And while I’ll admit I get all hot and sweaty looking at pictures of Ferraris, and have been known to utter all sorts of nasty words while working on an old car, reading from the manual to “attach part X as shown” when it’s bloody well NOT shown…shop manuals and collector guides really aren’t porn in anybody’s world.
Now, I’ll give Bing credit for going all-out to keep the naughty bits of the web from showing up in the wrong places, but I think they may have gone a bit Church Lady on us here.
Here’s a few of my favorite examples–straight from the Merchant Catalog Report CSV file–of Bing’s filters missing the mark:
- Multiple books on engine conversions rejected, marked as Adult-Sex Dating because of the word swapping.
- Multiple books on the Dodge Dart Swinger, also marked as Adult-Sex Dating. Seriously, I’m sorry if I offend anyone, but the Dart Swinger was NEVER going to get anyone any action.
- This book on vintage Honda CB350-550 four-cylinder motorcycles, disallowed for adult content and potential bestiality, citing the occurrence of the word petcock.
- This book on transmission repair, cause, well, ya know, it talks about trannies.
- And this repair manual for the Porsche 911, flagged as about “weapons”…and having had a couple of 911s, I have to say, in this case, they’re right
- A book on how to paint your show car, flagged as adult content because it talks about stripping.
- The AMC Interchangeable Parts Buyers Guide, which is flagged for violence content [sic], because it talks about “Arming yourself with knowledge found in this book increases your chance of successful hunting and potentially saving some $$”.
- The Haynes Yamaha R1 repair manual, which is flagged for Adult – Porn/adult entertainment because it talks about chain links that can bind and kink.
- A book on converting Volkswagen vans to camper vans apparently contains disallowed supplements and health products. Well, actually, they’re probably not too far off there, especially if the van is anywhere near Burning Man.
- And a book near and dear to my heart (I’m working on restoring a 1969 Chevelle SS), covers how to rebuild big-block engines…also marked as adult entertainment (hey, fair enough!) because of the words “doing it” (the intro mentions “you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself”). Seriously, the words “doing it” was what was flagged.
- Numerous books flagged because of mentions of nipples and butts. If you’ve spent any time in the chassis or electric sections of a shop manual, you’ll have read a lot about nipples and butts, and trust me, it’s NOT hot.
- The Chilton Easy Car Care manual gets tagged for adult content when the book excerpt is from the section on electrical, and mentions lights, fuses and flashers.
- My favorite: the Chilton manual for the Oldsmobile Cutlass, flagged as Adult-Sex Dating for mentioning “easy hookup of vaccuum hoses”. Trust me, if you’re driving a Cutlass, you’re not going to hookup easy.
Who knew car repair was such a dirty business?