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Old 12-01-2010   #21
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Re: repair manuals

I bought a haynes manual first too. It just gathers dust now. The GM manual is soooo... Much better.

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Old 12-03-2010   #22
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Re: repair manuals

The fourth gen F-bodies were much different.
The engine sat back more under the windshield.
When they first came out, GM said everything had to come out the bottom of the car, including the engine.
Now-a-days, alot of people remove things from the top.
And, on top of that, the fourth gen F-body mauals from Gm, are now 2 to three big books.
And, some were even revisied, all 3 books.

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Old 12-03-2010   #23
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Re: repair manuals

Not to get sidetracked, but the two Helms manuals for my '94 Firebird are each easily as thick as the one manual for my '88!!

I would recommend that a person just starting out get the Haynes manual as it does cover the basics pretty well. On the other hand, as you get more involved with these cars, the Helms manual does give a lot more insight - especially into troubleshooting.

I have a Helms manual for each of my cars and even the year specific details will amaze you.
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Old 12-03-2010   #24
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Re: repair manuals

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The fourth gen F-bodies were much different.
The engine sat back more under the windshield.
When they first came out, GM said everything had to come out the bottom of the car, including the engine.
Now-a-days, alot of people remove things from the top.
And, on top of that, the fourth gen F-body mauals from Gm, are now 2 to three big books.
And, some were even revisied, all 3 books.

George
That is why I am so happy with my 1987 GTA. It was built I think very customer friendly where it does not take too much in order to work on it.

And about the Haynes Manual, I also purchased that one before I ever got the GM Service Manual from my friend at GM. When I got the Service Manual, I never needed to ever use the Haynes Manual ever again, though I still keep it just for something to add to my GTA instruction collection and reference materials.

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