This Part May Require Some Force To Remove...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Smokin Joe, 13 Feb 2019.

  1. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    The words many a kerbside car mechanic read with an impending sense of dread when he saw it in his bible, the Haynes manual. The founder, John Haynes died yesterday.

    Once an essential tool in any motorists armoury, the manuals became increasingly riddled with mistakes and omissions in later years and for most of us became redundant when You Tube came along. Still, they used to be an essential source of information back in the day and often the first purchase after acquiring a new vehicle.

    So hats off to a life not wasted.
  2. Paulus

    Paulus Started young, and still going.

    I bought several in my earlier days of kerbside mechanics. The first use was to renew the headgasket on my Ford Anglia. All done on a saturday morning and it started first time. I still have the Haynes bike book on the shelf.
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  3. wheresthetorch

    wheresthetorch Dreaming of Celeste

    West Sussex
    "Reassembly is reverse of removal" - so try to read the previous 7 pages backwards!

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  4. Drago

    Drago Guru

    You can't beat working on a critical part of a Vauxhall Astra, turning the page at a crucial moment of the repair to be faced with a picture of an Allegro engine bay. You never got that sort of laugh with the clinically accurate Clymer manuals.
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  5. CarlP

    CarlP There’s no need to live in a pit of doom

    I had one for my Reliant Tuppaware Tripod, it came in very handy when I was removing the steering A frame after I crashed the car into someone’s front wall in Staines.
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  6. Mr Celine

    Mr Celine Discordian

    After ages trying to work out how to remove the thingumybob I'd reach for the Haynes manual which would invariably state -

    5.6 Remove the thingumybob using a suitable tool.

    So RIP Mr Haynes.

    5.7 Using a suitable excavator dig a six foot deep hole.
  7. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    I recall the ones for my Mk1 Fiesta and Sierra being very good. Later ones less so, they even stopped being hardback and the pages were like newspaper. The one for my T5 van is not as useful as YouTube or forums.
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  8. CarlP

    CarlP There’s no need to live in a pit of doom

    I’m pretty sure the Fragrant MrsP has a Haynes bicycle maintenance book around somewhere.
  9. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Oh for the happy days of browsing through the Auto Trader and finding cars advertised for sale complete with a copy of the Haynes manual.
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  10. CarlP

    CarlP There’s no need to live in a pit of doom

    Yup, found it.

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    This edition 1999
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  11. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Undo nut and slide the bolt out...

    Several hours later after using big hammer and acetylene torch it slides out:laugh:
    Bless him
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  12. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Sad news RIP
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  13. DaveReading

    DaveReading Veteran

    It's a long time ago now, but I seem to recall that the Haynes manual used to swear blind that you needed some special centring tool in order to change a Mini clutch (you didn't).

    Ditto the Focus manual claiming that you needed to dismantle various bits before you could change the crash sensor (after it had been b*gg*r*d by an idiot mechanic at Halfords) or even a headlamp bulb, come to that.
  14. CarlP

    CarlP There’s no need to live in a pit of doom

    Just found this on the web. The Complete Caravan Book


    Must be the thinnest book in the world.
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  15. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    I have a Spitfire one :smile:

    Kept my Escort MYN 975L on the road :smile:.
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