Scan some materials! Scanning is, by far, the hardest part of the whole process. If you have a scanner, scan the pages at 150 dpi or more (300 dpi is best) and save each page as a jpeg or png file, with minimal compression, and email it to us. (We don't mind big files!) If you've got a large amount of material, we can also set up FTP access for you. Contact us for more info.
At this time we're working on a method for automatic submission of materials - we call this the gallery.
Share your stuff We would love to borrow your manuals and scan them - but we're forever at least three months behind. Sometimes, if there's a bit of spare change one of us will buy a manual (you should see my bookshelf!). If you would like to lend us a manual, drop us a line.
Link to us By putting a link to oldcarmanualproject.com on your site you can help us reach a wider audience.
Make a donation Now, you can make a donation through Pay Pal to help us pay for this website.
If you enjoy the content we provide and would like to help us provide more, please consider making a donation to support the site. Your financial support will help to pay for our internet connection, acquire materials, cover postage expenses etc.
Buy a dvd We have two DVD's with great old car footage available, "Sixty From Sixty" which features cars of the early Sixties and "Thrill Drivers" with great footage of mid-50's Chevies and more . By buying one of these discs you can help pay for this website, and help it grow. Find out more..
The Old Car Manual Project started out in 2000 on free web servers, but because those carry ads (which can be annoying) and generally don't have much space available, most of the site was moved in 2002 to our own server, an Athlon 1400 using an ADSL connection with 768K upload speed. In early 2004 the old main index page which was free-hosted on geocities became www.oldirononline.com, which resides on a commercially hosted (yahoo) server. In June of 2004 the main site (www.oldcarmanualproject.com) rather badly outgrew the old ADSL connection and was moved to a commercial server. The brochures part of the site has become very popular, so it has its own site: www.oldcarbrochures.com, as of early July, 2004.
Recently we have added sub-domains for old car guys to with collections of tech info that need to be shared with the world: chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com which belongs to Keith Hardy, an avid collector of pre-567 Chevrolet materials, storm.oldcarmanualproject.com, which is Edwin Storm's collection of European and other car brochures, nash.oldcarmanualproject.com, and most recently packard.oldcarmanualproject.com. If you love old iron and would like to share with the world, please let us know - we can set you up with almost unlimited webspace and we charge you nothing!
Keith Hardy's chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com is now the world's largest online collection of Chevy literature
As of August, 2007 there are about 23 gigabytes of manuals, brochures and other materials on the site, which is an increase of 8 gigabytes over last year.
Dusan Ristic-Petrovic (aka Rusty) is the webmaster (in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada) and Fred N. is the links editor (Ontario, Canada).
Most of the items on the site have been scanned and sent in by Old Car Guys, and these are identified with the name of the person. A few items have appeared anonymously or came from newsgroups or other locations on the web. Some things, especially in the early days of the website were scanned by Rusty, the webmaster; these don't have any attribution on them.
First and foremost, the Old Car Manual Project is a library: a central place where anyone can come to get the information they need.
How this happens is by volunteers scanning their hard-to-find documents into a digital format, so that everyone can have access to the information in them
Why are we doing this?
Why not? But really - one of the hardest parts of restoring or servicing old machines is getting decent technical information. Often, it's difficult, impossible or expensive to obtain. We think that this kind of information should be freely available, as a public resource for the preservation of our industrial history.
Who are we?
We are some Guys Who Like Old Iron. We can be contacted here
Is there a commercial interest behind this?
No. This project is non-profit. Our philosophy is that technical information which is already in the public domain should be available for free on the web. After all, that is what the "Information Superhighway" was supposed to be all about in the first place - information.
Who pays for this?
Well, hopefully, you do! We ask that you make a donation if you find this a useful service or if you just enjoy looking at the pictures. A lot of guys worked long and hard to scan the materials on this site.
It costs money to keep the site online, and the only ways we have of raising money is by your donations, purchases of our DVD, or advertising, which we try to keep to a bare minumum . Please consider how much you might pay for some of this material if it wasn't available here for free.
Do you sell stuff?
Only DVD's and bit of advertising space. We don't sell any manuals, brochures or other printed materials on the site. Our mission is to make these public-domain materials available for reference for free.
There are some auto lit dealers listed on our links page. Please contact them for printed or CD-ROM materials.
Note that we don't accept advertising from auto literature sellers and that we don't sell any ourselves. This is to avoid a conflict of interest and to ensure that if you donate material to the site, you know it's not going to be sold.
The reason we sell anything at all is to raise money to keep this thing going and to make it better. We have no corporate or government sponsorship, nor do we want any.
Who are the Old Car Guys?
Click here for a partial list of the contributors to the site.