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  • By Julian marsh
    Apr 20, 2016
    This is a difficult book to review on a number of scores. Firstly, it is a long time since I owned a DS. I owned two and the first was a rust bucket. Restoration wasn’t an option on the limited funds I had available and anyway, old rusty DSs at the time were worthless. The second was a new, company car where others were responsible for the maintenance. Secondly, it is not a glossy ‘coffee table’ book. Indeed it has no such pretentions despite the beautiful cover. Nor is it a workshop manual, as Charles says on his website, ‘This Workshop Guide is not intended as a replacement for the Factory Manual. It’s more a companion volume; an aid to the hands-on owner when repairing, understanding or restoring a DS. And therein lies the difficulty in reviewing it. It is very difficult to read a book like this from cover to cover and to do it justice, that is what is needed. I started with Part One which covers the gestation and birth of the DS and the history of Charles’ own 1966 Paris-built... More > DS21 Pallas which he calls Snoopy. I then turned to the section on hydraulics where the underlying principles are explained clearly and should make the system understandable to everyone. I dipped into some of the other chapters to look at where I recalled struggling with the instructions given in a workshop manual. The great thing about this book is that it is written from first-hand experience. We are probably all too well aware of the shortcomings of some workshop manuals including the wonderfully understated “Refitting is the reverse sequence to removal”. At the other extreme are the official, multi-volume (and therefore expensive) factory manuals. Charles’ book steers a middle course. The advice is pragmatic; there are plenty of helpful diagrams and photographs and Charles has a nice, easy writing style. On a slightly more serious note, I disliked some of the layout – especially where text runs alongside an image and the text column width is shrunken to two or three words. This makes it difficult to read and also makes it look rather old-fashioned as does the typeface used. Despite the ‘print-on-demand’ technology used, the book looked and felt very professional although a higher-grade paper would be a small improvement but would probably come at a price. This is a condensed version of a review at< Less
  • By John Wallace
    Apr 19, 2016
    In the middle of a multi-year DS 23 full restoration using workshop and hobby/owner manuals and a with liberal amount of assistance from the Car Club and forums I have found this a brilliant practical link between professional advice/instruction and my amateur efforts. Just wish I had had it at the start and knew of a method to use it without spoiling it with grease and waxoil ;-) John
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Product Details

First Edition
April 17, 2016
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.14 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
7.44 wide x 9.68 tall
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