MV Books and Manuals

One of the most important resources you will need in connection with your MV is reference books. In order to get the most out of your military vehicle, you need access to a lot of information. Fortunately this information is readily available in the wealth of printed material that gets produced with each vehicle (or other piece of military equipment).

ORD 8 SNL G-503 Parts Supply Catalog for the Truck, 1/4 ton,4x4 Ford GPW or Willys MB (World War II Jeep)
ORD 8 SNL G-503 Parts Supply Catalog for the Truck, 1/4 ton,4x4 Ford GPW or Willys MB (World War II Jeep).

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Military Vehicle Reference Books and Manuals

Military vehicle manuals and publications
Military vehicle manuals and publications.

Whether you are going to do all of your own mechanical work, or have others do it, its a must to have a full set of manuals for any military vehicle you own. There is a lot to learn and the right books make it easy. The set of military manuals (original or reproduction) is basic and may be supplemented by other books about the history of the vehicle or with further information for owners.

The information about Military Vehicle Reference Books and Manuals is organized in these pages:

Long Term Planning for your Set of MV Manuals

USAF A1C Vincent St. Hiraire (left), and Airman Daphne Webb, both General Purpose Vehicle Maintenance Apprentices, replacing a water pump in a military vehicle, 31st Transportation Squadron Vehicle Maintenance Shop, Aviano Air Base, Italy, 13 February 2003
USAF A1C Vincent St. Hiraire (left), and Airman Daphne Webb, both General Purpose Vehicle Maintenance Apprentices, replacing a water pump in a military vehicle, 31st Transportation Squadron Vehicle Maintenance Shop, Aviano Air Base, Italy, 13 February 2003.

Acquiring a complete set of original manuals for your vehicle may not be a one step operation. Especially if your vehicle is older vintage it may take some time to locate and acquire everything you want in your collection. A good way to start is to buy one of the CDs of reproduction manuals to use a a point of reference. Then gradually fill in with originals as they become available and your budget permits. The Military Vehicle Field and Technical Manuals Guide provides some insight into the range of manuals and other documentation you might expect to find.

If you go deeper into the area of publications you will find a host of other "opportunities" to add to your collection. Some people have acquired original factory drawings for the manufacturing process, copies of government contracts, specialized training or operational orders involving the vehicle, and so it goes on and on. While the typical tactical vehicle might have only the Operators Manual in the glove box or in a log book binder, you can accumulate a long shelf of higher echelon maintenance manuals plus many other publications, extending to any depth or degree you like.

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