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Who is "Seemcgee" / Ken McGee Auto Literature?
You can read a bit about us or find our contact information and address here.

Do you have a physical "brick-and mortar" location?
Yes! We have a single location in Goderich, Ontario, Canada. We are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. Feel free to drop by or give us a call.

How do your items ship?
Packages are prepared for shipping in-house with proper materials to ensure your order is protected. We use Canada Post services, as outlined in in our shipping standards.

Can you declare my item as a "gift"? Include no invoice, and declare a lower value? Call it something else on the declaration?
We fill out customs declarations with actual package contents and sale value. We do not falsify customs declarations to avoid import fees. These fees are the buyer's responsiblity and are beyond our control.

What do these terms mean? What are these books used for?
With so many seemingly similar names, the variety of items can seem confusing. Here are some of the most common automotive literature items we carry:
  • Assembly Manual: Provides diagrams that show the assembly procedure for a vehicle, such as it was performed on the factory assembly line. Great for restorations, and usually contains a lot of original part numbers.
  • Body Manual: a separate manual that some manufacturers issue for the repair and adjustments of body components. For many General Motors cars (includes body wiring) between 1926 and 1988, a Fisher Body manual applies.
  • Data Book / Facts Book (Saleman's Data Book): A small book, often pocket-sized, containing confidential information for quick reference. These were only issued to sales staff to help them sell vehicles. Small issued numbers make these books exceptionally valuable and desirable collectibles.
  • Dealer Album: a highly-desirable and rare collectible. A dealer album would be issued to a dealership to showcase the entire current model lineup. It may contain specs, options, features, color and upholstery samples, and much more.
  • Electrical (& Vacuum) Troubleshooting Manual (EVTM): More specialized manuals for dealing with electrical and vacuum problems.
  • Factory Manual: A blanket term for manuals that were provided by the manufacturer for their own technicians and customers. These are the most desirable references, often far more complete and useful than aftermarket counterparts. (McGee Auto Literature specializes in factory manuals.)
  • Fisher Body Manual: A type of Body manual for most General Motors products between 1926 and 1988. After this, most GM shop manuals contain the body information. These manuals cover body & interior service from the dashboard rearward.
  • Glove Box Manual: See Owners Manual
  • Maintenance Manual: See Shop Manual
  • Owners Manual: (also known as reference manual or user guide) The small book that comes in the glovebox of every car when it is new - the guide to operating the vehicle. Earlier (pre-1940) examples may also include some technical and service information, as the owner of a car would often handle such procedures.
  • Parts Manual: Used by the parts department of the dealership and identifies every part of the car down to each nut, bolt, and washer, with it's part number. It is used mainly for the many detailed illustrations it contains. May be specific to chassis or body parts only, or could be a master book that contains both. Many supply shops require the original part numbers to assist in getting you the proper part for your vehicle -- another reason to purchase only a factory original manufacturer parts manual.
  • Sales Brochure: A promotional catalog or leaflet available from a dealership when the car was new. These are extremely collectible, and are a great gift for someone with a special automobile. Basic kinds include: Catalog: Stapled or book-style binding with covers and multiple inside pages Folder: Brochure that unfolds for presentation. Often opens like a road map. Prestige: Used to describe the finest, largest version of a brochure for a given vehicle and model year. These were often kept out of sight and reserved for serious prospective car-buyers, making them more rare and desirable.
  • Repair Manual: See Shop Manual
  • Shop Manual (also known as Service / Repair / Maintenance Manual) This is the manual used by mechanics, service technicians, or yourself to perform maintenance or repair work to the vehicle. We carry the original type of manufacturer's manual which is much superior to any aftermarket type.