spares & servicing for V8 enthusiasts
Where can I find the contacts for a particular V8 specialist or trader?
Where can I find V8 spares or specialist services?
Where are the V8 specialists and traders located?

The V8LIFELINE is a listing based on reports from fellow V8 members in the UK, mainland Europe and overseas of V8 specialists providing good quality maintenance and spares services for V8 enthusiasts with MGBGTV8s or MG RV8s. If you feel fellow V8 members would welcome details of a V8 services or spares specialist you have found provided helpful support and services and feel could be added to the listing on the V8LIFELINE, then do send an email with details of the specialist to the V8 Registrar . Equally if you have concerns with the services provided by any of the specialists listed below then please let us have details so any listing can be reviewed. You can see the details you will need to send by
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V8LIFELINE - where can I find the contacts for a particular V8 specialist or trader?
Abingdon Car RestorationsSteventon, OxfordshireMG restorations/bodywork & service
AMF Vehicle RepairsCannock, StaffordshireMG servicing & bodywork repairs
Andover UpholsteryAndover, HampshireUpholstery, hood and rear screen repairs
Alloy ArtRochford, EssexWheel restoration
Andrew Brock Classic Bulb SuppliesLondon SE19Replacement halogen bulbs
Andrew TurnerGrantham, LincolnshireSU carburettor service specialist
Andy Jennings MG SparesCurbridge, Hampshire Secondhand MG spares
AutocareHighbridge, SomersetRV8 reimporter
Autocraft TokyoTokyo, JapanMG servicing
Auto Electrics RedditchRedditch, Worcestershire Engine management & diagnostics and alternators
Automobile Locksmith Peterborough, CambridgeshireRepairs to electronic key fobs
The Barn (Abingdon Sports Cars)Southampton, HampshireMG servicing, MGV8 sales & parts
Beech Hill GarageReading, BerkshireMG servicing, MGV8 sales & parts
Berkshire RadiatorsReading, Berkshire Radiator recore services
BHB EngineeringSouthampton, HampshireMG servicing
Breco Vehicle ServicesLoughborough, Leicestershire Trim clips, fasteners and fixings
British Car Cottage IndustriesCanadaNon commercial parts & services
British Motor HeritageWitney, Oxfordshire Bodyshell & panel manufacturer
Brost ForgeLondon N7Car springs & tempering
Brown & GammonsBaldock, HertfordshireMG servicing, MGV8 sales & parts
Burghfield Starter Motor & AlternatorsReading, BerkshireStarter motors & alternators
BurlenSalisbury, WiltshireSU fuel systems parts
Chapman & CliffWynbunbury, CheshireWoodtrim restoration
ChequersLondon, SE20Custom made hoods
Classic & Sportscar ConsultantsBuckinghamshireMGV8 sales
Clayton ClassicsWarwickshireAuto air conditioning
Clive WheatleyWolverhampton, West MidlandsMG servicing, MGV8 sales & parts
Cleevewood GarageDownend, AvonMGV8 sales
Corten-Miller Performance CentreFriskney, Boston, Lincolnshire
Vehicle servicing & diagnostics
Cox & Perry
Norwich, NorfolkMG servicng & MGV8 sales
Creative Tax DiscsBarnsley, South YorkshireReplica paper tax discs
Distributor DoctorWiveliscombe, Taunton, SomersetRefurbishing Lucas distributors
Dreadnaught GarageCalander, Scotland MG servicing
European Exhaust & Catalyst HampshireReplacement catalytic converters
Entune 200 GarageManchesterServising MGs and bodywork
Fisher Services SydenhamLondon SE26MG servicing
Former GloryPostcombe, Thame, OxfordshireMG sales
H & H Ignition SolutionsBrierley Hill, West MidlandsDistributor rebuilds & servicing
Halls GarageMorton, Bourne, LincolnshireMG servicing & restorations
Hardy Engineering Leatherhead, Surrey Gearbox, differentials & overdrives
HillsaliveMiddleton, Watwickshire Fitted luggage for MGV8s
Hollands of CannockCannock, StaffordshireCeased providing V8 services
Hoyle EngineeringLower Sydenham, London SE26Front/rear suspension upgrade kits
HS ImportsStreet, SomersetCeased providing V8 services
Jay ElectricsSurbiton, SurreyStarter motors & alternators
JE EngineeringCoventry, WarwickshireV8 engine builders & suppliers
JR V8Ballymena, Northern IrelandV8 engine builder and parts supplier
Andy Jennings Curbridge, Hampshire Secondhand MG spares
LepsonsGillingham, KentAlloy wheel refurbishers
The Open RoadSherbourne, Warwickshire Classic car hire
Manor Car StorageSaffron Walden, EssexSecure classic car storage
MechspecWiseton, South YorkshireUsed MGB & V8 parts
Mediterranean ClassicsTarragona, SpainMG servicing
Meguro TavernTokyo, JapanPub for V8 enthusiasts
MG Car CentreLaunceston, TasmaniaMG servicing
MG ImportsLoganholme, AustraliaRV8 importer
MG Mecca
East Harling, NorfolkMG servicing
MG Rover (after sales dept)Longbridge, Birmingham
Ceased providing V8 services
Micheldever Tyre & Auto ServicesNear Winchester, HampshireTyre supplier & fitter
Midland Magneto Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Auto electrics
Mill Bridge GarageFarnham, SurreyMG servicing
Moonface Classic RestorationRotherwick, HampshireMG restoration & bodywork
Moss EuropeHampton, MiddlesexMG parts supplier
Moss EuropeBranches in UKMG parts supplier
Motor Wheel Service International Langley, BerkshireDunlop V8 wheel refurbishment
National Mobile WindscreensNational coverage, UKReplacement V8/RV8 windscreens
Novatech Chassis Dyno Slough, Berkshire Dyno engine tuning
Overdrive Repair Services (Sheffield)Sheffield, South Yorkshire Overdrive spares & servicing
Past PartsBury St Edmunds, SuffolkSpecialist parts supplier
Paul A Depper MGsCannock, StaffordshireMG servicing
Paul Mackley EngineeringNottinghamClassic car servicing
PJM Motors Market Drayton, ShropshireQuality replacement seats and trim
Powerflow Exhausts Exeter, Devon Classic Car exhaust systems
LV EngineeringHampstead, London NW6MG servicing
RBS Property MarkingGravesend, KentDash cam supplier
RevotecWallingford, OxfordshireBespoke cooling fan kits
Richard Wade Artwork & EtchingsMarket Drayton, ShropshireArtwork & etchings for classic car enthusiasts
Roath GarageRoath, Cardiff, South GlamorganMG servicing
Rimmer BrosBracebridge Heath, LincolnshireMG parts supplier
RPI EngineeringNorwich, NorfolkV8 engine builders & suppliers
R&S CoachbuiltsBlackheath, London SE3Sunroof installations & parts
RV8 Cars AustraliaGranville NSW, AustraliaRV8 importer
S&T Electro-Plate
Yate, BristolReplating classic car parts
Segal (Motor Trimming)Salford, Manchester Dot fastners for hoods
Seven-StarKobe-Shi, JapanPub for V8 enthusiasts
Shoulder of MuttonHazeley Heath, HampshirePub for V8 enthusiasts
Solent WheelsNear Romsey, HampshireWheel refurbisher
Spanners GarageBromley, Kent MGV8 servicing
Spit & PolishTonbridge, KentAlloy wheel refurbisher
R.J. SpratleyStourbridge, West MidlandsWheel refurbisher
Spry (Tony Spry) West YorkshireReconditioning leather seats & trim
Sterling Stainless Steel ExhaustsGwynedd, WalesExhaust system supplier
Steve RoffeyHarlow, EssexAlternator repairs
Star InnSulgrave, NorthamptonshirePub for V8 enthusiasts
Surrey Sports and ClassicsRipley, SurreyMG servicing & restoration
Tamar Valley Motoring Centre CornwallMG servicing and spares
The Tap & Die CompanyLondon N15Taps, dies & drills supplier
Tony Spry West Yorkshire Reconditioning leather seats & trim
Trident GaragesOttershaw, SurreyMG servicing
UroglasBromsgrove, West MidlandsReplacement V8/RV8 windscreens
V8 ConversionsFarnborough, KentMG servicing & restorations
V8 DevelopmentsSpalding, LincolnshireV8 engine builders & suppliers
West End ClassicsSomersham, Cambridgeshire MGV8 sales
Wood-AutoHuddersfield, Yorkshire AC DELCO alternator spares & servicing
ZircotecAbingdon, OxfordshireCeramic coatings for exahust components
V8LIFELINE updated: 170319
V8LIFELINE - where can I find V8 spares or specialist services?
Air conditioning
Clayton Classics

Artwork & etchings for classic car enthusiasts
Richard Wade Artwork & Etchings

Alternator servicing & parts

Auto Electrics Redditch
Burghfield Starter Motor & Alternators
Midland Magneto
Steve Roffey
Wood-Auto

Back axle rebuilds
Hardy Engineering

Bodyshell & panel manufacturer
British Motor Heritage

Bulbs, replacements & halogen
Andrew Brock Classic Bulb Supplies

Car springs & services
Brost Forge

Replacement catalytic converters
European Exhaust & Catalyst

Classic car hire
The Open Road

Classic car storage services
Manor Car Storage

Cooling fan upgrade kits
Revotec

Dash camcorders
RBS Property Marking

Distributor servicing and rebuilds
Distributor Doctor
H & H Ignition Solutions

Dyno engine tuning
Novatech Chassis Dyno

Engine diagnostics specialist
Brown & Gammons
Corten-Miller Performance Centre

Engine builders and suppliers
JE Engineering
JR V8
RPI

Exhaust systems supplier
Powerflow Exhausts
Sterling Stainless Steel Exhausts
Zircotec exhaust coatings

Gearbox rebuilds
Hardy Engineering
JR V8

Hoods, custom made
Andover Upholstery
Chequers

PJM Motors
Segal Motor Trimmings

Importing or reimporting RV8s
Autocare
Classic & Sportscar Consultants
Clive Wheatley
MG Imports
RV8 Cars Australia

Key fob repairs (electronic)
Automobile Locksmith

Luggage (fitted)
Hillsalive

Overdrive parts & servicing
Hardy Engineering
Overdrive Repair Services (Sheffield)

Parts supplier - MGV8
The Barn (Abingdon Sports Cars)
Beech Hill Garage
British Car Cottage Industries
Brown & Gammons
Clive Wheatley
Keith Baylis RV8 Service
Moss Europe
Rimmer Bros
Tamar Valley Motoring Centre

Parts supplier - specialist
Andy Jennings
Breco Vehicle Services
Burlen
Keith Baylis RV8 Service
Past Parts

Mechspec

Pubs for V8 enthusiasts
Meguro Tavern
Seven-Star
Shoulder of Mutton
Star Inn

Radiator recore services
Berkshire Radiators

Replating classic car parts
S&T Electro-Plate

Restorations & bodywork
Abingdon Car Restorations
AMF Vehicle Repairs
Beech Hill Garage
Brown & Gammons
Clive Wheatley
Halls Garage
Moonface Classic Restoration
Surrey Sports and Classics
Tamar Valley Motoring Centre
Sales MGV8s
Abingdon Car Restorations
The Barn (Abingdon Sports Cars)
Beech Hill Garage
Brown & Gammons
Classic & Sportscar Consultants
Clive Wheatley
Cleevewood Garage
Cox & Perry
Former Glory
Halls Garage
West End Classics

Servicing MGV8s

Abingdon Car Restorations
AMF Vehicle Repairs
Autocraft Tokyo
The Barn (Abingdon Sports Cars)
Beech Hill Garage
BHB Engineering
Brown & Gammons
Clive Wheatley
Corten-Miller Performance Centre
Dreadnaught Garage
Entune 2000 Garage
Fisher Services Sydenham
Halls Garage
Mediterranean Classics
MG Car Centre
MG Mecca
Mill Bridge Garage
Paul A Depper MGs
Paul Mackley
LV Engineering
Roath Garage
Spanners Garage
Surrey Sports and Classics
Tamar Valley Motoring Centre
Trident Garages

Starter motor sevicing & parts
Auto Electrics Redditch
Burghfield Starter Motor & Alternators
Jay Electrics
Midland Magneto

Suspension upgrades
Hoyle Suspension

Sunroof instalations & parts
R&S Coachbuilts

SU fuel system parts & servicing
Andrew Turner
Burlen

Taps, dies & drills

The Tap & Die Company

Tax discs (replica paper tax discs)
Creative Tax Discs

Trim and seats
PJM Motors
Tony Spry

Tyre supplier & fitter
Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services

Upholstery repairs
Andover Upholstery
Tony Spry

V8 conversions
Brown & Gammons
Clive Wheatley
Halls Garage
V8 Conversions

V8 engine builders & suppliers

JE Engineering
RPI Engineering
V8 Developments

Wheel refurbishers
Alloy Art
Lepsons
Motor Wheel Service International
Solent Wheels
Spit & Polish
R.J. Spratley

Windscreen glass replacements
National Mobile Windscreens
Uroglas

Woodtrim restoration
Chapman & Cliff
Tony Spry

Useful listing of MG services, parts suppliers and workshops

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V8LIFELINE - individual entries
They are in a random order as they have been received over the years!

Brown & Gammons
Provides comprehensive maintenance and spares services for the RV8. Also has RV8s in stock from time to time, including examples reimported from Japan. Brown & Gammons are familiar with the checks and alterations that need to be made to RV8s reimported from Japan. A fast mail order service is available, worldwide. Member of the MG Car Club's "Trade Member Scheme". Brown & Gammons has been awarded the MG Rover Approved Garage status. Ron Gammons commented "we met the same demanding standards as MG Dealers for quality of service facilities and can now do warranty work on Rover Group cars". He was particularly pleased to be the first non-MG Dealer garage in Europe to receive the designation.
Brown & Gammons also have taken on the RV8 spares operation from MG Rover - see our RV8 spares deal report.
Brown & Gammons
18 High Street
Baldock
Hertfordshire SG7 6AS
Tel: 01462 490049
Fax: 01462 896167
www.ukmgparts.com
sales@ukmgparts.com


B&G brochure
Report from: Bryan Ditchman and many other members.

Moss Europe
Provides a comprehensive spares and parts service for MGV8 enthusiasts from a regional network of Moss outlets around the UK. They provide free parts catalogues in the UK and for a modest postal charge in the rest of the European Union and overseas. Moss has a first class mail order service for customers in the UK and overseas. Parts, accessories and tools for the MGB and MGBGTV8 models. From spire nuts to body shells for restoration, maintenance or performance we stock over 45,000 parts for MGB other MGs as well as Triumph, MX-5, Classic Mini, Morris Minor, Sprite & Midget Early & Late, Spitfire and more!
Moss Europe, Ltd is one of the founding companies of the British classic car parts industry, having started in the mid 1970's. With four branches in London, Bristol, Bradford, Manchester and parts available in store, over the phone, on the website, via email or fax you can buy whatever you want, whenever you want it. Fast, reliable shipping worldwide For the latest details of the Moss Europe retail outlets, click Moss Europe.
Moss London
Unit 16
Hampton Farm Industrial Estate
Hanworth
Hampton Road West
Middlesex TW13 6DB
Tel: 0208 867 2020
Tel: 0208 867 2103 Customer Services
Freefone orderline: 0500 479299
sales@moss-europe.co.uk
Branches in Bradford, Bristol and Manchester plus a wholesale department.
For contacts see the Moss Europe Retail & Trade Branches webpage.

Reports from many members as a reliable supplier of a comprehensive range of MGV8 parts - not just the popular items that some of the "cherry-picking" parts suppliers hold.

LV Engineering
Provides servicing and maintenance for RV8s together with mechanical, electrical and bodywork. Also offers an independent inspection and valuation services. Workshops are conveniently near West Hampstead underground station.

LV Engineering
11 West Hampstead Mews
London NW6 3BB
Tel: 0207 624 4588
Fax: 0207 328 1516
l.v.eng@anglesint.demon.co.uk


LV Engineering has been a regular supporter of the V8 Register for over 20 years.

RPI Engineering
Provides Rover MGBV8 rebuilds, new V8 engines (3.5 to 5.2 litres), Optimax & Tornado ECU mapping for MGBV8s and RV8s, Weber 500 carburettor kits and high torque cam kits. The definitive Rover V8 website - truly amazing.

RPI Engineering
Wayside Garage
Holt Road
Horsford
Norwich NR10 3EE
Tel: 01603 891209
Fax: 01603 890330
rpi@rpiv8.com
www.v8engines.com

Report from Bryan Diitchman (RV8 Caribbean Blue 0269).

Clive Wheatley mgv8parts
Reimports RV8s - call to check out his present stock of RV8s. He also provides and full spares and servicing facilities for the RV8 model. Provides full servicing, mechanical rebuilds and V8 conversions. Supplies V8 parts for maintaining MGBGTV8s including gearbox laygears for the MGBGTV8 and rocker covers and parts needed for MGBV8 conversions. Clive also services MGBV8s and MG RV8s and is a convenient specialist for members in the West Midlands. Clive has recently moved his operation from Wolverhampton to freshly refurbished workshops in the Shropshire countryside. The new premises are in specially converted outbuildings adjacent to a country house just 7 miles slightly west of Wolverhampton, near the village of Worfield off the A454.
  
Clive Wheatley mgv8parts
High Grosvenor Workshops
Worfield
Bridgnorth
Shropshire WV15 5PG
Tel: 01746 710810
Fax: 01746 710999
sales@mgv8parts.com
www.mgv8parts.com
Reports from many members. Clive Wheatley is a longstanding member of the V8 Register who has specialised in sourcing MGBV8 parts which are in short supply. Ian Cranston (Flame Red 0342) reported he was impressed with Clive's service and knowledge and has booked his RV8 in for a second visit. He says "although Wolverhampton is not exactly handy from Worcestershire, I was very impressed with Clive's service and knowledge and hence consider the time and distance well worth the effort".

HS Imports - no longer reimporting RV8s
HS Imports is one of the leading RV8 reimporters in the UK and one members consistently report "are good people to deal with".
HS Imports
45 Somerton Road
Street
Somerset BA16 0DW
Tel: 01458 441543
Fax: 01458 441543
Mob: 07773 726969
mgimports@aol.com
www.hsimports.com
HS Imports has been repatriating RV8s from Japan for over eight years now. Chris Watkins runs the firm and previously lived in Japan for many years where he acted as buyer for several private and trade clients in the UK. For the past three years he has been back in the UK importing and selling RV8s and other reimports direct to enthusiasts. He makes it his aim to supply only top grade cars at very fair prices. His sale price is based on the Japanese auction price of each car. Recently Chris has downscaled his operation to deal exclusively in RV8s and he now operates his business from his home in Somerset but offers no less a service - in fact the attention paid to each RV8 and client surpasses the norm. HS Imports' cars are not "dressed up" and buyers always get to see the cars exactly as they arrive from Japan before preparation is started. That preparation always includes any minor cosmetics the buyer might wish to have done - most notably a replacement set of elm bur trims inside the car if the original veneer has started to ripple. This does not affect the price. Most of their sales are made before the cars reach the UK by providing customers with a full description and a digital photograph of each vehicle together with a money-back guarantee where a deposit has been paid. HS Imports bears all the costs of putting the car on the road in the UK without increasing the pre-agreed sale price once the deposit is paid. Therefore if on arrival in the UK the car requires new tyres or mechanical attention, HS Imports provides it all. Recommendation: Many members have spoken well of Chris Watkins including Mark Seagrove (Woodcote Green 1070) from Avon and Keith Rowson (Oxford Blue 1764) from Hertfordshire who report a good service and note Chris is a pleasant person to deal with.

Mill Bridge Garage
Provides full servicing for MGBs and MGBV8s but not set up for tuning RV8s. This friendly garage is run by an MG Car Club member, Peter Stabb.


Mill Bridge Garage
Mill Bridge
Frensham
Farnham
Surrey GU10 3AB
Tel: 01252 793905

Report from: Bryan Ditchman (RV8 Caribbean Blue 0265) reports a very helpful service.

Swain & Jones
Report from David Smith that they have closed earlier in 2016.

Burghfield Starter Motor & Alternator Centre
Dave Hall runs this operation providing professional rebuilds of V8 starter motors and alternators.
Burghfield Starter Motor & Alternator Centre
Unit 2 - The Forge
Reading Road
Burghfield Common
Reading
Berkshire RG7 3BL
Tel: 0118 983 2284
Burghfield Starter Motor & Alternator Centre
Report from Bryan Ditchman and from Victor Smith who recently had three old AC Delco alternators refurbished there. Now finding Burghfield Starters can be a little challenging but the simplest route is to leave the M4 at J12 near Theale and head East on the old A4 into Reading and then after about two miles you pass the "Welcome to Reading" sign and a pub called the Horncastle. You then come upon a set of traffic lights at a junction. Turn sharp right for Burghfield. After little more than a mile the road narrows and you cross a narrow bridge over the Kennett and Avon canal and then you cross over the M4. Just follow the road for some five miles or so. Along a 30mph section of road with housing either side, you will see a Q8 petrol station on the RHS, sometimes called the Forge Garage. Burghfield Starter Motor & Alternators have a small workshop behind that filling station which you can reach in the car through a narrow entrance. There is a parking space outside their workshop which has a door painted bright blue (see above). Their website has a link to a very useful map of the local area. (June 2005)
Victor Smith had a couple of spare AC DELCO alternators checked and found them as helpful as ever. (July 2008)
See also our detailed route maps


The Barn (Abingdon Sports Cars Limited)
This friendly and highly recommended garage only deals with MGs. They offer sales, service and restoration services for all MGs including MGBV8s and MG RV8s and usually have one or two V8s for sale. Contact director Martin Cawte who is also the local Abingdon Centre natter leader (2nd Tuesday of the month) at the Cricketers at Curbridge near Botley in Hampshire.

The Barn
Culverlands Corner
Shedfield
Southampton SO32 2JF
Tel: 01329 835393


Report from Nigel Steward (V8 Glacier White 1034).

BHB Engineering
MG specialists covering all models of MG including MGBV8s and MG RV8s. Derek Baker has had an RV8 (Woodcote Green 1032) and welcomes fellow V8 enthusiasts.

BHB Engineering
22-28 Onslow Road
Southampton
Hampshire SO14 0JG
Tel: 02380 220182
Fax: 02380 220170
bhb@onslow-rd.freeserve.co.uk
www.bhbeng.co.uk


BHB has been an MGCC Trade member for some 25 years with a fine reputation in MGA rebuilds.

Beech Hill Garage
A family business run by William and Louise de la Riviere who took over from William's parents Ted and Sally in 2001. The business has been working the Octagon at Beech Hill for over 30 years. With Mike, John and Andy in the workshops and Alun behind the parts counter you are assured of good, friendly service and the opportunity to discuss your mechanical and servicing problems directly with the workshop staff. Experience with MGV8s, RV8s, MG/ZT V8s has increased over the years and all aspects of V8 servicing and maintenance are dealt with in-house including the MG Rover Testbook Diagnostics work. Beech Hill Garage is located to the south of Reading, about three miles south of the M4 J11 in the village of Beech Hill.
Beech Hill Garage
Beech Hill
Reading
Berkshire RG7 2 AL
Tel: 0118 988 4774 or 0118 988 5774
Fax: 0118 988 5774
beech@mgcars.org.uk
www.beechhillgarage.com

Report from: Bryan Ditchman knows the Rivieres well and has found their support and service invaluable.

Roadster Sports Limited reported to have closed
They specialise in MGs of all ages including MGBV8s and MG RV8s. On a recent visit, they had 22 cars in the yard ranging from a new shell they were building up to cars for sale. RV8s are a special interest as John Yea worked with the production team for the RV8, drives one himself and has one in racing form, although he is not racing it at present.

Roadster Sports Limited
Old Station Yard
Marton
Warwickshire CV23 9RU
Tel: 01926 633663
Fax: 01926 633666
Recommendation: Peter James (Woodcote Green 1022) says "I have had my RV8 into Roadsters at Marton for a few minor jobs and would like to add them to the list of RV8 service specialists". 
Abingdon Car Restorations
Provides full workshop facilities, servicing and tuning, V8 conversions and new builds, full and part restorations, resprays, MOT preparation and underseal and Waxoyl service. Abingdon Car Restorations is a member of the MG Car Club's "Trade Member Scheme". Run by Steve Illing who has been operating as an MG specialist for many years.


Abingdon Car Restorations
Abingdon Road
Steventon
Abingdon-on-Thames
Oxfordshire OX13 6RW
Tel: 01235 833970
Fax: 01235 833970


This specialist did all the body and paintwork on the restorations for the late Geoff Allenhe carried out for his customers prior to his retirement. Among the MGBV8s they worked on were the V8s owned by David Biddle (Chartreuse 2839), Ted Lay (Tundra 0946), Andy Harding (Damask 4006) and the John Gay (Chartreuse 2886).

Moonface Classic Restoration
James Phillips runs this MG and classic cars restoration specialist who provides full body restorations, servicing and repairs, resprays and touch-ups, and panels and spares.


Moonface Classic Restoration
Unit E1 Bunkers Hill Industrial Estate
Rotherwick
Hampshire RG27 9DA
Tel: 01256 762624
Fax: 01256 762624
moonface@cwcom.net
www.moonfacerestorations.co.uk


Report from Bryan Ditchman - in mid 2002 he was having his 200,000 miles MGBGTV8 restored there. Mark Alesbury says "the standard of work on both my car and on other vehicles I have seen whilst visiting Moonface is excellent".

AutoCraft Tokyo
Autocraft have moved to larger premises in Tokyo close to Tennozu Isle and Shinagawa Stations (15 mins walk from each). In addition to specialising in MG, Rover and Land Rover, they are an authorised Bosch service centre and agents for Overfinch. The new larger workshop also includes a body and paintshop. Ohashi san is the owner and Mrs Ohashi speaks good English; nice people and excellent service.

Autocraft
3-9-39 Kounan
Minato-ku
Tokyo 108-0075
Tel: 03 5460 2055
Fax: 03 5460 2056
Email: tokyo@autocraft.co.jp
Website: www.autocraft.co.jp


Report from from David Boniface (28.7.06). Peter Cohen (BRG Metallic 1109) reports "AutoCraft provides a good spares service for MG RV8s and MGFs". They helped Peter get a replacement from wheel bearing in 2000.

Seven-Star
Seven-Star is the local MG Rover dealer in Kobe City in Japan which provides service and parts for the MG RV8.

Seven-Star
4-8-10 Sumiyoshi Higashi Machi
Higashi Nada-Ku
Kobe-Shi
Japan 658-0052
Tel: +81 78 821 0999
Fax: +81 78 821 6466
e-mail/website not known


Report from Lance Bennett (Oxford Blue 1595) who says Seven-Star is "expensive but the mechanics are knowledgeable and diligent".

RV8 Cars Australia Pty Limited
26 Cowper Street
Granville NSW
Australia
Tel: 612 9637 6204
Fax: 612 9637 0199
www.rv8cars.com.au


Report from Bruce Webster reports that the owners of RV8 Cars are both ex Presidents and ex MGB registrars of the MG Car Club Sydney and really know all about modern MGs.

MG Imports
PO Box 3787
Loganholme QLD 4129
Australia
Tel: 0418 786 214
Fax: 617 3208 4823


Bruce Webster comments that he doesn't know a great deal about this Company but many of the RV8s imported to Australia are "complied" by the Company.

West End Classics
Keith Evans runs this RV8 specialist which trades in hand picked, first class low mileage RV8s. All RV8s are thoroughly checked over and any work carried out before delivery. The business was established in 1972, is family owned and run by enthusiasts.

West End Classics
West End Garage
129-130 High Street
Somersham
Cambridgeshire PE28 3EN
Tel: 01487 842085
Fax: 01487 843142
keith@wec.uk.com
www.westendclasssics.co.uk

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Shoulder of Mutton on Hazeley Heath
A warm welcome awaits V8 enthusiasts at this rural pub. The Shoulder of Mutton was regular location for V8 Gatherings in the first ten years of the V8 Register and over the last four years has been revived by Bryan Ditchman who lives nearby. V8 enthusiasts can refuel here from a wide choice of real ales and an attractive menu from the dining room or bar snacks. In warm weather the large garden is an attractive place to relax with friends. The Shoulder of Mutton is located on Hazeley Heath just a few yards west of the B3011 from Hartley Wintney (near Hook close to the M3) to Reading to the north. As you approach Hazeley Heath, you will see clear signs for the Shoulder of Mutton directing you to a small road which drops down from the main road and loops past the pub. There is ample car parking. For a map and directions, click here.
Shoulder of Mutton
Hazeley Heath
Hartley Wintney
Hampshire RG27 8NB
Tel: 0118 932 6272
  Report from Bryan Ditchman who is a regular as it is his local.

The Star Inn at Sulgrave
An attractive stone built pub with a warm welcome offering Hook Norton real ales and an excellent menu in both the dining room and bar. It has a quiet garden for fine summer evenings and ample car parking. Over the years it has become the traditional venue for an informal supper for V8 enthusiasts on the Friday evening of the MG Car Club's annual International MG Weekend Meeting. The Star is located in the centre of Sulgrave, an attractive village some 9 miles south west of Silverstone. It also offers limited accommodation which is convenient for Silverstone. For a map and directions, click here.

The Star Inn
Sulgrave
Northamptonshire
Tel: TBA


Many V8 enthusiasts enjoy this relaxed pub and its fine ales and good food.

The Open Road - Classic Car Hire
The Open Road have a small fleet of British classic cars for self drive hire - among them two MGs, a 1969 MGB Roadster and a 1993 MG RV8. So if you are thinking about buying an RV8 and want to see how they drive or whether you could live with one before handing over your hard earned cash, then hire one for a day. Or take the MGB and the RV8 out over the same weekend to compare them back to back. The RV8 we have available is in Woodcote Green, a reimported Japanese model with air conditioning. It has done less than 12,000 miles before coming back to the UK and is in excellent condition. The MGB is a 1969 car in Tartan Red with black leather reclining seats and is in excellent condition too. There are only about 400 RV8s in the UK and we believe ours is the only one available for hire so it offers you a unique opportunity to drive one!

Between 1993 and 1995, MG built a limited edition of around 2,000 RV8s which are based on a modified version of the Heritage body shell of the MGB Roadster and fitted with a 3.9 litre fuel injected version of the Rover V8 engine mated to a five speed gearbox. The brakes and suspension were uprated to cope with the extra power. The interior specification includes seats and door panels in cream leather and door cappings and a dashboard in burr Elm. If you wish to see how the RV8 compares with either the MGB Roadster or our V8 powered Triumph Stag, then we are offering special weekend rates when you can have one car for the Saturday and another for the Sunday. If you want to take advantage of this offer then call us and we will fit you in. But be quick as there are only a finite number of weekends! To see the RV8, have a look at our website.

If you are considering buying an MG RV8 why not "drive one before you buy one!".
The Open Road - Classic Car Hire
Avon Lodge
Watery Lane
Sherbourne
Warwickshire CV35 8AL
Tel: 01926 624891
Fax: 01926 624891
openroad1@attglobal.net
www.theopenroad.co.uk

Mediterranean Classics
Erik Jeffrey (Woodcote Green 1457) used to run SC Parts Group in the UK which was sold in 2001 and now has a specialist classic car venture in Tarragona in Catalunya specialising in Austin Healey, Jaguar, MG, Triumph and Minis. He has good workshop facilities and a good general stock of spares with a substantial amount of MGB components. V8 Register members are invited to call in if they are in that part of Spain.

Mediterranean Classics
Apartat de Correus 14
43893 Altafulla
Tarragona
Catalunya
Spain
Tel: 0034 977 652147
Fax: 0034 977 650316
Mob: 0034 676 4 47195
erikfeffery@hotmail.com

The Meguro Tavern in Tokyo
The Meguro Tavern was established by a small group of middle-aged expats in 1998 and is now the premier British pub in Tokyo. It caters for the needs of both locals and expats who seek an up-market pub-restaurant of the style familiar back home. Great food, ambiance and repartee around the bar. MG enthusiasts find a pleasant mix of like minded people led by Colin Shea, Japan's resident MG RV8 hunter.


The Meguro Tavern
2F Sunwood Meguro Bldg
1-3-28 Shimo Meguro
Meguro-Ku
Tokyo
Tel: +81 03 3779 0280
www.themegurotavern.com
garth@themegurotavern.com

Report from David Boniface who meets fellow MG enthusiasts there regularly along with three or four other RV8 owners that he has supplied with an RV8 or has met there by chance. It has all the atmosphere, beer and food you get back home and he says "I would strongly urge visitors to Tokyo to drop in, especially if they love MGs!". Garth, one of the owners of the tavern, says Old Speckled Hen will soon be available!

MG Car Centre
Gavin Brown (Woodcote Green 0693) runs the MG Car Centre in Tasmania and import RV8s to Australia. All cars are "ADR complied" and can be delivered anywhere in Australia. The "ADR compliance" means the RV8s have a compliance licence confirming modifications have been carried out so the vehicle conforms with the Australia Design Rules. These measures are to regulate the market and protect the Australia car market from "grey" imports. The MG Car Centre provides a full servicing and spare parts service for RV8s and MGBV8s. They have supplied a number of RV8s to customers downunder and can provide customer testimonials if requested.

The MG Car Centre
2-10 Herbert Street
Invermay
Launceston
Tasmania
Australia 7250
Tel: +61 (0) 418 133494
Fax: +61 (0) 3 6334 9546
nothing_but_the_best@hotmail.com

V8 Developments
Rover V8 specialists - all aspects of Rover V8 engines from tuning to fault diagnosis, from engine performance upgrades to brand new custom built long engines. Ray Webb has 20 years of experience working exclusively with Rover V8 engines from 3.5 litres through to supercharged 5.3 litres race engines. V8 Developments offer consultancy and engineering, fabrication and engine fitting into TVR, MGB, Rover SD1, Westfield, Dax and many other kit cars. They build engines for many of the leading V8 installers and offer help and advice to many more. Cylinder head porting by Paul Goodenough of TVR and Jaguar fame.

V8 Developments
Cobwebs Farm
Swale Bank
Gosberton Westhorpe
Spalding
Lincolnshire PE11 4LG
Tel: 01775 750000
Fax: 01775 750005
ray@v8developments.co.uk
www.v8developments.co.uk


Report from Richard Parker (V8 BRG 3028) from Derbyshire who says "I have always been treated well and have found them most helpful".

MG Rover - after sales department
The after sales department was based at Cowley for many years until the reoganisation of the Rover Group by BMW when Cowley became the new Mini factory. The after sales team relocated to Longbridge where the department now resides.


MG Rover Group
Technical Publications
After Sales Department
PO Box 41
Longbridge
Birmingham B31 2TB
www.mg-rover.com
info@mg-rover.com
Customer hotline for general enquiries 08459 251 251
Customer Helpdesk 0845 456 0301


JE Engineering
The V8 engine specialists who very rapidly identified the sensor faults causing the engine misfire on Peter James' RV8 and put them right. See RV8 Workshop Note 130 in Volume 5 for the note on his experiences. Roger Parker knows them well and confirms they are specialists with V8 engines and engine management systems. Roy Burrell was the person who helped Peter James.

JE Engineering
Siskin Drive
Coventry CV3 4FJ
Tel: 02476 305018.

Report from Peter James (RV8 Woodcote Green 1022) from Warwickshire is pleased to propose JE Engineering to fellow members and Roger Parker supports that view.

MG Mecca
MG Mecca provide servicing, spares, restorations and conversions for MGBs, MGBGTV8s and RV8s. They have in-house facilities for restoration, engine rebuilds, welding, accident repair, paintshop, trim shop, panel beating, GRP lay-up and race preparation. MG Mecca have a very active car sales department and they quite often have an MGV8 available in stock.

MG Mecca
Unit 10, Collease Industrial Estate
East Harling
Norfolk
Tel: 01953 717618
Fax: 01953 717100
www.mgmecca.co.uk

Report from James King (RV8 Woodcote Green 0971) from Norfolk.

Trident Garages
Chris Banton (Guards Red 4010) has a V8 Roadster and is your contact at this useful MG Dealer in Surrey.

Trident Garage
Guildford Road
Ottershaw
Surrey
Tel: 01932 874411
Fax: 01932 874931
mg@tidentgarages.co.uk
www.tridentgarages.co.uk


Report from Brian Moyse (RV8 BRG 1714) from Surrey: "I used Trident Garages at Ottershaw in Surrey last October for a 24,000 service plus engine mount change and was satisfied with the service received, although the bill was a bit large mainly courtesy of the engine mount job. They look after five or six RV8s that they originally supplied to local enthusiasts, have a specialist RV8 technician and the necessary kit. The garage is on the A320 about 1.5 miles south of M25 junction 11 towards Woking, about 20 minutes from Heathrow. If you give them enough warning they will supply a free courtesy car, necessary in my case as the job eventually took three days!"

Hollands of Cannock - reported closed by Alex Timmins 7.12.06
Geoff Langley recommends this V8 specialist in Staffordshire.

Hollands of Cannock
Church Street
Bridgetown
Cannock
Staffordshire WS11 3DB
Tel: 01543 502929


Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services
A specialist supplier of tyres, batteries, exhaust systems and shock absorbers providing a very good service.
Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services
Micheldever Station
Winchester
Hampshire SO21 3AP
Tel: 01962 774437
Fax: 01962 774572
www.micheldever.co.uk
Report from Peter Kilmister (RV8), Dr Gavin Bailey (RV8) and Alan Kingwell (former V8 owner) as a place which provides a good service.

Corten-Miller Performance Centre
Although their operation will handle most aspects of motor vehicle engineering and servicing, their particular area of expertise lies in specialist diagnostics aimed at improving motor vehicle performance. They are agents for Weber, Lucas, Bosch, ASNU (specialist in injector diagnostics), Superchips (based in Buckingham) and deal with both fuel injected and normally aspirated engines

Corten-Miller Performance Centre
Eaudykes
Friskney
Boston
Lincolnshire
Tel: 01754 820341
cmpc@talk21.com


Report from John Corten-Miller and Phil Cooley of the Corten-Miller Performance Centre gave the contributor of RV8 Workshop Note 100 a great deal of help and advice in solving some diagnostic issues relating to his MG RV8. He says "I am more than happy to recommend their services".

Roath Garage
They have good experience with Rover V8 engines as they are a registered TVR servicer.

Roath Garage
Moy Road
Roath
Cardiff
South Glamorgan CF24 4TD
Tel: 02920 465374

Report from Aidan Dickson (Woodcote Green 2115) who noticed "there was little in the way of recommendations for servicing V8s in Wales so I thought I would send one in". Aidan has had his RV8 serviced there and feels they did an extremely good job. The person to contact is "Peter".

V8 Conversions
A long established specialist with V8 conversions run by Dave Vale.
V8 Conversions
123 High Street
Farnborough
Kent BR6 7AZ
Tel: 01689 858716
Fax: 01689 861211
v8conversions@mgcars.org.uk
V8 Conversions are well known for their knowledge and good work. They stock an extensive range of MGB body and mechanical parts, have a Worldwide mail order service, offer MGB and V8 servicing and supply V8 conversions and kits. They are an MG Car Club Trade Member. They are located south of Bromely (in the south east corner of Greater London), just off the A21 in the High Street in Farnborough village.

Solent Wheel Services
A specialist firm providing a repair and refubishment service for all wheels - modern alloys, classic wires and vintage.
Solent Wheel Services
Green Lane Farm
Green Lane
Ampfield
Romsey
Southampton
Hampshire SO51 9BN
Tel: 01794 367746
gilbertswheels@aol.com
www.solentwheels.co.uk

Report from Dr Gavin Bailey in his V8 Workshop Note 297on Winter wheels for the MGBGTV8 - see V8NOTE297.


Hall's Garage
Steve Hall has had considerable success in the BCV8 Championship and has a reputation for good quality engine and car preparation for the MGB and MGBGTV8.
Hall's Garage
Morton
Near Bourne
Lincolnshire PE10 0NS
Tel: 01778 570286
Fax: 01778 570540
steve@hallsgarage.co.uk
www.hallsgarage.co.uk
Report from Mike Taylor (White Gold 4290) from Lincolnshire had his MGB Roadster restored and had a V8 engine fitted by Steve Hall and his team at Halls Garage. It is finished in an RV8 colour.

National Mobile Windscreens
Phil Lomas, the Director and General Manager, runs a good operation which sells and fits glass for a wide range of modern and classic vehicles including MGs, Healeys and Bristols both direcly and through EBay - their user id is "glassseller". All Branches carry comprehensive stocks supported by daily deliveries from strategically placed Distribution Centres. All windscreens are supplied and fitted to Original Equipment standards using quality adhesives and materials. Some minor damage on windscreens, for example small stone chips outside the driver's vision area, may be repairable. National Mobile Windscreens respond to these jobs promptly and efficiently in order to ensure a minimum of inconvenience and vehicle downtime. They have a wide range of stock of these including heated rear windows; again all replacements are carried out to a high standard to ensure customer safety.

National Mobile Windscreens
National coverage UK
Tel: call free on 0800 373 171
www.mobilewindscreens.co.uk

Report from Dr Gavin Bailey (Glacier White 0199) had to find some replacement side galsses and a HRW and found the service from National Mobile Windscreens was excellent. Gavin found their service very helpful in sourcing some new Triplex-branded door glass with the right code numbers in them and a new Triplex heated rear screen.


Paul A Depper MGs
An established trader of MGs including MGBGTV8s and RV8s.
Paul A Depper MGs
Jubilee Garage
Watling Street
Norton Cannes
Cannock
Staffordshire WS11 3NA
Tel: 01543 376222
Fax: 01543 376333
Mob: 07836 678216
www.pauldeppermgs.com

The Tap & Die Company
A very useful source of taps, dies and drills.

The Tap & Die Company
445 West Green Road
London N15 3PL
Tel: 0208
www.tapdie.com

Report from Bob Own who says "Possibly well known to oily handed MGers but new to me - The Tap and Die Company - they have a huge range of all sorts of taps, dies and drills in every size and threadform you've ever heard of, and some that you've probably not. Excellent service and reasonable prices".


British Motor Heritage
British Motor Heritage Limited was established in 1975 to support owners and the marketplace by putting genuine components for classic British cars back into manufacture, using original tools wherever possible. Since 2001, when the company was acquired from BMW, it has been owned by the present directors who collectively had over 60 years experience with the former Rover Group. Parts are distributed through Heritage Approved Specialists

British Motor Heritage Limited
Body Plant
Range Road,
Cotswold Business Park
Witney
Oxfordshire OX29 0YB
Tel: +44 (0) 1993 707200
Fax: +44 (0) 1993 707222
info@bmh-ltd.com

www.bmh-ltd.com

Heritage Approved Specialists
John Yea, a director of BMH, races an RV8 and is a member of the V8 Register. He regularly contributes useful information on the availability of replacement parts available from BMH for the MGBGTV8 and MGBV8 conversions.

Rimmer Bros
Rimmer Bros, a long standing mail-order Classic and Sportscar specialist located in Lincolnshire, have supplied the Triumph, Rover SD1 and Land Rover and Range Rover markets for some 25 years. More recently they have been supplying both genuine and aftermarket parts and accessories for Land Rovers and are an Approved Land Rover Parts Supplier. As part of their parts range they have always supplied Rover V8 engines and parts, particularly for the SD1, Land Rover and Range Rover. They print their own 42 page brochure specifically covering the V8 engine and related components. Rimmer Bros have an MG Rover parts franchise. Their mail order system uses the latest in mail order technology and order processing so they can despatch orders anywhere in the World from the vast stock of parts in their 55,000 sq ft warehouse complex. This is in addition to the over-the-counter and local trade delivery service provided by Rimmer Bros.
Rimmer Bros
Triumph House
Sleaford Road
Bracebridge Heath
Lincoln, LN4 2NA
Tel: 01522 568000
Fax: 01522 567600
http://www.rimmerbros.co.uk
sales@rimmerbros.co.uk


Heritage Approved Specialists

Contact Andrew Mundy on 01522 567111 or at am@rimmerbros.co.uk

Uroglas
Replacement windscreen glass for the RV8, MGBGTV8 and MGBV8 Roadsters. The screens come in superb packaging.

Uroglas
2 Buntsford Hill Business Park
Buntsford Park Road
Bromsgrove, B60 3DX.
Tel: 01527 577477
Mob: 07798 651419
www.uroglas.com
Contacts are Martin McCreedy and Stuart Robertson at sr@uroglas.com

Report from Al Barnett and Sigge Redhe.

Cleevewood Garage
Cleevewood is run by Ray Hardacre and Norman Hughes who specialises in classic and sports cars including good quality reimported RV8s and MGFs.

Cleevewood Garage
Cleevewood Road
Downend
Bristol
Avon BR16 2SF
Tel: 0117 956 7144
Fax: 0117 907 5339
cleevewood@supanet.com
www.allsportscars.co.uk/

Report from Tim Hipwell (RV8 Oxford Blue 1133) from Devon reports he found them "very helpful and willing to put things right with any "reimport" before handing it over to the customer". Another member, Tony Grimes (RV8 Woodcote Green 1070) from Avon felt their service was very good and he has been pleased with his RV8.

Sterling Stainless Steel Exhausts
They have been producing stainless steel exhaust systems in the UK for over 20 years and work closely with designers and vehicles manufacturers to ensure their systems are fully compatible. Extensive testing and evaluation maintain high levels of quality which produces a better product for their customers. Their products are manufactured to the highest standards from 304 grade stainless steel. Everything is inspected throughout production to ensure accuracy and they have achieved ISO-9002 which the company sees as an investment in the quality of their products. All orders are dispatched through reputable courier companies by either "next day" or "before noon delivery".
Guaranteed Exhaust Systems Ltd
Units 4/5 South View Estate
Wiland
Devon EX15 2QW
Tel: 01884 821237
Fax: 01884 820631
Email via their website
www.stainlesssteelexhausts.net/
Report from Geoff King who undertook a V8 Roadster conversion using one of their systems
Jay Electrics
Remanufacturers of auto electrical units including starters, dynamos and alternators. Their straplines are "if we can't do it, no one can" and "buy direct - save time and money".
Jay Electrics
322 Hook Rise North
Tolworth
Surbiton
Surrey KT6 7LN
Tel 0208 391 1004
 
Report from Ian Ailes who had his V8 starter motor reconditioned at Jay Electrics says "John at Jay Electrics, on the A3 repaired my starter motor in a couple of days. You can stand in his workshop watch him test it".

R.J. Spratley
Refurbishment service for the composite wheels fitted as original requipment to the MGBGTV8.
R.J. Spratley
Quantum Works
Enville Street
Stourbridge
West Midlands DY8 3TD
Tel: 01384 374231
Location map

Website

Report from Godfrey Barnes reported on the V8BB that he had a full set of his V8 wheels refurbished by R.J.Spratley and commented "they were not cheap and not quick but well worth doing and what a difference it makes to the car". The cost per wheel is now £240.00 plus VAT although this may vary according to the condition of the wheels in terms of corrosion and any damage. They can arrange delivery and collection.

R&S Coachbuilts
The sunroof that is handbuilt for classic cars.

R&S Coachbuilts
123A Old Dover Road
Blackheath
London SE5 8SY
Tel: 0208 858 4312
Fax: 0208 305 2194
rscoachbuilts@btconnect.com
www.tudorwebasto.com

Report from Bob Owen says "I had a Webasto fitted to my MGBGTV8 by R&S Coachbuilts at Blackheath four years ago. The car didn't have a sun roof previously. They did a very good job, fitting an ash frame inside the roof and renewing all the headlining. After some initial stiffness, which they warned me about (if easy to start with it will be no good later after a few days in the hot sun), it has been easy to operate and has had no leaks. Their service was excellent".


AMF Vehicle Repairs
Hi-tech car servicing and repairs with a fully equipped workshop for V8 powered MG models and all English and foreign cars. Fuel injection and diagnostic, ABS and airbag specialists.
AMF Vehicle Repairs Limited
Norton Cranes
Cannock
Staffordshire
Tel: 01543 450225
Mob: 07831 490182
www.amfvehiclerepairs.com/


Report from Alex Timmins says "I have just used AMF Vehicle Repairs who specialise in fuel injection and am pleased with their service. It should be noted that this long standing (old geaser) works from 11.00am to 8.00pm and has secure parking indoors. He does not rush and you should be prepared to leave the vehicle overnight - six in my case".

S&T Electro-Plate
Re-plating car components and headlamp reflectors.

S&T Electro-Plate
15/16 The Alpha Centre
Armstrong Way
Great Western Business Park
Yate
Bristol BS37 5NG.
Tel: 01454 313162

Report from Stuart Middlemiss reports "One of the Norwich V8 Burblers recently needed his headlight reflector re-plated - replacements available ran as high as £120, but he used S&T Eletro-Plate near Bristol to have the reflector re-plated at a cost of under £50 including P&P both ways. It took about three weeks but he says the quality of re-plating is very good".


CHEQUERS - Auto Upholstery Ltd
Provides custom made hoods for soft top cars, and will also fit in their SE London workshop.

CHEQUERS - Auto Upholstery Ltd
5-7 Croydon Road,
London,
SE20 7TJ
Tel: 01622 739182 Monday to Friday 9 to 5

Report from Peter Doughty: "I used this company for a replacement hood on my RV8 in Spring 2006. After considering many options for a new hood I settled on Chequers. They charge £395 for a black/blue mohair hood and fitting takes approximately four hours. You can pay £50 extra to have alternative colours - green, burgundy, brown or beige. Fitting costs £250 now, although I think I paid a little less than that at the time. My experience was as follows: I dropped the car off in the morning at their SE London workshop and picked it up approximately four later. They know their RV8 hoods very well as they have done quite a few, and were extremely quick and efficient. The result was a very good quality hood, perfectly fitted. They are thoroughly recommended, especially at the price charged. As a slight aside, I used the time by catching a local train to Kew Gardens (the train ticket entitles half price entry for 2 people) - so made a nice day out of it.

Chequers advertise on Ebay. Buying an RV8 hood off ebay seems very dodgey in a way - and I was certainly very wary. However, all it really is a medium to make contact, and then you conduct the business/transaction just as you would any other. As it turned out - an excellent company with a long/established and well regarded business, who just happen to advertise on Ebay amongst other places".


Past Parts
Established more than a decade ago, Past Parts offers a professional parts service for a wide variety of older vehicles covering cars, trucks and tractors, forklift trucks and other types of off highway vehicles.

Past Parts
Unit 4 Chase Road
Northern Way Industrial Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IPIP32 6NT
Tel: 01284 750729
Fax: 01284 756240
restore@pastparts.co.uk
www.pastparts.co.uk

Report from: Peter Garton bought RV8 clutch master and slave kits from Past Parts and liked their service and prices.

Classic and Sportscar Consultants
Classic and Sportscar Consultants are long established international classic car dealers run by Fred Jenns and Nicky Paul-Barron. They offer some exceptional RV8s sourced in Japan
.

Classic and Sportscar Consultants Limited
Buckinghamshire
Tel: +44 (0)1494 434414
Fax: +44 (0)1494 432407
Mob: +44 (0)7785 588557
jenns@btinternet.com
www.classic-sportscar.co.uk

Reports from by many members who have bought their RV8s from CSC.

Fisher Services Sydenham
Mark Wanstal runs Fisher Services, an MG specialist in SE London. Mark is an MG specialst of some years standing and owns an RV8 himself.

Fisher Services Sydenham Limited
Unit 11, Abbey Trading Estate
Bell Green Lane
Lower Sydenham
London SE26 5TW
Tel: 0208 776 7695
Fax: 0208 776 9085
info@fisher-services.co.uk
www.fisher-services.co.uk

Report from: Rob Cook (RV8 Woodcote Green 2186) says "I know Mark Wanstall is my mate but he is the best MG expert I know and I know a lot of them - good and bad!" Stuart Middlemiss says "talking with Mark the other day, I was impressed with his no-nonsense approach to the common problems on the RV8 and his friendly, helpful and enthusisatic manner generally".

Brost Forge Roadspring Service
Car spring repair & replacement services.

Brost Forge Limited
Unit 7
149 Roman Way
London N7 8XH
Tel: 0207 607 2311

Report from: Chris Armitage says "I've only dealt with them regarding leaf springs for my MGBGTV8 and I have only ever seen leaf springs around their premises. They re-work existing springs and manufacture new ones from scratch - for cars, lorries and railway locomotives etc!"

Chapman & Cliff
Woodtrim restoration specialists including refurbishing the elm burr veneer of RV8 dashboards, glovebox lids and door cappings

Chapman & Cliff
Unit 12
Cockshades Farm
Stock Lane
Wybunbury
Cheshire CW5 7AH
Tel/Fax: 01270 842151
www.chapmanandcliff.co.uk
sales@chapmanandcliff.co.uk

Report from: Peter Garton says "Chapman and Cliff were set up in 1994 and have specialised in woodtrim restoration. In fact Rob Chapman and Phil Cliff worked for Rolls Royce Motor Cars in Crewe and became skilled at innovative interiors alongside Mulliner Park Ward during the 80s and 90s. Chapman & Cliff was established in 1994 and they have been located at Wybunbury since 1997. Thus they are very experienced in dealing with all sorts of woodtrim, veneer, lacquer and remanufacture from reknowned makes such as Bentley, Rolls, Triumph, Jaguar and Alvis and of course MG. They took roughly 2-3 weeks to complete the refurbishment of my glovebox lid and the result can only be judged as perfect".
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Andrew Brock Classic Bulb Supplies
Supplies direct fit replacement halogen bulbs for instrument lights, side lights and stop and tail lights.

Andrew Brook Classic Bulb Supplies
31A Shawbury Road
Dulwich
London SE2 2DH
Tel: 0208 299 0299

Report from: Graham Cornford says "they are expensive, but I believe well worth while, if you want to see and be seen". In terms of service quality, Graham adds "He sent mine out and one bulb failed within about a month. I contacted him and without question he sent a replacement. Apart from that totally satisfied and I highly recommend both the bulbs and his service". Andrew Brock Classic Bulb Supplies are agents for an Australian specialist bulb supplier - check out their website at www.classicandvintagebulbs.com

Surrey Sports and Classics
Classic MG Specialists providing servicing, restoration, bodywork, parts and car sales from their rural site in Ripley in Surrey, just off the A3 near the M25.

Surrey Sports and Classics
Old Land Field
Portsmouth Road
Ripley
Woking
Surrey GU23 6EL
Tel: 01483 223830 (24hrs answer phone)
Fax: 01483 211882
info((atat))mgspares.co.uk
www.mgspares.co.uk

Report from: Gavin Bailey reports they are well regarded for accident repair and restoration work on classic MGs. Your contact at SSC is Jeremy Rogers. Easy access from the A3 and M25 and no parking problems. SSC opening hours are: Monday to Friday 0900 - 1800, Saturday 1000 - 1300 and closed on Sunday, all Bank Holidays & between Christmas and New Year.
Click for map of Ripley area
Click for map of how to get to Surrey Sports and Classics


Autocare
Autocare have reimported a number of RV8s from Japan and are experienced at carrying out the necessary conversions and preparation for UK roads.

Autocare
1 Old Creamery
Huntspill Road
Highbridge
Somerset
TA9 3DF
Tel: 01278 789024
Fax: 01278 793533

Report from: Bryan Ditchman (RV8 Caribbean Blue 0265) has had contacts with them concerning their radio converter (see RV8 Workshop Note 76 in Volume 3 of the series) which saves the cost of replacing the radio. The contact there is Tony Walters.


Cox & Perry
Classic & sports car specialists

Cox & Perry
Frettenham Road
Horstead
Norwich
Norfolk NR12 7LB
Tel: 01603 737195

Further details awaited.

Hoyle Suspension
Specialist front and rear suspension upgrades for the MGA, MGB, MGC, MGBGTV8 and MGRV8. Frequently noted as "the best single improvement that has ever been made" for these models. The independent rear suspension kit enables you to fit rear disc brakes and a choice of Ford Siera back axles.

Hoyle
Suspension Ltd.
Unit 11 Abbey Trading Estate
Bell Green Lane
Lower Sydenham
London SE26 5TW
info@hoyle-suspension.co.uk
www.hoyle-suspension.co.uk

See RV8NOTE208 for an example of a Hoyle installation. Contact Hoyle Suspension for more information on his suspension upgrades and for advice on adjusting installations on the car. John Hoyle has sold his suspension upgrades business to Hoyle Suspension.

British Car Cottage Industries
The British Car Cottage Industries is a new website based in Canada. The site is devoted to enthusiasts who are making items for classic cars but are not what one would call "commercial". So if you know of anyone who is making interesting (or dull) items please point them to www.britcot.com. This applies to services as well.

www.britcot.com

Report from by Barrie Robinson (a Canadian MGBGTV8 member).


H & H Ignition Solutions
H & H Ignition Solutions service and rebuild Lucas type distributors for many MG models.

H & H Ignition Solutions
Unit H, Fens Pool Avenue
The Wallows
Breirley Hill
West Midlands DY5 1QA
Tel: 01384 261500
Mob: 07989744351
ignitionsolutions@tiscali.co.uk
www.h-h-ignitionsolutions.co.uk


Report from Mike Dunlop (V8 Limeflower 0118) saying "I have just had the distributor for my V8 rebuilt by a company in the West Midlands, and they did a super job. I thought it might be of interest to other members of the register and the MG Car Club as a whole as they rebuild Lucas type distributors for many MG models. View their web site for full list, MG is listed under Rover. The cost for the rebuild inclusive of VAT and return carriage by courier was £110.00 in July 2008. The work takes between 7 and 10 days normally". (July 08)


Mechspec MG Centre
Mechspec MG Centre based at Wiseton near Doncaster claim to be the biggest provider of second hand spares for MGBs, MGBV8s and Midgets together with new parts too.

Mechspec MG Centre
Prospect Hill Farm
Gainsborough Road
Wiseton
Doncaster DN10 5AA.
Tel: 01777 818283
www.mechspec.co.uk
Contact: Dave Parker
Report from Mike Russell needed a replacement horn push for his MGBGTV8 and found it was an NLA item so posted a note on the V8BB seeking help. Alan Spence recommended Mechspec for secondhand spares so Mike duly contacted them. Dave Parker had a secondhand horn push available and mailed it out and Mike reports the replacement arrived the next day. It was obviously secondhand but perfectly serviceable. Mike comments "hearing an item is 'NLA' can be a heartsinking experience as you just know there is one out there somewhere so I would endorse Alan Spence's advice via the V8BB to 'give these people a try'."
Spit & Polish
Spit & Polish is located in Tonbridge in Kent as is the leading alloy wheel refurbisher finishing over 30,000 wheels per year. Established some 15 years ago the company has gone from strength to strength offering a fast and efficient turnaround to the trade either by their own transport (6 vans operating daily in most home counties) or by 24 hour courier. They will collect from all traders connected to the motor trade including manufacturers, main dealers, insurance companies, bodyshops, small garages, tyre shops etc.
Spit & Polish
Unit 12B
Sovereign Way
Tonbridge
Kent TN9 1RS
Tel: 01732 367771
www.spitandpolish.co.uk/
See the full report from David Driver. More
Report from David Driver - a good RV8 alloy spoked wheel refurbishment service provided by a specialist company, Spit & Polish. David says "They have made a superb job, and were very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Such a welcome change in this day and age". David highly recommends Spit & Polish. (2.10.08)

Andy Jennings MG Spares
Andy Jennings MG Spares are based near Southampton and have been established for over 30 years. We have an extensive stock of second hand MG parts and despatch worldwide on a daily basis. We offer an efficient and knowledgeable service with a no quibble money back guarantee on parts. Personal callers are welcome by appointment.
Andy Jennings MG Spares
Curbridge
Hampshire
Tel: 01489 790611
Fax: 01489 790611
Mo: 07710 138262
mg@andyjennings.co.uk
www.mgcars.org.uk/andyjennings/

Report from Peter Kilmister (RV8 BRG 0320). Andy is easy to contact by telephone or email and is friendly and helpful. He supplies parts for MGBs and Midgets, mainly by mail order. He is based in Curbridge, between Bishops Waltham and Botley, in Hampshire. I asked Andy if I could collect the parts I wanted as I live nearby. He was pleased to give me directions, although his place is a nightmare to find! Barrie Jones also provides good feedback saying "I have known Andy for 20 years and have always found him willing to help in any way he can."

Midland Magneto - reported as no longer in business
Midland Magneto is considered to be the leading vehicle electrical and repair specialists in the Midlands. Their services include alternators and starter motors and much more.
Midland Magneto Limited
Unit 1
The Embankment
15, Traffic Street
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire NG2 1NE
Tel: 0115 955 2233

Fax: 0115 953953
info@midlandmagneto.co.uk
www.midlandmagneto.co.uk
Report from Richard Withington says "they have done numerous motor electrical jobs for me in the past including reconditioning various dynamos, starter motors, etc for me and always given good service". They are located conveniently for the East Midlands area. They also carry out installation of alarm systems and general auto electrical work.
Overdrive Repair Services (Sheffield)
Overdrive Repair Services (Sheffield) are re-manufacturers of all the Laycock overdrive units, and their spare parts. Staffed by ex-Laycock employees, we offer a professional service to all Classic Car Owners and Restorers. They are able to supply most spare parts for the full range of Laycock de Normanville Overdrives
Overdrive Repair Services (Sheffield)
Unit 1
50 Rother Valley Way
Holbrook Industrial Estate
Halfway
Sheffield S20 3RW

0114 248 2632


www.overdrive-repairs.co.uk
www.overdrive-repairs.co.uk/location.html
Overdrive Repair Services was formed in 1986 by Joe Winter after his long spell as a Laycock Engineering employee. Laycocks had been winding down their repair and service work and this presented Joe with the opportunity to purchase much of their equipment and spares. Joe's son Paul joined his father, along with Peter Eggington (a former Laycock employee), and the business continues to prosper as it caters for any vehicle fitted with a Laycock de Normanville unit. Overdrive Repair Services cater for customers worldwide, from the smallest spare part, to the full overdrive unit. Backed with full machining capabilities, our machine shop is fitted with ex-Laycock Engineering machinery and tooling, thus providing the ability to produce an extensive range of overdrive components.

Report from Barrie Jones who says ORS "are very helpful people".


Hardy Engineering
Hardy Engineering are a family business established in 1969 specialising in all types of transmission repairs - from pre-war classic cars to modern day vehicles. Located at Leatherhead in Surrey (20 miles from London) their fully equipped workshops can cope with all types of transmission repairs or gearbox repairs from a minor problem to a complete auto gearbox rebuild.

Hardy Engineering
268 Kingston Road
Leatherhead
Surrey KT22 7QA
01372 378927
01372 376794
enquiry@hardyengineering.co.uk
www.hardyengineering.co.uk


Location map
Report from Bryan Shacklady had his V8 rebuilt by Surrey Sports and Classics who sent the gearbox off the Hardy Engineering for a rebuild. The overdrive was also rebuilt at the same time.

Tamar Valley Motoring Centre
The workshops include a fully-equipped MOT bay, body shop and low-bake spray booth. The comprehensive stores stock Moss MG spares and offers a mail order facility. A collection and delivery service brings work from further afield. Although specialising in the MG marque, Tamar Valley's workshops has carried out major work on Austin/Morris, Alvis, Jaguar, Rover, Vauxhall, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Talbot, Humber, Buick, Morgan, Triumph and Wolseley, which demonstrates their ability to work on a wide variety of different cars.
Tamar Valley Motoring Centre
Liskeard Road
Callington
Cornwall
PL17 7JE
01579 383060

www.tamarvalleymotoringcentre.co.uk
Report from Barrie Jones in Cornwall, well know for his serialised reports of his V8 Rebuild Project..

Novatech Chassis Dyno
Novatech specialise in race car preparation and road car tuning. Their Dyno Dynamics rolling road is available at their base in Slough. For honest advice from talented, enthusiastic individuals with a wealth of experience - give them a call.

Novatech Chassis Dyno
146 Edinburgh Avenue
Slough Trading Estate
Berkshire SL1 4SS
Tel: 01753 521555
www.nt-r.com
Report from David Waterton who says "I recently had my V8 Roadster checked out on a local rolling road based in Slough. The firm is called Novatech, a small business owned and operated by a father and son team to whom I shall return when the need next arises. I would recommend them to other V8 Register members." More

Breco Vehicle Services
Classic Car Parts - suppliers of trim clips, fasteners and fixings for classic & vintage cars
Bresco Vehicle Services Limited
Unit 14, Meadow Lane Industrial Estate
Gordon Road
Loughborough LE11 1JP
Tel: 01509 610834
Fax: 01509 219196
Email: sales@bresco.com
www.bresco.com
Report from Hugh Boddington who was looking for spare clips but had been unable to get them from the usual RV8 spares specialists and then saw them in a magazine supplied by a leading classic car parts supplier, Bresco Vehicle Services Limited at Loughborough. Hugh says "the female part is identical but the screw is 1/4" longer and the head is not smooth/but patterned."

Entune 2000 Garage
Servicing and all mechanical work, welding and fabricating, bodywork and painting and vehicle recovery. The Entune Garage was originally setup by Mike Entwisle and operated out of a lock-up garage in Swinton. In 1982 the expanding business relocated to the current building in Stoneclough. The current owners, Mark Brown and Jon Caldwell who started off as employees at Entune Garage bought the business after Mike retired in 1999 and renamed the garage Entune 2000. They continued to offer the old fashioned virtues of enthusiasm, originality and a job well done but expanded the services to include not only all MG marque cars but all current makes of car available today. They remain however MG specialists first and foremost and believe that customer satisfaction and a job well done are the most essential parts of their work.
The Entune Garage
Ford Street
(off Market Street)
Stoneclough
Manchester M26 1PF
Tel: 08700 278 378 or 01204 573 548
Email: mg@entune2000.co.uk
www.entune2000.co.uk
 
Report from Bryan Shacklady who says "I hit a pothole at the weekend up here near Manchester, and the car glided to a graceful halt afterwards. Eventually, it turned out to be a lead leading to the Lumenition amplifier. Again, Entune in Farnworth (who replaced my Otter switch) were helpful, practical, charged virtually nothing when they could easily have taken advantage. I would strongly suggest adding them to the lifeline section of the website. Have a look around their website, as they seem to have done some work on V8s, and also give me the strong impression of knowing their way around the V8 in particular, and MGs and other classic cars in general. When I was there this time, I was speaking to another satisfied customer who has two cars serviced there. "

Manor Car Storage
With 20 years experience of secure car storage and care, Manor Car Storage gives their customers the best possible service and peace of mind. They have a wealth of experience in providing car storage in the UK for a wide range of classic or modern cars, for clients around the World and for those simply short of garage space. High security indoor car storage facility in a discreet location only 35 miles from Central London and 15 minutes from Stansted Airport by road. Top quality dehumidified car storage to ensure the best environment for your vehicle. Car storage for a wide range of cars from Rolls Royce to family saloons. More
Manor Car Storage Ltd
PO Box 28
Saffron Walden
CB11 4RA
Tel: 01799 550022
Fax: 01799 550021
info@manorcarstorage.com
www.manorcarstorage.com

Report from Victor Smith who says this family owned company really offers a good quality service in a secure location with good access just east of the M11.

European Exhaust & Catalyst
EEC began trading in automotive exhausts in 1973 and strategically changed to manufacturing stainless steel catalytic converters for European cars in 1997. Through a program of careful expansion and product development, they are now the largest supplier of direct fit catalytic converters to the UK aftermarket. EEC stock over 2,000 direct-fit applications supporting European type approval and continue to expand their core product range (Eurocats) to meet customer requirements. In addition to their main product they supply universals catalysts, a comprehensive range of direct-fit Lambda Sensors, pre cat front pipes, flexible couplings and fitting kits to the automotive sector. The company's operations and administrative centre is situated in Hampshire on the south coast and they have an additional manufacturing plant positioned centrally in the UK in Derbyshire to satisfy increased domestic demand and future growth of the European market.
European Exhaust & Catalyst is family owned and prides itself on the quality of its products, coupled with the skills, dedication and loyalty of its employees.
European Exhaust & Catalyst Ltd
Units 2 & 3 Parklands Industrial Estate
Forest Road
Denmead
Hampshire PO7 6TJ
www.eurocats.co.uk/

Middle/Northern England & North Wales
Adrian Gill
Tel: 017884 011 474
Southern England & South Wales
Ben Kendrick
Tel: 017919 263 043
Report from Barry Martin who says "the price of replacement cats, jigged and welded in to my existing RV8 pipework by EEC was quoted at £90 plus VAT per side or you can purchase just the cats and weld in yourself for £60 each. At this price I decided to replace both. I took the old units to the factory and received a call within 24 hours to say the work was done. The new cats are smaller than the originals (new technology) giving the added bonus of more air space around the cat for cooling, and the car is now rattle free and smooth. I would thoroughly recommend this very large specialist - the production area is massive, with thousands of cats and exhausts on show."
PJM Motors
PJM are manufacturers and suppliers of quality interior trim for classic cars including the MGB and MGBGT. It is a family run company first established in 1979, originally breaking MGs and selling secondhand parts, but after a while they started to repair and restore but finding it difficult to find non original equipment trim we set up our own trim shop. We no longer sell spares but concentrate on the manufacture of good quality trim, not only for MGs/Midgets and Triumphs but for most classic and vintage cars. We also offer a fitting service in our well equipped workshop.
PJM Motors
Unit 2, Adderly Road Industrial Estate
Bert Smith Way
Market Drayton
Shropshire TF9 3SN
Tel: 01630 652873
Fax: 01630 652026
www.pjm-motors.co.uk
yvonne@pjm-motors.co.uk


Refurbishing the seats on an MGBGT, see V8NOTE409
For MGB & MGBGT trim
www.pjm-motors.co.uk/mgb_trim.html

See the article contributed by Richard Searle in March 2009 available via a link from V8NOTE409.

Distributor Doctor
Reconstructive surgery for Lucas distributors.
Martin Jay
Distributor Doctor Ltd
Unit 8
Old Brewery Road
Wiveliscombe
Taunton
Somerset TA4 2PW
01984 629540
Email
www.distributordoctor.com



Report from Ian Ailes who says "Martin Jay the Distributor Doctor restored the vacuum advance for me at much less than buying a new one. Also, it is to the original spec which not all replacements are, so the advance should be spot on. Some T Register members have used him and found him to be very good." Walter Kallenberg in Germany noted "I can tell you that Martin, the Distributor Doctor, has done a splendit job on the very difficult unit from my K-Type, so the engine runs now three years perfect, and very quick service, two weeks with post."

Powerflow Exhausts
Experts in custom built exhaust systems for classic cars. When Powerflow Exhausts started making exhausts in the early seventies, many of today’s classics were current vehicles! Their comprehensive range of silencers enables us to offer close matches to virtually every silencer ever made. We are therefore able to build efficient and durable stainless steel exhaust systems on most classic cars.
Powerflow Exhausts (UK) Ltd
Grace Road
Marsh Barton
Exeter
Devon EX2 8QA
01392 203050
Email
www.powerflowexhausts.co.uk/vehicle-type/classic-cars/

Report from Mike Benton who needed a silencer inserted in the exhaust system of an MGBGTV8 he recently bought and an "an internet search flagged up RSR tyres and exhausts in Redhill as Powerflow stainless exhaust system fitting agents. After enquiries they quoted £74 to fit an additional in-line silencer box to the existing system which was welded in. I am very happy with the work and it has made a world of difference to the exhaust sound – quieter but still ‘fruity’. They will undertake a full design and build installation if required. They were also by far the cheapest around here for fitting and wheel balancing with my supplied Vredesteins."


Steve Roffey
Specialist at repairing a rebuilding alternators.

Steve Roffey
Unit 2
Century House
Bushfair, Harlow
Essex CM18 6LU
01279 445668
Email

Report from Peter Wallis who required a new alternator but rather than just buy a replacement he had his alternator rebuilt by Steve Roffey for £48 ex wks (price at October 2010). Peter says "the quality of the original unit is far better than a replacement, not to mention the saving and 'every little helps'. I found him via S & C Electrical also in Harlow who recommended his services as they advised that a rebuild was better than the replacement and it went from there. These independent chaps are getting all the more difficulty to find as you will know."
S&C Electrical

Segal Motor Trimming
Specialist hood fittings, dot studs.

Segal (Motor Trimming) Limited
29 Trimcar House
Blackfriars Road
Salford
Manchester M3 7AQ
0161 834 7994
Email
www.segalmotortrimming.net

Report from Richard Wood - see his RV8NOTE348


JR V8
Specialist V8 engine builder and parts supplier
JR V8
116 Lisnamurrikin Road
Broughshane
Ballymena
Northern Ireland BT42 4PP

028 2586 1500
www.jrv8.co.uk

Report from Bill McCullough who says "JR V8 rebuilt the box in my MGBGTV8 conversion earlier this year, after I had replaced the cluster gear and input shaft subsequent to breaking teeth on both gears. (I suspect ATF caused the damage). My attempts with home made shims left a lot to be desired, and rather than inflict further damage on the gearbox I took it to JR V8. The cost was reasonable and the expensive noises have almost vanished as the gears settle in to the new shimming - I am impressed. I would have no hesitation in encouraging anyone needing advice or work done on the V8 engine or its gearboxes to go to JR V8". See our NEWS item on JR V8. More

Hillsalive
Specialist supplier of fitted luggage for classic cars.

Hillsalive Solutions Ltd
Hill View
Coppice Lane
Middleton
Warwickshire B78 2BT
Tel: 0121 308 3172
Mob: 07980 574070
www.hillsalive.co.uk


Report from Ken Clayton who says "I purchased the luggage designed for the MG RV8 by "Hillsalive" at the Stoneleigh Park show about two years ago! Hillsalive is a husband and wife partnership and their quality is very good. It fits neatly and very well into the boot compartment. One 'large wedge' shaped "box" and one 'large deep' "box" which fits into the offside area of the boot. There is also plenty of room either side of the luggage to accommodate other articles and smaller luggage items. They offer a bespoke service with choice of luggage colour and piping. Expensive, BUT . . . it saves the arguments about how much two people can carry in the boot for a weekend!!"
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Spanners Garage
Specialist classic car servicing.

Spanners Garage
151 Southlands Road
Bromley
Kent
BR2 9QZ
0208 464 4406
Report from Chris Cuss from north Surrey who says " I went to Spanners Garage in Bromley where Dave Witton now works. He was one half of the V8 Conversions team in nearby Farnborough. I am very pleased with the work that he carried out and all the gang at the garage were friendly car enthusiasts. They had a TR4, MGA plus the inevitable MGB being worked on whilst I was there. This may be off interest to any V8 enthusiasts living south of the Thames."

Motor Wheel Service International
Specialist wheel refurbishments

Motor Wheel Service International
Units 1-4 Elder Way
Waterside Drive
Langley
Slough
Berkshire SL3 6EP
01753 549360
info@mwsint.com
www.mwsint.com
 

See our NEWS item. More

Berkshire Radiators
Specialist in classic car radiators

Berkshire Radiators
266 Gosbrook Rd
Caversham
Reading RG4 8EA
0118 9473501 & 9464552

Mike Dunlop reports "just had my radiator recored by a company in Reading and they did a lovely job. It's just a two man team (father & son) named Ray and Steve, they were very helpful, friendly and did a fast turn round. I gave them the radiator on Tuesday and it was ready by Friday. They might be of interest to V8 owners in the Berkshire area. They specialise in classic cars and showed me radiators they were doing for an MGC, Austin Cambridge and a Morris Minor. They of course will do modern stuff as well. FYI the price to recore my MGBGTV8 radiator was £135.00 including VAT, which I thought was very reasonable compared to the cost of a new unit from a well known MG parts supplier in Hanworth.
"

Burlen Fuel Systems
Specialist SU fuel systems parts suppliers and servicing provider.

SU Fuel Systems
Spitfire House
Castle Road
Salisbury
Wiltshire SP1 3SB
01722 412 500
info@burlen.co.uk
http://www.burlen.co.uk/

See an article on a visit to Burlen and a meeting with Mark Burnett (Managing Director) with information on what Burlen have done to upgrade their spares to resist the damage from ethanol in motor fuel. More


Dreadnaught Garage
MG servicing and race car preparation.

Dreadnought Garage
Stirling Road
Callander
Perthshire
FK17 8LE
Scotland
claire@dreadnoughtgarage.co.uk
01877 331099
www.dreadnoughtgarage.co.uk

David Reid with an RV8 and an SV reports they are well regarded for servicing MGs in Scotalnd.

Paul Mackley Engineering
Specialist servicing of post war Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin & classic cars.
Paul Mackley Engineering
50 Swains Avenue
Carlton
Nottingham NG3 7AU
info@paulmackleyengineering.co.uk
0115 950 1063
http://paulmackleyengineering.co.uk/
Richard Arnold mentioned in a V8 Bulletin Board posting that Paul Mackley "has just serviced my newly purchased MG RV8. His core business is the servicing of classic cars, most of which are Aston Martin and Bentley. Lovely guy with a great reputation."

Alloy Art
Alloy Art we specialise in alloy wheel refurbishment and alloy wheel repair
Alloy Art
Unit 10 Featherby Way
Purdeys Industrial Estate
Rochford
Essex SS4 1LD
01702 542124
http://alloyart.co.uk/

Angus Munro mentioned the specialist services provided by Alloy Art in an RV8 Workshop Note on RV8 wheel refurbishment. RV8NOTE362

Revotec
Revotec has developed a range of tailor made cooling upgrade kits for a range of classic cars including the MGB, MGC, MGBV8 and MGA not mention TRs, Healeys and other classics. Their kits are created for each car and particularly so for the MGBV8 where the cooling requirement with the three and a half litre engine packed into a tight engine bay is heavy in slow moving traffic and high ambient temperatures. More
Revotec Ltd
Unit A, The Croft
Hithercroft Industrial Estate
Wallingford
Oxfordshire OX10 9RG
01491 824424
www.revotec.com
email


Barrie Jones highlighted this upgrade kit.

Clayton Classics
The Clayton Classics division is run by experienced, enthusiastic people supported by highly-skilled craftsmen who have been involved in classic cars for many years. In addition to its traditional products, Clayton Classics now carries a few select high quality cars for sale. The cars focus on originality, or have had full restoration to the highest standards. Our product design tries to maintain originality where possible but also includes innovative ideas which are normally tried and tested on our own vehicles before being released to market.
See Geoff Insley's presentation on auto aircon systems at a V8 technical day in May 2013. More
Clayton Classics
Hunter Terrace
Fletchworth Gate
Burnsall Road
Coventry CV5 6SP
012476 691916
http://claytonclassics.co.uk/
Email

Gordon Hesketh-Jones had an aircon system installed in his Factory MGBGTV8 by Clayton Classics. More


Lepsons
Specialist alloy wheel refurbisher.

Lepsons Limited
Units 7 - 16
Railway Street Business Park
Railway Street
Gillingham
Kent ME7 1YQ
01634 580582
Email
www.lepsons.com

 

Al Barnett contributed RV8NOTE389 based on his experience of having his RV8 wheels refurbished at Lepsons. (May 14)

Andover Upholstery
Following a suggestion from Mike Lane, Peter Wallis had the zip on the rear screen of his RV8 hood repaired by Andover Upholstery and was pleased with the result suggesting they be added to our V8LIFELINE. More
Andover Upholstery
2 Beales Close
Andover
Hampshire SP10 1HT
Tel: 01264 323144
Fax: 01264 364209
Email
www.andoverupholstery.co.uk/

Suggestion from Mike Lane who said I used them to fit my original RV8 replacement hood purchased from Heathrow Services a few years ago.


Andrew Turner
Andrew Turner is a specialist in servicing and refurbishing SU carburettors.

Andrew Turner
The Knoll
Bridge End
Colsterworth
Grantham NG31 5NZ
Tel: 01476 860555
www.su-carbs.co.uk
 

Suggestion from Richard Withington.
Creative Tax Discs
Specialist providing replica paper tax discs for classic cars. See our NEWS item on this service. More
Creative Tax Discs
74 Barnsley Road
Wombell
Barnsley
South Yorkshire S73 8DJ
Tel: 01226 495230
sales@creativetaxdiscs.co.uk
www.creativetaxdiscs.co.uk

Suggestion from Paul Baker.

RBS Property Marking
Specialist supplying dash cameras. See an article on dash cams and the Digi-Cam Action Camcorder. More

RBS Property Marking
15 The Downage
Gravesend
Kent DA11 7NB
Tel: 01474 350883
info@rbs-propertymarking.co.uk
www.rbs-propertymarking.co.uk
 

Advertiser in the Club magazine, Safety Fast!
Richard Wade Artwork & Etchings
Specialist artist supplying your "autobiograhy" - the story of your life through the cars you have owned and specaial commissions.

Richard Wade Artwork & Etchings
The Garden House
Main Road
Norton in Hales
Market Drayton
Shropshire TF9 4AT
Tel: 01630 657942
sales@richardwade-art.com
www.richardwade-art.com

 

See a NEWS item and reproduction of Richard Wade's brochure.

Automobile Locksmith
Specialist repairs electronic key fobs, including for the RV8, and provides an excellent service.
Automobile Locksmith Limited
73 Montagu Road
Peterborough PE4 6EP
01733 705009
Email


See their website and our Technical Topics item.

Zircotec
They have developed a range of high performance thermal barrier coatings specifically designed to prevent unwanted heat loss from engine exhaust system components.
Zircotec Limited
22 Nuffield Way
Abingdon
Oxfordshire OX14 1RL
01235 546050
Email
www.zircotec.com

See our article on the coating options. RV8NOTE416

Auto Electrics Redditch
They have an engine diagnostics centre and also service alternators and starter motors.
Auto Electrics Redditch
241 Birmingham Road
Redditch
Worcestershire B97 6EH
01527 598800
www.autoelectricsredditch.co.uk

Nic Houslip found their servicing his RV8 alternator very good. RV8NOTE42
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Former Glory
Sales of MGs including MGV8s.
Former Glory
Postcombe Service Station
A40 London Road
Postcombe
Thame
Oxfordshire OX9 7ED
01844 281700
nigelguild@hotmail.com
http://www.classicmg.co.uk/

Tony Spry
Upholstery and trim specialist providing reconditioning service for leather seats, door panels and timber cappings and dashboard. Tony Spry is a retired former Rolls Royce trained apprentice. Services offered by this specialist were mentioned by Mike Silk. More
Tony Spry is basedin West Yorkshire so items for refurbishment should be delivered personally or sent by courier. Contact Tony Spry for further information or to discuss any requirements you have on 07767 635902. or by email .


Wood Auto Supplies
Spares and servicing for AC DELCO alternators.
Wood Auto Supplies Limited
Cromwell Works
Colne Road
Huddersfield HD1 3ES
01484 428 261
Website


Mentioned by Andrew Collins. More

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