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As some of you already know, I am mechanically inept and want to get some books that cover the basics. At the moment I can't tell a carburettor from my elbow :rolleyes:

I'm looking for something that is written with simpletons like myself in mind and that explains clearly and simply how engines, gearboxes and other parts work, preferably with good diagrams/pictures. If it's Land Rover specific, even better.

Any recommendations?

Many thanks

John

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As some of you already know, I am mechanically inept and want to get some books that cover the basics. At the moment I can't tell a carburettor from my elbow :rolleyes:

I'm looking for something that is written with simpletons like myself in mind and that explains clearly and simply how engines, gearboxes and other parts work, preferably with good diagrams/pictures. If it's Land Rover specific, even better.

Any recommendations?

Many thanks

John

start with a Haynes manual and go from there.Even has pictures to relieve boredom :D

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have a look on you tube, i know it sounds weird, but people have put up video's explaining how differentials, gearboxes, engines etc work, some of it is fairly anal but with a video you can see what the person is talking about.

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AA Book of the Car, from the 70s, very good reading, explains just about everything with those classic old-school drawings in red and black. They should come up on Ebay for next to nothing nowadays, I inherited mine from my dad :)

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Not got time to search for you right now, but I'd suggest Googling to see if you can find any military training manuals. The US Army, in particular, seem to have manuals which cover all sorts of useful things along the line of workshop practice, and that may include a basic vehicle maintenance/repair course. They are likely to be pretty dated (60's vintage) but that's probably an advantage in this case.

You are aware, I assume, that many adult ed. colleges offer basic car maintenance evening classes? (or they used to - that may no longer be the case with the current and past rounds of belt tightening).

Nick.

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A lot of stuff is explained quite well on Wikipedia, also there's a load of technical articles on Pirate4x4. YouTube has some good stuff too, but there are also some very misguided people making videos so it's a bit of a minefield. The same goes for quite a few other how-it-works kinda websites I've seen.

Haynes manuals aren't too bad (or didn't used to be), the RAVE manuals (free download from link in Part Numbers forum) do explain how everything on the car works in great detail, I am often surprised when I read them that they explain stuff one would not expect them to bother with, and that people often ask about on forums :ph34r:

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I've not really looked at the RAVE manuals to be honest, I will have a look at them Fridge. I've heard of them but I always assumed that they would be very advanced :rolleyes:

I found a website called 'How Stuff Works' which is quite good for the really basic stuff so that's helped.

Thanks FF!

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As some of you already know, I am mechanically inept and want to get some books that cover the basics. At the moment I can't tell a carburettor from my elbow :rolleyes:

I'm looking for something that is written with simpletons like myself in mind and that explains clearly and simply how engines, gearboxes and other parts work, preferably with good diagrams/pictures. If it's Land Rover specific, even better.

Any recommendations?

Many thanks

John

I can recommend the videos published on YouTube by "University Motors", an MG specialist workshop in the US.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=university+motors&aq=f

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I can recommend the videos published on YouTube by "University Motors", an MG specialist workshop in the US.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=university+motors&aq=f

All these suggestions are good, my first "how it works" book was something I picked up at a village sale ages ago - it was SOOOO old it covered rolls royce merlin engines (World War 2 aeroengine).

What I'd suggest is you ask here - on this thread. We are all learning still, and part of the obligation of those who have learned is to teach (or so I feel).

So, if you get a topic that has you scratching your head, ask away. If you think that the question is too stupid then don't be afraid to PM me.

But don't be afraid to ask here - questions like " what IS a carburettor?" "how does the fuel get into the engine?" and the like may seem stupid, but they aren't, if you don't know.

Anyway, best of luck with your exploration of mechanics. Ask away.

G.

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If I get time I'll dig out the article Bill S wrote for Practical Performance Car on carbs, it was rather good.

Gazzar is right - places like this are the ideal place to ask, you can guarantee that if you're wondering how something works there are a load of other people reading the thread and thinking "I'm glad he asked that 'cos I don't know".

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They only work with a certain older version of Acrobat (which it contains and launches for you), which I don't think works with Macs.

I'm sure it's possible to extract the individual PDF files (they're all there), it's just finding away around the locking system on them.

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