The Old Car Manual Project
Back in early 2000 The Old Car Manual Project was born with a few scanned Holley carburetor manuals. We started with a free website on Geocities. After filling out that webspace (20 MB was a lot back then) we expanded to other free servers. By 2002 the free webspace model was failing - too many ads, too much bad stuff. So we moved to a dedicated server on an ADSL connection - Athlon 1400 using an ADSL connection with 768K upload speed. Very sad by modern standards!
By July 2004 our collection of brochures had grown to the point of deserving its own site, www.oldcarbrochures.com.
We acquired our own dedicated server in 2008. With page views on oldcarbrochures.com approaching 1 million per month in early 2010, we added a second server to help spread the load of our highly graphics-intensive sites.
Today we have over 40 gigabytes of old car stuff - tens of thousands of pages - the largest free collection of classic car literature anywhere.
The materials on the site are the product of the hard work of hundreds of Old Car Guys and have been collated and organized by dedicated volunteers.
Old Car Manual Project sites
- The Old Car Manual Project home page.
- A text-based index of the materials in the Old Car Manual Project.
- Our collection of high-quality scanned car brochures and owner's manuals created and maintained by Fred N.
- Run by Keith Hardy, this is the world's largest collection of classic Chevy manuals.
- Edwin Storm looks after this far-ranging collection of international car brcohures.
Rusty Petrovic, the webmaster, looks after the servers and the main indices of the site.
About the materials on the site
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.
About copyrights and such
Much of the material on this website is in the public domain and has no copyright attached to it.
Original articles appearing herein are subject to copyright. Please don't copy stuff from this site without asking; it may belong to someone!
Material on this website is presented solely for historical research and educational purposes only.
Any trademarks appearing on this site are the sole property of the registered owners. No endorsement by the trademark owners is to be construed, nor was any sought. The products, brand names, characters, related slogans and indicia are or may be claimed as trademarks of their respective owners. The use of such material falls under the Fair Use provisions of intellectual property laws.
More About the Old Car Manual Project
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 as discreet as possible!)
Please consider how much you might pay for some of this material if it wasn't available here for free.