For the workshop bookshelf

For the backyard mechanic who’d rather tinker around with his or her own lunar   landing module than take it into the shop for repairs:

haynes_apollo

It’s no joke:  you can pick up a Haynes Manual for the Apollo 11, for about $29USD.  My workshop bookshelf is sagging with dog-eared, grease-smeared Haynes Manuals I’ve used over the years:  Mustang, Mini, Triumph, Dodge Ram, Chevy Silverado, Harley, Ranger, Subaru, and more.  I don’t really need this particular manual, but I wouldn’t mind having one just for the cool factor.  Also I am genuinely curious as to what’s under the hood of this thing — does it have a carb??

(from OhGizmo)

8 Responses to “For the workshop bookshelf”


  1. 1 Bruce Monday, June 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I love it. I used to use Haynes manuals all the time, but these days I don’t need instructions to remove a door panel or dashboard, especially on a space module.

    Those manuals were a godsend, I could afford to have have a car, just couldn’t afford to have anyone fix it. And it gave me a chance to do my butch thing 🙂

  2. 2 harpervalley Monday, June 8, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    haynes for space??? that’s way too bizarre! it’s manuals that’s helping me keep my vw on the go and i changed my first coil this year. fuel filters are a snap. really hope i don’t have to venture out further then that and sometimes with i still had my
    ’64 pontiac that could not be destroyed, no computer worries, and easy haynes guidance.

    bruce, when you go butch i’ll meet you for coffee as a fem 😀

  3. 3 Torontonian Monday, June 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    There is probably more software in your computer that you’re using right now than was in the Apollo 11.

    It will soon be 40 years on and it’d be fun to look back
    at life then–prices, newsmakers, politics.

  4. 4 JJ Monday, June 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Bruce – Ahhh, you’re a mechanic on top of all your other skillz 😉 I love working on vehicles, nothing like getting good & greasy right up to the elbows for the day and having a running vehicle and several hundred dollars saved to show for it.

    Of course, the enjoyment kind of evaporates when you don’t have an alternate vehicle and you need the broken one to go to work (and it’s pissing rain out). But, apart from that, it’s fun and I like it.

  5. 5 JJ Monday, June 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    scout – Well, as space travel goes, the Apollo 11 is a real classic, probably a lot of its innards would even be recognizable.

    If you’ve got a old VW you lucked out, they’re one of the easiest things to work on, and practically indestructible. You never have to worry about wrecking anything on an old vehicle — except for one thing: never over-tighten bolts. In old vehicles they might be a little rusty and can break easily (been there done that with head bolts in my mini).

    i changed my first coil this year

    Hahaha, that reminds me of when I was with my ex — whenever I wanted to stop him from going somewhere, I’d steal the coil out of his vehicle 😈

  6. 6 JJ Monday, June 8, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Torontonian – That wouldn’t surprise me at all. I’m sure by 1969 standards the Apollo was pretty high-tech, but by today’s standards it’s an old classic, like a Mustang or a Charger. I’d love to see what’s inside it!

  7. 7 Dave Monday, June 8, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Hahahaha! Too bad they screwed up the braking system on a ’68 Chevelle SS. NOTHING was right. Believe me, I’ll e ordering the shop manual direct from NASA for MY lunar lander.

  8. 8 JJ Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Dave – Ahh! A 68 SS! One of my favourites. I didn’t know it had bad brakes, though — with a big block V8, good brakes are mandatory.


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