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Reference Desk

The Crittenden Automotive Library Reference Desk

Reference Desk

Most libraries have a Reference Desk, which Wikipedia defines as "a public service counter where professional librarians provide library users with direction to library materials, advice on library collections and services, and expertise on multiple kinds of information from multiple sources."  This is often the point of contact for access to the reference section, a collection of library materials that can't be removed from the library so that they will always be available to library patrons.

The Crittenden Automotive Library is online, and through the wonders of technology a large collection of automotive books, in PDF format, can be copied millions of times over and are always available to everyone around the world.  There is, however, a large collection of books and materials in the personal collection of Library owner Bill Crittenden that can't be posted or shared online due to copyright.  We can, however, research answers to questions and post them online, since simple facts can't be copyrighted.  The following is a partial list of books available for reference questions.

To ask a question, just e-mail admin@carsandracingstuff.com with "Reference Desk" in the subject line and we'll see what we can find.  Please note that we can not send scans of copyrighted pages to you.

Page Sections
Standard Catalogs
General Guidebooks
General Repair Manuals
General Histories
Special Interests
Ford Motor Company
General Motors
Other Marques
Hobbies & Games
Article Index

Standard Catalogs by Krause Publications

Standard Catalog of 4x4's 1945-1993
Standard Catalog of American Cars 1976-1999
Standard Catalog of Independents
Standard Catalog of 1950's Chrysler (2006)
Standard Catalog of Cadillac (1903-2005)
Standard Catalog of Mercedes-Benz
Standard Catalog of Mustang 1964-2001
Standard Catalog of Thunderbird 1955-2004
Standard Catalog of Volkswagen (1946-2004)

General Guidebooks
Arranged by year.

1925-1990:  Ultimate Truck & Van Spotters' Guide 1925-1990
1974:  The World of Automobiles (1974 Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Aus-Bri)
1992:  Car and Driver Yearbook 1992
1992:  Japanese Supercars by Terry Jackson
1993:  Car and Driver Yearbook 1993
1999:  The Car Book 1999 by Jack Gillis
1999:  Concept Cars by Chris Rees
1999:  Hemmings Vintage Auto Almanac Fourteenth Edition
2000:  The Luxury Car Book 2000 by Jack Gillis
2000:  The Value Car Book 2000 by Jack Gillis
2005:  AAA Digest of Motor Laws 2005
2006:  Edmunds.com 2006 New Cars & Trucks Buyer's Guide
2011:  The Car Book 2011 by Jack Gillis
2012:  The Car Book 2012 by Jack Gillis

General Repair Manuals
Arranged by year.

1968-1975:  Chilton's Auto Repair Manual 1975 (American cars 1968-1975)
1968-1975:  Chilton's Power Accessories Manual (American cars 1968-1975)
1969-1976:  Popular Mechanics Guide to Basic Auto Repair and Maintenance (First Edition, 1969-1976)
1971-1977:  Chilton Motor/Age 1977 (1971 to 1977)
1971-1978:  Chilton Auto Repair Manual 1971-1978
1972-1979:  Chilton Auto Repair Manual 1979 (American cars 1972-1979)
1976-1983:  Chilton 1983 Import Car Repair Manual (Import cars 1976-1983)
1977-1982:  Motor Repair Manual 1977-1982
1988-1992:  Chilton Auto Repair Manual (U.S. and Canadian Models 1988-1992)
2002-2006:  Motor Repair Manual 2002-2006 (Volumes 1 & 2: DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors)

General Histories

Russian Motor Vehicles The Czarist Period (1784-1917)
Automobile and Culture by Gerald Silk (1984)
Autopia a collection of essays edited by Peter Wollen and Joe Kerr (2002)
The Custom Body Era by Hugo Pfau (1970)
Wisconsin Cars and Trucks: A Centenary


The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles (1991)
Motorcycle Chronicle: One Hundred Years of Magnificent Machines by Doug Mitchel
American Chopper: At Full Throttle

Special Interests

Television Programs
American Chopper: At Full Throttle
Inside Monster Garage
The Lowrider Handbook by the Editors of Lowrider Magazine (2002)
Trucking: A Truck Driver's Training Handbook (1981)


Chilton Manual for Chrysler (Concorde/Intrepid/LHS/New Yorker/Vision 1993-1997)

Chrysler (including Imperial)
Standard Catalog of 1950's Chrysler (2006)
1957 Chrysler/Imperial Service Manual (uncopyrighted, in the process of being added to the Library online)

Dodge (including Ram)
Chilton Manual for Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1989-1996 (Dodge Dakota and Ram)
Chilton Manual for Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1997-2000 (Dodge Dakota, Durango, and Ram)
1994 Dodge Dakota Owner's Manual

You & Your Jeep Cherokee by Dave Pollard

1966 Plymouth Service Manual (uncopyrighted, will be added to the Library online)
Roadrunner: A Source Book by Samuel A. Shields, Jr. - includes GTX, Satellite, and Sebring (1983)

Ford Motor Company

Ford: The Men and the Machine by Robert Lacey
Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate by Neil Baldwin
Ford: 1903 to 1984
Bonus-Built F Series Trucks Operators' Manual January 1950
1972 Ford Car Service Manual Volumes 1-5
Automatic Transaxle Operation and Diagnosis: Escort-Lynx June 1980
1982 Ford Car/Truck Shop Manuals Volumes C, E, G (C and E are for the Escort/Lynx/EXP)
1985 Ford Car Shop Manual Volume D
1992 Ford Ranger/Exporer/Aerostar Service Manual
Chilton Manual for Ford Crown Victoria & Mercury Grand Marquis 1989 thru 1998
Haynes Manual for Ford Escort & Mercury Tracer 1991 thru 1996 All models
Standard Catalog of Mustang 1964-2001
1966 Mustang Wiring Diagram Manual
Haynes Manual for Ford Taurus & Mercury Sable 1986 thru 1995
Chilton Manual for Ford Taurus & Mercury Sable 1996 thru 1999
1990 Ford Taurus Owner Guide (with Warranty Information Booklet and Ford Electronic Sound Systems 1990 Operating Guide)
Taurus: The Making of the Car that Saved Ford by Eric Taub (1991)
Cool Classics: Thunderbird (1994)
Standard Catalog of Thunderbird 1955-2004
1993 Ford Thunderbird/Mercury Cougar Service Manual

General Motors

General Motors Diagnosis and Repair Manual Fourth Edition, 1979
Chilton Manual for Buick/Oldsmobile/Pontiac 1975-1983 (Full-Size Cars)
Chilton Manual for GM A-Body 1982-1985
Chilton Manual for Cavalier/Skyhawk/2000/Cimarron/Firenza 1982-1987
Chilton Manual for General Motors (Blazer/Jimmy/Typhoon/Bravada 1983-1993)
Chilton Manual for Calais/Grand Am/Skylark/Somerset 1985-1992
Chilton Manual for General Motors (Cavalier/Sunbird/Skyhawk/Firenza 1982-1994) (also covers Cadillac Cimarron and Pontiac 2000)
Haynes Manual for General Motors 1982-1996 includes Buick Century, Chevrolet Celebrity, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera & Cutlass Cruiser, Pontiac 6000
Haynes Manual for General Motors includes Buick Skylark 1986-1998, Buick Somerset 1985-1997, Cutlass Calais 1985-1991, Oldsmobile Achieva 1992-1998, Pontiac Grand Am 1985-1998
Haynes Manual for General Motors 1982-1994 includes Buick Skyhawk, Cadillac Cimarron, Chevrolet Cavalier, Oldsmobile Firenza, Pontiac J2000 & Sunbird
Professional Technicians' Seminar General Motors Engine Performance 1999

From a Buick 8 a novel by Stephen King
1968 Buick Owner's Manual (LeSabre, Wildcat, Electra 225)
1972 Buick Owner's Manual (Skylark, GS, Sportwagon)
Haynes Manual for Buick, Mid-Size Rear Wheel Drive Models 1974-1987 includes Buick Century & Buick Regal
1982 Buick Skyhawk Service Manual

Standard Catalog of Cadillac (1903-2005)

Chevrolet Passenger Car Shop Manual - 1961 Models
1964 Chevrolet Shop Manual Supplement
Haynes Chevrolet Engine Overhaul Manual
2000 Chevrolet Blazer Owner's Manual
Haynes Manual for Chevrolet Beretta & Corsica 1987-1996
The Story of Camaro by John Gunnell & Jerry Heasley
Haynes Manual for Chevrolet Camaro 1982-1992
1994 Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird Service Manual
Chilton Manual for Chevrolet Chevette & Pontiac 1000 1976-1988
Catalog of Corvette ID Numbers 1953-93
1972 Chevrolet LUV Service Manual
2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner's Manual
2005 Chevrolet Venture Owner's Manual

1983 Oldsmobile Chassis Service Manual (Cutlass, Delta 88, Custom Cruiser, Ninety-Eight, and Toronado)
1986 Oldsmobile Chassis Service Manual (Volumes I and II: Firenza, Calais, Cutlass Ciera, Delta 88, Ninety-Eight)
1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera/Cutlass Cruiser Service Manual
1993 Oldsmobile Achieva Service Manual

1981 Pontiac Service Manual (Grand Prix, Le Mans, Firebird)
Chilton Manual for Chevrolet Chevette & Pontiac 1000 1976-1988
1988 Pontiac 6000 Service Manual
Clymer Manual for Pontiac Firebird & Trans Am 1970-1981
1994 Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird Service Manual
2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner's Manual

In the Rings of Saturn by Joe Sherman (1992)

Other Marques

The Ultimate History of BMW by Andrew Noakes (2005)

British Leyland
Haynes Manual for Austin Marina (1971-1974)

Fiat Group (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Maserati)
Maserati: The Road Cars 1981-1997

Honda (including Acura)
1986 Acura Legend Service Manual

Hyundai (including Kia)
Chilton Manual for Hyundai Coupes/Sedans 1994-1998
1997 Hyundai Accent Shop Manual (Volume 2: Electrical)

1981 Mazda 626 Workshop Manual
2010 Mazda CX-7 Owner's Manual

Mercedes-Benz (including Smart)
Standard Catalog of Mercedes-Benz

Nissan (including Datsun & Infiniti)
1980 Datsun 210 Service Manual
Haynes Manual for Datsun Pick-Up (620 Series, 1973-1976)
1987 Nissan Sentra Service Manual
1995 Nissan Stanza Altima Service Manual

Rolls Royce
The Magic of a Name: The Rolls Royce Story, The First 40 Years by Peter Pugh

Toyota (including Lexus & Scion)
How Toyota Became #1 by David McGee (2007)
Celica & Supra: The book of Toyota's sports coup├ęs by Brian Long
1987 Toyota Camry Repair Manual
1986 Toyota Cressida Repair Manual (Includes Wiring Diagram Manual)
2001 Lexus GS300/GS430 Repair Manual (Volume 1)
2005 Lexus LX470 Service Manual (Volume 1)

Volkswagen Group (Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen)
Haynes Manual for Audi 5000 (1984-1988)
Porsche Legends by Randy Leffingwell (2003)
Standard Catalog of Volkswagen (1946-2004)
Beetle by the Auto Editors of Consumers Guide (1998)
Bug: The Strange Mutations of the World's Most Famous Automobile by Phil Patton (2002)


United States Auto Club 1979 Season Yearbook

Open Wheel Racing (Formula 1, IndyCar)
The 1995 Indianapolis 500 Yearbook
The Indianapolis 500 Chronicle by Rick Popely (1998)
Parragon Formula 1 Yearbook 1997-98
The Official 2001-2002 Formula 1 Record Book

Hobbies & Games

Coca-Cola Collectible Cars & Trucks
Brady Games Guide for Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition
Prima XBox 360 Official Strategy Guide for Project Gotham Racing 2
Prima XBox 360 Official Game Guide for Project Gotham Racing 3

Article Index

Browsing through here you can see what kinds of questions we've fielded and the answers we've found or are still looking for.

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November 30, 2013Reference Desk: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SL, Spohn, and the 1934 Lincoln Model K (Again)Bill Crittenden
January 1, 2014Reference Desk: 1962 Ford Galaxie Scale Model & 1959 Cadillac BroughamBill Crittenden
February 11, 2014Reference Desk: History of Braking and the Australian Grand PrixBill Crittenden
September 10, 2014Reference Desk: 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle SS and NHTSA Crash TestingBill Crittenden
November 26, 2014Reference Desk: Models of the 1968 Chevrolet Impala and the 1973 Dodge ChallengerBill Crittenden
December 4, 2014Reference Desk: 1992 Skylark GS 2-Dr NumbersBill Crittenden

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