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Old 20th February 2009, 09:52   #1
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Hello Guys:

Been a part of this group for just over a few months and have learnt so much. For me this forum is the best online course for people who share a passion on vintages and classics. Most of the times Im in awe reading posts from people like Mr. Harit, Karl, DKG, Dominator, Ram and the likes.

There is nothing to beat practical knowledge and years that some people have put in to learn to get to where they are and of course the passion, but for newbies like me, we would go a long way or rather get a jumpstart with some readable materials. Unlike many of the people who had to learn it the hard way, we have the internet now, which makes it a lot more easier.

Im starting this thread, so people can ask other members of the appropriate book to buy for their interests, which in this case would be vintage/classic automobiles and their subcategories (Hefner has his own website ).

So anyone would start off by recommending the must-have material for newbies (Im inclined toward motorcycles)? VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES FOR DUMMIES probably?

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Hello Guys:

Im starting this thread, so people can ask other members of the appropriate book to buy for their interests, which in this case would be vintage/classic automobiles and their subcategories (Hefner has his own website ).

So anyone would start off by recommending the must-have material for newbies (Im inclined toward motorcycles)? VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES FOR DUMMIES probably?

Cheers
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You can try reading

"Lost Motorcycles of the 1920's" by Jack Bacon
Also write review on any other book (vintage auto) you have read.
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HAYNES also has a comprehensive range of workshop manuals (although not exactly restoration) available. I have one for Heralds.
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A must read for vw aircooled fans-
JOHN MUIRS- How to keep your VOLKSWAGEN ALIVE"
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If you have an American car, Hemmings magazine is a must. Even an old issue wikk help to get all the contact details of firms dealing in our parts.

If you have a Merc, you must get the Merc parts catalogues, very useful when ordering parts from abroad. They have the code numbers but are model specific, like W 108, W 110 etc.
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All of us should definitely read "The Automobiles of Maharajas" from Manavendra Singh Barwani & Sharada Dwivedi.
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I reccomend this book to anyone restoring a Ponton or a Fintype Mercedes it has everything from Period brochures to Technical Service guides. I also brushed on my German skills thanks to this book
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I reccomend this book to anyone restoring a Ponton or a Fintype Mercedes it has everything from Period brochures to Technical Service guides. I also brushed on my German skills thanks to this book
BTW, where do you get this book? Some clue inside the cover?
I would like to try and get one, even if it is from Germany.

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BTW, where do you get this book? Some clue inside the cover?
I would like to try and get one, even if it is from Germany.

Thanks for any clue
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Harit, i got this book on a visit to my sisters place when she lived in Sttuttgart. But the last page has a lot of data about the publisher and also a whole lot of other titles that may interest you.
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I totally forgot about this book in my collection, extremely valuable guide when tuning up Pontons Fin types etc.
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Well it depends on what car you are looking to learn about and what about the car.If you are looking to learn about the mechanicals then the workshop manual is the best thing to get andif you are looking to learn about the originalality prospect then you have the internet and various other books depending onb the car you are looking for
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Well it depends on what car you are looking to learn about and what about the car.If you are looking to learn about the mechanicals then the workshop manual is the best thing to get andif you are looking to learn about the originalality prospect then you have the internet and various other books depending onb the car you are looking for
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What exactly are you trying to say? with which quote in context? or are we in a hurry to become senior BHPians
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What exactly are you trying to say? with which quote in context?
Sorry i didn't quote the message i was replying to.I ment the first post which is the starting of the thread.

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well don't think it would make much of a difference being a bhpian or a senior bhpian
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Sorry i didn't quote the message i was replying to.I ment the first post which is the starting of the thread.



I am sure your dad has some valuable books on automobilia, how about listing them here. Who knows when we need something good to know who has what!
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I am sure your dad has some valuable books on automobilia, how about listing them here. Who knows when we need something good to know who has what!

Sure would do that sometime!
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