V8 Workshop Notes series
Volume 1 - First Fifty
1. V8 water pump - remove & refit
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) provided our first V8 Workshop Note which was released in the V8 Column of the April 1979 issue of Safety Fast!. (Apr 79) V8NOTE1.
1a) Sequel to water pump article
Peter Beadle (Damask 0414) explains that the Rover thread lubricant is now part number 608591 and incidentally is around £6.00 a tin! [Note that was in 1979 pound notes!]. V8NOTE1a.
1b) Mini sequel to water pump article
Charles Williams (Blaze 1170) from Wolverhampton popped up with this sequel to avoid the need to remove the radiator. V8NOTE1b.
2. Thermo-switch for cooling fans
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) describes how to service or replace the Otter switch. (Spring 79) V8NOTE2.
3. Exhaust manifolds and shrouds
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) provides another useful tip which makes the removal of the exhaust manifold easier. (Spring 79)
4. Throttle cable - a caution
Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) describes how his throttle cable stuck open - an experience to be avoided. (Jul 79) V8NOTE4
5. Removing the relief valve on a V8 overdrive unit
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) provides a useful note to save you the alarm and then the frustration of chasing ball bearings and springs as the fly around the garage floor when servicing your overdrive relief valve filter - not to mention the subsequent puzzle of wondering how they all fit together again for reassembly! (Jul 79)
6. Handbook error - steering & suspension grease points
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) has spotted a small tip which you need to note on your copy of the MGBGTV8 Handbook. (Jul 79)
7. V8 starter motor
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) explains how to remove and refit this unit. (Sep 79)
7a) Starter motor sequel
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) follows up his note with a note based on calls he has received from a number of V8 Register members. (Apr 80)
8. Drain plug washer (sump) & pressure relief valve
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) has two tips in this note covering the compressible washer on the sump drain plug and the engine oil pressure relief valve spring. (Oct 79)
9. Electronic ignition - a few comments on the Mobelec in action
Phil Alexander (Glacier White 1227) provides this interesting note on electronic ignition. (Nov 79)
10. Survey of electronic ignition systems
Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) the V8 Register Secretary & Registrar, provides this survey note.
11. Engine mountings & engine removal
This brief and useful tip comes from Geoff Allen (Teal Blue 2101) who owns the first rubber bumpered MGBGTV8. (Aug 79)
11a) Right-hand engine mounting
Jim Gibson (Flamenco Red 2435) sets out a useful sequel to Geoff Allen's recent note (Jan 80)
12. Brake servo failure
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) writes a note on problems with his servo. (Jan 80)
12a) Brake servo vacuum hose (sequel)
Jim Gibson (Flamenco Red 2435) has a sequel on the brake servo. (Jan 80)
13. Front wheel arch (see also V8 Note 48)
Jeff Ward (Flame 2375) contributes a useful tip for keeping road mud out of the front wheel arch void. (Jan 80)
14. Looking after your body!
Tom Studer (Damask 0109) runs an early LHD MGBGTV8 in Switzerland and is an enthusiastic member of the V8 Register. (Jan 79)
14a) Continued body care!
Philip Morgan (BRG 10220 provides a useful article which deals with a perennial problem - rust and body care! Philip develops a topic which our Swiss member, Tom Studer, began in our first journal. (Jan 80)
15. How to keep cool under pressure - V8 cooling system
Here Colin Leisk (Damask 1729) from Warwickshire provides a comprehensive and seasonal article on maintaining the V8 pressurised cooling system so your V8 does not overheat. (May 79). V8NOTE15.
15a) Cooling sequel
Jerry Bright (Citron 1956) provides a sequel to Colin Leisk's comprehensive V8 Workshop Note 15. (Jun 79) V8NOTE15a.
16. More cooling tips
Jim Gibson (Flamenco Red 2435) from Leicestershire adds some details to the current V8 cooling topic. (Jan 80) V8NOTE16.
16a) Even more cooling tips
Lothar Taverne (Glacier White 5001) from Vienna has a Costello MGBGTV8. This note has been prepared with help from our Swiss member Tom Studer (Damask 0109). A copy is available as V8NOTE16a.
17. Heavy breathing on the V8 - how the inlet manifold works
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire provides an interesting article which explains how the V8 inlet manifold works. (Jan 80) V8NOTE17
18. Interchangeability - MGBV8 and Rover parts (Part 1)
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire provides a useful insight into how parts from MGB1800s and V8 Rovers can be used or cannibalised as spares for the MGBGTV8. (Jan 80)
19. Anti-theft device
This brief note from Victor smith (Harvest Gold 1089) from London SW describes a simple but very effective way of thwarting car thieves. (Jan 80)
20. Renovating V8 alloy wheels
Chris Dodds (Glacier White 0986) is one of our Australian members and he explains how he renovated his Dunlop wheels on his MGBGTV8. (Apr 79)
20a) Sequel on wheels
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire provides a brief sequel to the recent note from Chris Dodds. (Apr 80)
21. Sequel to the starter motor article (see V8 Workshop Note 7)
Jim Gibson (Flamenco Red 2435) from Sheffield provides a note which is a sequel to the earlier article (V8 Workshop Note 7) by Peter Laidler. (Apr 80)
22. Cooling fan override switch
Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) relays some recent comments from Philip Morgan (BRG 1022) in Surrey with a useful idea. (May 80)
22a) Sequel to the manual switch for cooling fans
Geoff Allen (Teal Blue 2101) from Abingdon adds a few ideas to the modification recently contributed by Philip Morgan. (May 80)
23. Rocker shaft maintenance
Chris Dodds (Glacier White 0986) from Australia describes maintenance work we will all have to face at some stage. (Apr 80)
23a) Sequel to rocker shafts note
Colin Leisk (Damask 1457) has a sequel to the recent note from Chris Dodds. (Aug 80)
24. Engine and gearbox remove & refit
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) from Middlesex provides a useful article on removing the V8 engine and gearbox. It highlights pitfalls to watch out for and provides a few tips too. (Jun 80)
25. One cure for wheel vibration
Geoff Allen (Teal Blue 2101) from Oxfordshire provides a practical tip on how he cured vibration from the alloy wheels fitted to an MGBGTV8. (May 80)
26. Oil pressure relief valve cap
Geoff Allen (Teal Blue 2101) from Oxfordshire has another useful tip that could save hours of wondering how to get at the valve cap. (May 80)
27. Reverse gear jumps out?
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire has a tip that could avoid that snatch as reverse gear pops out - a common MGBGTV8 problem. (May 80) V8NOTE27.
28. V8 alternator
Chris Hall (Glacier White 0815) from Derbyshire provides a useful article on the V8 alternator. Remember the spares tip - if you decide to go for a replacement alternator, go for the Unipart GEU218 and not BHH5195 and you can save over £60!
28a) Delco Remy alternator malfunction
Steve Foldhazy (Damask 0795) in NSW Australia adds a brief sequel. (Jul 80)
28b) V8 alternator - another sequel
(abstract from notes) This note is prepared from a collection of tips from members on alternators. (Oct 80)
29. Exhaust corrosion tip
Peter Laidler 0811) from Oxfordshire provides this practical tip which applies to all modern MGs. (Jun 80)
30. Ballast resistance ignition system
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) from Middlesex explains how this part of the electrical equipment on an MGBGTV8 works. (Jun 80)
31. Saving your petrol tank from corrosion
Jerry Bright (Citron 1956) from Hertfordshire owns the last chrome bumper MGBGTV8 and has been maintaining the underside of his car. In this useful note he points to the vulnerability of the petrol tank to corrosion and explains how to deal with it - if you catch it in time! (Jul 80)
32. V8 overdrive unit
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire provides another interesting article on the overdrive unit fitted to the MGBGTV8 and shows how you can adapt the standard MGB1800 overdrive unit. (Jul 80)
33. Further note on the V8 overdrive unit
Chris Hall (Blaze 0815) from Derbyshire has a sequel to the recent note by Peter Laidler and explains how he tackles and cured problems with his V8 overdrive unit. (Aug 80)
34. Leaking vacuum advance diaphragm
Chris Hall (Blaze 0815) from Derbyshire explains a reason for difficulty when tuning an MGBGTV8. (Aug 80)
35. One reason for a LH exhaust manifold cracking
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire provides a helpful tip on the reason for these expensive manifolds cracking - he even stripped it down to find a solution! (Feb 81)
36. Hot air tubes
Chris Hall (Blaze 0815) from Derbyshire has a tip on renewing the hot air tubes between the exhaust manifolds and the breather systems. (Aug 80)
36a) Sequel on hot air tubes
Tony Hilton (Glacier White 1175) from Middlesex has a very brief sequel. (Sep 80)
37. Interchangeability of MGBV8 & Rover parts (Part 2)
Our regular contributor Peter Laidler has another article on how you can interchange V8 and MGB 1800 parts. This note covers the back axle. (Oct 80)
38. Changing the clutch slave cylinder hose
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) from Middlesex describes how you can tackle this job. (Jul 80)
39. Inter-changeability of parts (Part 3)
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire has some further ideas on interchanging MGBGTV8 and MGB 1800 parts.
40. Front suspension modification
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire has a tip for both the MGBGTV8 and MGB 1800 models. (Feb 81)
41. Better brakes for your MGBV8
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire suggests an idea for the front brakes. The note was originally prepared for MGB 1800 owners (Feb 81)
42. Loss of sparks
Chris Hall (Blaze 0815) from Derbyshire highlights a problem he had with the points on his V8 (Aug 80)
43. Hydraulic self adjusting tappets
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire explains how they work. (Jul 80)
44. Improving the MGBV8's handling
Philip Morgan (BRG 1022) from Surrey sets out improvements you can obtain. (Feb 81)
45. Interchangeable part numbers - Rover 3500 Coupe & 3.5SD1, Range
Rover & MGBV8
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire provides a postscript to his earlier articles on the parts interchangeability theme as a schedule showing the Rover 3500 Coupe, Range Rover and Rover 3.5SD1 parts that appear interchangeable with the MGBGTV8. This research is the result of peter ploughing through the various parts catalogues and comparing part numbers.
46. Blocked carburettor vents
Geoff Seaton (Damask 1282) from Berkshire experienced black exhaust emission, rough running and a loss of power after starting the engine. He provides this brief note on the possible cause. (Aug 80)
47. Water pump
Here Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire explains how he has stripped down tow pumps - what to do, how to do it and what to look for, and in particular highlights a difficulty. How do you remove the impeller from the shaft without breaking it? Has anyone overcome the problem yet? (Feb 81)
48. Front wing baffle extensions
Mick Westrop (Aconite 1407) is our 244th member and shortly after joining he sent in a contribution to the V8 Workshop Notes series on an item many of us may not have realised was there!.(Feb 81)
49. Speedometer cable
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire has a small gem that could save money. (Feb 81)
50. V8 gearbox - a topical subject to end on!
Our regular contributor Peter laidler provides an interesting, and sadly for some of us a timely article, on one of the most topical subjects for V8 enthusiasts - the gearbox. (Feb 81)
50a) V8 gearbox sequel
50b) Editor's sequel on V8 gearbox
Tail end tips Although we called the first volume "First Fifty", with some sixteen
sequels there were in fact 66 workshop notes in the first volume!
51. A tale of cooler tails!
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire has a brief but useful tale of a corroded oil cooler tail.
52. Layshaft sequel
Brian Field (Harvest Gold 0097) from Cardiff sets out a few ideas based on rally experience as a sequel to Philip Morgan's ideas.
53. Bolts in your collector box
Ron Gammons (Black 1931) the well known MG racer and part of the duo of Brown & Gammons at Baldock in Hertfordshire has provided this valuable tip based on his own V8 swallowing a bolt through one of the carburettors. V8NOTE53
54. Could I fit a Rover 5 speed gearbox to my MGBV8?
Philip Morgan (BRG 1022) from Surrey sets out his approach on this topic.
55. Adapter assembly - carburettors
Jerry Bright (Citron 1956) from Hertfordshire owns the last chrome bumpered V8 and provides another workshop note which amplifies the V8 Supplement to the MGB Workshop Manual (AKD846).
56. Brake servo - a servicing summary
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) explains how to repair and overhaul the brake servo on the MGBGTV8.
57. Engine and gearbox removal and refitting - a sequel to an
Peter Ellis (Damask 2632) from Lincolnshire has this interesting sequel. He also provides a sketch of the steel shim for the offside engine mounting.
58. A rust prevention tip
Mick Westrop points to a hidden area where rust can be active!
59. Exhaust manifolds revisited
Mick Westrop adds a few ideas to this saga!
60. Starter motor - part numbers cross referenced
Peter Laidler provides a useful checklist.
61. Cooling fan motor
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) illustrates the part numbers for the V8 cooling fan motor.
62. Petrol tank modification
Paul Busby (Glacier White 0278) from Nottinghamshire had to replace his tank and decided to cure the slosh noise of petrol moving in the tank.
63. Battery revival
Jerry Bright (Citron 1956) from Hertfordshire describes how you can gain a little more life from an old battery.
64. Servicing SU carburettors
Graham Freeman (Damask 1877) from Dorset supplies this concise note with helpful details on of the information available from SU Butec.
65. V8 ignition
Peter Ellis (Damask 2632) from Lincolnshire provides some useful check sheets on the Lucas distributor ignition data generally.
66. Exhaust manifold sequel
Geoff Allen feels that pips and redundant lugs could well be causing some of the cracked exhaust manifolds - Geoff Allen (Teak Blue 2101) the V8 Historian from Oxfordshire explains.
67. Exhaust manifold - further sequel
Geoff Seaton (Damask 1282) from Berkshire believes badly set downpipes on replacement exhaust systems may be another factor in cracking manifolds.
68. Clutch slave cylinder sequel
Mick Westrop (Aconite 1407) provides this helpful sequel to the earlier note from John Dupont published in the V8 Register Journal Summer 1980).
69. Is your clutch really worn out?
Graham Freeman (Damask 1782) sent in a brief note on his experiences with an "engine out and refit which subsequently proved unnecessary. Why? - a worn link between clutch pedal and master cylinder.
70. Insurance for the MGBV8
Now the cost of insurance for the MGBGTV8 is a topic V8 enthusiasts have to bear in mind but there are two items of good news on that front, both provided by our friendly brokers, the Jack Wallis Partnership in Southampton. Report from Victor Smith. (Jun 80)
71. A fire hazard in the engine bay
Geoff Seaton (Damask 1282) from Berkshire has set in a safety note following a worrying experience.
72. Back axle clonk
Chris Hall (Glacier White 0815) from Derbyshire has provided a valuable cautionary tale and a back axle life saver tip.
73. More on hydraulic self-adjusting tappets
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire provided a note earlier in the series on V8 cam followers and now he follows it with more useful details.
74. More on the V8 alternator
Mick Westrop (Black 1407) from Dorset provides a further note on the AC Delco Alternator type 7982707 for the V8.
74a) AC Delco alternator parts breakdown
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) provides a part number list.
75. Replacing hydraulic brake pipes
It pays to get under the MGBGTV8 from time to time and examine the state of the hydraulic pipes. Jerry Bright (Citron 1956) explains how he replaced his pipes.
76. Fuel tanks for the MGBV8
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) provides this useful note on the fuel tank. If you renew the tank soon, it could save you time and trouble! Remember too, Jerry Bright's earlier article (Note 31) on anti-rust treatment for an existing tank. (Update note: things have moved on considerably from the situation described below with a range of parts available.)
77. Rear silencer - an economy tip
Chris Hall( Glacier White 0815) provides this useful note on extending the life of the exhaust system by replacing a blown V8 tail box.
78. Steering column on the MGBGTV8
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire provides an illuminating article on the steering column - particularly for the chrome bumpered V8s.
79. Dog guard for a BGT!
With a hundred and thirty seven horses up front, you may want to keep a dog under control in the back of your V8 David Yeo from Surrey has supplied details of a hatchback dog guard which will fit the V8.
80. Petrol tank sequel
Chris Bovington runs an 1800 B Roadster and contributed this very brief note in an article in Safety Fast! in August 1981.
81. Chrome nuts under the bonnet?
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) and Geoff Allen (Teal Blue 2101) from Oxfordshire have an idea for brightening up the engine bay.
82. Wiper motor fault
Geoff Seaton (Damask 1282) from Berkshire, a former flight engineer, describes a wiper motor fault that had a knock-on effect.
83. Steel in aluminium - seal those threads!
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire provides a valuable reminder.
83a) Prevention of seizure of nuts & bolts
Following the earlier not (Note 83), Jerry Bright (Citron 1956) from Hertfordshire has some additional points on thread treatments.
84. Fitting new front wings
Mick Westrop (Black 1407) passes on a useful tip which reduces the effort!
85. Fitting an SD1 gearbox yourself - one member's experience
Jacques Milliet (Green 0498) from Switzerland replies to an earlier note (Note 54) with details of his experiences.
86. BV8 engines for sale - take care!
Geoff Seaton (Damask 1282) from Berkshire explains how he was lured by an advert only to discover the engine was for a Range Rover. He wasted a journey.
87. Fitting Huntsman competition tubular exhaust manifolds - details
of the inner wing modifications and how to fit hot air ducts to them
Harry Speight (Glacier White 2724) from Durham explains how to modify the inner wing on an MGBGTV8 for the tubular exhaust system and how to fit the hot air ducts to the air filter box.
88. Mind the toasted fingers!
Geoff Seaton (Damask 1282) from Berkshire has a brief tip for saving your fingers when using a strobe.
89. Special V8 alloy & steel wheels
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) has been looking at the V8 wheels - an item that has recently gone NLA.
90. Sequel to fire hazard article (see V8 Note 71)
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) from London W sets out in usual detail how he tackled one of the tips published during 1981 (Note 71) from Geoff Seaton.
91. Steering rack
Paul Busby (Glacier White 0278) has a short note highlighting a problem you should be prepared for when removing the rack
92. Alternator bolt tightening tip
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) from Middlesex has a brief but useful tip on an item which even armchair mechanics might heed!
93. Searching for spare parts
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gild 0811) from Oxfordshire explains how he goes about searching for spares.
94. Servo sequel
Geoff Seaton (Damask 1282 and Black 2896) from Berkshire has a useful sequel to previous notes on the servo - Notes 12, 12a and 56.
95. Exhaust manifolds to crack or not to crack, that is the question!
Jerry Bright (Citron 1956) from Hertfordshire provides some practical tips for avoiding strain on the cast manifolds that could lead to cracked flanges.
96. Front brake calliper overhaul
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) from Middlesex explains how he tackled an overhaul of his front brake callipers. It is always worth remembering that track racing truism "never start anything you can't stop!". Please read this note in conjunction with the MGB Workshop Manual section M6.
97. Updating the parts catalogue
John Dupont (Teal Blue 0534) from Middlesex was the first contributor in the V8 Workshop Notes series and has sent in this useful note setting out some part number changes.
98. Back axle modification - possibly the most important note
yet for the MGBV8 but controversial nonetheless
This modification has been jointly developed by Geoff Seaton and Peter Laidler and both need no introduction as they are regular beavers for our members. The note is prepared by Geoff Seaton. See also Note 72 by Chris Hall. (Dec 82) V8NOTE98
99. Magnetic sump nut for the MGBV8 engine
Bill Burridge (Bracken 1152) who joined the V8 Register in 1981 has been putting his head together with Geoff Seaton and has come up with an interesting modification based on an original idea from Peter Laidler.
100. Gearbox and the MGBGTV8 - a sequel
One of regular contributors, Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire, has produced a topical sequel to a note on the first gear wheel in the V8 gearbox. It is an interesting article to complete the first hundred V8 Workshop Notes which are now published in three volumes.
101. Take care - your balls may drop!
Geoff Allen (Teal Blue 2101) from Oxfordshire provides this valuable tip that could save you a great deal of trouble and discomfort in the region of your carburettors! (Jan 84)
102. A small tip on speedo cable
Graham Freeman (Damask 1782) provides a small but useful tip. (Jan 83)
103. Underbody corrosion
Paul Busby (White 0278) from Leicestershire follows an active Winter on his V8 with an article on that ever present topic - corrosion. (Jan 83)
104. The steering rack - another exception to note
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire has found the steering column on the chrome bumpered MGBGTV8 is not identical to the standard MGB 1800. (Jan 83)
105. Move on batteries
Chris Bovington, who has an MGB 1800 Roadster, provided this note on batteries in a recent issue of Safety Fast! (Aug 82)
106. Rubber lock washers
A brief but very useful note from Anthony Tyndale (MGBGT 1800). (Aug 83)
107. Waxoyl treatment for an MGB or V8
Chris Bovington (MGB 1800 Roadster) contributes a series of tips in the August 1981 issue of Safety Fast! - this one is on Waxoyl treatment. (Aug 81)
108. Adhesives for the car - a comprehensive note
This useful, comprehensive note was originally published in two parts in the September and October 1981 issues of Safety Fast! and was contributed by a Club member "DGS". In reading this note in the reprocessed volumes released in 2003, please note this article was written in 1981. (Oct 81)
109. LE or ST - revised bodywork for an MGB
Anthony Tyndale (MGBGT 1800) set out some ideas on spoilers in the January 1981 issue of Safety Fast! (Jan 81)
110. High intensity rear foglights for an MGB or an MGBGTV8
Anthony Tyndale (MGBGT 1800) provided this note on a modification that provided rear fog lights within the standard rear lighting equipment. Subsequent to publishing this note we found the modification, whilst neat, did in fact breach the road vehicle regulations. So this note was withdrawn and is not reproduced in this updated volume. (Aug 81)
111. Petrol tank sequel
A brief contribution from Chris Bovington (MGB Roadster 1800) on the petrol tank. (Sep 81)
112. Rear wash/wipe installation for an MGBGT or MGBGTV8
Aidan Bristow (Glacier White 1815) on duty in Lagos, sends us this useful tip. Fortunately his MGBGTV8 is garaged in a cooler and drier climate at Baldock! (Oct 81)
113. Brake servo sequel - more!
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire makes a few observations on Geoff Seaton's earlier article on the brake servo. (Oct 83)
114. Valuation of MGs for insurance purposes
Godfrey Joly of the Jack Wallis Partnership are helpful insurance brokers who have been beavering away arranging competitive cover for MGBGTV8s. Here he provides a useful guide to the general requirements for valuations of V8s and other classic MGs. (Oct 83)
115. MG running on
Anthony Tyndale (MGB 1800) provides this helpful tip - the kits he mentions can be obtained from CARSPARES. (Oct 83)
116. Lubrication of the MGBGTV8 axle and gearbox
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire clarifies the lubrication needs for these components. (Oct 83)
117. Wiring layout diagram for the new two plug and socket
requirements for tow bars
Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) from London SW recently fitted a tow bar to his MGBGTV8 and came across the new two plug requirements. (Oct 83)
118. Handbrake compensating lever
A caution sent in by Steve French (Black 0504) from Essex. (Oct 83)
119. Front spoiler sequel
Steve French (Black 0504) from Essex suggests a few modifications when fitting a front spoiler. See the earlier Note 44. (Oct 83)
120. Inlet manifold gasket
Mick Westrop (Black 1407) from Hampshire has some tips on sealing the manifold inlet gaskets. (Oct 83)
121. Jumping out of reverse - another sequel
Mick Westrop (Black 1407) from Hampshire suggests another remedy for this irritating problem. This is a sequel to Note 27 in Volume 1. (Oct 83). You can view this Note as V8NOTE121.
122. Laying up an MGB or MGBGTV8 - a corrosion engineer's
Geoff Seaton (Black 2896) from Berkshire was until recently an engineer with British Airways and is very familiar with the care and attention needed on maintaining quality machinery. Here he sets out some ideas on lay up products. (Oct 83)
123. Underbonnet sound deadening felt drooping
Mick Westrop (Black 1407) from Hampshire explains that the sound deadening felt can break up and then drop down and damage underbonnet components. (Oct 83)
124. Clutch slave cylinder removal, the battle of the bulge - sequel
to Notes 38 & 68
The irrepressible Steve French (Black 0504) from Essex graphically describes this exercise! The article is a sequel to Notes 38 and 68. (Oct 83)
125. Electronic water injection system
Anthony Tyndale (MGBGT 1800) contributes this interesting note which was first published in Safety Fast! in May 1984. (May 84)
126. Changing exhaust manifold bolts
Mick Westrop (Black 1407) from Hampshire suggests you use socket cap screws as a replacement. (Jan 84)
127. Cigar lighter broken?
Steve French (Black 0504) from Essex relates how he replaced a faulty unit with the latest pattern. (Jan 84)
128. Lubricating oils
The letter to Safety Fast! in May 1984 from RA Wild has a number of interesting points and comments on lubrication. (May 84)
129. Mounting badges on a rubber bumpered MGBV8
This tip came from Geoff Allen (Teal Blue 2101) from Oxfordshire to Howard Gosling (Silver LE 3001) from London SW. (Dec 83)
130. Water pump dowel holes undersize - take care
Mick Westrop (Black 1407) from Hampshire highlights this problem which Victor Smith also met recently when changing a water pump. Be prepared for the procedure set out below but do it dry before the gasket goo goes on! (Feb 84)
131. Supercharging for road or track
This is not for the faint hearted! An interesting article by Mick Broad of Auto Power Services at Daventry to set you going! (Feb 83)
132. To claim or not to claim!
Alan Kingwell (Citron 1679) from Hampshire explains how to deal with a small claim. (Mar 84)
133. Suspension and handling problems and solutions
Hayden Winn (Glacier White 2781) from Australia provides a personal guide to sorting out suspension problems. This article first appeared in "Pieces of Eight", the regular journal of the V8 Register of Australia, part of the MG car Club. (Mar 84)
134. That V8 diff modification
Simon Boeyen (Glacier White 0823) from Australia comments on his experience with implementing Peter Laidler's diff modification. It provides a useful caution too. (Mar 83)
135. Sequel to that V8 diff modification
Hayden Winn (Glacier White 0278) from Australia adds further helpful hints on carrying out Peter Laidler's diff modification. (APR 84)
136. Cooling system - MGBV8
Steve Foldhazy (Damask 0795) from Australia offers advice on cooling a V8 in Australia. (Mar 84)
137. Tie rod ends
Ken Dodds (Glacier White 0986) from downunder provides a method for untying his arms. (Mar 84)
138. Damaged V8 wheel nuts prevention
Geoff Allen (Teal Blue 2101) from Oxfordshire has a practical, if brief, tip to help you save your nuts! (Mar 84)
139. Rust prevention tip
Suggestions on rust prevention on the fuel tank provided by Ken Dodds (Glacier White 0986) from downunder. (Mar 84)
140. Air-conditioning cars - some background notes if you have
it in mind for the MGBV8
These notes have been provided by P Manners of Sankyo International at Reading - they are an interesting read for members who have air conditioning in mind. (Mar 84) V8NOTE140
141. Temperature gauge tip
Geoff Allen (Teal Blue 2101) from Oxfordshire has a brief tip which may be useful to members refurbishing an MGBGTV8. (Mar 84)
142. Gear selection problems
Extract from "Pieces of Eight" contributed by Ken Dodds (Glacier White 0986), a longstanding V8 enthusiasts from downunder, with useful pointers to possible problem areas and suggested solutions. (Jan 84)
143. Starter motor - saving money
John Roslyn (Teal Blue 0477) from Yorkshire has a useful tip. (Jan 84)
144. Changing clutch and brake master cylinders - a few
practical tips from seeing Geoff Allen at work!
This note provides a few practical tips from seeing Geoff Allen at work! From Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) from London SW. (Jan 84)
145. Rust prevention - a further note
Anthony Wilkinson is Secretary of the MGB Register of the MG Car Club and in this note sets out his ideas on rust prevention. First published in Safety Fast! in August 1982 (Aug 82)
146. Worn lower king pin bush
Colin Light (Damask 0457) from Kent has a useful note on this topic. (Jan 84)
147. Waxoyling an MGB or MGBGTV8 - part one
The first article on pumping the magic fluid into the inner parts of the body by Roger Cooper was published in the B Register Notes in Safety Fast! in December 1982. (Dec 82) V8NOTE147
148. Waxoyling an MGB or MGBGTV8 - part two
This second part of the article on waxoyling the inner parts of an MGB 1800 or V8 by Roger Cooper was first published in the B Register Notes in Safety Fast! in December. Note V8NOTE148 is concolidated with V8NOTE147. (Dec 82)
149. Fitting louvres in a V8 bonnet
Simon Horlock sets out a useful tip which was first published in the March 1983 issue of Safety Fast! (Mar 83)
150. The answer's yes, now what's the question?
Bertie Samuelson (Chartreuse 2790) from London W received an interesting reply from BL to his request for information on spare differential s for the MGBGTV8. (Jan 84)
151. Difficult spares
Steve French (Black 0504) from Essex sets out his list of difficult V8 spares following a recent tidy-up of his MGBGTV8. (Jan 84)
152. Gearbox lubrication
Steve Foldhazy (Damask 0795) is an active V8 enthusiast downunder and makes some recommendations for the correct "liquor" for the V8 gearbox. (Jan 84)
153. Drain plug drips
Hayden Winn (Glacier White 2781) from Australia suggests ways of ensuring drain plugs do not drip. (Jan 84)
154. That dwell adjuster again! - a sequel to Chris Hall's earlier
John Coulson (Black 2816) from Yorkshire has a "get you home" tip as a sequel to Chris Hall's earlier article in Note NN. (DEC 83)
155. Stainless steel petrol tank
John Rosslyn (Teal Blue 0477) from Yorkshire explains how he traced a full size tank to replace his rusted original unit. (Nov 83)
156. Rockers not knockers!
A lubrication tip from Ken Dodds (Glacier White 0986) published in "Pieces of Eight", the Australia V8 Register journal on how to ensure the correct lubrication of the rocker shafts on a V8. (Oct 83)
157. Front spoilers for the MGBV8
Hayden Winn (Glacier White 2781), an active V8 enthusiasts downunder provides some useful hints on mounting a front spoiler on a V8 that works but does not spoil the looks of the Car. (Sep 83)
158. Exhaust manifolds
Ken Dodds (Glacier White 0986) from Australia sets out this cautionary note in "Pieces of Eight", the journal of the Australian V8 Register. (Sep 83)
159. Another view on the back axle life saver kit!
Syd Beer (Harvest Gold 0130) who has one of the early press demo V8s, sets out his views on the problem first notes by Chris Hall and the "life saver kit" developed by Peter Laidler. This note is based on Syd's letter to Safety Fast! in the March 1983 issue. (Mar 83)
160. A reply to Syd Beer's views on the back axle life saver kit
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire relies to the interesting points raised by Syd Beer set out as Note 159. (APR 83)
161. The gearbox and the MGBV8
This sequel to an earlier note on the V8 gearbox is from our regular contributor Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire gives some more useful on an area of concern for V8 enthusiasts. (Mar 84)
162. The overdrive and the MGBV8
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire has the interests of V8 enthusiasts at heart and in this article he explains some more valuable tips for the V8 gearbox. (APR 83)
163. Balancing carburettors, or "Hissing Sid rules OK?"
Mick Westrop (Black 1407) from Hampshire is the V8 Register concours expert and has some ideas on balancing carburettors. (Oct 83)
164. Cleaning out your drain tubes!
Ken Smith (Damask 1214) from Derbyshire sent in a note which could solve a number of problems on the drainage from the fresh air vent chamber. (Aug 83)
165. Contemplating a gearbox rebuild
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire tackles a subject many of us have in mind! He sets out a guide how to approach this major job. (Sep 83)
166. Starter fault
Jack Wilson (Bronze Yellow 0188) from Surrey sent in this contribution following his receipt of the V8 Register mailshot in October 1983. This note reminds Victor Smith of a problem he had with his MGB Roadster during practice at Brands Hatch a few years ago - my engine just kept cutting out!
167. Improve your handling on the MGBV8 - fit a rear anti-roll bar
Paul Busby (Glacier White 2786) from Nottinghamshire provides this useful note and mentions the kits are available at the usual V8 specialists like Beer of Houghton and the Sprite and Midget Centre at Richmond in Surrey. (APR 84)
168. Hot air tubes
Bruce Carnaby (Flamenco Red 2278) from NN has a sequel to earlier articles by Chris Hall and Tony Hilton. (Mar 84)
169. The AC Delco alternator - a breakdown to show its parts
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire sets out the component parts of the V8 alternator. Remember there is a very useful comprehensive service manual supplied by AC Delco as part number 071-200 (12-1974). (May 84)
170. Missing ball - or whatever happened to the missing overdrive ball valve!
Steve French (Black 0504) from Essex uses his V8 a great deal in an around London and at a chance meeting in the City the other day, thrust this note into my hand. It's a useful tip. (May 84)
171. Beware of kinky engine breather hoses!
Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire answers that question - why does an engine need a breather? (Mar 84)
172. Overheating mystery
The contributions from Jack Wilson (Bronze Yellow 0188) from Surrey are not long or technically involved but illustrate how a modest contribution based on your experiences of how you solved a particular problem or mystery on your MGBGTV8 could save fellow V8 enthusiasts a great deal of time. (Feb 84)
173. Removing a windscreen from an MGBGTV8 - take care with the chrome inserts
This note from Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) from Oxfordshire is well worth reading before you take a screen out or even before you consider a respray. (Feb 84)
174. Engine mounting brackets round the right way
Steve Thorning (Blaze 1890) from Hampshire runs the Shoulder of Mutton with his father and is our host for the annual V8 Gathering there. In this note he provides a very useful double check. (Mar 84)
175. Telescopic front suspension conversion kit for the MGBGTV8 - preliminary details
Elwood von Seilbold
Ellwood von Seibold is a V8 enthusiast with Spax, the well know manufacture and supplier of telescopic shock absorbers, which has recently announced the introduction of an interesting conversion kit for the MGBGTV8. This note is the text of a recent Spax press release. The existing lever arm front shocker is retained as an integral component of the front suspension structure but it is rendered ineffective with the removal of the valves. The fluid is of course retained. (May 84)
176. Alternator problems
An alternator problem struck Mike Breedon (Glacier White 1536) from Yorkshire when he was last home on leave from Saudi Arabia. It could have proved very expensive but fortunately he spotted some early signs. (May 91)
177. Alternative alternator
Jacques Milliet (Glacier White 0498 & Damask 2445), an enthusiastic member from Geneva, owns the good looking left hand drive MGBGTV built at Abingdon by Geoff Allen and featured in the V8 Newsletter in the August 1990 issue of Safety Fast!. (May 91)
178. Easier access to the spare wheel space
Jacques Milliet (Glacier White 0498 & Damask 2445) from Geneva who has his MGBGTV8s maintained at Abingdon by Geoff Allen, has contributed another note in our popular series. (May 91)
179. Heater control valve on the MGBV8
With components like the heater valve becoming more difficult to obtain, a regular contributor to the V8 Workshop Notes series, Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811), has a useful tip to help you use a standard heater valve from an MGB 1800 and adapt it for the MGBV8. He also adds a tip for achieving a smoother action on the control cable. (May 91)
180. Wind noise on the MGBGTV8
A feature of the MGB 1800 and MGBGTV8 that can frequently annoy our members is the wind noise at even modest speeds. NN Mason (Harvest Gold 1109) from Stafford provides this useful checklist of areas that need careful attention to tackle this problem. (May 91)
181. Brakes pulling
Don Bishop, the Registrar for the MGB Register of the MG Car Club, provided this very useful tip which was published in the December 1984 issue of Safety Fast! (DEC 84)
182. Hypoy 90-B oil in the rear axle
NM Mason (Harvest Gold 1109) from Staffordshire sent in an interesting note regarding the transmission on the MGBGTV8. (May 91)
183. Spark plug tester
Simon Horlock, a member of the MGB Register of the MG Car Club, provides this idea which was first published in the October 1984 issue of Safety Fast! (Oct 84)
184. More on alternative alternators
Roger Parker (Green 4092), a well known MG enthusiast from the West Midlands who has built a good looking MGBV8 Efi, provides this useful tip on alternative alternators for the MGBV8. (May 91)
185. An important safety check
Roger Parker (Green 4092), a highly qualified police vehicle examiner, provides these precautionary notes on the possible consequences of failing to secure the batteries in an MGB or MGBV8. (May 91)
186. Fire extinguishers for your MG
David Knowles (Damask 1215), an enthusiastic (and artistic) member from Oxfordshire provides this helpful note which might be considered in conjunction with V8 Note 185. (May 91)
187. Tyre aspect ratios
David Knowles (Damask 1215) from Oxfordshire provides this useful insight to tyre aspect ratios. (May 91) V8NOTE187
188. Fitting an SD1 5 speed gearbox
Fitting an SD1 five speed gearbox was an exercise John Wilson mentioned at Silverstone earlier this year. Now John reports on having completed the installation. (May 91)
189. Overhauling the MGBV8 heater valve
David Knowles (Damask 1215) from Oxfordshire provides this note on overhauling the heater valve fitted to the MGBGTV8 model. This note expands on the earlier Note 15 from Peter Laidler (Harvest Gold 0811) and Note 179 from Colin Leisk (Damask 0729) from Warwickshire. (May 91)
190. Revival of sagging seats
Seat refurbishment need not necessitate the replacement of the whole seat base sponge - here Dave Wellings (Black 0974) from Yorkshire explains that there is an easier and cheaper solution! (May 91)
191. Rear head restraints for children
There comes a time in every family man's life when the "child seat plus back seat" combination is no longer solvable in an MGBGTV8! Dave Wellings (Black 0974) from Yorkshire explains that when his daughter (at 4 years of age) sat in her child seat, there was barely half an inch clearance between the top of the seat and the roof - even on a smooth road! Clearly something had to be done in order to maintain cordial father-daughter relations! (May 91) You can view this note as V8NOTE191.
192. MGBV8 tools from VL Churchill
At the back of the V8 Workshop Manual Supplement (AKD 8468) are two pages listing and illustrating the special tools referred to in the manual instructions. As the manual lists the full address of VL Churchill, David Knowles (Damask 1215) from Oxfordshire decided to check which tools are still available. Understandably some tools have been discontinued over the years but most of the tools for the MGBGTV8 (and many of those for the MGB 1800) are still available. The following list gives the prices quoted in 1986 by Churchill. (May 91)
193. Chrome bumper V8 grille badge plinth
This item is no longer available, however Dave Wellings (Black 0974) from Yorkshire indicates there is a way to reclaim a broken plinth. (May 91)
194. Gearbox inhibitor switch (overdrive)
These gearbox switches are virtually identical and at first sight appear to be totally inaccessible but can in fact be removed fairly easily, although the operation is fiddly. Here Dave Wellings (Black 0974) from Yorkshire describes how the overdrive switch can be removed from above or below, but it is much easier from above. (May 91)
195. V8 wheel renovation
The only satisfactory way to restore an MGBGTV8 wheel necessitates splitting the rim from the alloy centre. The rim can then be sent away for rechroming and its removal from the alloy centre allows full access to the centre for painting and polishing. Here Paul Gill (Glacier White 2518) from Mid Glamorgan describes how he refurbished his wheels. (May 91)
196. V8 carburettor pipe warning
Whilst studying engines at Silverstone last year, Dave Wellings (Black 0974) from Yorkshire and author of several recent V8 Workshop Notes, drew the attention of David Knowles to a short piece of pipe which had been used by a previous owner of his car to bridge the two balance tubes on the innermost sides of each carburettor. This note highlights a potential danger from this pipe. (May 91)
197. Slipping clutch
NM Mason (Harvest Gold 1109) from Staffordshire provides a brief note which may save costly maintenance work. (May 91)
198. Wiper blade replacements
Peter Beadle (Damask 0503) from Sussex reveals that many replacement wiper blades sold as suitable for MGBs, MGCs and MGBGTV8s are in fact either too straight or too stiffly sprung. In this note Peter explains how to get the right equipment for a clean wipe! (May 91)
199. Head gasket failures
Dave Hewson (Glacier White 2899) from Surrey asks "how many MGBGTV8 owners have suffered head gasket failures on their cars?. They seem particularly prone to failure after sustained driving around the red line". Here he reports a cure. (May 91)
200. Protection against damp in storage
Many people who store their cars off road during the winter months protect the exterior chrome with a light coating of oil bit do not think about the interior chrome. Here Tim Langman (Damask 0484) from Sussex provides a useful tip. (May 91)
200a Sequel - damp in garages during winter
David Knowles (Damask 1215) from Oxfordshire provides a note with comments on dealing with damp in garages. (May 91)
201. Problems with the oil pump
Peter Berry (Teal Blue 0201) from Kent contributes this useful note following problems he came across following a leaking oil pump base gasket. (May 91) V8NOTE201
202. V8 accelerator cables
Ron Armstrong (Citron 1095) from Hertfordshire contributed the following note. (May 91)
203. Alternative alternator connector box
Peter Beech (Teal Blue 0698) from Sussex sent in this note about difficulties he had experienced with the connector block on his alternator. (May 91)
204. MGBV8s and unleaded petrol
Bob Winters (Damask 1822) from Somerset has investigated the use of unleaded fuel for the MGBGTV8 with Land Rover at Solihull. As this article shows it should be possible for the ecologically minded V8 owner to use their car with a clean conscience! (May 91)
205. Setting ignition timing with a strobe
Howard Gosling (Quicksilver 3001 & Flame 4001) from Hertfordshire, our present Chairman, contributed this note on strobe timing. (May 91)
206. Priming an oil pump
Brian Field (Harvest Gold 0097) from Cardiff, who campaigns a rally prepared prototype MGBGTV8, has sent in a brief note which follows up the earlier note from Peter Berry (V8 Workshop Note 201) in the April issue of Safety Fast! with his own technique for priming the oil pump on the MGBGTV8. (May 91) V8NOTE206
207. Pick those ratios
Dave Wellings (Black 0974), one of the V8 Register technical representatives, provides a fascinating note on rear axle ratios which will be of general interest to MGB and MGC enthusiasts as well as those contemplating an MGBV8 conversion. (May 91)
208. C-post liner clip
David Knowles (Damask 1215) from Oxfordshire provides this useful note to protect the liner. (May 01)
209. Use of unleaded petrol in MGBV8s
Roger Parker (Green 4092) from the West Midlands has some comments on the use of unleaded fuel in MGBV8 engines. (May 91)
210. Changing the brake master cylinder
David Atfield (Tundra 1816) from Cornwall has sent in this tip based on his personal experience. (May 91)
211. Hydraulic cam followers or self adjusting tappets
This is reprint of a note in one of the earlier volumes of the V8 Workshop Notes which is out of print. It's a note which is of interest and worth using again simply because the hydraulic cam followers give the V8 such quietness and ease of maintenance.
212. Interchange of parts between the US spec MGBGT and the MGBGTV8
Paul Kile (Teal Blue V8 0889) from Fairoaks in California highlights how some parts from a 1973 US spec MGBGT can be used as replacements on an MGBGTV8. This note was originally posted on the MG bulletin board and passed to the V8 Register by David Smith (Bracken V8 2122). (Feb 00)
213. Battery management
In this note, originally produced as RV8 Workshop Note 56, Bryan Ditchman (Bracken V8 1012), describes a device which maintains the battery condition, particularly when an MGBGTV8 or MG RV8 is stored for extended periods. You can view this note as V8NOTE213.
214. Tips for attending the annual 24 heures du Mans
A comprehensive note on how to plan a trip to le Mans based on the experience of the regulars from the V8 Register who go to this annual sports car endurance race. One member queried why a non-technical note is included in the series - come on, V8 life is not all spanners and spare parts, we need to enjoy the cars and the company of V8 chums at classic motor sport events like this. You can view this note as V8NOTE214.
215. Dealing with a squeal from the front brakes
This is a regular technical query and is now FAQ14 on the website. This note and the sequel from Roger Parker sets out how to solve the squeal. You can view this note as V8NOTE215.
216. End of leaded petrol
Roger Parker (Green V8 4092) responded to a recent query from Gordon Hesketh-Jones (Harvest Gold V8 1904) from Cornwall concerning the silent arrival of LRP in the pumps during the Autumn of 1999. (DEC 99). You can view this note as V8 NOTE216.
217. Continued availability of leaded petrol
David Smith (Bracken V8 2122) e-mailed us with a footnote to V8 Workshop Note 217 which is a useful note on what is available and where you can get it. (May 00)
218. Replacement gearboxes
One of the early decisions members face when planning an MGBV8 conversion is the choice of gearbox. Increasingly it is also an issue for members with the MGBGTV8 model. Here Victor Smith (Harvest Gold V8 1089) provides a summary of your replacement options. This note is an outline of the gearbox options facing V8 enthusiasts as the MGBGTV8 approaches its 30th year. (Jun 00)
219. MGBV8 gearbox, clutch and propshaft
A comprehensive review of the options and equipment available. Roger Parker (Green V8 4092) provides a general review of the choices of replacement gearbox for the MGBGTV8 and for MGBV8 conversions. (June 00)
220. Borg-Warner T-5 gearbox information
Information on an alternative gearbox for MGBV8 conversions. This article is by Bob Hyclak and is reproduced from the MG V-8 Newsletter Issue VII Vol 1 with the kind permission of the Editor, Kurt Schley. (June 00)
221. Dellow Automotive 5 speed gearbox
A reprint of a useful article from the US V8 Register on an alternative gearbox much favoured for MGBV8 conversions in the US. This article is reproduced from the MG V-8 Newsletter Issue VII Vol 1 produced by an enthusiastic band of MGV8 fans in the USA. This note is included with the kind permission of the Editor of the MG V-8 Newsletter, Kurt Schley. (June 00).
222. Lay up and storage concerns for the MGBV8 enthusiast
A comprehensive note on how lay up and store a V8 and some of the issues to bear in mind. Many members take their MGBV8s off the road for the winter period to avoid the ravages of salt on the bodywork but a number of difficulties can arise when the car is fired up for an airing after a lengthy lay-up. Whilst the motivation for members laying up their V8s in winter is clear (they want to avoid the bodywork ravages from the salt spread on winter roads), it is just as important to ensure the car is kept dry whilst it is stored in the garage. Keeping the air moving under and around the car is a worthwhile precaution and an electric fan connected to a timer provides a useful period of breeze each day. Here Dave Wellings (Black V8 0974) provides some tips. (October 00).
223. Torch for the toolkit
A torch is an essential tool for the V8 and here is a suggested source. One of our RV8 members (Anon) provided this short note as RV8 Workshop Note 73 with details of an alternative torch for the RV8 toolkit. (October 00).
224. Battery lifter or carrier
A tip which will help V8 enthusiasts lift their batteries without ripping their knuckles! One of our members (Anon) noted a Brevette battery lifter was mentioned as an accessory in RV8 Workshop Note 9 on the RV8 toolkit. Here he provides information on an alternative battery lifter/carrier which could also be useful for MGBV8 enthusiasts too. (October 00).
225. Battery carriers or lifters, another source
Getting batteries out of their black hole in V8s in no joke so another source of battery lifters is good news. Brian Jackson (Teal Blue MGBGT 1800) called following the publication of RV8 Workshop Note 73 in the December issue of Safety Fast! to report another source of battery carriers or lifters at a lower cost. This is the first RV8 or V8 Workshop Note contributed by a Club member without a V8 powered MG and we are delighted fellow members with the original 1800 machines enjoy the V8 Register monthly column and periodic newsletters. (Nov 00)
226. Bonnet hinge alignment
One of the essential tips - brief but one you will need one day. It is a brief note from Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue RV8 0265, Blaze V8 1059 & Bronze Yellow V8 1012) from Hampshire which will be of use to both MG RV8 and MGBV8 enthusiasts. (DEC 00).
227. Steering rack caution
A colleague of Kevin Hallsworth (Green Mallard V8 0719) from Lincolnshire had experienced a strange feel through his steering and asked Kevin to look at the car. This brief note sets out what Kevin found on examining the car and urges members to make routine checks of their steering rack mountings. (June 01)
228. Brake servo failure
The thought of suddenly finding you have no brakes makes V8 enthusiasts blood run cold. Fortunately brake failures because of servo problems are rare but, unlike difficulties with slave cylinders, early warning signs of potential servo failure are few - the consequences of sudden servo failure are spine chilling! This note from Victor Smith (Harvest Gold V8 1089) with contributions from Roger Parker, Geoff Allen and Jim Gibson, examines several cases and considers the options. (Jun 01). V8NOTE228
or mineral brake fluid for V8s?
This topic was touched on in an earlier note and here James Strachan (Damask V8 0582) from Cambridgeshire sets out how he tackled wear on the nylon bush at the top of the column. (Aug 01).
239. Ride height and bumpers
Peter Holden (Glacier White V8 1183) retired from circuit racing a Midget a few seasons ago and thought about getting a MGBGTV8 which he could use for the occasional historic navigational event. He contacted the V8 Register seeking some guidance on ride heights and bumpers. This note is based on the reply provided by Roger Parker. You can see this note as V8NOTE239 on this website.
240. Trouble with the original "top hat" battery terminals
If you have had difficulty with poor starting and misfiring at low revs, then poor battery terminals could be the answer. Here Victor describes what he feels is the battery terminal problem and how to solve it.
241. Further thoughts on the fuel pump relocation topic
This note from Roger Parker provides his thoughts on the issues raised in the original note from Peter Berry first published in Safety Fast! back in October 1997 (now included in this volume as Note 236) and Geoff Allen's comments in Note 237. (Sept 01)
242. Insurance for classic MGs
Insurance for the MGBV8 and MG RV8 is an important consideration for the V8 enthusiast because it is vital the policy provides sufficient cover in the event of a claim. Here Victor Smith reproduces a section of the Notes for MGV8 enthusiasts which were included as a section of the Members' Handbook produced by the V8 Register in 1996. (April 96) V8NOTE242
243. Air intake mesh
Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) has a tip which will also be of interest to MGBV8 enthusiasts which is a very useful modification to help keep rubbish out of the air vent void. (Sep 99)
244. MGBGTV8 camshaft change
Following a discussion at the V8 Gathering at Silverstone earlier this year, a member of the V8 Register was keen to understand the likely problems to be encountered changing a camshaft without removing the engine. Roger Parker (Green 4092), who has a wealth of knowledge of V8 powerplants and MGBV8 conversions, came to the rescue with this note. (DEC 99)
245. Small steps & giant strides in the handling
This is The suspension package on the MGBGTV8 was showing its age even when the V8 was launched in 1973 and by today's standards the handling demands skill and attention. Ken Drake (Citron 1057) from Berkshire provides this note on how he has made a series of improvements to the handling on his V8. It is a fascinating account of Ken's search for improved handling and his impressions with various the front suspension systems. Quite a definitive note on the topic. (DEC 99)
246. Rear shock absorbers for MGBV8s
Gordon provides a comprehensive note on his experiences with telescopic rear shock absorbers which should answer many of the questions that so frequently come up when members discuss this topic. You can view this note as V8NOTE246.
247. Twin exhausts for an MGBV8
Can I fit twin exhausts to my V8 with two pipes running either side of the prop shaft tunnel? That was the query from David Youde. The note is Roger Parker's interesting reply.
248. Improved cooling with the MGBV8
Gordon describes the V8 cooling system as "marginal" and sets out a note on how to improve engine bay cooling. A copy of this useful note is available as V8NOTE248.
249. Fitting an override switch on the cooling fans
Ian Thomson & Gordon Hesketh-Jones
An override switch is a popular modification but Ian was getting a glow in his warning light that the override was on. Gordon, an electrical engineer and former MGB rally driver, came up with an explanation.
250. Fitting a 12 volt battery to a chrome bumpered MGBGTV8
Changing from the twin six volt batteries to a single 12 volt on chrome bumpered V8s is a modification worth considering. Here Gordon explains how he carried out the change. You can see this useful workshop note as V8NOTE250.
251. Replacing a starter
Fault with the distributor vacuum unit
Location of V8 badge and the Leyland square on the MGBGTV8 nearside wing
254. V8 engine
Engine cooling tip for the MGBGTV8
Uprated heater matrix for the V8
257. Front shock
absorbers on the V8
Ignition timing with a Rover 3500 engine
the bush in the crankshaft following a clutch refurbishment
Engine stabiliser bars
Possible cure for noisy tappets
Rising tickover in hot conditions
Have you got a screw loose?
Plastic plug rot
Got a blown plastic coolant filler plug? - a tip to help get you home
Options when faced with an engine rebuild
Do we need to replace the tyres on our V8s before they are worn out?
What tyres were fitted to the MGBGTV8 at the Factory?
V8 cooling fan motors
Door jamb switch operating the internal console light
Internal tailgate lamp
Longstanding member Dave Wellings (Black 0974) from Yorkshire posted a note on the V8 website Bulletin Board just before Christmas Eve with one of those notes with very valuable advice. He recommends preventative maintenance on your heater hoses. (DEC 02)
275. Temporary steering tip
Geoff Allen (Teal Blue 2101), the V8 Historian & Archivist who is now living in retirement in Cheshire, has provided a very simple note to complete Volume 7. It is a note based on his long experience of servicing and maintaining MGs, particularly MGBGTV8s, during his 27 years in Rectifications Department at the Abingdon Factory and then running his own MG business. You can see this note as V8NOTE275 on this website - the tip enables you to move the car when the steering rack is removed for maintenance work involving the starter motor or exhaust manifolds. (Jan 03)
276. The V8 cooling fan motor saga
Bryan Ditchman (Bronze Yellow 1012) from Hampshire has been giving his MGBGTV8 a comprehensive refurbishment over the last 12 months and says "I would like to put in my ten pennyworth in on a positive note" on how to maintain these units. (Jan 03)
277. Soak your spigot bush overnight!
Bryan Ditchman (Bronze Yellow 1012) from Hampshire has a couple of tips for V8 enthusiasts doing engine overhauls. (Jan 03)
278. Thatcham immobilisers
Richard Groves (Blaze 1898) from Kent has some interesting comments on the effectiveness of these immobilisers which underlines the need to select an insurance policy that does not require a system to be fitted to your V8.
279. Reverse gear
jumps out - not a new difficulty!
RV8 filler cap for the MGBGTV8
the temperature/oil pressure gauge and adding a voltmeter
Distributors for the MGBGTV8
Solving the rusting V8 wheel nuts!
Noisy tappets - is it normal?
What could that "Clunk" noise be?
Soft front suspension on an MGBGTV8
Overheating problems with an MGBGTV8
Steering wheel locks
Exhaust manifold gaskets
Recommended tyre supplier
MGBGTV8 cooling and overheating concerns
Cause for carburettor flooding
Getting an MGBGTV8 registered in France
New mobile phone law in the UK
Winter wheels for the MGBGTV8
Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) had several old alternators serviced recently and was puzzled why a fault appeared when one of the alternators was installed on another V8. The cause is worth noting in case you are faced with similar symptoms. (Jan 04) V8NOTE298
299. Radar detector, a necessary protection?
Have we reached a stage where the use of speed cameras has gone beyond the desirable aim of locating them where speed is known to have caused accidents and are they now being located with the intention of simply generating revenue? Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) feels that the increasing use of fixed and mobile speed cameras and other detection devices is certainly changing the driving behaviour of many motorists - often very welcome changes - but in some areas of the country many careful drivers are beginning to feel the location and use of some cameras is not reasonable. This note describes a radar detector with a good performance which is one worth considering. (Feb 04) V8NOTE299
300. Exactly how many MGBGTV8s were built at Abingdon?
Most authors of publications covering the MGBGTV8 quote 2,591 as the total production of the model - but is it correct? Well as information has gradually come to light, the longstanding V8 Register Historian & Archivist, Geoff Allen, believes there were more than 2,591 V8s! Geoff was at the Abingdon MG Plant for over 27 years, much of it in Rectifications Department, and is particularly well placed because during the weeks before the final close, he made a handwritten copy of the production control and despatch books. Here Geoff explains the true total production story! (Feb 04) V8NOTE300
301. Insurance for a V8
Horn fault causing an MOT failure
Gordon Hesketh-Jones (Harvest Gold 1904) from Cornwall has clocked up over 250,000 miles in his V8, so provides a useful guide from the perspective of a high mileage V8 enthusiast! (Dec 04) V8NOTE311
312. Solving front brake squeal
Mike Russell (Damask 0505) from Buckinghamshire has travelled what he describes as a "long journey to silent braking" set out in this note. (Dec 04)
313. How many MGBGTV8s were made in each colour and what trim colours were used?
Geoff Allen, the V8 Historian and Archivist, has produced a comprehensive chart of body paint and trim colours following an amusing discussion between Fred Jenns and Barry Sidery-Smith at a Bonhams auction when Aconite 1261 came under the hammer. (Dec 04) V8NOTE313
314. MGBGTV8 buying guide footnotes
Geoff Allen (Team Blue 2101) from Cheshire was at the Factory for 27 years, much of it in Rectifications Department, has a few footnotes on the buying guides provided by Dave Wellings and Gordon Hesketh-Jones. (Dec 04) V8NOTE314
315. MGBGTV8 windscreen and side glass replacement
Gavin Bailey (Glacier White 0199) from Surrey is restoring his V8 and found a good windscreen replacement service. (Dec 04) V8NOTE315
316. MGBGTV8 alternative distributor
Chris Armitage (Tundra 2066) from Hampshire has found and extensively tested an alternative to the Lucas distributor for the MGBGTV8. (Dec 04) V8NOTE316
317. How to keep a Lucas distributor going
Gordon Hesketh-Jones (Harvest Gold 1904) from Cornwall has covered over 370,000 miles in his V8 and has a serious annual maintenance schedule with periodic major work, so is familiar with worn Lucas distributors. Here he adds some useful tips on maintaining the Lucas unit. (Dec 04) V8NOTE317
318. No longer a period of grace on motor insurance renewals
An important change was introduced during 2004 requiring insurers to send up-to-the-minute data to the central Motor Insurance Database, or risk penalties for late submission. There is no longer any period of grace with renewals with insurers. (Jan 05) V8NOTE318
319. V8 Roadster Conversion project - from dream to reality!
V8 Roadster Conversions are very popular with V8 enthusiasts and come in a variety of specifications. Here Geoff King (Tartan Red 4029) from Kincardinshire provides a fascinating tale of how his project was conceived and carried out over a three year period to produce an award winning V8 Roadster with a wonderful specification and performance. (May 04) V8NOTE319
320. Starter motor solenoid modification
Bob Owen (Blaze 1624) from Hampshire provides a useful modification as part of a solution to a problem starting a V8 when hot or when the starter solenoid auxiliary contacts fail. (Jan 05) V8NOTE320
321. Another windstop which looks good and works well
Mike Simmonds (Woodcote Green 1504) from Berkshire fitted a windstop to his RV8 which was supplied by Tij-Power in Germany. They supply windstops for MGB Roadsters too. (Feb 05)
322. Reconditioning a V8 gearbox and overdrive
Geoff King, Phil Bristow and Chris Armitage
Tina Elias posted a note on the V8BB in February 2005 saying "I have recently obtained a spare original V8 overdrive gearbox which I intend to get reconditioned in advance of my own gearbox failing. Can anyone suggest a good firm to undertake the work, preferably in the south of England and ideally in the Surrey - Hampshire region?" (Mar 05) V8NOTE322
323. Fitting a "lights on" alarm to a V8
Alan Turner (Damask 0663) from Devon posted a note on the V8BB and in passing mentioned a useful modification. Here he sets out how to make the device. (Mar 05) V8NOTE323
324. Upgrading the sealed beam units on the V8
Most V8 enthusiasts who still have sealed beam headlights find the lights wholly inadequate for modern driving conditions. Steve Taylor, who runs the auto electrical supplier SVC, provides a useful note on upgrading sealed beams so more modern lighting standards can be achieved. (Apr 05) V8NOTE324
325. How do you open the bonnet when the release cable has snapped?
Alan McLean (Damask 1516) in Dublin posted a message on the V8BB seeking help with this problem and Geoff Allen, who worked in the Rectifications Department at the MG Factory for 27 years, came up with his routine for getting the bonnet undone again. (April 05) V8NOTE325
326. Lighting history and terminology
Bob Owen (Blaze 1625) from Hampshire provides some useful notes for those who might be interested. (Apr 05) V8NOTE326
327. Improving the heavy clutch pedal on an MGBGTV8
Chris Armitage (Tundra 2066) from Hampshire posted a very useful note on the V8BB on how he solved this difficulty that had bugged him for some time! (May 05) V8NOTE327
328. Solving a mysterious misfire on an MGBGTV8
Barrie Franklin (Midnight Blue 1538) from Bedfordshire posted a note on the V8BB seeking help with a misfire on his V8. Here he explains how it was solved. (May 05) V8NOTE328
329. 12 volt battery conversion
Converting the twin 6 volt batteries to a single 12 volt unit has a number of advantages - one single 12 volt is less expensive than two 6 volt batteries and 12 volt battery technology seems to have moved on so more powerful sealed units are now available, but also you can remove those wretched "top-hat" terminal connectors which are a cause of many difficulties. Now this conversion is by no means original but here Victor Smith describes how he carried out the change. See also the earlier V8NOTE250 by Gordon Hesketh-Jones. (Jun 05) V8NOTE329
330. Two 12 volt batteries in parallel
Fred Jenns, Brian Moyse & Bob Owen
As a sequel to the 12 volt replacement for the twin 6 volt batteries on chrome bumpered V8s, Fred Jenns pondered in a posting on the V8BB whether two 12 volt batteries could be installed in parallel to increase the cold start cranking power. (Jun 05) V8NOTE330
331. TE low brake fluid detector - a vital safety device for an MGBGTV8
Bob Owen (Blaze 1675) from Berkshire suffered one of the brake servo failures we have reported over the last few years and decided he would like a little more warning if the brake fluid loss might occur again! He was well placed to create an electronic sensor which fits on the brake fluid master cylinder cap as he runs an electronics business. This kit will be launched at Silverstone in July so V8 enthusiasts will be able to see a demonstration unit and buy one. (Jun 05) V8NOTE331
332. Fitting a TE low brake fluid sensor
The sensor, developed by Bob Owen (Blaze 1675) at TE Electronics in Berkshire, is a useful device to warn you of low brake fluid levels. Here Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) describes fitting an LBFS in easy stages. (Jul 05) V8NOTE332
333. Carburettor adapter assembly gasket?
Chris O'Neil (Aconite 1821) contacted us with a simple enquiry - is there a gasket or not? (Jul 05)
334. Thermostat wrinkle explained
Philip James (Sandglow2868) from Surrey posted a reply to a query on the V8BB which is a useful reference to avoid frustration later. (Aug 05)
335. Front brake problems
Gordon Hesketh-Jones from Cornwall (Harvest Gold 1904) relates a history of his various changes to his brake pads and disks also sheds some light on "fade" and "warped disks" (July 05) V8NOTE335
336. Solving a fuse box riddle
Tony Head (Red 1495) from Devon popped a message on the V8BB which explains how he solved a strange blown fuse problem in the fuse box. (Sep 05)
337. Leather gear lever gaiter, not rubber
Tony Head (Red 1495) from Devon popped a message on the V8BB which explains how he replaced his gear lever gaiter and solved the problem of jumping out of reverse gear. (Sep 05)
338. Warning for all V8s
An inspection at Brown & Gammons of the steering rack mounting on a V8 Roadster built from a LHD rubber bumper MGB roadster reimported from the US has revealed serious cracks in the steering rack mounts on the crossmember. As the consequences of a complete failure would be serious, members with both chrome and rubber MGBGTV8s, V8 Roadsters or GT conversions built from Factory rubber bumpered shells or RV8s need to have the mount inspected as a matter of urgency. (Nov 05) V8NOTE338
339. Strengthening the V8 steering rack mounts
Photos of the cracks in the V8 steering rack mounts have been sent in by Brown & Gammons which show the extent of the crack very clearly. Details of the repairs and strengthening of the mounts have also been provided. (30.11.05) V8NOTE339
340. Review of the B&G castor reduction kit
Chris Hunt Cooke & Victor Smith
An improved castor angle reduction kit has been produced for chrome and rubber bumpered MGBGTV8 and MGB models by Brown & Gammons, the MG specialists at Baldock. This note from Chris Hunt Cooke and Victor Smith describes how fitting the kit rotates the crossmember forwards thereby reducing the castor angle, reviews the engineering improvements, provides some useful background information on the need for positive castor to self-centre the steering at speed and give good steering response, and describes how reduced castor with modern radial tyres gives a reduced steering load. (Jan 06) V8NOTE340
341. Another servo failure
A V8BB posting from Peter Jones reminded members to check their brake servos. (Jan 06)
342. Starter motor removal on an MGBGTV8
A posting on the V8BB from Tim Wilson sought help with the dreaded starter solenoid "click". The postings from fellow members proved useful. (Jan 06)
343. Uprating a V8 heater
Gordon Hesketh-Jones uses his MGBGTV8 all year round so needs proper heating in the depths of Winter. (Jan 06)
344. Space saver spare wheels for V8s
David Waterton (Tornado Red 4330) from Buckinghamshire acquired a beautiful V8 Roadster in 2005 but after the Factory MGBGTV8 he had owned for many years, found space tight in the boot. So he set about finding a good space saver tyre and wheel combination. (Jan 06) V8NOTE344
345. Care with doublesided tape fixings
Following Dr Gavin Bailey's RV8NOTE183 on removing MG badges and David Allen's RV8NOTE217 on removing Japan spec number plate mountings, and later a thread of postings on the V8BB about badge fixings, Peter Garton (Woodcote Green 1238) has contributed a useful note on doublesided tapes. (Jan 06)
346. Storing a V8 over winter
Postings from the V8BB
An interesting thread on keeping moisture off a V8 when stored in a garage during the Winter months ran on the V8BB in January. It was started by Peter Garton from Germany and attracted many interesting contributions. This note captures them for the series and illustrates how useful the V8BB can be - compiled by Victor Smith. (Jan 06) V8NOTE346
347. Fitting a "modern CD stacker" in a V8
One of our members in Japan, David Boniface (RV8 Oxford Blue 1589), provides a useful ICE tip for both V8 and RV8 enthusiasts. (Mar 06) V8NOTE347
348. Cibie headlight conversion
David Biddle (Chartreuse 2839) from Buckinghamshire provides a useful note on his long term experience with the Cibie replacement round headlamp units. (Mar 06) V8NOTE348
349. Front windscreen replacement on an MGB Roadster
Bill McCullough (Green Mallard 4313) felt his article is really for any MGB Roadster owner but as there are a growing number of V8 conversions in Roadster shells, it might be appropriate to have it somewhere for general information. (Apr 06) V8NOTE349
350. Checking the heater valve turns off
Peter Steyn, an RV8 enthusiast in South Africa, provided a short tip on the V8BB which could help you avoid roasting in the Summer. (May 06) RV8NOTE247
351. Reducing heat from downunder in a V8!
John Hornabrook in Queensland Australia has sent in an idea for insulating the floor of a V8 from heat generated by the exhaust system below. (May 06) RV8NOTE248
352. Fitting an Ultimate Radiator to cool a V8
Jamie Trapp (Blaze 0131) from Australia found cooling a big issue so set about curing it! (Jun 06)
353. Changing the starter motor solenoid
Richard Martin (Teal Blue 0704) from Hertfordshire had been experiencing slow cranking with his starter motor and finally had to sort out the problem! (Jun 06)
354. Improved brass nuts for the cast iron exhaust manifolds
Richard Martin (Teal Blue 0704) from Hertfordshire has produced some nuts in high strength copper alloy for the exhaust down pipe flanges. (Jun 06)
355. MGB and GTV8 front brake upgrade
Geoff King in Kincardineshire has sent in a useful upgrade to the front brakes on his V8 Roadster conversion. (May 05) V8NOTE355
356. Fitting a new armature on a V8 starter motor
Ian Ailes provides a useful tip of a specialist repairer of starter motors in north Surrey. (Jul 06)
357. Another V8 battery conversion
Kai Knickmann (Damask 0945) from Germany looked at the options for replacing his old 6 volt batteries and an offer from a local trader produced another 12 volt battery conversion. (Jun 06) V8NOTE357
358. Refurbishing a Webasto sunshine roof
Bob Owen (Blaze 1675) from Berkshire responded to a V8BB posting seeking information on a specialist refurbisher for a Webasto sunshine roof. (Aug 06)
359. V8 cooling fan motors
Following a V8BB posting on replacement brushes for a V8 cooling fan motor, Peter Beadle, formerly parts manager with University Motors and later with Moss, provided a brief note. (Sep 06) V8NOTE359
360. Replacement brushes for the cooling fans
Chris Armitage (Tundra 2066) from Hampshire posted a note on the V8BB seeking information on where he could trace some new brushes for his cooling fan motors. His note explains how he tracked them down. (Sep 06) V8NOTE360
361. Uprated suspension bushes
John Targett spent a lifetime in auto-plastics and now runs a business supplying motorsport components, including uprated bushes. This note is based on his reply to a V8BB query from Paul Stenson. (Dec 06)
362. Fitting a walnut dashboard
Barrie Franklin (Midnight Blue 1538) from Bedfordshire fitted a walnut dashboard to his V8 and feels it has transformed the interior. (Jul 06)
363. Batteries with increased capacity
Peter Garton (RV8 Woodcote Green 1238) from Germany posted a query on the V8BB seeking advice on whether it was wise to fit a replacement battery with an increased capacity. Bob Owen's helpful response is reproduced for this V8NOTE. (Jan 07)
364. Fitting an 065 12 volt battery in an MGBGTV8
Malcolm Venables & Gordon Hesketh-Jones
The topic of 12 volt battery conversions for the MGBGTV8 has been covered in V8NOTE250 by Gordon Hesketh-Jones who installed the larger 065 battery and then later a detailed installation note of the marginally smaller 063 battery in V8NOTE3239 by Victor Smith. At the turn of the year 2006/07, Malcolm Venables decided he wanted to make the change and obtained a 12 Volt Battery Conversion Kit, but then began pondering over which battery to fit - an 063 or an 065? His contacts with Gordon provide a useful sequel to the earlier V8NOTES. (Jan 07) V8NOTE364
365. Distributor options for the MGBGTV8
Gordon Hesketh-Jones (Harvest Gold 1907) from Cornwall uses his car all the year round and with a total mileage now rapidly approaching 400,000 has a great deal of experience of maintaining the model from his regular servicing work and numerous rebuilds. One regular service difficulty was with worn distributors, so he set about some research into the options for the V8 which he reports on in this note. (Feb 07) V8NOTE365
See also the sequel on the 123 Ignition system. More
366. Experience with Spax rear shock absorbers
Andy Torode was faced with replacing his worn out telescopic shock absorbers and posted a message on the V8BB in May for some help. This note sweeps up the postings and later email from Gordon Hesketh-Jones. (Jun 07) V8NOTE366
367. Where can I get a V8 speedo repaired?
Bob Grieves (Black 2788) from Kent posted a query on the V8BB in May and a helpful response enabled him to have his speedo serviced and refitted in only 15 days. (Jun 07) V8NOTE367
368. Overdrive on third gear on the MGBGTV8 is not so rare
Victor Smith, Peter Beadle & Ron Gammons
A writer compiling a new buying guide to British sportscars included a draft section on the MGBGTV8 model with the comment - "overdrive only on top". Well many V8 enthusiasts with a chrome bumper V8 have overdrive on third gear as well as top so know this is a much quoted but mistaken claim. With the help of Peter Beadle and Ron Gammons, Victor Smith clarifies some of the myths with overdrive on third gear for the MGBGTV8. (Jul 07) V8NOTE368
369. Fitting anti-tramp bars to an MGBGTV8
Chris Armitage (Tundra 2066) from Hampshire posted a note on the V8BB with useful information on fitting anti-tramp bars in conjunction with softer leaf springs which have led to significant improvements in handling and ride quality. (Nov 07) V8NOTE369
370. Solving leaky wheels
Nigel Melbert (Brooklands Green 0853) from East Sussex popped a useful note on the V8BB describing how he dealt with leaky wheels on his. (Dec 07) V8NOTE370
371. Do you have a part number for the clutch release bearing?
Mike Robinson's posting on the V8 Bulletin Board expressed "thanks to all at Moss Bristol for their help with the supply of an MGBGTV8 clutch release bearing - they managed to find a manufacturer when no one else could". He added "although the product was untested it fitted well and whilst it has not yet done many miles, it works well". Later Daniel Algarin posted a follow up saying he "would also like to order one and needs the order details". (Dec 07) V8NOTE371
372. Where can I get a set of clean number plates?
Robert Crowson (Woodcote Green 1147) from Yorkshire posted a query on the V8BB "needing new registration plates for my RV8 I asked my local garage to sort me out a new pair. When they arrived they had the maker's name across the bottom. I don't want 'ABC Autoparts Ltd.' across the bottom of the plates but my garage says that is the law now. Are they correct? (Jan 08)
373. Why is there a glimmer from my ignition warning light?
Dave Hedger posted a query on the V8BB about a glimmer from the non charging light on the dashboard of his RV8 and sought fellow members' help. (Jan 08)
374. Cooling the V8 engine in the MGB
V8 cooling has always been a topical subject for MGV8 enthusiasts and now we have an article on Bill McCullough's painstaking research and findings. It is certain to spark a debate amongst fellow members. (Jan 08) V8NOTE374
375. More on V8 engine cooling
Tony Lake (Flamenco Red 2489) from Northmaptonshire sent in a useful note as a follow up to Bill McCullough's painstaking research into the cooling system used on the Factory MGBGTV8s. (Jan 08) V8NOTE375
376. Frustrations with tracing and solving a starting problem
Dave Wellings (Black 0974) from Yorkshire describes a frustrating route to solving a starting problem but one which fellow members could very usefully recall should they ever meet similar difficulties. He also mentions some very useful tools to help removing the starter motor with the manifold and column in place. (Mar 08) V8NOTE376
377. More beating overheating tales
Barrie Robinson (Gold Beige Metallic 3158) from Canada describes his journey to get his V8 conversion's cooling difficulties under control. (Apr 08)
378. More on cooling a V8 engine bay
Tony Lake (Flamenco Red 2489) from Northamptonshire has sent in some useful comments on the cooling issues raised in the recent note by the Canadian V8 enthusiast, Barrie Robinson, with his modified MGBGTV8. (Apr 08)
379. More on V8 distributors
Gordon Hesketh-Jones (Harvest Gold 1907) from Cornwall has clocked up more than
400,000 miles in his MGBGTV8 so has had a higher maintenance workload than many fellow V8 enthusiasts. He also uses his V8 for touring in Europe so reliability is a key concern for him and one area is the reliability of his ignition system. As an update on his earlier V8NOTES on this topic, Gordon reports his experience with fitting a Pertronix electronic ignition system. (Jun 08) V8NOTE379
380. Fitting dual petrol pumps to a V8
Gordon Hesketh-Jones (Harvest Gold 1907) from Cornwall uses his V8 for touring in Europe so reliability is a key concern for him and one area is the reliability of his SU fuel pumps. Here Gordon explains how he has added an additional fuel pump as a standby should the other one fail. (Jun 08)
381. Essential spares when touring abroad
Bob Grieves (Black 2778) from Kent posted a query for ideas from fellow members of the essential spares anyone should carry when touring overseas. Responses came from Geoff King, Bob Owen, Victor Smith, Jim Gibson, Rob Lewis, Rob Collier and Mike Lane. So the combined list below will probably cover most reasonable spares needs. (Jul 08)
382. Additional cooling fans
Walter Kallenberg (Teal Blue 2131) from Germany is a longstanding V8 member who provides details of the alternative cooling fan installation he has fitted on his Factory MGBGTV8. (Aug 08)
383. Solving a faulty handbrake
Barrie Jones (Glacier White 0672) from Cornwall is rebuilding an MGBGTV8 (Damask 0450) and has come up with an interesting difficulty with replacement brakes parts. (Sep 08)
384. Common wiring faults
Barrie Jones (Glacier White 0672) from Cornwall is rebuilding an MGBGTV8 (Damask 0450) and has come up with a useful note on common wiring faults. (Sep 08)
385. Horn contact repair
Mike Russell (Damask 0505) from Buckinghamshire had failure with his horn. He sets out how he solved the fault and found a source of replacement part for what is an NLA part. (Sep 08) V8NOTE385
386. Replacing cooling hose BHH1083
Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) had the "S" shaped hose behind and under the carburettors fail and relates how to replace this difficult item. (Sep 08) V8NOTE386
387. Topping up the carburettor damper on an SU HIF
Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) describes a simple routine service item which makes the MGBGTV8 a smooth and pleasant drive. (Oct 08) V8NOTE387
388. V8 overheating - and now for something different
Bob Owen (Blaze 1625) was on holiday in Italy and discovered the cause of his overheating problem - and it was quite a surprise! (Oct 08)
389. Fitting a cooling fans override switch to an MGBGTV8
Victor Smith (Harvest Gold 1089) longed to be able to turn on the cooling fans in anticipation of a heat build up in slower traffic, so finally got round to making the modification and found it was a straightforward job. (Oct 08)
390. Battery conversion cures V8 hot start problem
Bob Owen provides a sequel to his recent V8NOTE388 on how he solved a hot start problem. (Oct 08)
391. How do the RV8 and the Hoyle front suspensions compare?
Thread from the V8 Bulletin Board
A recent thread on the V8BB launched by Peter Taylor reached a point where Robin Gell was seeking views on how two suspension upgrade systems for an MGBGTV8 or V8 Roadster compare. (Nov 08) V8NOTE391
392. Spares are a concern when servicing a high mileage V8 back axle
Gordon Hesketh-Jones (Harvest Gold 1904) from Cornwall has clocked up over 400,000 miles in his MGBGTV8 and relates his experiences with spares for back axle servicing. (Nov 08) V8NOTE392
393. More on comparing the RV8 and the Hoyle front suspension upgrades
Does anyone have a photograph of the RV8 suspension to compare the spring position with the Hoyle was the question posed by Geoff King following the release of V8NOTE391 "How do the RV8 and the Hoyle front suspensions compare?" (Dec 08)
394. Refurbishing the bulkhead shelf
Clive Wagerfield acquired a Pre-Production Development MGBGTV8 (Glacier White 0096) from Norman Ward in 2008 and has set about refurbishing the car. Here he provides a pictorial record of his work on the bulkhead shelf. (Dec 08) V8NOTE394
395. Brake systems and servos on the MGBGTV8 and RV8
Peter Garton (Woodcote Green 1238) from Germany started a thread on the V8BB in August 2007 by posting a message wondering what would happen if the brake servo on his RV8 were to fail. This note brings together the responses to that thread, particularly from Bob Owen. (Jan 08) V8NOTE395
396. Caution with replacement tyres
Howard Gosling (Quicksilver 3001 and Flamenco Red 4001) from Dorset released a caution in a letter to Safety Fast! in January 2009. (Jan 09) V8NOTE396
397. V8 wiring colour codes explained
Barrie Jones has produced a very useful guide to the wiring colour codes used on the MGBGTV8 model. (Jan 09) V8NOTE397
398. Which brake fluid?
Following a V8BB thread in November 2008, Bob Owen has produced an excellent article which sets out the facts with a dispassionate assessment of the issues so fellow members can understand the DOT categories, the DOT fluid performance tests and the benefits and disadvantages of glycol and silicone brake fluids. (Jan 09) V8NOTE398
399. High-efficiency four-row radiator for the V8
Gordon Hesketh-Jones reported in late 2008 that he was installing a modified radiator to his well campaigned V8. Now following a trip to Spain, he provides feedback on how it has performed. (Feb 09)
400. On the rolling road Aldon Engineering
Alan Rennie has always been impressed by the performance of his MGBGTV8, but just recently had felt things were not quite what they once had been. He had carried out all the usual checks, but that old sparkle was simply lacking. Was it the timing? - well with a 123 fully electronic distributor fitted, very unlikely. What about the leads, or maybe the plugs, even perhaps the carbs? All checked out, so what was denying the car its legendary performance? (Feb 09)
401. Throttle cable clipped?
V8 Bulletin Board postings
John Lendon called the V8 Registrar saying "I want to pick your brains - should there be an anchor clip for the throttle cable where it passes over the pedal box housing? On the MGBGTV8 in a 1975 publicity brochure I have, it shows it clipped but it is not on mine. Is this correct?" The postings on the V8BB were useful and clarified the position. (Feb 09)
402. Tyre sealants
Roger Parker mentioned tyre sealants in V8NOTE247 as a way of coping with the removal of a spare tyre to make more room for luggage in an MGV8. (Feb 09)
403. Cut outs in under bonnet the sound deadening felt
Paul Smith posted a note on the V8BB seeking information on the location of the cut outs for the tops of the SU carburettors and for the nearside of the radiator. (Jun 09) V8NOTE403
404. Where can I get a touch up!
Angus Munro posed this question on the V8BB and the response was most helpful. Surprisingly Miss Whiplash from Milton Keynes did not respond! (Jun 09) V8NOTE404
405. Replacment plain rubber cooling hoses - a caution
Recently the original style of string reinforced rubber cooling hoses has been resourced and hoses are now available individually or as complete replacement hose sets at reasonable prices. Over recent years, when supplies of string reinforced rubber hoses were not so easy to come by, plain rubber hoses were available and have been bought and fitted to MGBGTV8s and V8 Roadsters by members carrying out routine replacements. In the last ten days or so one of our members experienced a failure with a main cooling hose and it's worth relating how the failure occurred. (Jul 09) V8NOTE405
406. Renovo's plastic screen polish works!
Angus Munro posted a note on the V8BB of his experience with Renovo's product. (Jul 09) V8NOTE406
407. Critical views on spacesaver wheels
Ian Quarrington & Bob Owen
Some of the feedback on the spacesaver thread on the V8BB was critical of the idea of a spacesaver following the release of RV8NOTE304 on Tuesday 4th August . See also V8NOTE344. (Aug 09)
408. Repairing an overdrive switch fault
Barrie Jones had been experiencing problems with the overdrive switch on his MGBGTV8, Glacier White 0672. Operating the wipers or the screenwash sometimes caused the overdrive to disengage momentarily, no matter how careful he was. This note describes how he cured the fault. (Nov 09)
409. Refurbishing the seats on an MGBGT
nspired by a demonstration Yvonne and Sandra of PJM Motors put on at the MGB Focus Day in 2007, Richard Searle bit the bullet and set about refurbishing the seats on his MGBGT. (Mar 09) V8NOTE409
410. Replacement fuel pump options
Shortly after getting his MGBGTV8, Tudur Jones went on a six mile "run" in his V8 and had problems with his fuel pump, cured by hitting the body of the pump with a plastic mallet. But on his return was unable to re-start it so he contacted Bob Owen for advice. (Dec 09) V8NOTE410
411. Lights-on alarm
Godfrey Barnes posted a note on the V8BB seeking help with a lights-on alarm saying "as I shall be driving my MGBGTV8 in Scandinavia later this year and headlights-on are mandatory, does anyone know of a gizmo that gives a warning when ignition is turned off and the headlights are left on?" Graham Cornford responded with an idea and here he expands on his V8BB posting. (Jan 10)
412. Getting an MGB V8 Roadster registered in Belgium
Henri Malcorps (Flame Red 0338) imported a V8 Roadster from the UK and explains the complicated process and formalities of registering the car in Belgium. It was far from straightforward! (Jan 10) V8NOTE412
413. Concerns with modern antifreeze formulations for classic MG enthusiasts
Concerns over the suitability of current antifreeze formulations for use in classic cars were raised in a recent newsletter from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC). When you refer back to the handbook for the V8 published in 1973 it recommends using Bluecol "U" Universal antifreeze, but on visiting the Bluecol website a small footnote states their Bluecol 5 Year product is "not suitable for classic cars". So what does a V8 enthusiast use for antifreeze today, what are the issues behind the changes to an iconic motoring product like Bluecol and what are the concerns for a classic car enthusiast? (9.3.10)
414. Warning with MGBV8s fitted with an RV8 front suspension upgrade
Julian Holmes (Red 1541) from Hampshire fitted an RV8 crossmember and front suspension to his Factory MGBGTV8 a few years ago but during a recent tyre change at a local tryre fitter a problem occured - the result is a useful a warning for fellow members with an RV8 front suspension upgrade. (Mar 10) V8NOTE414
415. Improving a standard MGBGTV8 seat
The standard V8 seats can be a bit uncomfortable after a long journey, so many owners use an extra cushion in the small of the back. Barrie modifies the seat frames to provide better lumbar support. (Jun 10)
416. Where does the distributor vacuum line connect?
New member Denise Theakstone sought help with "where does the distributor vacuum line connect to the inlet manifold?". A PDF with diagrams from the MGBGTV8 Supplement provided the answer. (Jun 10) More
417. What do you do to restore overdrive on third gear?
On an "overdrive on 3rd gear" survey form Kent Brown from Australia indicated his Factory MGBGTV8 did not have overdrive on 3rd gear but added that as he was used to his MGB Mk1 with OD on both third and fourth gears, it would be great on the V8 too. He asked "what needs to be done to make OD available on 3rd gear please?" The answer is an "engine out" so you can open up the gearbox and change the gearbox selector plate. (Aug 10) V8NOTE417
418. Fitting an oil thermostat to an MGBV8
Ralph Coulson from Somerset describes how he installed a full-flow oil thermostat on his V8 Roadster. (Dec 10) V8NOTE418
419. What pressures do you use for modern tyres on an MGBV8?
Julian Holmes posted a message on the V8BB saying although much has been written about tyres on the V8BB, I haven't seen anything about tyre pressures used by other MGV8 members and wonder what they use?" (Dec 10). V8NOTE419
420. Sourcing and fitting a replacement aluminium radiator
Graham Cornford (Tundra 0805) in Texas has upgraded his radiator and is waiting for the return of the warm weather to test it. (Jan 11)
421. How do you get the windscreen and rear window chrome inserts back into the rubber surround?
Dave Wellings & Pete Jevons
Conor O'Brien posted a request for advice on how you get the chrome trim inserts back into
the rubber window surrounds on an MGBGTV8. Some useful advice followed from two fellow members. (Jan 11) V8NOTE421
Fitting central locking to an MGBGTV8
Martin Ashby (Bracken 1346) from Coventry says after owning many modern cars all fitted with remote central locking, he decided to retro fit remote central locking to his MGBGTV8. He had fitted the same style of kit to other classic cars he had owned including a previous MGB with great success. Here he describes the kit you will need to get and how to carry out the conversion. (Feb 11) V8NOTE422
Installing cruise control to a 1970 MGB V8 Roadster
Ralph Coulson acquired his V8 Roadster in 2007 and has enjoyed it a great deal including a memorable MGOT track day at Castle Coombe in 2009. Here he describes how he installed a cruise control system to his V8. (Feb 11)
Replacement rocker cover gaskets
Graham Cornford (Tundra 0805) in Texas posted a query on the V8 Bulletin Board concerning how to fit a replacement rocker cover gasket on a Factory MGBGTV8. (Mar 11)
425. Luggage racks for MGV8s
Chris Yates and Peter Beadle
Richard Woods posted a note on the V8 Bulletin Board seeking help with a replacement luggage rack. Chris Yates responded with photos of both a fixed and a removable rack. Peter Beadle provides several useful footnotes. (Mar 11)
426. Brackets for the V8 brake servo
Bob Grieves and Matteo Masi
Bob Grieves raised a query on the V8BB regarding the brackets for the V8 brake servo and a definitive reply came from Matteo Masi in Italy. (Apr 11)
427. Failed replacement rear brake adjuster
Barrie Jones finally completed the rebuild of his MGBGTV8 and took it for an MOT test during which he had an unpleasant surprise - it's an important caution for fellow enthusiasts. (Apr 11)
428. Workshop tips
Two useful tips for fellow V8 enthusiasts. (Apr 11)
429. Tips in fitting a new water pump
Bob Owen has recently been refurbishing the engine in his MGBGTV8 and has a couple of useful tips. (Apr 11) V8NOTE429
430. An oil pump priming tool
Bob Owen & Pete Jevons
Bob Owen provides a refinement of an idea posted by the late Brian Field as V8NOTE206 in May 1991. (Apr 11) V8NOTE430
431. Getting the right springs for the V8 carburettor and throttle cable
Richard Withington sought helpon the V8BB with a carburettor problem. (Jun 11)
432. Using Jubilee clips correctly and choosing the right size
Ian Jennings, who runs L. Robinson & Co (Gillingham) Limited in Kent (the manufacturer of Jubilee® Clips), provides a useful guide to using their clips and choosing the correct size for an auto application. (Aug 11)
433. Solving malfunctions with a V8 overdrive
This note brings together information from several postings on the V8 Bulletin Board of members' experiences with overdrive malfunctions. The most recent posting was from Marcus Schopen from Germany in August 2011. (Aug 11)
434. Fitted luggage for an MGV8
Peter Wallis and Ken Clayton
Peter Wallis and Ken Clayton have found some fitted luggage from a specialist supplier, Hillsalive, is an efficient way of packing for a weekend or a longer tour in an MGV8. (Aug 11)
435. Pertronix electronic ignition queries
Bob Grieves and Pete Thomas
Pete Thomas was having a V8 distributor serviced prior to installing a Pertronix electronic ignition set up as a replacement for the original contact breakers. He had a few queries and sought help from the V8 Register saying any guidance you can give regarding this will help and Bob Grieves responded. (Aug 11)
436. Caution with your bonnet catch
Malcolm reported a dangerous experience with his bonnet catch failing which allowed the bonnet to blow up onto his screen. Here he describes how it happened and recommends the bonnet catch is checked carefully as a service item. (Sep 11) V8NOTE436
437. Courtesy light upgrade on an MGBGTV8
One issue that some enthusiasts may find a little frustrating with the Factory V8 compared to a modern car is the lack of sufficient courtesy lighting. Whilst it obviously isn't an issue during the day, the somewhat feeble amount of light emitted from the lamp mounted on the radio console below the dash can make using the car at night difficult if you need to read maps or find things in the car. Here Jonathan Moulds describes a very worthwhile improvement at little cost which is relatively easy to carry out. (Oct 11) V8NOTE437
438. Power steering options
Fitting power steering to a classic MG is a topic often raised, particularly in relation to the RV8 which many people find heavy to steer. Hydraulic power assisted steering (PAS) systems have been available for a while, and some RV8s reimported from Japan have been retrofitted there with the MGF EPAS (electric power assisted steering) system. With a new EPAS conversion available in the UK, how do these systems compare? Victor Smith reviews the available options. (Dec 11) V8NOTE438
439. Gearbox trouble with a Factory MGBGTV8 box
Nick Gray responded to a query from Mike Clemas on the V8BB asking whether anyone had any success welding a hairline crack in the gearbox casing not far from the drain plug - or is the end of the gearbox in sight? (Jan 12)
440. Cooling fans relay burn out
On returning from a run in heavy traffic Victor Smith could not hear the cooling fans running so checked the engine bay and found the cause. It's a service check many V8 enthusiasts could make to avoid a similar problem. (Mar 12) V8NOTE440
441. Replacement distributor with a Pertronix Igniter upgrade
After being dogged by continued misfiring after fitting what turned out to be a very poor quality replacement rotor arm in 2010, the complete replacement of the distributor with a new unit with a Pertonix electronic ignition system supplied by the Distributor Doctor has brought a welcome relief with a wonderful improvement! (Mar 12)
442. Dealing with parabolic springs winding up under torque
Michael Beswick contacted the V8 Register in 2011 for advice with parabolic springs winding up under torque. Here he provides useful feedback on how he has got on. (Mar 12)
443. Replacement V8 clutch master cylinder
David Brown, with a rubber bumpered V8 Roadster Conversion carried out by David Franklin using a late 1980 MGB with a five speed gearbox, posted a query on fitting a replacement clutch master cylinder. (Mar 12)
444. Modification to avoid a failed MGB bonnet catch
Ralph Coulson describes an interesting modification he has fitted to his V8 Roadster conversion (Flame Red 4398). (May 12) V8NOTE444
445. Different rear panel joints on Factory MGBGTV8s
Stuart Ratcliff, Mike Howlett & Michael O'Leary
An interesting thread came up on the V8 Bulletin Board at the end of April 2012 on body panel joints from Michael O'Leary who is restoring a 1974 Factory MGBGTV8. (May 12)
446. Failed MGB bonnet catch - an alternative solution
In V8NOTE438 Malcolm Venables reported a dangerous experience he had suffered with his bonnet catch failing which allowed the bonnet to blow up onto his screen. He describes how it happened and recommended the bonnet catch should be checked carefully as a service item. Here Jon Moulds explains how he has developed a solution. (May 12) V8NOTE446
447. Essential bonnet lock and safety catch servicing for an MGB
Regular cleaning and servicing the MGB bonnet release and safety catch on an MGB and its derivatives are essential as reports of a few failures of the lock and safety catch leaving the bonnet free to lift in the airstream and blow up over the windscreen are a real concern. Here Ralph Coulson describes his regular inspection and maintenance routine. (May 12)
448. Overheating - it may be a tired radiator cap
Whilst this small tip may be one of the shortest notes in the V8 Workshop Notes series it is sound advice nonetheless. Radiator caps are often seen as a long life item and indeed many give service for many years, but eventually they grow tired and no longer perform well holding the pressure in the cooling system. Then they can contribute to overheating. (Jun 12) V8NOTE448
449. SU needle choices with an MGBGTV8
A V8 Bulletin Board thread on needles for SU carburettor needles for the MGBGTV8, followed the release of V8NOTE400 from Alan Rennie on his rolling road test session with his V8. Here Gordon Hesketh-Jones describes his experience in checking SU needles on a rolling road. (Apr 09)
450. More on burnt out relays
Following the release of V8NOTE440 on "Cooling fans relay burn out" in May 2012, Vic Todman sent in a photo which shows the partially melted nylon insulator of a relay, the blackened terminal and the overheated internal wiring with the varnish burned off." (Jul 12)
451. Cooling fans upgrade from Revotec
One of the topics most often discussed by MGV8 enthusiasts over the years is overheating and cooling. In fact there are some fifty V8 Workshop Notes on that topic and associated cooling hose and related matters. When a cooling airstream is not surging through the radiator matrix then cooling has to be assisted with cooling fans. The original fans are by modern standards basic and of limited effect as the spillage over the ends of the blades is considerable. But the good news is a twin fan kit is available as a cooling upgrade which has been custom engineered to fit and cool your MGBV8. (Aug 12)
452. Cleaning out the fresh air vent chamber drain tube
A brief note on an occasional maintenance item which probably should be available only after the 9pm watershed! Here Victor Smith describes how to find this item and clean it out. (Aug 12)
453. Tightening up the sleeved wheel nuts on a Dunlop composite wheel on an MGBGTV8
A recent query from a V8 enthusiast on how best to tighten up the sleeved wheel nuts on a Factory MGBGTV8 fitted with the original Dunlop composite wheels is a reminder that it is well worth drawing attention to a standard routine for longstanding V8 enthusiasts for many years. (Aug 12)
454. Drop link failure
Alan McLean, Ron Gammons and Gordon Hesketh-Jones
Alan McLean reported a drop link failure on the V8 Bulletin Board and a subsequent discussion revealed concern over some replacement parts. Geoff King was curious to know what an RV8 drop link looked like and Ron Gammons' sent in a photo comparing the two saying "there doesn't seem any reason why the beefier RV8 one couldn't be used on the MGBV8". A week or so later Gordon Hesketh-Jones reported he had successfully fitted a set of RV8 drop links on his MGBGTV8. (Aug 12) V8NOTE454
455. Radiator pressure caps
The V8 cooling system just about copes with modern motoring so here Tony Lake provides this useful note on cooling, what is so "hot" it could be regarded as overheating and the importance of a correctly pressurised cooling system. (Aug 12) V8NOTE455
456. MG grille badge illumination
Chris Yates found his MGBGTV8 had an illuminated MG badge in the grille. (Aug 12)
457. Solving a problem with an LH overdrive cycling in and out
Victor Smith and various contributors
A fault experienced by some MGB and V8 enthusiasts with a Laycock LH overdrive unit is that when the multi-function stalk switch has been operated to engage overdrive, the overdrive then begins to cycle in and out - engaged and disengaged and engaged again - and continues to do so as the car is driven at a steady speed. The essential question is "what can cause an overdrive to malfunction and how do you cure it?" (Nov 12)
458. Fitting air conditioning to an MGBGTV8
Gordon Hesketh-Jones has used his V8 for many European and Nordic tours with his trusty navigator Jennifer and often thought of an air con modification until, in 2012, he finally decided it was time to go for it. Here he describes the installation. (Dec 12)
459. Hoyle IRS for a V8 Roadster project
Angus Munro and Mike Howlett
Club member, Andrew Wooding, was seeking the views of fellow members who had installed a Hoyle upgrade. The feedback was useful. (Dec 12)
460. Inline fuse protection for the V8 overdrive
The lack of an inline fuse on the ignition power feed to the overdrive switch on an MGB and its derivatives is something that has always been a significant oversight in terms of protecting the wiring from a burn out should a short develop. How do you do this modification? (Dec 12)
461. Is it wise to use additives for the V8 overdrive and back axle?
Should EP90 oil have additives such as Molyslip, Slick 50 or Wynns added to the gearbox/overdrive and back axle on the MGBGTV8? Advertising and forums I've read state that they assist with reducing friction, wear and also reduce operating noise of gearboxes and especially reducing back axle whine. Here we have some useful advice. (Dec 12) V8NOTE461
462. Solving bad electrical contacts in the fuse box
Gordon Hesketh-Jones posted a cautionary tale on the V8 Bulletin Board with some useful advice highlighting the need to pay attention to the fuse box where the contacts slowly deteriorate over the years. (Feb 13)
463. Do MGBGTV8s need oil coolers?
Andrew Lord, Mike Howlett & Roger Parker
An interesting thread developed on the V8 Bulletin Board when Andrew Lord sought advice on moving the oil cooler on a chrome bumpered MGBGTV8 to an underslung position seen on rubber bumpered models. Mike Howlett then suggested "why not dispense with the oil cooler and let more air through the radiator? The RV8 doesn't have one, and so when I put a 3.9 litre engine in my 1969 GT I didn't bother fitting one either. I have never had any overheating issues, even on a boiling afternoon at Silverstone a couple of years ago. The oil pressure never varies from its 35 psi however hot the engine is. I don't have any bonnet louvres either." Roger Parker supported Mike's view and added an interesting explanation of his reasoning. (Feb 13)
464. Replacing a faulty MGBGTV8 fuse box
Following his unpleasant episode on the inner dual carriageway in Truro a few weeks ago when his engine cut out and stranded him in the outside lane described in V8NOTE462 which was traced to a faulty fuse box, Gordon felt that, rather than just rely on Servisol Contact Cleaner to avoid future problems of this nature, a more logical step would be to replace the actual fuse box itself. (Apr 13)
465. MGBGTV8 horn bracket - alternative part
He found a part listed for the MGBGTV8 was no longer available but is in fact available under another part number. (May 13)
466. Tracing a puzzling misfire on a Factory MGBGTV8
In tracing a misfire , Ian found with the help of Peter Beadle found replacement wiring harness clips. (May 13)
467. Solving loose exhaust manifold nuts or studs on a Rover V8 engine
Geoff King & Jim Gibson
John Brown posted a note on the V8BB saying "just experienced loose exhaust manifold studs on the top two rear left hand side studs" and sought advice on types of washer to help solve the problem. (Aug 13)
468. A warning for tall people!
Chris Hunt Cooke
Chris Hunt Cooke has spotted a problem where the seat belt webbing just above the side anchor point can rub against the backrest release lever and create serious wear on the webbing. Here he explains what he has found and provides a cautionary note for enthusiasts with long legs! (Aug 13)
469. Replacing a faulty horn
When his V8 was in for its annual MOT test at J&P Motors at Hampton in Surrey the other day the test engineer traced an intermittent fault to the nearside horn rather than the frequent cause, a dirty contact with the pin under the horn press. So on the journey home Victor Smith stopped off at Moss Europe at Hanworth and picked up a pair of replacement HI-LO horns. (Aug 13)
470. Solving crunching gears with an LT77 or R380 gearbox
Peter Varley, Geoff King and Ralph Coulson
A query posted on the V8BB touched on a topic that will increasingly become an issue for MGV8 with either an LT77 or R380 gearbox over the next few years. (Feb 12)
471. Cures for a notchy LT77 or R380 gearchange
New RV8 member, Michael Burnside, posted a query on the V8 Bulletin Board saying "I don't know if all RV8s are the same, but with my car when changing into 2nd from 1st or 3rd it is a tad notchy. It is not crunching, it just is not smooth going in. My car is chassis 951 so has the later R380 gearbox with reverse to the right and back. Are there any adjustments or cures I could try?" The comments that followed on the V8BB thread produced some useful views and advice. (Oct 13)
472. Rear spring shackle
When changing the rear spring shackle bushes on his 1965 MGB Roadster on one of the rear shackles, one of the pins separated from the shackle. Here George Wilder provides an advisory note suggesting that careful inspection of the shackle is required when changing the bushes and if there is any doubt over the condition of the shackle it should be replaced on a preventative basis. (Oct 13)
473. How to grease your gear lever and remote
Steve Newton describes how the grease the gear lever cup on the remote on an LT77 or R380 gearbox fitted to an RV8 and many MGBV8 conversions. Access is tight and particular care needs to be taken with a spring loaded nylon plunger which holds the gear lever both when removing it and when replacing the gear lever - if you are not careful it can fly off and then you will need to spend time scrabbling around under the car hunting for the spring and plunger! Steve says "let's begin". (Nov 13)
474. Next note
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