I bought some manuals today and learned where they can be found.
. If you go to a Ford dealer, they'll just order from Helm. They aren't confined to old books but have license to reprint as the market demands. For example, the Wiring Manual I need is out of stock; but their phone rep said they are expected to get more in December.
Secondary-Amazon, eBay, and DIY Manuals
Ford Shop Manuals come in 2 volumes. For my 99.5, I bought '99 manuals. Helm had them for retail $140; DIYM was $135; eBay had a seller for $120; and I bought from an Amazon seller for $90. If I'd had more time, I'm sure they're available for cheaper.
Ford Wiring Manual: Helm's retail is $60 when they become available; DIYM was $35. I bought from the same Amazon seller (for shipping convenience) for $23.
Owners Manual: Helm sells it for $10. I may end up buying one for convenience. However, Ford's site, Ford Documents
, has it available in .pdf. It's lots of pages; but most cover stuff I already know. So, you could just copy the ones you need, i.e. fuses. There are, however, pages filled with new-to-me info peculiar to this van and safety procedures that'd be nice to have. Plus, by the time I copy pps, I'd use up same space as a book; and having the real manual might make my someday-buyer feel better.
Ford Owners Diesel Supplement Manual: ditto above para. I read the .pdf. It's a MUST HAVE and full of important stuff, especially for me, since this is my first diesel.
: A fantastic find, for me at least. For $25/year, I get to go on line and get written instructions and a few pictures on how to do a ton of things. This won't make me a mechanic; but it will give me another perspective to the Ford Shop Manual. For example, I'm going to R&R the main dash panel and reconfigure the dash board (instrument cluster w/ tach, DD 7" Kenwood, bucu switches). I printed off a 7-page set of instructions giving me, at least, the order to take things off. Of GREATER IMPORTANCE, I was given the list of all Tech Bulletins, Ford notices, and Recalls, all 155 of them. I'll go thru all and produce a list of stuff for my mechanic to check or change during the engine bulletproofing.
99.5 Cargo RB 7.3