I think DIY for vehicles is totally discouraged by the auto industry. They want your money for everything that your vehicle needs. I personally think they are over complicating them on purpose. I had a hard time finding a manual for my Super Duty, when I pulled the heads off the motor. I wanted the book for torque specs mainly, so I ended up buying one of the manuals on a dvd. It actually was very good...but I prefer the old school book like you. Sign of the times I guess, but sites like these are a lot of help and if you're stubborn (or cheap), and have half a brain, you always figure out a way to get things done.
The Hauler - '05 F-350 4x4 CC Dually 6.0 Powerstroke
The Project - '90 Ford Bronco 4x4
The wife's - '11 Ford Escape
For every minute you are away from work...you can add two minutes to your life!