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    John Haynes RIP

    John Haynes, founder and author of the Haynes repair books, has passed away at 80.

    I know they weren't factory manuals, but they are quite complete, especially for our old British cars. They were my go tos in the early days when factory books were harder to find and there wasn't an internet.
    https://jalopnik.com/john-haynes-fat...era-1832536467

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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    RIP. Many were the times a Haynes manual saved my bacon!
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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    RIP John. Sometimes his books were actually better than the factory manual. At the shop I worked at we had a fairly decent library of manuals and Haynes manuals made up the bulk of it.
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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    The pictures in the Haynes books are always helpful. I've generally bought the Haynes and the factory book for every old car (and bike) I've owned. Between the 2 you've got enough info for pretty much any job.

    Didn't realize that the Bugeye Sprite was his first manual. I've got the recent version on my shop bookshelf, ready for my next Bugeye task.

    RIP John.
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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    I have the Haynes manuals for several cars I have owned. Somehow I kept the books even though the cars are long gone. When I bought herself the current Saab, there were no Haynes or other manuals listed anywhere. I phoned Haynes and found they published one in Europe. For just a few dollars they sent me one and it is probably the most detailed and best illustrated of any I have. And it is a hard cover too. RIP John and thank you.
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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    One thing with many manuals is they tell you what to do, but not necessarily how to do it. Was doing some work once to replace a starter and I couldn't figure out how to get one of the bolts out. The manual of course just said remove the bolts and withdraw the starter. Took me a while to figure out there was a plug in the transmission tunnel and you have to reach through from the passenger side with a couple feet of extensions to reach the one bottom bolt...

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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    Like many English enthusiasts of the period, John Haynes started his car career with Austin Sevens. I have a copy of his very first piblication, Building a 750 Special. Typewritten, hand drawn, stapled on rough paper. First product of a publishing empire!
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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    I wrote the above before reading the obit. Sorry for the duplication!
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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    RIP indeed, though I can't help but feel like there is a really good joke somewhere here. (remember the track the founder of Ikea had to follow to get to heaven?)

    Best shot so far. Exit is reverse of entering. (feeble but a start)
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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    R.I.P John Haynes.

    I have used many of his books over the years. Always found them to be a great help. As others have said his books were often much clearer than the works book.

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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    Thank you John Hayes!

    I keep the Bentley manual in the shop and the Hayes manual in the boot of the Healey.
    John, BN4

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