Thursday, February 14, 2013

Owner's Manuals for Classic Vehicles

No restoration job is complete without the correct owner's manual for the car or truck.

But sometimes finding an original owner's manual can be tedious and near impossible to do; not to mention the chance of what you've bought online may not look as good as advertised. 

You can always dig through old literature bins at car shows, but you have to be there with luck by your side.

Due to the demand for original automotive owner's manuals, a few companies are making them available as licensed reprints, and David Graham is one of the best in the industry.

David Graham offers owner's manuals (sometimes referred to as "operator's manuals"), which are identical to the originals. Were it not for the licensing information printed in the manuals, there's no way to tell the difference between an original and a new reprint... well, maybe age stains, handwritten notes or fingerprints are in most cases a give-away of the manuals age and origin, but why settle for an old booklet when a perfect reproduction is available?

We've seen "original" owner's manuals being offered through online auction sites for prices that are just unreasonable. After all, we're talking about printed literature.

But regardless of whether the automotive owner's manual you find is original or an accurate reprint, it will allow you to put the "cherry on top" of your restoration project.