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Haynes Repair Manual Creator John Haynes, 80, Dies

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John Haynes, founder of the Haynes repair manual, died at the age of 80. (Image/Getty Images)

John Haynes, founder of the Haynes Manual which has helped countless mechanics repair their vehicles over the past 50 years, passed away. He was 80.

A lifelong fan of motorsports, while Haynes’ classmates were practicing rugby at their English boarding school, Haynes was wrenching on an Austin 7 and writing a booklet detailing how he did it so that others could build their own.

While serving in the military, another service member bought an Austin-Healey Sprite, and Haynes used a camera to carefully document the entire tear-down and rebuild since the factory manuals weren’t written for a layman audience.

The text featured diagrams and photos, and that was the birth of the Haynes Manual.

According to Haynes’ obituary on Haynes Publishing’s website, that first Sprite manual was printed 3,000 times on the initial production run in 1966, and completely sold out in less than 90 days.

Since then, Haynes Publishing Group has published more than 200 million manuals around the globe, covering cars, trucks, motorcycles, Formula 1 cars, locomotives, and a space shuttle, according to a Hemmings article about Haynes’ life. Haynes became a legend in the business, and has a world-renowned vehicle collection, several of which can be seen at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, U.K.

As always when these sad stories cross our desks, we want to extend our thoughts and prayers to Haynes’ family and friends, as well as all of those affected by his passing.

Wrench on.

For more information about Haynes’ life, you should read:

John Harold Haynes OBE Obituary – Haynes

Repair manual mogul John Haynes, 1938-2019 – Hemmings

John Haynes, Father of the Haynes Manual and RAF Veteran, Dies at 80 – Jalopnik

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3 Comments

  1. Rudy Cardenas says:

    Haynes manuals have been a mainstay in my garage for 40 years. John Haynes’ legacy will endure for decades; may he rest in peace. May God grant his family comfort as they mourn his passing.

  2. Michael Thurman says:

    Thank you for your Contributions to Gearheads all of these years. May you Rest in Peace.

  3. Many projects have been completed over the years with the help of the trustee Haynes manual. Thank you Sir for your immeasurable contribution to our craft. May you rest in peace.

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