Manual question

cobraboy

Well-Known Member
#21
A digital manual is better than no manual (just) but they are so difficult to use, endless scrolling to find the relevant page, then only to find out it is either missing or out of focus, or some other malady.
The practicality of having it accessible in the workplace is another issue, the phone is way too small and who wants a tablet or laptop in a workshop environment ?
I suppose you could put your engine on the coffee table in the drawing room and browse in comfort.

Am I being overly negative do you think ?

Oh and a CD wont smell of old socks when you turn the pages :rolleyes:

And you wont find a few fivers in between the pages for emergency gas money.

Committed to paper and deforestation.
 
#22
Well here's another which is forty quid but free postage:

ROVER 2000-2200 Car Owners Workshop Manual 1977 #AKM 3625 | eBay

The price seems more than reasonable for a very nice original copy of a very useful book that has been out of print for nearly fifty years. Trying to find a scanned page of it on your phone while lying under your P6 & then squinting to make out some detail or another when you have found it is an exercise for the foolhardy or the terminal tightwad, IMO.
Last year l paid £126 for an extremely nice 1930's three volume set of William Cobbet's Rural Rides. A limited edition with beautiful woodblock prints. I actually went for the most expensive set l found as they were the copies in the best condition with a postcard from the publishers answering a question sent by the original purchaser tucked in the cover of vol' 1. It was an impulsive online buy, l will admit but books are very undervalued these days & though it's always good to find a bargain the cost will soon be forgotten in the easily-tapped rush of (not always correct) information accessed by your oily fingertips (though l would strive to keep them from the pages....especially from the 'Rides').

Here are my Cobbet's for you to admire. If they aren't enough to convince you, well, l don't know what is:

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#23
My well-thumbed but perfectly usable factory 2000 and 2200 manual, bought for hands-on garage use so my semi-pristine manual stays that way, was £8 plus postage on eBay. The semi-pristine one was about £20 as I recall. So hardly a fortune.
 

cobraboy

Well-Known Member
#24
Well here's another which is forty quid but free postage:

ROVER 2000-2200 Car Owners Workshop Manual 1977 #AKM 3625 | eBay

The price seems more than reasonable for a very nice original copy of a very useful book that has been out of print for nearly fifty years. Trying to find a scanned page of it on your phone while lying under your P6 & then squinting to make out some detail or another when you have found it is an exercise for the foolhardy or the terminal tightwad, IMO.
Last year l paid £126 for an extremely nice 1930's three volume set of William Cobbet's Rural Rides. A limited edition with beautiful woodblock prints. I actually went for the most expensive set l found as they were the copies in the best condition with a postcard from the publishers answering a question sent by the original purchaser tucked in the cover of vol' 1. It was an impulsive online buy, l will admit but books are very undervalued these days & though it's always good to find a bargain the cost will soon be forgotten in the easily-tapped rush of (not always correct) information accessed by your oily fingertips (though l would strive to keep them from the pages....especially from the 'Rides').

Here are my Cobbet's for you to admire. If they aren't enough to convince you, well, l don't know what is:

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Doesn't Harvey have a tie in that material ?
 

jp928

Active Member
#25
Re scanning manuals. Porsche 928 manual set is 9 volumes of loose leaf pages, the fattest being the wiring diagrams - mine runs from year 1(78) to late 80s. I got a second hand set from a guy in Devon for ~400GBP many years ago, so I dont begrudge the cost of a paper manual for the P6 too much. Somebody has scanned the WHOLE 928 SET into searchable pdf files (1 per binder) , sells them for pennies on a CD - well, very cheap. Even better Porsche have now released their parts book as a free download covering EVERY model they have ever made. I daresay there are some LR manuals available in electronic form, but its a bit late for us. The P6 parts book is a bit of a disappointment compared to the 928, which names every part, lists supercessions and which model years they are for.
 

jp928

Active Member
#27
Dont they all! I have found their parts prices cover the spectrum from very good value to completely crazy - flimsy fragile plastic wheel well liners for some models are insane, RHD coolant header tanks are 4 x the price of the LHD units, and many parts are NLA. New windscreen here in Oz was under A$200. Anyway, I always hunt for substitutes, and many amateurs are now making replacements for some of the NLA items. At least the big forum in USA (rennlist) is every bit as good as this one, with a lot more traffic covering a lot more models.
 
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