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RIP John Haynes (creator of Haynes manuals)

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Tony Lockhart, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    He passed away last Friday after a short illness, aged 80.

    I imagine members here will have a few memories of the manuals. I’ve not used one for a few years now, but certainly when I started driving in 1982 they were an essential, with the important pages easily spotted by the oily marks.
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  2. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    Yep. Kept me and my minis mobile way beyond their years.
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  3. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    It’s a tragedy he didn’t get to do a Brexit one. Mind you I don’t think the current lot would know how to use one.
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  4. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    That would be far too advanced for politicians - what they need is Brexit For Dummies
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  5. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  6. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I remember my old dad being a Haynes fan- various Ford Cortinas, a nasty yellow Hillman Avenger and others. Also wings, sills and floor pans with rust holes.
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  7. avole

    avole The wise never post on Internet forums

    I liked the old Haynes manuals, in the days when I proved to my mother that it was cheaper to let me service the mini than waste money at the shell garage. Sometimes had the feeling that the car went to the shell garage anyway, but at least it allowed a 13 year old to feel that he was contributing something to the running of the household. Later on as things got tighter and we never had the tools, I was proud my homemade gasket got the car to the garage, although the mechanic did call me aside and explained why it would have been better if I'd just called him, and showed me a bit of metal he'd found in one cylinder which, he said could have meant a cylinder rebore.
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  8. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    J Haynes: top chap, top collection of cars. Will be missed.

    As an aside:
    ... and the serious problem would be the 'reassembly is the reverse of removal' line... as ever; along with the general lack of willingness to ever get hands dirty.
  9. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    Successfully replaced the cam belt in my old Ford Escort with help from a Haynes manual, bottle of tippex and a few spanners.

    Haynes manuals also kept a succession of shitty cars running for my dad in the 70's/80's when they were extremely skint. He absolutely hated working on the mini though as he said it was the worst laid out engine he'd had.

    Fiat 127
    Lada Riva
    Mini x 3 (mum crashed 2 of them)
    Austin Maxi
    Austin vanden plas (very posh)

    Rest in Pieces that are carefully laid out on a garage floor
  10. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    A top man who the dealers must have hated. Saved many people much money.

    Next time around I just hope he uses paper you can jetwash so you can see the important bits you need to fix!
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  11. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    Did many repairs with guidance from Haynes. Fiat 127, Simca 1100 and many other deservedly forgotten cars kept me moving for decades until I could afford a proper one.
    Only a couple of days ago.. in the wake of my 70th.. a neighbour and good friend presented me with this..


    I probably know most of this.. but it's the thought that counts...
  12. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Yes, back in the 70s and early 80s with Hillman Imp and Spitfire, a Haynes manual was the very first thing you bought for your 'new' car! Absolutely essential

    Later models for more technological engines seemed to less useful and more generic. As for the social ones - Nah, didn't bother, even as a joke.
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  13. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    RIP John.:(
  14. TPA

    TPA Trade: Tiger Paw

    RIP Mr Haynes. I've shared may a character building moment with one of your manuals providing moral support.
  15. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    It makes me sad to think that I’ll probably not be in the garage with my own son leaning into the engine bay with spanners in hand and a Haynes manual resting on the wing.

    Good father/son bonding times.
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  16. Rcook

    Rcook pfm Member

    "Refitting is the reverse of removal"

    R.I.P. John

    P.S. if you haven't been, the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford is well worth a visit.
    P.P.S. If wasn't just car manuals and manuals for 'things', Haynes also published 'normal' books, including the rather excellent 'Flat Out, Flat Broke" by the legend that is Perry McCarthy - if you like autobiographies, it is a great read
  17. johnhunt

    johnhunt pfm Member

    Loving tribute at the end of newsnight
  18. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    What was the impressive bit about these manuals? I always found them great helping me take bits off, but not so good the other way round. Yes...I know...

    Was his major graft measuring all the components of the car and making his own drawings or did he copy the drawings from manufacturer drawings?
  19. MJS

    MJS Trade: Consultant at WH Audio

    Taking things out was the easy bit. It was surprisingly easy to get a heater matrix out of behind the dashboard of a Mk2 Golf, but the replacement took hours to get back into position. Not easy in the height of winter with no garage. My hands were pretty cut up that day.

    It's amazing how many pics my phone seems to end up with of various bits of electronic equipment, cars, PCs, Lego, in states of repair just so I can go back over how I took it apart.
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  20. Alex N

    Alex N pfm Member

    I like this one...


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