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Does anybody have a pdf of the 1967 mustang shop manual they can send me. I’m about to pick up a convertible that’s been disassembled, sand blasted, metal repair, and painted and the owner lost interest. I know I’ll need the manual to get it out back together as it’s still in pieces.
 

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There are a bunch of them available online... just stay away from the ones from Forel Publishing. The program shuts down copy and paste, the print screen function... and you can't print anything from the pdf... so if you don't mind crawling under the car with your laptop on your chest, go for it. Otherwise, find another source.
 

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I do agree with Frankie on the Forel if possible. I do not find the format ideal and it’s a pain if you get a new computer. However, I have been able to print pages that I need.

Bottom line, I am using my hard copy 90% of the time.
 

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The Forel manuals are a pain to use. I've been using pdf/computer based manuals for more than 10 years now and by far Forel is the worst to deal with in terms of DRM. On a Mac as long as the document in Reader is open the screen grab facility is disabled. I've got the print version of the FSM (1st edition bought way back when...) and I'd go nuts if I had to use the Forel DRM on the FSM or assembly manuals. I'd avoid the Forel products unless you absolutely need them.
 

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So what’s a good manual that I can download and print. I'd like to be able to search via my phone or computer quickly but also have a paper copy, I’ll just print it up at work. I know what not to buy now at least.
 

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There isn't another electronic manual from a legit source for these cars. I believe Forel has an exclusive license. There might be some bootlegs hanging around but I haven't seen them. If you want both unless you find a bootleg you'll have to buy both.

The layout with the printed manual isn't too bad. It's not difficult to find things based on what you are looking for based on how the information is grouped but it's not as handy as searching a PDF. That's a trade off I'm willing to take in the case of the Forel manuals. The content of the PDF manuals are fine (same as paper) but the LM PDFGuard software is what is clunky.
 

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I have yet to find an unprotected PDF version. Even the CD version required me to use the PDF Guard License Manager. As Vegas stated, if you get a PDF version, it’s likely going to require this. I know Forel was singled out, but other sources will probably have the same protocol. Forel isn’t the cumbersome issue, it’s the PDF Guard. However, it is workable and you can navigate to the needed pages and print.

I still like the printed Manual.
 

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I 2nd the Forel Publishing.... My 1965 Manual PDF is "Locked" by Forel and will not let me do anything else but view it which sucks! I'm still looking for an "Unlocked" 1965 Manual PDF version. Will gladly trade you any 1966 to 1969 "Unlocked" PDF years to get it.. If you have an unlocked 1965 PDF version and want to trade for other years, Send me an e-mail at [email protected]

Much Thanks,

Tony K.
 

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Well that sounds like a bummer, it's crazy someone hasn't come up with a better solution considering how popular these cars are.
 

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I bought a manual from Forel once. They allow limited installs. Ended up somehow losing it somehow between computer upgrades. I needed it again later and discovered it had gone. Forever according to them, I'd have to buy it again. No thanks. It was kind of a pain anyway. It's like back in the 1980's when some software companies used "copy protection" so egregious that you couldn't even play the game you paid for. No thanks and no sale. Who'd a thunk it, 2019 and an actual hard copy paper manual still rules?
 

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I bought a manual from Forel once. They allow limited installs. Ended up somehow losing it somehow between computer upgrades. I needed it again later and discovered it had gone. Forever according to them, I'd have to buy it again. No thanks. It was kind of a pain anyway. It's like back in the 1980's when some software companies used "copy protection" so egregious that you couldn't even play the game you paid for. No thanks and no sale. Who'd a thunk it, 2019 and an actual hard copy paper manual still rules?
You just can't replace the best.

I bought a year's subscription to Alldata for my '07 truck. The search is completely useless. The sorting and section breakouts make no sense. Information is buried five and six layers deep. If the manual set wasn't $500, there would be a set on my shelf.
 

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You just can't replace the best.

I bought a year's subscription to Alldata for my '07 truck. The search is completely useless. The sorting and section breakouts make no sense. Information is buried five and six layers deep. If the manual set wasn't $500, there would be a set on my shelf.
$ 125 OBO.......If you have an F150..............https://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-FORD-F-150-F150-Lincoln-Mark-LT-TRUCK-Service-Shop-Repair-Manual-Set-W-EWD/352650799621?hash=item521ba02a05:m:mBSj7XzIWMmZAJB2JNu7Qiw
 

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The continuing expectation of "free" things on the internet never ceases to amaze me. Like music, video, and books, the use of someone's intellectual property (in this case reference materials) is subject to the rules set by the owner of the intellectual property for its access. Under the current structure for commerce involving intellectual property, the reprints and pdf's "licensed by Ford" provide Ford with the right to an income stream from the use of that information. One's need for that information confirms that at 50+ years, it still has value. That being said, IMHO accessing service data on a screen is more cumbersome than the print version, especially when it comes to flipping back and forth to conform such things as torque specs and the assembly procedures.

I would think that with all the streaming subscription services for entertainment and reference products, consumers understand e-commerce is based upon some version of the "Pay to Play" model. When I am in "the library" I prefer to have a magazine instead of an iPad for accessing my reading materials, thus I buy the print version. LOL
 

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Agree with what Jeff said . I have paper Haynes\Chilton or factory manuals for all of my vehicles .
I just bought a factory Ford paper 2 volume set for a Taurus for $35 on ebay
 

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I'd say because there is so very much free info out there, it doesn't hurt to ask.

I have a rather large collection of technical stuff and manuals in PDF form. But seriously, when you are working on a car a paper manual is ever so much easier to use. Weird as that may sound. For a compromise I have a retired but still working office type laser printer in the shop that works fine on super cheap generic toner so I print a lot of stuff. Kids come over and print their scholl work, wife and friends print recipes like mad, everybody prints. The color inkjet int he house that takes horribly expensive ink cartridges hasn't been turned on in months.
 
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