, and in many ways the cutting-edge handbook of its time. It perfectly captures the nostalgia and wonder of a long-lost era, when motorists were constantly pushing the boundaries of what was possible and mass-motoring was just beginning.

Author:Henry Spooner
Specs:288 pages, 20 x 12.5 x 2.6 cm / 7.9 x 4.9 x 1.02 in, paperback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2015)
EAN:9781445644554
Book: Motors and Motoring 1916

Motors and Motoring 1916

Language: English

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Robert Bentley's Repair Manual for British Cars

This classic guide to vintage British car repair and maintenance is illustrated with detailed photographs, technical diagrams and charts.
With fourteen chapters covering topics ranging from engine overhaul & reconditioning, curing universal joint failure and solving cooling system problems, this service manual is a vintage reference source of technical automotive repair information for pre-1970 British marque vehicles.

Author "Johnny" Organ brought the extensive practical experience he gained working at the British Motor Company and the BMC Rally Team to "Robert Bentley's Repair Manual for British Cars".

Originally published in 1970 in the United Kingdom as the "Foulis Overhaul Manual for British Cars", this comprehensive repair manual is a classic in the field of British car repair and maintenance guides.

Author:John Organ
Specs:376 pages, 25.5 x 18 x 2 cm / 10 x 7.1 x 0.79 in, paperback
Illustrations:225 b&w photographs and 152 drawings
Publisher:Bentley Publishers (USA, 1970)
EAN:9780837600413
Book: Robert Bentley's Repair Manual for British Cars

Robert Bentley's Repair Manual for British Cars

Language: English

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Kraftfahrtechnisches Taschenbuch Reprint 1954 - Bosch Technik fürs Leben

Elektrik im Auto - da sahen viele Werkstätten rot. Dieser Reprint aus dem Jahre 1954 gibt einen grossartigen Überblick über den damaligen Stand der Technik. Fachmanns-Schlamper und Schlawiner nannte einst ein streitbarer Chefredakteur die Herren von Werkstatt und Industrie, die wenig Ahnung von der Materie hatten, sich das allerdings gut bezahlen liessen. In jenen wirtschaftswunderlichen Zeiten war der Käfer "in" und gute Mechaniker rar, und wehe dem, der nichts von seinem Fahrzeug verstand.

Die Robert Bosch GmbH wusste um die Nöte der Kraftfahrer. Bereits lange vor dem Krieg hatte man mit der Herausgabe des Kraftfahrtechnischen Taschenbuches begonnen. Hier informierten die schwäbischen Spezialisten Fachmänner sowie interessierte Besitzer über Masseinheiten und Materialien, erklärten die technischen Grundlagen von Auto, Motorrad und Schleppern, um dann Ratschläge, Tipps und Anweisungen für die Fehlersuche zu geben: Wo auch immer der Schuh drückte und der Kupferwurm bohrte, Bosch wusste Rat.

Pages of the book Kraftfahrtechnisches Taschenbuch Reprint 1954 (1)

Specs:456 pages, 20.5 x 14 cm / 8.1 x 5.5 in, hardback
Illustrations:3 b&w and 24 colour photographs, 394 drawings
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2013)
EAN:9783613036130
Book: Kraftfahrtechnisches Taschenbuch Reprint 1954 - Bosch Technik fürs Leben

Kraftfahrtechnisches Taschenbuch Reprint 1954 - Bosch Technik fürs Leben

Language: German

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Die Kraftfahrzeuge und ihre Instandhaltung (Reprint von 1961)

Bei diesem Reprint von 1961 handelt es sich um das Standardwerk für Kraftfahrzeugmechaniker, Reparaturwerkstätten, Meisterkurse, Fach- und Fahrschulen aus einer Zeit, in der die Elektronik noch eine untergeordnete Rolle im Automobilbau spielte. Im ersten Teil beschreibt der Autor ausführlich Aufbau, Wirkungsweise und die einzelnen Konstruktionsteile der verschiedenen Motorenkonzepte, ferner erklärt er Baugruppen, Kraftübertragung, Fahrwerks- und elektrische Anlagen.

Dabei vermittelt der Text leicht verständlich und nachvollziehbar die hochtechnischen Vorgänge und erklärt anschaulich mit Hilfe zahlreicher Zeichnungen und Diagramme die Grundzusammenhänge im Kraftfahrzeug. Im umfangreichen Hauptteil werden Wartungs- und Instandhaltungsarbeiten behandelt.
In zusätzlichen Kapiteln werden die Themen "Ausländische PKW" und "Schlepper" abgehandelt. Der informative Anhang besteht aus Werkstattdaten und Kenndaten für damals aktuelle Kraftfahrzeuge.

Pages of the book Die Kraftfahrzeuge und ihre Instandhaltung (1)

Dieses Buch ist nicht nur eine Fundgrube des Wissens für angehende Gesellen, Facharbeiter, Meister und Techniker des Kfz-Handwerks, sondern auch interessant für alle technikbegeisterten Autofans.

Pages of the book Die Kraftfahrzeuge und ihre Instandhaltung (2)

Author:H. Trzebiatowsky
Specs:1397 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 6.9 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 2.72 in, hardback
Illustrations:2074 photographs and drawings
Publisher:Heel-Verlag GmbH (D, 2006)
EAN:9783898804981
Book: Die Kraftfahrzeuge und ihre Instandhaltung (Reprint von 1961)

Die Kraftfahrzeuge und ihre Instandhaltung (Reprint von 1961)

Language: German

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