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How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot

Rick Steves
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First published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the knowledge to handle every situation they will come across with any air-cooled Volkswagen built through 1978, including Bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campers. With easy-to-understand, fun-to-read information — for novice and veteran mechanics alike — anecdotal descriptions, and clear language, this book takes the mystery out of diagnostic, maintenance, and repair procedures, and offers some chuckles along the way. This edition features new information on troubleshooting, new photos, and an updated resource list.
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RVing, 4E (Idiot's Guides)

Alpha
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Take the driver's seat on your very own RV adventures!

There's something uniquely satisfying about packing your bags, mapping your route, planning your campground stops, and hitting the open road, family vacation-style. And when you travel in an RV, you enjoy all the comforts and conveniences of home while you traverse the great outdoors.

Fully stocked with suggestions for planning and carrying out fun and exciting RV vacations to remember, this handy guide gives you everything you need to know for safe and successful RVing. In it you get:

  *  Simple steps to finding the right type and size of RV for you and your family
  *  Smart advice on buying or renting your rig, taking successful test-drives, negotiating price and options, and getting insurance
  *  A primer on operating and maintaining your rig's electrical, plumbing, and LP systems
  *  Pointers for planning a perfect trip, choosing your campgrounds, and even boondocking
  *  Troubleshooting tips for dealing with bad weather, accidents, breakdowns, and other pitfalls<
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Car: The Definitive Visual History of the Automobile

DK
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Tracing the history of the automobile, from the first prototypes to the super cars of today, Car covers the technological developments and manufacture of cars, the cultural backdrop against which the various models arose, and the enduring impact the car has had on society as an object of curiosity, symbol of luxury, and item of necessity.

The most lavishly illustrated treatment of the subject on the market, featuring the most noteworthy cars of each decade in beautifully photographed catalogs, Car is truly an international view of the automobile through time, with histories of the men and machines that created brands which are now household names.

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RV Vacations For Dummies

For Dummies
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The freewheeling way to explore the U.S.A.

Our friendly, expert authors get you ready to roll with practical advice, whether you're a novice or experienced RVer. From buying or renting your rig to how to outfit it, you'll get essential info. When you're on the road, there are 14 trips that cover the country from coast to coast, whether you want to enjoy lobster in Maine or get your kicks on Route 66.

Open the book and find:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice

  • Regional itineraries for every part of the U.S.

  • Up-to-date info on attractions and campgrounds

  • Lots of detailed maps

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The Complete Book of Corvette - Revised & Updated: Every Model Since 1953 (Complete Book Series)

Motorbooks
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The ultimate book for Corvette lovers and fans of America’s premier high-performance vehicle.
 
Since the release of the first Corvette in 1953, Chevrolet’s flagship sports car has become a timeless part of American culture and a household name across the globe. No matter the model or year, one can instantly pick out a ’Vette—from the four chrome-ringed headlamps of the late-1950s models to the sharp edges of the 1960s Sting Ray, the signature curved wheel-well moldings on 1970s bodies, and up to the aggressive aerodynamics of the Corvette C6. But while all are undeniably beautiful machines, none approach the astonishing technology packed into Chevrolet’s latest: the seventh-generation 2014 Corvette Stingray, which marks the historic resurgence of the Stingray badge for the first time since the mid-1970s. In The Complete Book of Corvette, American automotive expert Mike Mueller details all of the generations, offering the definitive, all-encompassing volume showcasing over 60 years of Corvette history. Created in cooperation with General Motors and illustrated with 500 color and black-and-white photos from GM’s exclusive Design and Media Archives, the book highlights the development, tech specs, and visual prowess of the entire Corvette line. From that first 1953 ’Vette to the brand-new 2014 Corvette Stingray—the triumphant culmination of Chevrolet’s longstanding sports car expertise—The Complete Book of Corvette pays tribute to one of America’s proudest sports car traditions and the innovative company behind it.
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Ford Model T Coast to Coast: A Slow Drive across a Fast Country

Motorbooks
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Driverless cars are on the horizon, but before the world falls asleep in the driver’s seat, let’s take a look back down the road from whence we have come. Ford Model-T Coast-to-Coast, documents the cross-country adventure of two brave drivers as they pilot a century-old Model-T on a 3,000-mile journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Coast.

The book is as much a contemplation of early-20th century American life as it is a fond farewell to the automotive age.  Can the car still be the vehicle of freedom and discovery, when we’re no longer in command? Or will we finally be able to fully appreciate the scenery rushing past?

Accompanied by Michael Alan Ross’ evocative photography, author Tom Cotter stops in small towns, meets local people and hears their stories about cars, travel, and life. Cotter and Ross also explore back roads adjacent to his main route, the Lincoln Highway—the first transcontinental road.

Significant cross-country runs, such as those by speed-record setter Cannonball Baker, and literary adventurers such as Jack Kerourac, John Steinbeck and Bill Bryson are considered in light of the driverless future. Cotter also drives some of the same roads that a young Edsel Ford traveled in his father’s Model T upon high school graduation in 1917.

In addition to the central road trip, Cotter also visits interesting automotive and transport museums as well as “keepers of the flame” such as Model-T clubs, mechanics, junkyards and collectors across the country.

He also records the numerous trials and tribulations in keeping a 100-year-old car operating on a 3,000-mile journey, something the driverless car of the future is unlikely to encounter.

Join Cotter on his "slow drive across a fast country." You'll be glad you did.
 
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My Dad Had That Car: A Nostalgic Look at the American Automobile, 1920-1990

Black Dog & Leventhal
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This one-of-a-kind, massive illustrated history of more than 10,000 American automobiles is perfect for the millions of classic car enthusiasts.
With more than 1,300 pages and 12,500 illustrations covering 70 years, this may be the most complete visual history of the American automobile ever published. Nowhere else are there so many collector, luxury, sporting and every day cars assembled with fascinating information about original prices, engine sizes, horsepower, and other specifications. The pages are packed with genuine, factory-fresh photographs and drawings taken from contemporary advertisements, catalogs, and brochures.
More than 250 manufacturers and hundreds of individual models trace the evolution of the American automobile, from the millions of Model Ts that rolled off Ford's assembly line through the art deco streamliners of the '30s, to the tail-finned land yachts of the '50s and muscle cars of the '60s and '70s up to the early SUVs of the '90s. Throughout author Tad Burness adds handwritten details not found anywhere else, including pointing out unusual options and differences found within a model. Automotive journalist Matt Stone provides a new general introduction and one to each era within the book.
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Million Dollar Classics: The World's Most Expensive Cars

Chartwell Books
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The allure of beautiful and rare cars is timeless. Since the dawn of the automotive age, people have aspired to own and drive the fastest, the coolest, and the most expensive cars on the road. Million Dollar Classics: The World's Most Expensive Cars is a lavish photographic collection of some of the most sought after models that have been made available for auction in recent years.

All of the cars featured in this elegant book attained auction prices upward of $1,000,000, making them the most desired cars in the world; as well as the most expensive. Captured on camera by specialist automobile photographer Simon Clay, the stunning images in this book are accompanied by an informative text that gives the reader the specs, history and other fascinating details of these dream vehicles.

This book is perfect for any automobile lover, or collector and includes vehicles created by Mercedes-Benz, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, and Aston Martin.
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The Complete Book of Porsche 911: Every Model Since 1964 (Complete Book Series)

Motorbooks
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Follow the full evolution, year by year, of one of the most desirable sports cars in the world!

Porsche's fabled 911 represents the ultimate expression of Ferdinand Porsche's original vision of the perfect sports car. In The Complete Book of Porsche 911, author and photographer Randy Leffingwell provides a year-by-year overview of Stuttgart's most famous car, from the original 901 prototype to today's technologically advanced GT2 and GT3 derivatives. Along the way, he highlights the racing, prototype, and limited-production cars--offering the most complete reference available to these top-tier sports cars.

In this book, you'll find the air-cooled cars of 1963 to 1998, then the water-cooled 911s of 1998 to present day. See the 911 Classic, the 964 series, 993 series, and 996 and 997 series. With behind-the-scenes info on the evolution of the sports car, this book packs in the goods for any serious auto lover. Illustrated throughout with photos from Porsche's own historical archive, along with detailed technical specification tables, The Complete Book of Porsche 911 offers a thorough account of one of the most beloved enthusiast cars ever produced.

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Drive: The Definitive History of Driving (Dk Smithsonian)

DK
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Charting the 130-years from the arrival of horseless carriages to the advent of driverless vehicles, celebrate the automobile and the romance of the open road.

Beginning with the development of the first vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine, Drive explores the early glamour of driving, motor sport, and car design, and looks at how the automobile has shaped the modern world.

Revealing the advances in technology and design that have made cars faster, safer, and better to drive, and transformed them from a means of transportation into objects of status, excitement, and desire, Drive tracks trends in auto manufacturing and the public's changing tastes in cars: whether it's Golden Era sports cars such as the MG, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and Chevrolet, muscle cars like the Mustang, hot rods, custom cars, the hippie-standard VW, or modern-day hybrid cars. Trivia and fascinating facts covering the growth of car racing, the development of traffic lights, the boom in automobile advertising, the first car washes, and the craft of artisan-made cars complete the subject, making it a must-have for car enthusiasts.
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