: Questions about the 68 Shop/Repair Manual on CD which many have recommended.

06-17-11, 03:03 PM
CADforce69 and many others have referred to the CD manual (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1968-CADILLAC-Full-Line-Service-Shop-Repair-Manual-CD-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQfitsZYearQ3a1968Q7cMakeQ3aCadil lacQQhashZitem20b8a80ac5QQitemZ140536974021QQptZMo torsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories?clk_rvr_i d=241283671091#ht_1797wt_759) like this one on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1968-CADILLAC-Full-Line-Service-Shop-Repair-Manual-CD-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQfitsZYearQ3a1968Q7cMakeQ3aCadil lacQQhashZitem20b8a80ac5QQitemZ140536974021QQptZMo torsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories?clk_rvr_i d=241283671091#ht_1797wt_759) as the definitive repair manual to use. I received my Chilton's manual and as two or three people from here warned me (after my purchase of course) it's pretty useless. Historically I prefer Haynes.

I am hesitant on purchasing another CD/DVD manual and here's why (I am asking in public rather than sending a private message to CADforce69 so that others with the same concerns can benefit);

I've purchased 3 different CD/DVD manuals for vehicles.
The Volvo one was several years back and did not take up too much space but was not that user friendly either.
Recently I purchased 2 for the Escalade.
1st Purchase (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cadillac-Escalade-Service-Repair-Manual-2002-2003-2004-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem20ba5bf9c3QQitemZ14056 5543363QQptZMotorsQ5fManualsQ5fLiterature)
2nd Purchase (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2002-2005-CADILLAC-ESCALADE-SERVICE-REPAIR-SHOP-MANUAL-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem335f323334QQitemZ22064 0457524QQptZMotorsQ5fManualsQ5fLiterature#ht_1460w t_984)

With each of those purchases, there were several negatives;

1. Each of these manuals took up TONS of gigs on my C drive. In fact, so much so that I made separate backups with each Manual Software installed and uninstalled so that when not working on a project my machine could run faster (and my laptop is fairly decent in terms of processor, space and RAM). But it's a pain in the ass to back-up and restore each direction every time I want to use a manual and if I don't, I lose resources / space.

2. In spite of the Sellers telling me otherwise, NEITHER of these manuals shows part numbers or names. I've been pretty disappointed from that aspect.

3. Each loads and runs as a virtual machine. That presents funky extra steps often times for saving or printing. Frankly, I don't like switching environments because it is too easy to forget which environment you are in.

Can anyone please elaborate on this CD Manual (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1968-CADILLAC-Full-Line-Service-Shop-Repair-Manual-CD-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQfitsZYearQ3a1968Q7cMakeQ3aCadil lacQQhashZitem20b8a80ac5QQitemZ140536974021QQptZMo torsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories?clk_rvr_i d=241283671091#ht_1797wt_759) and whether it is problematic in the fashions that the Escalade manuals are?


06-17-11, 03:10 PM
I do not order any manuals on CD for the same reasons you've mentioned.

I find it's easier to flip through a book.

06-17-11, 03:34 PM
I bought the 69 shop manual + Fisher body service manual (for all GM models) released by David Graham. The equivalent for 68 would be this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1968-Cadillac-Repair-Shop-Manual-and-Body-Manual-CD-68-/360359331500?pt=Motors_Manuals_Literature&hash=item53e71706ac

I think the other that you link is not very different to this. I can tell you that the David Graham 69 CD shop manual is just the original factory manual scanned in pdf format with the following data:

Shop manual: 224 Mb and 795 pages
Body service manual: 82,6 Mb and 693 pages

My manual does show part names and many sketches, photos and diagrams but as far as I know does not show part numbers. I think part numbers book is another one not included, but you can find most of them here: http://www.modifiedcadillac.org/documents/Shop_Manuals_and_Illus_Catalogs/Parts%20Illus%20Catalog%20thru%201970/

I donīt have to install anything on my computer (you just need to have adobe reader installed); just reading CD whenever I need it but I may also save both files in my computer or other computers (Iīve even saved them on an e-book).

The advantage is that you can print easily the pages youīll need for doing some specific task and write whatever you need on; no fear of staining or breaking leaves. It has also a section index you can use by clicking a button (in adobe reader) as well as an alphabetical index. You can also use the "search" feature of adobe reader to look for a word or word group through all the document. Another advantage is that a CD is always cheaper than the paper book.

I hope Iīve solved your doubts :)

06-17-11, 03:36 PM
I have the books, and I recommend them. Both the shop manual and the Fisher body manual. Buy them from ebay. Well worth it.

06-17-11, 04:20 PM
BTW, didnīt know that you had already compiled part numbers from www.modifiedcadillac.org in a pdf book for all of us. Thanks a lot, bhs82!

06-17-11, 10:11 PM
Like CADforce, I have the 69 manual on CD-ROM. It works out well, but I have noticed that there are a couple scanning errors and a couple pages missing. If I were to do it over, I'd just buy the dead tree version.