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The Goat writes, "Some books have made a huge impact on my life." It's true. It wasn't until the b3ta mods read the Flashman novels that we changed from mild-mannered computer operators into heavily-whiskered copulators, poltroons and all round bastards in a well-known cavalry regiment.

What books have changed the way you think, the way you live, or just gave you a rollicking good time?

Friendly hint: A bit of background rather than just a bunch of book titles would make your stories more readable

(, Thu 15 May 2008, 15:11)
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Haynes Book of Lies
The Haynes VW POLO 1982 - OCT 1990 Manual. If it wasn't for this book I'd be stuck in the slowly shifting sands of the Mongolian desert. Instead, we simply slid this book under the footpump and used it as a flat surface for reinflating the tyre. It's feck all use for anything else, especially actual car repairs.
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 15:58, closed)
I'll swap you...
...the Haynes Book of Lies (Austin Allegro edition) and the Haynes Book of Fucking Great Porkies (Fuck me mate, you bought a Fiat Strada version).

Deal?
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 16:00, closed)
The current one in my collection
is the Haynes Renault Clio Owner's Worshop Manual. The garage told me the subframe was rusted. The book did not list the Clio as possessing a subframe.
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 16:05, closed)

Ooh, did you do the Mongol Rally too? If so, which year?
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 16:07, closed)
last year
supposed to be going again this year but had to drop out, bah. You?
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 16:07, closed)

attempted it in 2006, dropped out just outside Prague with a disintegrating gearbox. I was driving one of these:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrena_Bosto
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 16:10, closed)
Hmm
I have a Haynes for my Morris Marina and everything always seems to be where it's supposed to be. Wiring diagrams still have me a bit confused though...
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 16:26, closed)
God, I had this book...
I used to own a 1989 Polo.

My Haynes Manual managed to reveal the location of the air filter, but only after an extensive search.

A Haynes manual expressly does not say
"Caution, bolts may be seized to the point where eleven men and a ratchet spanner won't free them" nor does it say "Tools required: Double jointed hands and the ability to see through your fingertips".
(, Thu 15 May 2008, 17:09, closed)

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