Originally Posted by West-of-Hethel
Almost all of what you have posted here has been help-me questions. You finally had a chance to give something back to the forum, and even said the other day you were going to post a thread on it... and then this.
And regarding lifting stuff from the forum for your project, you know exactly what I am "accusing" you of. In June, you posted that you were going to take off the clamshell to replace the AC condenser (like it says in the shop manual). I piped up to let you know that you didn't need to remove the clam, and moreover that I'd posted a method that would also allow you to avoid the work of breaking the power steering circuit. From what you posted above, you obviously thought those suggestions were "helpful" -- since they clearly appear in your how-to. I wonder if the two tips I gave you are the only material variations from the shop manual procedure? A shop manual, by the way, that you could not find until someone on this forum told you how to get it.
Hey, you can do whatever you like. But with all the help this forum has given you over the last five years -- for free -- you shouldn't be too surprised if some of us don't care to show a lot of enthusiasm about your trying to "monetize" this space.
So... what's the part number you found for that AC dryer?
I didn't want to dedicate another reply to this, as I'm adverse to drama and we've each said our piece, or so I thought, but you keep bringing it up.
So I see what the issue is. You did this job yourself and posted some tips on the forum in May, 2017. I even replied in that thread and asked some users for specifics, like what mesh I could use behind the grill and if anyone had any pictures, which they didn't.
Though people had some suggestions no one seemed to have pictures or concrete information, "I haven't actually done this though, so YMMV," and "bought this a few days ago...hoping aluminum will be easier to shape than plastic."
And I'd posted in similar threads before, over months, and actually put this job off for a few years
because of uncertainty about what exactly I needed. Waiting until I got a lift was definitely helpful.
You told me the clamshell didn't need to come off, true; that was helpful--but the Service Notes don't say to remove it, as you claim. They say to remove the bumper only. I had gotten that misinformation from another thread. Again, a reason why the guide would've helped me. The thread you posted about driers where I asked others about the grill was also interesting and likely helpful to people, though it showed no available alternatives. And the time you dedicated to that thread was, I'm guessing, about thirty minutes.
Again, I wrote the guide I wished I was able to find (and even buy, as I did with John Twist's personal guides for my MGB, or factory service manuals, which I own for all my vehicles) when I was considering doing this job myself or finding a place to do it for me. From the forum posts it wasn't clear to me if I actually had the knowledge and tools necessary to complete it. I saw conflicting information ("You do need to take the clamshell off," "you can get by leaving the bumper on if you're careful," "you need a lift/you don't need a lift," "I don't know how well my AC works, but it blows cold enough," "the SNs list two different capacities for R134a required, I just had a shop fill it," etc.) and what turned out to be omitted information (headlamp washer unit problems, missing captive nuts on the condenser, the specific types of oil needed, etc.).
I researched the job for a long time and finally bit the bullet. As I did the job I wanted to document it so others wouldn't be in my situation. You took some thirty minutes to share your information--that's great, I think it's helpful and what forums are for. I took literally dozens of hours to typeset a well-written, cross-referenced, thorough guide in LaTeX that I'm going to print out and put into binders, and hopefully build a collection of similar guides on my shelf.
So, after all this, perhaps you understand that the last thing I expected, after saying "Hey, is there interest in a guide like this for $20? I'll release the PDF for free but ideally I could sell this, if there's a market for it," is someone glibly replying with "I didn't read what you wrote but you stole everything and now demand money." Then ignoring that I started off by saying I'll make it free afterwards, and dragging this whole thing into drama, at least from my perspective.
So those are my thoughts; in the places where I got information from third parties I cite it with footnotes, but mostly they're citations of the Service Notes, photos, tips, things I learned, cross-references in the document, a graph, etc.
If you like I'll go through the document and make sure I didn't use any information that you provided, which isn't readily available from another source.