fuel and the RV8|
What is ethanol, where does it come from, why do
we have to use it, are the myths true, what might be affected on a classic car
like an RV8, what can or must we do, and where can we get replacement parts like
fuel hose and clips? These were the key questions Nic Houslip covered in
his talk at the V8 Anniversary Day held on 18th May 2013 for MGV8 enthusiasts.
fuel and the MGBGTV8
The talk by Tony Lake aimed to bust
some of the E10 myths with data, look at why ethanol is used in motor fuel, discuss
alternative fuel hose materials and clamps, review water and ethanol issues and
look at some bench tests that have been carried out. His conclusions were: upgrade
all fuel hoses to E10 compatible from fuel tank to carburettor, don't use unbranded
hose, use good quality screw type hose clips, fill fuel tanks to the brim for
seasonal layups and share experiences with ethanol fuel on classic cars.
and review some of the handouts from the E10 presentations made by Nic Houslip
and Tony Lake and other useful
on ethanol fuel and the RV8 by Nic Houslip. Download
ethanol fuel and the MGBGTV8 by Tony Lake. Download
Fitting new fuel hose to
In this two page note Tony Lake has broken up the jobs into
bite sized pieces, just replacing hoses, fixing a banjo leak and finally fixing
an adaptor leak.
a copy of the note
Some of the sources
that Tony Lake finds pretty useful - they are data based and authoritative
A good starting point.
Information from the retail perspective.
Bob Glicksman report on ethanol and I.C. engines.
Gates automotive product catalogues and technical data.
water phase separation story from EPA in the USA.
Motor gasoline technical review - a very good read.
changing the fuel hoses now, rather than waiting for E10 to become available,
is worth doing|
Encouraging feedback from the V8 members who attended the
talks on the topical subject of E10 fuel and MGV8s at the V8 Anniversary Day indicates
they felt Nic and Tony focused on the real issues of concern for a classic car
owner and their talks were useful. Nic Houslip reflected after the event
saying "I think it was well worthwhile doing the presentations and it was
clear from the responses of the audience that we had hit home, which is particularly
rewarding to the presenter. Tony Lake (the other presenter on the E10 topic) and
I discussed the E10 situation just before we left and came to the conclusion that
the review of E10 on MGV8s made at the V8 Anniversary Day is the starting point
and that we should maintain communication between interested members to see how
the matter progresses. Notwithstanding that, I think it might be worthwhile suggesting,
particularly to MGBV8 members that changing the fuel hoses now, rather than
waiting for E10 to become available, is a good thing on cars which can be up to
40 years old and have not had a change of fuel hose."
ethanol compatible replacement fuel hose
As soon as we have any
news of specialist spares and service traders offering branded ethanol compatible
replacement fuel hose for the MGBGTV8 and RV8 models we will release that as a
NEWS item on the V8 website.
concerns with classic MGs
See our information gateway with a
listing of all the earlier articles on biofuel topics available on the V8 website.