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post #1 of 25 Old 11-25-2012, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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New Member: 1997 F250, 4x4, 5spd

Hey everyone, I'm new to the forums. I picked up a 1997 F-250, extended cab, short bed, 4x4, with a 5 speed manual. It has just over 200k on it. It took me a while to find, especially in Southern California.

I'm going to start working on it next week (general maintenance, etc.), but will eventually be working towards to goal of building it into a expedition-capable vehicle.

Quick question: I've been looking at the Haynes and Chilton repair manuals, but also found some of
these repair manuals these repair manuals
on amazon/ebay. Are they significantly better than that Haynes/Chilton, and worth the extra money?

Thanks in advance - looking forward to posting here more.
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Yes they are way better. They are the ones you would find in a dealership.

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Hey everyone, I'm new to the forums. I picked up a 1997 F-250, extended cab, short bed, 4x4, with a 5 speed manual. It has just over 200k on it. It took me a while to find, especially in Southern California.

I'm going to start working on it next week (general maintenance, etc.), but will eventually be working towards to goal of building it into a expedition-capable vehicle.

Quick question: I've been looking at the Haynes and Chilton repair manuals, but also found some of these repair manuals on amazon/ebay. Are they significantly better than that Haynes/Chilton, and worth the extra money?

Thanks in advance - looking forward to posting here more.

Where in So Cal?
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post #4 of 25 Old 11-25-2012, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Nice I'm in so cal too. Welcome to the forums! Don't waste your money on the Hayes or chitons. Get the real deal.

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Nice I'm in so cal too. Welcome to the forums! Don't waste your money on the Hayes or chitons. Get the real deal.
Awesome - thanks! I had a feeling (from reading reviews) that the Haynes/Chilton weren't the best, but I figured I'd ask.

Where in SoCal are you?
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welcome to the org, hell im in so cal too, over in oceanside on camp pendleton, hey phil figured you would jump all over that one lol, but yeah but i got some neighbors with PSD's and they like to do some welding and making stuff on their rigs, so if ya wanna make some cool stuff and do some wrenching shoot phil or i a PM,

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I'm in Pasadena.

Bookmark these pages and you may never need to buy a manual:

http://www.thedieselstop.com/faq/949...e=stjsd10r.htm

97-15A 7.3L DI Turbo Workshop Manual

DTS Articles - Coffee Table Books



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