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Classic, Vintage & Veteran For Coventry and Meriden Models. Anything pre-Hinckley goes.

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the best service manual for these old classics? I'm a visual guy, so I like lots of pictures. This is the manual I have, but I'd think there are better ones out there.

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Old 12-11-2012, 07:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Factory manuals are the best. While they are the best, they are often incomplete and not updated from previous years. This forum and guys like Mr. Pete and so many others are here to fill in the missing or incorrect information. Spend some time searching this forum. The manuals are the tip of the iceberg. There is a wealth of information here. I have learned so much from the generous posters here and on britbike.com. The amount of knowledge that can be found is truly amazing!

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Old 12-11-2012, 11:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Factory manuals are the best. While they are the best, they are often incomplete and not updated from previous years. This forum and guys like Mr. Pete and so many others are here to fill in the missing or incorrect information. Spend some time searching this forum. The manuals are the tip of the iceberg. There is a wealth of information here. I have learned so much from the generous posters here and on britbike.com. The amount of knowledge that can be found is truly amazing!
Thanks for the information, but i guess you didn't notice I've been a member for almost 7 years with over 2,200 posts. I just like having manuals. I still have my college books.

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Old 12-11-2012, 11:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Lol Still though, no disrespect, sounded like a noob (like me) question. I have less than half your posts. Factory manuals are still the best. There are many credible books, not necessarily manuals, about restoring and tuning classic Brits but I haven't got beyond the factory manuals yet.

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Old 12-12-2012, 12:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Lol Still though, no disrespect, sounded like a noob (like me) question. I have less than half your posts. Factory manuals are still the best. There are many credible books, not necessarily manuals, about restoring and tuning classic Brits but I haven't got beyond the factory manuals yet.
I have been looking for a factory manual, but haven't found one. I know they are the best, but if I can't find one I want the best manual in print. The one I have can't be it.

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I got mine from Don Hutchinson. Pretty credible source I guess. Had I been aware, I would have purchased from Kim the CD man and got all years of documentation on a CD for similar price. You can try www.classicbike.biz. Not sure if you're year is available and, you can only view the manuals, printing is blocked. Good deal for no cost though! If you are looking for original manuals as printed by Triumph Engineering I haven't a clue other than eBay.

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Old 12-12-2012, 02:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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What's the best service manual for these old classics? I'm a visual guy, so I like lots of pictures. This is the manual I have, but I'd think there are better ones out there.

Kem

Do you want the best answer or is it correct answer???>>>///....

Even though original workshop manuals and books by Haynes etc. cover a lot, there is always something missing or you just can't figure it out.
If you are like me and don't like reading and like lots and lots of pictures then IMHO right here on the internet, on this site and others.

All the guys here are willing help and have experienced some or other related problem similar to the one you need to know. "Nuff said".
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I find the parts catalogue very useful. It has very clear exploded views of every assembly.
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I'd aslo add for kem's info, that as well as the books, DVDs help me.

I was given a VHS of Hugie Hancox's preunit engine strip. I don't have a preunit.
But I have nigh on worn out the thing (now on DVD) watching it and seeing is easier than reading sometimes. The only "disappointment" with the pre unit one is that there is no gearbox info - but then again. It IS an engine strip!

I like the official Tirumph stuff over Haynes as the Haynes isn't really very good for IUOF bikes and the photos are nowhere as clear as the line drawings by Triumph


http://classicbike.biz/Triumph/Repai...umphRepair.pdf
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