can I get a copy of the workshop notes? More
do I join the V8 Register? More
3. Where can I get
spares for my MGBGTV8 or MG RV8? More
4. How can
I learn more about the MG RV8? More
5. How can I
purchase a reimported MG RV8 and what are the recent trends in RV8 prices? More
6. What about the new MG X80 or MG SV? More
Do you welcome MGBV8 Conversions and Costello MGBV8s? More
8. Where can I get information on building an MGBV8 Conversion? More
9. Where can I get technical assistance on MGBV8 Conversions? More
10. D you have an RV8 contact downunder? More
11. Can I fit a 12 volt battery in place of my twin 6 volt units in a
pre 74 MGBGTV8? More
12. When is the next V8 Gathering
at Hazeley Heath to be held and how do I find the Shoulder of Mutton? More
13. Can I fit a windstop to an MG RV8 and is there a workshop note describing
how it is done? More
14. Recently the front brakes
on my MGBGTV8 have developed an annoying screech after a few miles driving which
I am fairly certain is coming from the front brakes. Is it a common problem and
what can I do to cure it? More
15. When I buy a car
battery, what does the current rating of say 480A mean? More
16. I hear 2003 was the 25th Anniversary for the V8 Register - what celebrations
have you have? More
17. What is the check I need to
make on the advance/retard on a reimported RV8? More
18. I am thinking of getting an RV8 - what information do you have to help me
learn more of the car, prices and how to get one? More
19. When did the gearbox change on the RV8 to the later gearbox More
1. How can I get a copy of the workshop notes?
Well there are two series of workshop notes both produced from contributions
prepared by members of the V8 Register over the years - a set of V8 Workshop
Notes in 7 volumes for the MGBGTV8 and MGBV8 Conversions and a set of RV8
Workshop Notes in five volumes.
V8 Workshop Notes series
The series provides useful maintenance and spares tips for enthusiasts who
have Abingdon produced MGBGTV8s or MGBV8 conversions and is based on the notes
and tips contributed by members of the V8 Register. The series has been running
since 1978 and is in now into a seventh volume. A complete Contents
listing of the V8 Workshop Notes series is available which sets out the title,
author and a brief summary of each Note in the series. Several of the Notes are
available online - just click on the links in the V8 Workshop Notes Contents webpage
- which will enable new members to get a feel for the type of material in the
series. The complete series, including a copy of the current working draft of
the latest volume, are now available on CD in Word format. For full
details of how to obtain a copy of the CD, just click V8 Workshop Notes CD.
The Editor of the V8 Workshop Notes series is Victor Smith who can be contacted
by email, fax or mail on the contacts below or by telephone on 0208 392 9434.
Online Index for the V8 Workshop Notes series
An online Index
to the whole of the V8 Workshop Notes series has been launched which enables members
to search for topics covered by the series. The Index is regularly updated as
further notes are added to the current working of the latest volume so by printing
off a copy, members will be able to keep the Index in their copy of the V8 Workshop
Notes up to date - see the V8 Workshop Notes
RV8 Workshop Notes series
A second series for the
MG RV8 was launched in 2000, based on the format of the successful series for
the MGBGTV8. A complete Contents listing of
the RV8 Workshop Notes series is available which sets out the the title, author
and a brief summary of each Note. Several of the Notes are available online -
just click on the links in the RV8 Workshop Notes Contents webpage - which will
enable new members to get a feel for the type of material in the series. The complete
series, including a copy of the current working draft of the latest volume, are
now available on CD in Word format. For full details
of how to obtain a copy of the CD, just click RV8 Workshop Notes CD. The Coordinating
Editor of the RV8 Workshop Notes series is Brian Moyse who can be contacted
by telephone on 01483 565885 or the original editor Bryan Ditchman on 0118
Online Index for the RV8 Workshop Notes series
online Index to the whole of the RV8 Workshop Notes series has been launched which
enables members to search for topics covered by the series. The Index is regularly
updated as further notes are added to the current working of the latest volume
so by printing off a copy, members will be able to keep the Index in their copy
of the RV8 Workshop Notes up to date - see the RV8
Workshop Notes Index.
How can I contribute to the two workshop
Additional maintenance notes and spares tips from members
are very welcome as additions to both series. You can provide them either as a
posting on the Bulletin Board on this website or by sending them to Victor Smith
(the V8 Registrar) at victorsmith((atat))v8register.net
or by fax on 0208 392 9673 or by mail to V8 Register, MG Car Club, POP Box 251,
Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX14 1FF.
2. How do I join the V8 Register?
very straightforward. Just complete the Registration form
which you can do online and then press the "Send" button at the bottom
of the form. The data on your form is sent to the V8 Registrar by the webhost
as an automated email. Alternatively you can print out a copy of the form and
fill it in by hand and send it by mail or fax to Victor Smith (see contacts above)
who will register you and your V8.
We undertake to hold the personal
data you provide in accordance with the requirements and provisions of the
Data Protection Act in the UK - you will see we seek your approval for the release
of your name, car details and telephone number, but not your address, to
fellow members in a V8 Directory which we produce occasionally. If we do not have
your approval, our database defaults to "no distribution of data". We
fully understand there are members with occupations where the release of their
personal data is not desirable or members who simply prefer that their names are
not included in such directories.
Membership of the V8 Register is
free to members of the MG Car Club so if you are not a member of the
Club, joining is very easy indeed - you can join
the MG Car Club online or by telephoning the Club Office at Abingdon on 01235
555552. The package of benefits from membership of the MG Car Club represents
excellent value for money - you get a monthly colour magazine which has a V8
Column in each issue and three four-page V8 Newsletters a year packed
with spares and maintenance tips and articles. The Club also offers special insurance
schemes for classic MGV8s through the MG Car Club's insurance specialists.
3. Where can I get spares for my MGBV8 or MG
The V8 Register maintains a listing of specialists, who have been
recommended by V8 Register members, who provide spares and maintenance services
for the V8 powered MGs. The listing is known as the V8LIFELINE
and is published at the back of each volume of the workshop notes available from
Victor Smith - see FAQ 1 above.
How can I learn more about the MG RV8?
Probably the most comprehensive
review of the MG RV8 was carried in the February/March 2001 issue of MG World.
It was a thorough 8 page review. Back issues are available from MG
World. Unfortunately this excellent magazine folded in December 2003
How can I purchase a reimported MG RV8 and what are the recent trends in RV8 prices?
Most of the new members registering MG RV8s have reimported cars. We have
several areas of support with buying reimported RV8s.
of the MG RV8 which reviews the model.
Note on Reimporting
Listing of the UK based RV8
Reimporters based on recommendations from our members.
Recent price trends
see a price trends report from Chris Watkins
at HS Imports.
We also have an RV8s for
sale webpage with brief details of RV8s offered for sale by members and traders.
What about the new MG X80 now the MG SV?
We are keen to see this model
as soon as it is launched! See our MG X80 profile
based on a news report in the August/September 2001 issue of the leading MG magazine,
MG World. That news report is reproduced by kind permission of the Editor
of MG World. We intend providing the same level of enthusiastic support for the
MG X80 as we provide for both the MGBGTV8 and MG RV8 models. See also a recent
update on the X80.
Do you welcome MGBV8 Conversions and Costello MGBV8s?
Yes - we are very
enthusiastic about all MGBV8 Conversions. In fact MGBV8 Conversions are the fastest
growing part of the V8 Register membership.
Where can I get information on building an MGBV8 Conversion?
one of the best books on this is "How to give your MGB V8 power"
by Roger Williams. The book is a complete guide to replacing the standard four
cylinder engine in a MGB or MGBGT with a Rover V8 engine. It also includes full
information on building a MGBV8 Roadster based on a new Heritage shell. The book
is published by Veloce Publishing PLC under the SPEEDPRO SERIES. Copies were selling
at £12.95 when we last checked.
Where can I get technical assistance on MGBV8 Conversions?
website at www.mgcars.org.uk
has a section on MGBV8 Conversions and a bulletin board. Our MGBV8 Conversions
contact, Roger Parker, remains an active and authoritative source of information
who can be contacted via the bulletin board or at roger.a.parker((atat))lineone.net
but when contacting him with your queries or requests for help, do remember he,
like all of the members of the V8 Register Committee and V8 Team, are volunteers
working in their spare time.
Do you have RV8 contacts downunder?
Yes we have contacts in both New Zealand
New Zealand. John Barnes in Wellington New Zealand
has helped a number of RV8 enthusiasts downunder. He has also contributed several
RV8 Workshop Notes including one to make more space in the passenger legwell in
an RV8 fitted with the air-conditioning system. Australia.
An Australian member of the V8 Register, Jim Dolbel, runs an informative website
devoted to MG RV8s at www.mgrv8.com which is
well worth visiting.
Can I fit a 12 volt battery in place of my twin 6 volt units in a pre 74 MGBGTV8?
There are a number of V8 Workshop Notes on this topic:
- using a single 12v 065 battery.
- fitting a single 12v Exide 063
- fitting twin Bosch 12v batteries in parallel
- fitting a single 12v Bosch 065.
Plus there a number of postings on this
topic on the V8BB.
When is the next V8 Gathering at Hazeley to be held and how do I find the Shoulder
For the dates of the next V8 Gathering at the Shoulder of Mutton
on Hazeley Heath go to the Rolling V8 Calendar
and for a map and directions to help find the pub, click here. Finding
the Shoulder of Mutton
Can I fit a windstop to an MG RV8 and is there a workshop note describing how
it is done?
Yes, we have two useful notes on windstop installations -
RV8 Workshop Notes 127 from Ian Cranston and 143 from Al Barnett in Volume 5 of
the series. See the listing of the contents
of the RV8 Workshop Notes series and the details
of availability and price of the volumes.
Recently the front brakes on my MGBGTV8 have developed an annoying screech after
a few miles driving which I am fairly certain is coming from the front brakes.
Is it a common problem and what can I do to cure it?
This problem was
experienced by Gordon Hesketh-Jones who sent in a useful note which is now V8
Workshop Notes 215 in Volume 6 of the series. A copy is available on this website
When I buy a car battery, what does the current rating of say 480A mean?
The value given on the rating plate of the battery is the Cold Starting Performance
or Cold Cranking Current. The following definition comes from Varta Batteries'
very useful website - "Cold cranking is the discharge current given by the
manufacturer. It is emitted by a battery at a temperature of minus 18C with a
minimum voltage of Ui = 7.5 volt for a period of 10 seconds, according to EN specifications."
Many thanks to Brian Moyse for providing that information. He recommends the Varta
website at www.varta.com/eng/navigation/index-knowhow.html
I hear 2003 was the 25th Anniversary of the V8 Register - what celebrations did
Yes, the V8 Register was formed in October 1978 and we are planning
a series of special events in 2003 to mark the V8 Register's 25th Anniversary.
We have decided to focus those special events on the week before the MG Car Club's
annual International MG Weekend Meeting at Silverstone to encourage overseas V8
enthusiasts to travel to the UK and join us. The programme of special events will
start on the Sunday before the Silverstone weekend with the second annual Don
Hayter Talk which will feature David Bishop and John Yea talking on the RV8
concept, development and production which will be held at Sandford-on-Thames,
just north of Abingdon. That will be followed by a series visits and events
during the week which are being finalised now but on Friday the itinerary
will take members to Silverstone for the first day of the Club's three day meeting.
On that Friday evening we are planning a V8 Dinner at the BRDC Suite at
the Silverstone Circuit in very much the style and spirit of the memorable annual
V8 Dinners held over the first 12 years at the Thatched House Hotel in Sulgrave.
Further details of the special events during that week are published on the Rolling
What is the check on the advance/retard I need to make on a reimported RV8?
This is an important check which is covered by RV8 Workshop Notes 60 and 120.
A copy of RV8 Workshop Note 120 by
Godfrey Dance is available on this website.
I am thinking of getting an RV8 - what information do you have to help me learn
more of the car, prices and how to get one?
We have a plenty of information
to help you:
RV8 profile of what has
become a classic sportscar.
of the RV8 - one of the most comprehensive reviews of the RV8 was published
in the February/March 2001 issue of MG World magazine.
to pay for an RV8? - a note from Victor Smith setting out the factors influencing
RV8 price trends - a report
by Chris Watkins of HS Imports in June 2002.
reimports - trends in Japan a report from Colin Shea of Tokyo Auto Trading
in Tokyo in August 2002.
from Japan - a reassuring note prepared by Chris Watkins of HS Imports following
the BBC Watchdog programme on suspect grey imports of 4x4s from Japan.
reimporters - a listing of the specialists reimporting and trading RV8s.
RV8s for sale with details of RV8s offered
for sale by both members and by specialist reimporters and traders.
Workshop Notes series available on CD - this link will provide information
on the availability and price.
Contents of the
RV8 Workshop Notes series - a complete list of the individual notes in the
several volumes of workshop notes for the RV8 with a brief summary of each note
is available on this website.
A complete Index
to the RV8 Workshop Notes series is available on this website which enables
you to look up a topic or key word to see if it is covered by a Note in the series.
When did the gearbox change on the RV8 to the later gearbox?
changed at VIN 0644 from the LT77S to the R380 which is generally regarded
as much better gearbox. In fact we have had reports that this RV8 went through
an auction in Tokyo on 26th September 2002 and again in early September 2003.
Photos are available of Woodcote Green 0644
Oxfordshire OX14 1FF
Tel: 0208 392 9434
MG Car Club
PO Box 251
Oxfordshire OX14 1FF
Tel: 01235 555552
Fax: 01235 533755
Car Club website
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