I usually stick to the service manuals published by the manufacturer. I tried stuff like the Chilton's manuals when I was an ignorant teenager, and they just had enough information to get me to start a job, then when I took something apart, it didn't look like the picture...
Here's the manuals I have for my vehicles:
1981 Buick Service Manual
1981 Fisher Body Service Manual
all 1981 Buick parts manuals
1986 Chevrolet truck service manual
1986 Chevrolet truck body service manual
1986 Chevrolet truck electrical service manual
I don't have any service manuals for The Beast, never needed them.
Jay, when I read your post I went to look at your Garage entry for The Beast again. When I got there I saw that you were successful with formatting, image embedding, and linking. How did you do that? I tried vBulletin-style code and HTML...
I just used Vbulletin code... Think about it. Look at the Hypermiler! images many have in their signatures. Click edit signature and you'll see what I mean.
[HTML]Partially block out the rear wheelwells. Maybe some computer hacking? At the next oil change I will switch to 0W 30 weight oil. This should help with my short trip/city mileage.
I'm thinking now maybe I'll install a bunch of airtabs instead of blocking the wheelwells. I figure I could get some spraypaint that matches the truck and paint the airtabs so they won't be as visible at a distance.
Both Haynes and Chiltons tend to have errors, sometimes just they might cost you a few minutes of frustration, other times you could break something expensive. FSMs can be a PITA for offering no alternative to replacement of some expensive assemblies, i.e. rebuilding or just hosing the hell out of them with cleaner or something and making no mention of workarounds for special tools and may assume you always have a hoist, and other spendy tools on hand. Ergo, get 2 out of 3 and compare between them. There's been a time or two I've looked something up in 4 or 5 sources, Haynes, Chilton, Motor, FSM and online database....... annnd they've all contradicted each other and seemed full of crap, so I end up figuring it out myself.
I remember The RoadWarrior..To understand who he was, you have to go back to another time..the world was powered by the black fuel & the desert sprouted great cities..Gone now, swept away..two mighty warrior tribes went to war & touched off a blaze which engulfed them all. Without fuel, they were nothing..thundering machines sputtered & stopped..Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice