Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Re: Must have books for a wheeler
I like Petersen's Repair manuals. They are not written for a specific vehicle but are general. They offer detailed instructions on the common makes of components. For example they will give detailed instructions, with lots of pictures, on how to rebuild a common Ford, GM and Chrysler Transmissions and leave it up you to figure out exactly how to handle others. However, the instructions that are given do a great job of explaining not only what to do, but why to do it that way. So after reading how to rebuild each of the example transmissions you have all the knowledge needed to make up your own procedure for about any American made transmission. Right now I have <u>Petersen's Big Book of Auto Repair 1977 edition</u> which is a shop repair manual and <u>Petersen's Basic Chassis, Suspensions & Brakes</u>. Both are aimed at cars but much of the information transfers to 4x4's. The latter book is more about how to design and gives history's of all components covered, before giving the current (1970's) state of the art. This makes for interesting reading for example did you now that many early power steering systems used methods much like the current "rock ram" idea. Also good are the old Willy's or Kaiser <u>Service Manual for Universal Jeep Vehicles</u> ie short wheel base or the same for the "Utility Vehicles" ie Wagon and Pickup. These have great pictures, which have often been air brushed and touched up to bring out important details. Also they give excellent instructions on how to do many things which are not covered in many manuals. All three of these were less then $5 each with shipping from ebay. For any Car or Truck, with problems that are not electrical, I find myself turning to these rather then A Haynes or Chilton's.