Here's a collection of scanned and re-typed manuals for
various antique and sometimes not-so-antique aircraft parts.
First, check out
VintageAircraftEngines.com, my companion site which contains many scanned
As I seem to be collecting planes that use Warner Scarab engines, here's a summary
of the Warner engines that were built and service manuals for them:
|Scarab Jr "40"
||Warner Engine Handbook, Third
|Super Scarab "40"
|Super Scarab SS50 & SS50A
Handbook, Models SS50 and SS50A, First Edition, 1945
|Super Scarab 165
||165 (175 takeoff)
||Warner Engine Handbook Models
165 and 185, First Edition, 1946
|Super Scarab 185
Here's some random advice on Warners:
As an aside, it is fascinating to watch one of the early Warners such as the
90 HP Scarab Jr. in action. These engines, as well as most other early
aviation radials, have exposed valve gear that hangs out in the breeze. As
a result, when the engine is running slowly at idle, you can see the valve
actuation patterns "circling" around the engine. I recommend the
AAA Fly-in in Blakesburg, IA to catch one
of these wonderful engines.
As always, use these at your own risk. If you're looking
for manuals, I suggest trying:
- Type clubs for the aircraft type in question.
The EAA has a list of type club
- Find a guru for the type and ask for advice.
Usually there's an informal network of knowledge about antique engines and
airplanes, you just have to know who to talk to.
- The Antique Aircraft Association has a library of
some manuals for antique aircraft.
- Get a current issue of
Trade-A-Plane and there
are generally several ads for companies that specialize in manuals.
- I've had good luck dealing with
Essco Aircraft, who specializes
in aviation manuals.
- The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum archives has
blueprints for many vintage types. It takes a while and the
blueprints are low-quality microfilm, but it is better than nothing.