Chilton’s Import Car Repair Manual 1980-1987
Chilton Book Company
Submitter: I recently was assessing circulation on my library’s old Chilton’s manuals. The attached two manuals have not circulated in 10+ years – possibly because both are missing huge chunks of the text. Which was noted with these lovely contact-paper-covered labels. There was definitely some internal screaming over here when I ran across these two.
Holly: How very helpful of them! We recently pretty well gutted our Chilton manual collection. They weren’t being used much, and we have an auto repair database (not Chilton, actually, but Ebsco’s Auto Repair Source). Here in the Detroit area people are into DIY auto repair and car restoration and that kind of thing, so older manuals like these might still circulate in some libraries. To take the time to label large missing sections, though, rather than replace the books or – if they’re popular enough to warrant it, subscribe to the database – seems like an odd choice.