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.
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 tocmp.com on your site you can help us reach a wider audience.
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 moved to a commercially hosted (yahoo) server. In June of 2004 the main site (www.tocmp.com) rather badly outgrew the old ADSL connection and was moved to a commercial server.
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.
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
Who are the Old Car Guys?
Click here for a partial list of the contributors to the site.