Which is better to have, the MTFCA DVD's or the booklets? Both have the same information?
The videos are nice for a look at the whole process, but I find a book turned to the applicable page a much handier reference when I'm in the midst of doing the work.
Don the DVD's give part numbers, clearance specs etc?
That's DO the DVD's....
I prefer the books. VHS were great! Stop it, take it out, comeback to it 6 months or even a year later put it back in and start right where you left off. DVD's and my player (older), have to spend a bunch of time trying to find where you left off if you stop it. Book, just mark the page then come back to it later.
Books for me too. I photocopy them. The original stays in the house (stored in my study but can be found in the lounge or bedroom when I am working on something that I am not familiar with.)
The copy goes into clear plastic envelope files for the workshop, (2 pages back to back per envelope.) Nice and easy to clean off the greasy finger prints.
Recommendation: Use both – it is helpful. If your local club doesn’t have a lending library, I recommend you consider starting one.
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If you are already familiar with working on cars, motorcycles or something similar, I believe the books provide all the information that is needed to accomplish the work. But if you are not only new to the Model T but also to working on mechanical things in general, I would highly recommend using both the video and the booklet. While the same general information is presented in both, for many of us hearing and seeing is better than just seeing. And while the pictures and illustrations in the booklets are good, the video helps tie them all together. And don't forget the forum and a local T guy that has done that job before or plans to do a similar job in the future.
Note an extra set of eyes can often really help out. My Dad was doing a little oxy acetylene welding on a Model A body. And with his dark goggles on he didn't see he had accidently started a very small fire on the door welting (upholstery) not too far from where he was welding. My Mom was there and tapped him on the shoulder. They put out a very very small fire that my Dad probably would not have noticed until it had gotten substantially larger. And by then a lot of the upholstery rather than just a small portion of door welting would have needed to be replaced. Or worse case possibly even the car or garage may have needed replacing.
Yes, someone can figure it out without using any of books, videos, or help from others. But there is a good chance it will go quicker and there will be less rework required the more of those you consult before you start the project.
Note, this is also a great benefit to many of the local clubs. They have a lending library of the booklets and the videos (VHS and/or CD depending on when it was purchased). For many of us rebuilding the rear axle will not be a booklet or video we look at again and again until the pages fall out. We will do that job, and then put them on the shelf until we need to do another similar job. If your local club does not already have a lending library -- you could consider starting one by donating the booklet and video that you purchase for your project.
Truth in posting -- most of the jobs will take you longer to accomplish than the amount of time the video shows the expert doing the same task.
Good luck with your T.
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I dont have them all but I have a good many of the vhs videos and I love them.
I can actually SEE what is being done instead of reading it and trying to visualize it in the theater of my mind.
I hope to eventually get the 1's I am missing when I get a chance to fiqure out which 1's i am missing.
The books, as far as they can be comprehended, are the primary source of information. While they tell you more or less what you need to know about a given procedure, the DVDs can actually demonstrate "the knack."
One tells you how to do it; the other teaches you how to do it.
Bob's is offering the tapes at a discount as a part of his sale.
Hap, no our club doesn't have a lending library, yet. Mike, Bob's sale is what prompted me to ask. I did order a complete set of DVD's on Friday. I talked to the club president and he checked with the vice president. We decided we'll present the idea to have the club purchase the complete set for the start of a library. If the club votes if down (highly unlikely), the pres, v pres and myself will be the proud owners of a complete set. Our next meeting will be in a week and a half.