Modifications on reimported RV8s
(Woodcote Green 1210) from Surrey provides a useful brief note setting out a check
members with reimported RV8s might prudently make to ensure the necessary advance/retard
modifications have been made. (Oct 01)
If you have bought
or are planning to get an RV8 reimported from Japan, it is a good idea to double
check that the reimporter has correctly carried out the small modification that
is required to the advance/retard pipework. My vehicle was incorrectly modified
- the vacuum pipe to the heater control was left open and the vacuum pipe went
direct from the plenum chamber to the advance/retard unit on the distributor.
It only takes a couple of minutes to check this and modify it if required. RV8
Workshop Note 60 in Volume 2 clearly details the required modification.
On ex Japanese RV8s that
have been running for some years with a high degree of vacuum to the advance/retard
unit on the distributor, there is a risk that the vacuum/advance unit no longer
works due to a faulty diaphragm. This is easy to check by removing the distributor
cap and internal shield and sucking on
end of the vacuum pipe, any movement of the back plate can be seen. If there is
no, or very little movement, the advance/retard unit has most probably failed.
A new unit (part number RSTC 1185A) is available from MG Rover dealers
at a cost of around £55 including VAT. |
Dance attended the V8 Gathering at the Shoulder of Mutton on Hazeley Heath
in August 2002