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with the checks you will need to make.
Asbestos awareness for auto mechanics. More
Part of this note concerning the RV8 alarm transmitter has an
important warning about ensuring the batteries in the transmitter
are renewed regularly. You can view this note on this website as
RV8 alarm transmitter.
1. Headlight units
Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) provides a workshop note which
highlights you can get headlamp glasses rather than the entire headlamp
unit. This note has a tip which will save you money when replacing
a cracked headlamp glass. (Sep 99)
2. Door mirrors
A cautionary note on removing and replacing the RV8 door mirrors.
3. Water pump
Bryan Ditchman's (Caribbean Blue 0265) researches have identified
a supplier who will service water pumps avoiding the cost of a new
unit. A useful tip on where you can get a water pump overhauled to
avoid the cost of a new one. (Sep 99)
4. Hose and pipe clips
In this workshop note, Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) sets out
the fruits of his research into the clamps and clips used on the MG
RV8. It is a comprehensive checklist of the various hose clips on
an RV8. (Sep 99)
5. Water hoses and breather pipes
Another checklist, this time of the various RV8 hoses and pipes.
6. Hydraulic hoses, cylinders and repair kits
Another checklist of hydraulic hoses, cylinders and repair kits with
the Rover part number cross referenced to the Lockheed part.
7. Petrol tank, fittings and hoses
A useful workshop note from Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) which
highlights the need for ensuring your RV8 fuel tank is protected from
rust. (Sep 99)
8. Windscreen washer jets
With replacement washer jets NLA, this useful note suggests a substitute
part and how to get at it for replacement.
9. MG RV8 toolkit
A checklist of the contents of the toolkit with their Britool codes,
is set out below. Replacement tool rolls are available, see also Notes
63, 72, 73 & 78. (Sep 99). To view this note, RV8NOTE9.
10. MG RV8 road wheels
Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) provides this note highlighting
important differences between the road wheels and centres of early
and later cars. (Sep 99)
11. Aerial replacement
Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) has lost two aerials, broken
off by overhanging twigs from overgrown hedges in the narrow lanes
he uses in Hampshire. He feels the aerial would be better placed on
the offside wing but prepared this workshop note for normal replacement.
12. Dashboard fascia removal
This useful note is based on Bryan Ditchman's (Caribbean Blue 0265)
experiences with getting behind the dashboard and sets out the stage
by stage procedure, with some cautions for the unwary. (Sep 99)
13. Wiper blade adjustment
A brief note on a check all RV8s enthusiasts should make.
14. Clutch master cylinder cap
A suggestion for an essential addition to the RV8 toolkit - a Zyliss
Strongboy jar and bottle opener.
15. MG RV8 wheel corrosion
Another useful tip from Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) which
will help MG RV8 enthusiasts keep their wheels in good shape. (Sep
16. MG RV8 exhaust system
A short tip from Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) on the importance
of keeping a drain hole in the exhaust system clear. (Sep 99)
17. Leathercare for the MG RV8
A brief note with tips on leather care treatments.
18. Dirty gearknob
A brief note with a tip on cleaning up a grubby gear knob.
19. Throttle pedal resistance
With the smooth power available from the RV8 engine, it can be irritating
to have a lethargic pickup response from low speeds. This note from
Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) explains how to check and cure
that situation. (Sep 99)
20. Hood rattle
A short note with a tip to remove an irritating rattle.
21. MG RV8 performance upgrade
For those RV8 enthusiasts who wish for a smoother response, improved
torque and economy, Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) suggests
you contact RPI International Limited in Norwich. Their kit is available
without the need for a single spanner inside the engine compartment.
(Oct 99). See RV8NOTE21.
Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) had to remove his windscreen
to cure water leaks and has produced a comprehensive note on the exercise
which will be of interest to MG RV8 enthusiasts. (Oct
23. The boot
For the enthusiast, Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) suggests
removing the spare wheel, carpets and back board just to find out
what is under and behind. (Oct 99)
24. Change points in the design and technical specification
Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) has produced a detailed table
of key production change points for the MG RV8 which will be an invaluable
reference for all RV8 enthusiasts. (Oct 99)
25. Areas of rust and corrosion
Rust and corrosion are concerns for any classic car enthusiast. Here
Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) sets out a checklist of RV8 parts
which he finds rust easily. (Oct 99)
26. Inlet manifold gasket
A short note with a tip on sourcing parts.
27. Sill tread plates
A cautionary note on sill tread plate removal and a tip.
28. Starter motor
This note from Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) resulted from
a repair to his starter motor. With about every fifth start there
was no cranking, so under the car he went to investigate! Bryan provides
a tip on where to get a starter motor serviced. (Nov 99)
29. Fuel pump, filters and fittings
This short note from Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue) highlights the
need for care when removing the fuel pump as the mounting unit is
no longer available. (Nov 99)
30. Seats and trim panel removal
A note which suggests you do your homework before working on the RV8
seats and trim panels, as some items are awkward and the fixings very
Bryan Ditchman & Roger Parker
A useful note on the front and rear brakes on an RV8. You can view
this note as RV8NOTE31.
32. Shock absorbers
A note with a tip on how to get your shock absorbers serviced for
25% of the cost of a new set.
33. Hang on to your old parts!
A note with a plea to hang on to all old parts which have been replaced
through maintenance or following failure.
34. Air intake mesh
A note with a tip which will be of interest to MGBV8 enthusiasts too.
A note with a tip of interest to six foot enthusiasts!
36. Exhaust rattle
Bryan Ditchman & Roger Parker
A note on a possible remedy for fixing loose heat shields.
37. Filler plug spanner
A brief note with a suggestion for an additional spanner for the RV8
38. Front wheel bearings
A note highlighting the two front hub bearing assemblies used on the
39. Reimporting an MG RV8 from Japan
A note on what needs to be checked and changed.
40. Rear wheel bearings
A note on rear wheel bearing replacement.
41. K&N filter maintenance
A note reminding RV8 enthusiasts this filter can be serviced and should
not be replaced during routine services - this could save you a tidy
42. General corrosion related issues
A further note on some areas to watch for rust problems.
43. Noisy fuel pump
A note on possible causes for fuel pump noise and how to cure them.
44. Air conditioning
A brief note for members with Japan spec RV8s who are thinking of
retaining the AC systems.
45. Electronic fuel injection systems
This note sets out some useful information on the RV8 fuel injection
46. Stiff hood operation
A brief note on the need for lubrication of the 32 joints on the RV8
47. Sheared hood pivot repair
A note on dealing with a seized hood frame pivot point.
48. Alternator replacement
A note describing a fault experienced with an RV8 which was traced
to the alternator and how it was diagnosed and solved.
49. Tips for attending the annual 24 heures du Mans event
A note providing tips for planning your visit to this annual endurance
motor race together with some map extracts. You can view this note,
which is also V8 Workshop Note 214, as RV8NOTE49.
50. Clutch slave cylinder
Following a clutch slave cylinder failure, Ian was duly informed by
his local Rover garage that the part was NLA! This note is probably
one of the most useful - the part is still available but under another
part number which you will need to quote as the RV8 parts list may
show it as NLA.
51. Torque settings
A note listing the torque wrench settings for the RV8.
52. Gearbox mountings and cross member
A useful note which highlights the differences between the LT77 gearbox
on the early cars and the R380 fitted from VIN0644.
53. Hood backlight replacement
A step by step guide to replacing the backlight.
54. Steering rack removal and maintenance
A note relating an investigation of play in the steering and how it
55. Tonneau covers
A note with useful tips on using the full tonneau.
56. Battery management
This note is essential for enthusiasts who leave their RV8 garaged
for periods. Fitting an automatic battery management conditioner ensures
your battery is kept topped up. You can see this note on this website
57. Fascia instruments
A note with several tips on RV8 door cappings and instruments. RV8NOTE57
58. MG Car Club badge mounting
A note explaining how to fit an MG Car Club badge to an RV8.
59. MG RV8 front coil springs
A note comparing the RV8 and MGBGTV8 front coil springs.
60. Advance and retard pipe
Bryan Ditchman & Roger Parker
A note which has proved to be very useful for members with Japan spec
cars. See also RV8NOTE258.
61. Insurance for classic MGs
Insurance is an important consideration for the V8 enthusiast and
it is vital to ensure the policy provides sufficient cover in the
event of a claim. (Apr 96) RV8NOTE61
62. Water leaks saga - an inherent fault?
A useful note on how to cure a water leak which the local MG Rover
dealer was unable to remedy. The note explains how Robert solved the
problem himself and on notifying the MG Dealer got the reply "oh
yes we have started doing that on the MGF". Not so much an
inherent fault as poor communication within MG and its local MG Dealer.
63. Replacement tool rolls are available again!
The answer to the regular question from new members with Japan spec
RV8s - "where can I get an RV8 tool roll as the original has
gone missing". To view this note see RV8NOTE63.
64. RV8 maintenance schedule
A detailed maintenance and service schedule prepared by John is set
out at the back of Volume 2.
65. Replacement headlamps
A cautionary note and a sequel to the first RV8 Workshop Note.
66. A starting problem solved
A tale of an investigation into a starting problem and how it was
67. Fuel cut off switch
A useful note to store away in case the non starting gremlins strike
68. Removal of door drop glass
A detailed step by step guide to removing and replacing the glass
and a tabulation of the part numbers.
69. Radiator cooling fan switch - a useful modification?
A note on a non standard but nevertheless useful modification.
70. Wheel arch flares
A note which saves you puzzling over how the wheel arch flares or
blisters are fitted. See also the research by Jim Dolbel into when
the front wheel arch flares were discontinued
on Japan spec cars.
71. Replacement of crankshaft rear oil seal
This note sets out how to tackle a major maintenance item
72. More on RV8 toolkits
Another note on tool for the RV8 toolkit. To view this note see
73. Battery lifter or carrier
A note on an alternative battery lifter to the Brevette lifter.
74. Door mirror
A brief note on smartening up the RV8 door mirror.
75. Rear brakes and adjustment
This note highlights between the rear brake set up on the RV8 and
the earlier equipment on the MGBGTV8.
76. FM radio frequency converter
This note is very useful for enthusiasts with Japan spec cars and
avoids the need for a new radio. See RV8NOTE76.
77. More on RV8 gear knob renovation
An inexpensive way of renovating a grubby gearknob.
78. Battery lifters or carriers, another source
Information on another battery lifter.
79. Radio fascia panel removal
A note with amendments to RV8 Workshop Note 12.
80. Bonnet hinge alignment
A brief note with a useful tip for aligning the bonnet.
81. Wear on wheel lock nuts
A brief tip on how to avoid wear on the wheel locking nuts.
82. RV8 parts supply update
A brief note on the growing NLA problem with RV8 parts.
83. Dreams come true!
A note relating how Peter reimported his RV8 himself.
84. Background note on the RV8 LSD
A useful note with background information on the LSD fitted to the
85. Instrument & fascia switch bulbs
A note with part numbers for fascia bulbs.
86. Trim colours
A note with colour changes on RV8 trim colours.
87. Waxoyling reimported RV8s
A suggestion for treating reimported RV8s to help offset the effects
of a double journey by sea.
88. Oil pump cover & washers
A note on finding an NLA part.
89. Windscreen glass & VIN number
A very brief note on how the get the VIN etched on the windscreen
90. Water pump & air-con drive belts
A note with a changed part number RV8 enthusiasts will need to note.
91. K&N air filters & news of a water pump exchange or
A note with a spares update from the V8 spares guru, Clive Wheatley.
92. Alternative source for the petrol pump & filter
A note with an alternative source of key parts which will help reduce
93. More of leaks & wheel corrosion
A note with tips on silicone treatment!
94. More on front shock absorbers
A note on overhauling the RV8 front suspension at a reasonable cost.
95. Fitting the new, smaller V8 Register badge to an RV8
A brief note which will help you fit the new, smaller badge
96. Brake callipers - inspection for corrosion when carrying out
A note on inspecting and removing the brake callipers.
97. Exhaust clamps - down pipes to cat pipes
A brief note with a useful tip.
98. Front coil springs
This note sets out a procedure which is not set out in the RV8 workshop
99. Hang on to your old parts - a plea from the Editor!
Another plea from the Editor.
100. Catalyser - overheat sensors, overheat ECU & warning light
The first of a series of notes on sensors and RV8 diagnostics. RV8NOTE100
101. Differences between UK & Japanese specification RV8s
- cat overheat sensors
A useful explanation of some of the key differences. The cat overheat
sensors, linked to the ECU, were an addition to the RV8s exported
to Japan. A number of members with reimported RV8s have reported difficulties
with them (see RV8 Workshop Note 100 in Volume 3). This useful note
from Roger Parker (Green V8 4092) provides some background on the
102. Brake servo failure
Fortunately brake failure because of servo problems is rare but unlike
difficulties with slave cylinders early warning signs of potential
servo failure are few and the consequences spine chilling! Although
this note is from the sixth volume of the original V8 Workshop Notes
series, we feel it has important information of concern to MG RV8
enthusiasts. The note is from Victor Smith (Harvest Gold V8 1089),
with contributions from Roger Parker, Geoff Allen and Jim Gibson,
examines a couple of cases of servo failure and considers the options
103. Radiator blanking panel
A practical tip. John Bolt (Nightfire Red RV8 1228) from Buckinghamshire
sent in a useful modification to the radiator blanking panel as a
solution to the fracturing by the fixing lugs where they are bolted
to the slam panel.
104. More on brake servos for the RV8
Bryan has further thoughts on servos for the RV8as a brief follow
up to RV8 Note 102.
105. RV8 spares - looking to the future
A topic that need some thought. Despite the fact that Clive Wheatley
and Brown & Gammons are each putting in a great deal of time and
effort to complement the availability of some of the RV8 spares which
are no longer available or NLA, they are unable to cover the whole
situation which undoubtedly will become more difficult as time goes
on. Here Bryan Ditchman sets out his list of twenty items which he
considers RV8 enthusiasts are well advised to acquire as soon as possible.
The list is in order of priority and in the main indicates the items
specific to the RV8.
106. RV8 toolrolls & handbooks - an update
An update which will be of interest to members of Japan spec cars
missing their toolkits. This note from Clive Wheatley (Flame Red RV8
0294) reproduces information provided to an Australian member seeking
a tool roll and handbook for his Japan spec RV8.
107. Cleaning a coffee stain from an RV8 hood
A note which will be useful if you need to clean the RV8 hood. Whilst
David Lawler (Woodcote Green RV8 1920) was having an alarm fitted,
unfortunately a fitter at the installation company managed to spill
coffee on the soft top. This brief note sets out how he cleaned up
108. Avoiding the rear window crease
An imaginative idea from Peter Garton (Woodcote Green RV8 1238) in
Germany who has devised a way of avoiding a crease in the rear window
of an RV8 soft top. RV8NOTE108
109. Problems with the zip for the rear screen in the RV8 soft
A note with some useful tips on RV8 rear screen zips. Victor Rodregues
(Oxford Blue RV8 1621) from Switzerland reported a difficulty with
the zip around his rear screen. This note explains how he resolved
it together with some comments from John Barnes (Woodcote Green RV8
0636) in Wellington New Zealand. RV8NOTE109
110. Using fire extinguishers in V8s
Fire prevention in the car is something we should at least think about
and hopefully fit an extinguisher. Like life assurance and writing
a will, you will probably feel an article on fire extinguishers in
cars is not an exciting topic. Few of us think about the possibility
of fire in our cars and what we would need to bring it under control.
In this useful note Andrew Brown (Flamenco Red V8 2501), from the
West Midlands, provides the necessary background information and guidance
for selecting a suitable extinguisher so early action with an interior
or engine fire is possible.
111. Preventative maintenance on RV8 rubber water hoses
A note with a useful check. Peter James (Woodcote Green RV8 1022)
from Warwickshire has a brief but useful reminder on checking your
rubber water hoses and replacing any which look suspect as preventative
112. Reassurance on RV8 reimports following a BBC1 Watchdog
programme in July 2001
Members buying a reimported RV8 will find this note reassuring. We
contacted Chris Watkins who runs the leading RV8 reimporters, HS Imports,
following a BBC1 Watchdog programme on the Great Car Fraud with Quentin
Wilson concerning a substantial flow of stolen 4x4s, stolen in Japan,
which are turning up in the UK. Most of these reimports are high value
vehicles like Toyota Land Cruisers, some involving some imaginative
reinventions of vehicle identity at a staging post in Dubai on the
way! Chris knows Japan very well and has considerable experience with
reimporting RV8s to the UK. In this note explains how the system works
in Japan and how the HS Imports team take care with the cars they
reimport from Japan. You can view this note on this website as RV8NOTE112.
113. Renovo soft top care products
Following RV8 Workshop Note 107 from David Lawler, Victor Smith (Harvest
Gold V8 1089) called Renovo who provided a brochure with details and
prices of their useful range of soft top care products. This note
is based on the text of Renovo's brochure and provides a summary of
114. Gas struts - an additional danger in vehicle fires
A cautionary tale. Andrew Brown (Flamenco Red V8 2501) provides a
brief further note following an experience with a gas strut bursting
whilst attending a recent vehicle fire
115. Diagnostic plug on an RV8
A fascinating note on RV8 diagnostics from a member who has the full
range of hand-held equipment and databooks needed for electrical component
testing and fault diagnosis on the MG RV8. He warns that although
the RV8 may look like a cosmetically-reworked variant of the MGB with
a V8 engine, it is in fact full of modern electronic systems which
need training and sophisticated equipment to carry out relatively
routine servicing tasks. You can view this note on this website as
116. Reprogramming alarm transmitters on Japan spec RV8s
A note which should be read by all RV8 enthusiasts, especially those
in Australia and New Zealand with Japanese-specification RV8s who
need either to acquire new immobiliser handset transmitters or have
their existing one(s) reprogrammed for some reason.
117. RV8 immobiliser requirements demanded by some insurers
An alarming trend of insurers seeking to escalate their requirements
for the retrospective fitting of Thatcham 1 immobilisers on open top
sports cars has been noted by our anonymous contributor. Here the
contributor provides a briefing on the present situation. This note
can be viewed on this website as RV8NOTE117.
118. Meeting the diagnostic challenge with the RV8
On a casual acquaintance, the RV8 can be seen as a car which appears
simply a cosmetically-reworked, luxury MGBV8 but on closer inspection
it is clearly a product of the modern era. Gone are carburettors,
contact breaker points, choke cables and a simple wiring harness -
a package the enthusiast can maintain and tune with ease - and instead
you find, beneath that classic car body, the RV8 has a sophisticated
engine management system. Ordinary test and dwell meters are not enough
- you need sophisticated equipment and data to tune the RV8 and check
out systems faults. Our anonymous contributor has been beavering away
to gain a better understanding of what systems are in the RV8 and
what equipment is needed to run the diagnostic checks your MG Rover
dealer is required to do when your RV8 goes in for periodic servicing.
This note will fascinate you and leave you better able to deal with
any "flannel" from the service staff - the moral is find
service people who know what they are doing and can handle the very
sophisticated diagnostic equipment so your RV8 is serviced correctly!
119. K&N filter check
Another useful tip.
120. Modifications on reimported RV8s
An important note on a key modifications that has to be carried out
on RV8s reimported from Japan. You can view this note as RV8NOTE120.
121. Locking wheel nut tip
Godfrey Dance (Woodcote Green RV8 1210) from Surrey provides a useful
tip on undoing your locking wheel nuts should you be unable to find
122. Where can I get the RV8 diagnostic leads?
A key question for members wanting to do diagnostic checks. John Hornabrook
(Woodcote Green RV8 1781) from Australia contacted the V8 Register
seeking help in finding the "computer leads to connect the RV8
to a Land Rover Discovery test monitor" as he had found there
were no garages set up to service the RV8 out on the Gold Coast. The
local Land Rover agent had offered to help "if they had the right
plug and lead". Well our anonymous contributor has done a great
deal of research in this area and provided a reply which is reproduced
as this note.
123. More on RV8 electronics and diagnostics
Roger Parker (Green 4092) from Staffordshire, a well know MGBV8 expert,
has provided some useful observations and comments for the reply to
John Hornabrook (Woodcote Green 1781) from Australia who contacted
the V8 Register in February 2002 seeking help with RV8 diagnostics.
124. More legroom for the air-conditioned!
A modification that can provide real legroom benefits in an RV8 by
removing the air-conditioning surround and using a modified cover
box. This brief note explains the modification.
125. RV8 paint codes
Graham Burcher (Oxford Blue 1729) from Yorkshire had tried to confirm
whether the colour of his car was Oxford Blue or Caribbean Blue and
found the colour codes difficult to decipher. A call to Bryan Ditchman
soon found he had a book with the colour codes listed. Graham has
prepared this note as an aid for other RV8 enthusiasts, together with
contributions from Bryan Ditchman and Roger Parker.
126. Hot RV8 cockpit
An Australian V8 enthusiast, Graeme Renshaw (Nightfire Red 0477) from
New South Wales, reported hot footwells in his RV8. This note is based
on some thoughts from Roger Parker. A copy of this note can be seen
a windstop to an RV8
John Barnes (Woodcote Green 0636) from Wellington New Zealand had
devised a windstop for his RV8 which was revealed in a photo sent
in from the NZ 50th Anniversary Event. Here Ian Cranston (Flame
Red 0342) from Worcestershire describes how he installed a windstop
on his RV8.
a problem with the RV8 heater control cable
John Hornabrook (Woodcote Green 1781) from Queensland in Australia
has sent in this useful note on a difficulty which a number of members
downunder have faced with their RV8s. John had the help of his chum,
Greg Tunstall, who describes how the problem was fixed. A copy of
this note can be seen as RV8NOTE128.
129. PAS options
for the RV8
Ed Garing contacted us from Melbourne Australia enquiring whether
power assisted steering could be fitted to an RV8. This note is
based on the reply with material from Roger Parker.
down a misfire on an RV8
Peter James (Woodcote Green 1022) from Warwickshire experienced
an intermittent problem, first under acceleration and then on deceleration.
In this note Peter describes how the fault was eventually traced
and solved by an expert.
131. Play in
the RV8 steering rack
Play in the RV8 steering is a problem which has been reported on
several occasions recently. RV8 enthusiast, Tom Hogan (Nightfire
Red 1910), from Cambridgeshire sought help with his steering rack.
This note is based on some thoughts from Roger Parker.
tyres with warehoused RV8s
A caution which members buying RV8s should note as part of their
checklist of things to inspect and check. Jim Rudgley (Woodcote
Green 0696) bought his reimported car in December 2001 and has a
cautionary tale over tyres of cars which may have been warehoused
by speculators believing RV8s were about to rocket in price.
with space saver spare wheels
Brian Moyse (BRG 1714) from Surrey obtained his UK specification
RV8 in May 2002 and just a week later appeared at the Sunday lunchtime
V8 Gathering at Hazeley Heath. Shortly after he sent in this workshop
note describing an essential check. You can view this note as RV8NOTE133.
your exhaust hangers, engine mountings & battery
an RV8 to Australia
Another check made by a member following his purchase of an RV8.
Brian also highlights difficulty with his engine mountings. You
can view this note as RV8NOTE134.
A note for members downunder. Bruce Webster was one of the first overseas
members to receive his RV8 Workshop Notes on CD and after a rapid
read promptly produced a brief note.
leak down ones right leg!
Another water leak note.
137. RV8 hardtop
for an RV8
A note reporting on the current situation with RV8 hardtops together
with photographs of RV8 hardtops requested by several members. This
note can be viewed on this website at RV8NOTE137.
noises on the left hand side
Peter Garton (Woodcote Green 1238) from Germany heard strange noises
from the LHS of his RV8 and in this brief note explains what was
found and how it was cured. With all noises it helps if you have
heard of the case before so that should your RV8 suffer a similar
event, you will be able to identify the cause rapidly. (June 02)
your legs in an RV8
Murray Baber (Woodcote Green 0886) from New Zealand has a brief
note on his experiences with getting a little more legroom in his
RV8. (June 02)
idle on an RV8
Mike Simmonds (Woodcote Green 1504) from Berkshire posted a
message on the bulletin board at www.v8register.net seeking help
with an erratic idle on his RV8. Roger Parker (Green 4092) the well-known
MGBV8 guru posted a reply. (Jun 02) RV8NOTE140
141. Take care
of your clips!
Colin Shaw (Woodcote Green 1397) from Wiltshire had to remove the
gearbox tunnel cover on the driver's side and found the clips on
the back of the courtesy light were broken. Here Colin explains
how he found it is not easy to replace them - so take care when
working near those lights. (Jul 02)
142. Retrofitting an alarm & central locking system
A note of interest to members with little or no MG Rover dealer
Al Barnett (BRG 1839) is well used to long runs in his RV8 on autoroutes
from his base in Luxembourg and competes in the annual Prix des
Alpes event. In this note he describes how he had a windstop installed
in Holland. (Jul 02)
144. ECU location,
removal & refitting
David Boniface (Oxford Blue 1589) in Japan contacted the V8 Register
for information on fitting an Optimax chip and how to remove the
ECU. We put him onto John Barnes (Woodcote Green 0636) in Wellington
New Zealand who produced this useful note based on his experiences
of fitting an Optimax chip supplied by RPI in the UK. The note provides
a step by step guide to removing and refitting the ECU. (Jul 02)
A copy of this note is available as RV8NOTE144.
145. RV8 skirt
Jim Dolbel (Woodcote Green 1705) from Sydney in Australia has sent
in this useful note which may assist other RV8 owners in removing
their side skirts for repair, respraying or checking the mountings
for corrosion. (Aug 02)
146. What a
sweaty business in an RV8 in Tokyo!
David Boniface (Oxford Blue 1589) is working in Tokyo and sought
the help of the V8 Register in overcoming a sweaty experience with
his RV8 in Tokyo this Summer. You will sweat just reading this note
but it is a useful message. (Jul 02)
147. Why was
the VIN stamped in the RV8 rain channel?
In RV8 Note 23, Bryan Ditchman posed the question "why did
they change the position" of the VIN from the offside chassis
rail to the offside channel under the boot lid? David Boniface (Oxford
Blue 1589) in Tokyo has come up with the answer. (Aug 02)
Tony Merrygold( Woodcote Green 0551) from Warwickshire who runs
a classic car hire company called The Open Road which includes an
RV8 in the hire fleet, provides this useful note on fuses. (Aug
149. Boot release
Tony Merrygold (Woodcote Green 0551) from Warwickshire who runs
a classic car hire company called The Open Road which includes an
RV8 in the hire fleet, provides this useful note on how he solved
an intermittent problem with the boot release mechanism. (Aug 02)
Keith obtained an RV8 and from his checks on the car noticed a difficulty
with a plastic plug and posted this useful note on the bulletin
board on the bulletin board on the V8 Register website.
replacements on checking over a reimported RV8
Erik runs Mediterranean Classics in Taragona in Catalunya and on
checking over the RV8 he had recently acquired, provided this note
on three items he had to replace.
152. RV8 brake
hydraulic system and master cylinder
Another of Bryan's useful notes which highlights another essential
part which is reported to be NLA so refurbishing the existing unit
is necessary. You can view this note as RV8NOTE152.
153. Have you
got a screw loose?
Workshop notes like screws still come out of the metalwork! Bryan
Ditchman has found, during a rebuild of his MGBGTV8, another useful
part which is used on the RV8 which can be used equally well on
the MGBGTV8. You can view this note as RV8NOTE153.
Tony found the surface lacquer on his RV8 door cappings had broken
down in several places, with some damage to the veneer too. He sets
out how he cured this problem which was posted on the Bulletin Board
which attracted some follow up comments from several other members.
You can view this note on this website at RV8NOTE154.
with a noisy back axle
Lowell from Yorkshire had to get his back axle repaired and in this
note he describes how an ominous noise was assessed and a course
of action determined - then how the necessary spare parts were tracked
156. RV8 back
axle reconditioning service
This note is reproduced from the RV8 Spares Update as a sequel to
RV8 Workshop Note 155 above. It describes a back axle reconditioning
service provided by Clive Wheatley who adds a footnote. You can
view this note as RV8NOTE156.
157. RV8 front
indicator lamp connector terminal corrosion
Brian Moyse had to replace the offside front indicator lamp assembly
on his car after it stopped working. The problem was traced to corrosion
of one of the connection pins of the bulb holder where the wiring
loom connector is plugged in. You can view this note as RV8NOTE157.
158. RV8 coolant
filler plug - worth changing to the brass plug
David describes how his plastic plug failed and suggests that
preventative maintenance could be a wise step. You can view this
note as RV8NOTE158.
159. Got a
blown plastic coolant filler plug? - a tip to get you home
tyres for the RV8
Following the posting on the V8 website bulletin board by David
Boniface (Oxford Blue 1589) from Tokyo on his experiences with a
blown plastic RV8 coolant filler plug (see RV8 Workshop Note 158),
Tim Hipwell (Oxford Blue 1133) from Devon posted a useful tip on
a temporary fix to get you home should you have a similar blow.
Peter Wallis (Nightfire Red 2178) from Hampshire bought a reimported
RV8 and shortly after he contacted the V8 Register for information
on replacement tyres. As most RV8s seem to be low mileage vehicles,
the topic of replacement tyres had not been covered in the RV8 Workshop
Notes series, so a request for members' views on tyres was sent out
by email and a message posted on the V8 website Bulletin Board. This
note is a summary of the feedback received from our RV8 members. You
can view this note as RV8NOTE160.
161. Fitting a new glove box locker plunger switch
Peter Garton (Woodcote Green 1238) in Germany posted a note on the
V8 website bulletin board describing his marathon job to replace his
glove box switch. Clearly his copies of the earlier volumes of the
RV8 Workshop Notes were essential!
your replacement brake shoes
Peter Ellis (Oxford Blue 1343) from Lincolnshire has a brief snippet
which could save you a wasted journey to your local MG Dealer to
return a box of replacement RV8 brake shoes.
163. R380 gearbox
Nigel Steward (Red 1038) from Hampshire posted a note on the Bulletin
Board on the V8 website concerning lubrication for an R380 gearbox
he has fitted to his Factory MGBGTV8. A copy is available on this
website as RV8NOTE163.
Tony Merrygold & others
Tony Merrygold (Woodcote Green 0551) from Warwick had a problem
with his alternator and replaced it with a Lucas one instead of
Magnetti Marelli. (Dec 02)
lights in the footwells
Tony Merrygold (Woodcote Green 0551) from Warwick had a problem
with his interior lights. And describes how he found the cause and
166. RV8 spares
Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) from Hampshire sets out a checklist
of a further twenty or so items RV8 owners should consider ensuring
they have in their stock of spares. This note is a supplement to
RV8 Workshop Note 105.
the RV8 headlamp cowl
Andy Klava & Gavin Brown
Andy Klava (Woodcote Green 0532) from Yorkshire posted a brief note
on the V8 Website bulletin board seeking advice on how to remove
the headlamps cowls on an RV8 with air-conditioning. Within two
hours Gavin Brown at the MG Car Centre in Tasmania posted this useful
note on how to go about the job. As this note is of interest to
members with Japan spec cars, you can view the note on this website
as RV8NOTE167. (Jan 03)
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 RV8.
RV8 rear brakes
Brian Perry (Woodcote Green 1938) from Staffordshire provides a
useful confirmation of a source of replacement RV8 rear brakes and
a special offer for V8 Register members following a brief posting
on the V8 Website bulletin board.
RV8 overheating problems
John Hornabrook (Woodcote Green 1781) from Australia has solved
serious overheating problems with his RV8 which will be of interest
to other members operating an RV8 in high ambient temperatures.
171. Why does
the red "No Charge" warning light stay on?
Dr Andy Klava (Woodcote Green 0532) from Yorkshire was puzzled why
his warning light was staying on after a cold start and posted a
query on the V8 Website bulletin board. Brian Moyse posted a reassuring
reply. (Feb 03). See the note as RV8NOTE171.
where you have your RV8 serviced with care!
Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean Blue 0265) from Hampshire suggests
you need to choose where you take your RV8 for servicing and maintenance
work with some care. (Feb 03)
out an air conditioning fan that has rusted up
A chance inspection of the fans mounted on the air conditioning
condenser resulted in Gavin Brown at the MG Car Centre in Launceston,
Tasmania finding rust and a way of cleaning it up. This note will
be useful for members with the Japanese specification A/C system
and it includes a couple of tips to help reduce future rusting difficulties.
(Feb 03) See this note as RV8NOTE173.
174. Are your
shock absorbers working for you?
John Barnes (Woodcote Green 0636) from Wellington New Zealand has
owned his RV8 for six years and had always felt it was a little
soft and did not perform as a sports car should, so he set about
finding an improvement. (Mar 03)
air cleaner on an RV8
John Hornabrook (Woodcote Green 1781) from Australia has had serious
cooling problems with his RV8 and describes a modification to insulate
the air filter. (Mar 03)
indicator lenses from amber to clear on an RV8
Mike Price (Nightfire Red 1708) from Staffordshire posted a note
on the V8 Bulletin Board with details of the part numbers for members
who wish to make this change. (Mar 03)
177. RV8 bottom
Al Barnett (BRG 1839) from Luxembourg highlights a problem that
all RV8 owners should check. Al raised the matter on the V8 Bulletin
Board and a number of useful tips were posted by fellow members.
178. RV8 radiator
blanking panel radiator check
Peter James (Woodcote Green 1022) from Warwickshire highlights a
problem that all RV8 owners should check. He would not have spotted
if he had not had to change a water pump.
179. More on
replacement tyres and savings
Joe Gibson (BRG 0442) from Gwynedd had read the earlier RV8 Workshop
Note on replacement tyres for the RV8 based on a survey of our members
(Note 160 in Volume 5) and relates how he found a replacement tyres
and a good discount too!
Brian Marshall & V8 Bulletin Board postings
Brian Marshall has an MGBV8 Roadster and posted a message on the
V8 Bulletin Board seeking views on steering locks for the V8. This
note sweeps up the responses and provides a useful guide.
RV8 shroud stickers
DR Gavin Bailey (BRG 0777) from Surrey sent in this brief report
of the availability of a useful spares item. RV8NOTE181.
Peter Kilmister (Woodcote Green 0320) from Hampshire recently changed
the tyres on his RV8 and his posting on the V8 Bulletin Board recommended
a good tyre supplier for their excellent service. (Jul 03)
the MG badges - care
Gerard Jansen (Woodcote Green 1240) from Belgium posted a query
on the V8 Bulletin Board seeking help with the removal of the MG
badges on his RV8 as he needed to replace them. Several members
provided some useful tips. (Aug 03)
I keep the air-con system on a reimported RV8?
Graham Bartholomew (Woodcote Green 0810) from Bartholomew posted
a query on the V8 Bulletin Board concerning a fault and wondered
whether to remove the system. The key routine for members with RV8
aircon systems is you must run the system regularly, even when the
car is tucked away during the winter months! (Aug 03)
185. RV8 water
Keith Rowson (Oxford Blue 1764) from Hertfordshire reported difficulty
in getting replacement water hoses as a posting on the V8 Bulletin
Board. The situation was soon clarified. (Aug 03)
idle failure with an RV8
Ray Ganderton and others
Ray Ganderton (Woodcote Green 1826) from Hertfordshire put a note
on the V8 Bulletin Board seeking help with an idle problem. Useful
postings followed shortly after. (Aug 03)
underbody knock on an RV8
Ray Ganderton (Woodcote Green 1826) from Hertfordshire posted a
query on the V8 Bulletin Board concerning an underbody knocking
noise. Useful postings in response followed. (Aug 03)
188. RV8 starting
and running problems
Tim Whitely and others
Tim Whitely (Oxford Blue 0935) from Lancashire posted a note on
the V8 Bulletin Board seeking help with this difficulty. A brief
response followed. (Sep 03)
does the air conditioned air enter the RV8 cockpit?
Following Graham Bartholomew's queries regarding his RV8's air-conditioning
system, he requested clarification on where the conditioned air
is supplied to the RV8 cockpit. Peter Tothill (Woodcote Green 1636)
from Oxfordshire has supplied a brief note which covers this point.
- an unusual RV8 fire risk
A cautionary note from Lowell Smith (Woodcote Green 0384) from Yorkshire
based on an unexpected hot moment! (Oct 03) RV8NOTE190
191. RV8 alarm
ECU - suspected vulnerability
Brian Moyse (BRG 1714) from Surrey posted a caution on the V8 Bulletin
Board concerning the risk of damage to the alarm ECU if the battery
runs down if the car is not used, typically during the Winter months.
(Oct 03) RV8NOTE191
an RV8 - what are the options?
Victor Smith and Chris Watkins
Many MG enthusiasts are buying reimported RV8s and the flow returning
to the UK is substantial - but what options are available to prospective
purchasers of reimported RV8s and what prudent concerns should they
have in buying from either a local agent in Japan or from a UK based
specialist RV8 trader? This note by Victor Smith provides a guide
to the options together with a footnote with the views of Chris
Watkins, who runs the specialist RV8 reimporter HS Imports in Somerset.
(Oct 03) RV8NOTE192
193. New mobile
phone law in the UK
194. New up-rated
RV8 front springs
From 1st December 2003 a new law is coming out in the UK that
will make it a specific offence to hold and use a mobile phone whilst
driving. This is in addition to the current laws governing safe
driving. (Oct 03) RV8NOTE193
Gavin Brown at the MG Car Centre at Launceston in Tasmania has obtained
a supply of replacement up-rated front springs. (Oct 03) RV8NOTE194
195. Factors causing Japanese RV8 owners to send their cars to
Colin Shea explains some of the economic and
social factors which influence Japanese owners of classic cars like
the RV8 to send their "ageing" car to auction from which
they are generally exported to the UK or Australia. The flow of RV8s
to auction in Japan is a key factor in the supply and demand balance
in the RV8 markets in the UK and Australia so is inevitably of interest
to RV8 enthusiasts there. (Nov 03)
196. Lowering the RV8 back end
Lawrie Steere (Oxford Blue 0933) who runs the MG Service Centre in
Christchurch New Zealand races his RV8 and has been trying to get
better handling. Here John Barnes (Woodcote Green 0636) from Wellington
reports on progress so far. (Nov 03)
197. RV8 clutch slave cylinder repair kit
Although repair kits are not available for the RV8 clutch slave cylinder,
it is possible to use the kit available for the MGBGTV8. Here Clive
Wheatley explains how. (DEC 03)
198. RV8 tyres - Michelin Pilots are available
Brian provides a workshop note update on the availability of suitable
"V" rated replacement tyres for the RV8. (DEC 03)
199. RV8 front foglights - an alternative source of replacement
Bryan provides a note on alternative source of replacement front foglights
to help owners of UK specification cars (and owners of Japan specification
RV8s wishing to convert them to UK spec) who are unfortunate enough
to suffer stone damage. (DEC 03)
200. Timing adjustment on reimported RV8s
Chris Hunt Cooke
Chris Hunt Cooke (Woodcote Green 2038) posted a note on the V8
Bulletin Board with a useful reminder to have the timing checked on
reimported RV8s, even after the modification to the vacuum advance
mentioned in RV8 Workshop Note 60 has been done. (Aug 03)
201. Unichip connector problems
John Hornabrook (Woodcote Green 1781) has prepared this note on
the improved performance achieved by fitting of Unichip to his RV8.
202. Velcro pads on RV8 trim panels
Colin Shaw (Woodcote Green 1397) from Lancashire, provides an account
of how he solved a problem by sourcing an elusive spare part from
another Register member. (Jan 04)
203. Removing an RV8 nose cone
Peter Kilmister (BRG 0320) from Hampshire posted a query on the V8
Bulletin Board for help in removing the RV8 nose cone and Gavin Bailey
promptly responded! (Feb 04) RV8NOTE203
204. Hot feet!
Nick Grant (Woodcote Green 0388) from Tyne & Wear was concerned
that the legwell air vents were permanently blowing hot air onto his
feet. - fine in winter but with the approach of Summer he was wondering
how to cure it! Fellow members provided help. (May 04) RV8NOTE204
Folding windstop for an RV8
John Bolt (Nightfire Red 1228) from Buckinghamshire arrived
at the V8 Gathering at Hazeley Heath with his new wind stop which
is a particularly neat installation. It even folds down and allows
the tonneau to cover the cockpit without the need to remove the
wind stop first. This note is illustrated by John's sketches. (May
206. Redlining an RV8 tachometer
Stefan Matthaei (Woodcote Green 1250) from Munich in Germany provides
the VDO contact for servicing a tachometer and adding a "redline".
207. Your RV8 temperature gauge is lying!
Stefan Matthaei (Woodcote Green 1250) from Munich in Germany suggests
a simple modification on the wiring of the temperature gauge to
allow for correct readings of the engine temperature. (Jun 04)
208. Hoyle suspension upgrade kits - a step change in improved
The improved handling and ride characteristics provided by fitting
the front and rear upgrade kits supplied by Hoyle Engineering are
reported by V8 enthusiasts as a "marked change" and "handling
more like a modern car". So Victor Smith has taken a closer
look and gathered comments from V8 members. (Jun 04) RV8NOTE208
209. To lift or not to lift, that is the question
DR Gavin Bailey (RV8 BRG 0766 and V8 Glacier White 0199) from Surrey
describes how he tracked down a hydraulic lift and has found it
very useful. (Jun 04) RV8NOTE209
210. Fitting a set of uprated Konis
DR Gavin Bailey (BRG 0766) from Surrey provides a note on fitting
a set of the uprated Konis supplied by Clive Wheatley. (Aug 04)
RV8 Koni shock absorbers
Tony Johnson (Nightfire Red 1865) from the West Midlands has given
his new Konis a real test on the Prix Des Alpes Rally and reports
complete satisfaction. (Jul 04)
the reversing light switch
Martin Selwyn (Woodcote Green 0664) from London N provides a useful
note on how to replace the reversing light switch on an R380 gearbox.
the gearbox oil level and/or replacing oil
Marton Selwyn (Woodcote Green 0664) from London N provides a useful
note on how to check the oil level on an R380 gearbox and top up
or replace the oil. (Jul 04)
214. RV8 suspension
Peter Tothill (Woodcote Green 1636) from Oxfordshire has been working
on his front suspension set up for some time and has produced a
useful note with his views on settings for the shock absorbers.
(Jul 04) RV8NOTE214
215. Australian RAWS update
In May 2003 we first reported that a new set of regulations had
been introduced in Australia which had effectively stopped Aussie
enthusiasts importing RV8s. Gavin Brown, who runs the MG Car Centre
in Launceston Tasmania, provides an update. (Sep 04) RV8NOTE215
216. How many RV8s were there and in what colour?
John Bolt (Nightfire Red 1218) from Buckingamshire has been doing
some research at the Heritage Museum at Gaydon and has produced
an interesting chart which will interest RV8 enthusiasts. (Oct 04)
217. Removing a number plate mounting panel from a Japan spec RV8
David Allen (Oxford Blue (1629) from Cambridgeshire provides a useful
note with a step by step guide on how to convert the number plate
mounting on a Japan spec RV8 to the UK or European style. (Nov 04)
218. 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) RV8NOTE218
219. Curing an RV8 which is reluctant to start
David Allen (Oxford Blue 1629) was on the V8 Shropshire Tour 2004
and found his RV8 would not start on the Monday morning. (Oct 04)
220. Frequency band expanders for reimported RV8s
Roger Aldridge & Chris Watkins
This note is based on information from Chris Watkins at HS Imports,
Protech, and Roger Aldridge. (Jan 05) RV8NOTE220
221. Changing the radio on a reimported RV8
We noticed in an advert Mike Simmonds (Woodcote Green 1504) from
Berkshire posted on the V8 Website offering his car for sale, that
he had fitted a "new" UK market radio rather than the
alternative a frequency band expander on the original Japan market
radio. (Jan 05) RV8NOTE221
flares on reimported RV8s
Gavin Bailey, David Bonniface, Jim Dolbel, Brian Moyse & Chris
Paul Mascal (Nightfire Red 1473) from NSW Australia posted a query
on the V8 Bulletin Board over the safety of the RV8 flare in his
Japan spec RV8. (Jan 05) RV8NOTE222
223. First RAWS approval granted to an RV8 importer in Australia
Stuart Ratcliff of RV8 Cars Australia has completed the RAWS process
so will soon be able to carry out necessary works on imported RV8s
to comply them for the Australian market. (Jan 05) RV8NOTE223
224. Another windstop which looks good and works well
Mike Simmonds (Woodcote Green 1504) from Berkshire fitted a windstop
supplied by Tij-Power in Germany. (Feb 05) RV8NOTE224
225. Windscreen surround removal and the rust problem
Jeff Swann (Woodcote Green 0519) has sent in a correction to RV8
Workshop Note 22 in Volume 1of the series. Future issues of the
CD will note this correction in RV8NOTE22. (Feb
226. Rechipping an RV8
Pete Wallis posted a query on the V8BB in February 2005 seeking
information on re-chipping an RV8. Here Gavin Bailey (BRG 0766)
from Surrey describes his experience of having a chip fitted at
RPI in Norfolk together with a V8BB posting from David Farrer-Brown
and an earlier note from Chris Hunt Cooke (Woodcote Green 2038).
(Feb 05) RV8NOTE226
227. More on curing heat in an RV8
David Boniface, Gavin Brown & John Hornabrook
A thread of V8BB postings in February 2005 returned to the difficulty
of finding a cure for excessive heat in an RV8 cockpit. (Mar
228. Windstop bracket modification to enable the hood to be raised
Paul Wilson (Woodcote Green 0929) from Yorkshire purchased a windstop
for his RV8 but found he could not raise the hood with the windstop
brackets in place. He set about modifying them to overcome the problem.
(APR 03) RV8NOTE228
229. Wrench for the RV8 distributor clamp nut
John Dutton (Woodcote Green 1664) from Kent found it impossible
to undo the distributor clamp nut with an ordinary spanner and eventually
found a special long reach angled wrench. (APR 05) RV8NOTE229
230. Rechipping an RV8 at RPI
John Dutton (Woodcote Green 1664) from Kent had his RV8 rechipped
recently and provides some photos. (APR 05) RV8NOTE230
231. Is castor reduction a wise modification for an RV8?
Over the last 12 months a castor correction
kit has become available which offers lighter steering for the MGB
Roadster, MGBGT, MGBGTV8 and RV8 models. Essentially the kit uses
wedges which look like tuning forks as a packing under the front
mountings between the crossmember and chassis legs which
rotates the crossmember forwards, thereby reducing the castor angle.
This note highlights several concerns over the kit and its use on
the RV8 model. (Jan 06) RV8NOTE231
232. Review of the B&G Castor Reduction Kit
Chris Hunt Cooke & Victor Smith
Although this note was prepared as part of
the V8NOTES series, it is included as an RV8NOTE to provide additional
information not available in RV8NOTE231. 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) RV8NOTE232
an RV8 seat
If you are tall in the body like Roger Davies (Woodcote Green 1800)
from Berkshire then finding a way of lowering the driving seat is
essential. Roger posted a useful note on how he did the job. (Jan
234. RV8 alarm
resynchronization - not alarm ECU damage
A posting on the V8BB by Peter Steyn (Woodcote Green 1678) from
South Africa is a useful tip solving a "damaged" Alarm
ECU unit. (Jan 06) RV8NOTE234
assisted steering for an RV8
Peter Garton (Woodcote Green 1238) from Germany has had a PAS system
fitted to his RV8 and explains how the process went. (Jan
236. 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)
237. Storing an RV8 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
238. RV8 Bosch starter motor
After experiencing some difficulties with his starter motor, Peter
Garton (Woodcote Green 1238) from Germany has produced a useful
note. (DEC 05) RV8NOTE238
239. Fitting a "modern CD stacker" in an RV8
One of our members in Japan, David Boniface (Oxford Blue 1589),
provides a useful ICE tip for both V8 and RV8 enthusiasts. (Mar
Sigge Redhe contacted the V8 Webmaster for help in tracking down
a source of supply for a replacement RV8 windscreen glass and Al
Barnett provided a useful note. (Mar 06)
Brown & Gammons
Brown & Gammons of the steering rack mountings on a V8 Roadster
built from a LHD rubber bumper MGB roadster reimported from the
US and on an RV8 have 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 mounts inspected as a matter
of urgency. (Mar 06) RV8NOTE241
242. Strengthening the RV8 steering rack mounts
Brown & Gammons
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. (Mar 06)
243. Cracked RV8 steering rack mounts
A notice was posted onto the website a week or two back that followed
finding cracked steering rack mounts on John Dutton's RV8. Here
John provides a fuller report. Unfortunately no photos were taken
of the mounts before repair but earlier photos of a fractured mount
on Chris Hunt Cooke's V8 Roadster in RV8NOTE241 illustrate the problem.
(Mar 06) RV8NOTE243
244. RV8 recall details
Dave Batten & David Boniface
Dave Batten posted a note on the V8BB of a recall notice issued
in Japan back in 1996. David Boniface in Tokyo has provided a translation
of the diagram. (APR 06) RV8NOTE244
245. RV8 hardtop wiring loom
Peter Steyn from South Africa posted a note on the V8BB seeking
help with wiring up an RV8 hardtop. DR Gavin Bailey provides this
useful note. (APR 06) RV8NOTE245
246. Replacing an RV8 windscreen surround
David Reid (Nightfire Red 0299) from West Lothian recently visited
Clive Wheatley for one of his carbon fibre replacement windscreen
surrounds. (APR 06) RV8NOTE246
247. 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
248. 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
Checking the PCV air intake is clear
Stuart Middlemiss (Nightfire Red 1215) in Norfolk posted a brief
note on the V8BB which is a useful tip. (June
Badge bar for an RV8
John Cumming (Woodcote Green 0721) from Suffolk recently has made
a badge bar for the RV8 and describes how it is fitted. (Jul
251. Optimax chip upgrade
Derek Squires (Woodcote Green 1262) from Hampshire is another
member who reports satisfaction with the Optimax chip upgrade supplied
and fitted by V8 specialists Rpi in Norfolk. (Jul
252. RV8 towing caution
Peter Doughty (Woodcote Green) from Hampshire posted a note on the
VBB seeking clarification of a towing caution posted on the V8BB.
(Aug 06) RV8NOTE252
253. Replacement lenses for the RV8
Stuart Middlemiss (Nightfire Red 1215) from Norfolk had to replace
his front indicator and rear fog light lens units as some of the
internal reflectors had darkened so he took the opportunity to replace
the front indicators with clear lens units. His note will be useful
for many RV8 enthusiasts and save money too. (Oct
254. RV8 bump stops replacement
Jim Dolbel (Woodcote Green 1705) from Australia has replaced his
bump stops and provides a useful note for fellow members. (Oct
255. Adjusting the engine mounts
Stuart Middlemiss (Nightfire Red 1215) from Norfolk provides a useful
tip on curing contact between the offside exhaust manifold and the
inner wing aperture or steering pinion based on some hard work done
by fellow RV8 enthusiast, Max Porter. (Oct
256. Replacement elm burr gearknobs
Terry Starkey (Le Mans Green 0786) from Norfolk made a replacement
gearknob on elm burr for himself and then a few friends, and found
they were a very popular replacement for the standard leather knob.
257. Batteries with an increased capacity
Peter Garton (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 RV8NOTE. (Jan 07)
258. Converting the Japanese advance & retard setup to UK spec
Dave Batten popped a note on the V8BB noting he has had his
RV8 (a Japanese reimport) for some years now and when he first brought
it back from Japan he changed over the vacuum advance to UK spec
as recommended in RV8 Workshop Note 60, and thought nothing more
of it. "Recently I accidentally stumbled across Steve Newton's
note of 9 December 2004 in the V8BB archives and thought I would
check the plenum. Sure enough the male intake on the upper side
of the plenum chamber has never been drilled out, and for the last
few years, without knowing it, I have been driving around with no
vacuum at all! Just thought I would post this note in case anyone
else out there might be in the same boat. RV8NOTE60 needs a footnote
to bring this to members' attention". (May
259. RV8 boot gas struts
Mick Watkins posted a note on the V8BB asking if any member
had managed to source a supply of the struts, other than from Clive
Wheatley V8parts? He felt £60 seemed a lot to pay for a replacement.
Searching the internet had not revealed an obvious supplier, so
he wondered if a member knew more? (May 07)
260. Reprogramming an RV8 alarm fob to the ECU
Jeff Swann (Woodcote Green 0519) from Leicestershire describes the
do-it-yourself method for programming the RV8 alarm fob to the car's
ECU. (May 07) RV8NOTE260
261. RV8 alloy wheel refurb tip
Jeff Swann (Woodcote Green 0519) from Leicestershire, describes
a useful tip which could avoid damage to the dummy wheel studs on
an RV8. (May 07)
262. Replacing an RV8 hood
Mike Lane (Oxford Blue 0855) from Andover Hampshire recently had
a number of new hoods fitted.Here he highlights a problem - there
are two types of hood frame! (May 07)
263. Update on rear axle oil for the RV8 Quaife torque bias differential
Stuart Middlemiss (Nightfire Red 1215) from Norfolk has obtained
a confirmation from Shell of an improved oil for the RV8 differential.
He also provides an important reminder regarding the Quaife differential.
First published in the May 2007 issue of Safety Fast!. (May
264. Experience with RV8 gearbox and back axle oils
It has been a while now since Stuart Middlemiss (Nightfire Red 1215)
from Norfolk changed the oils in both the gearbox (his has the R380
which was fitted to RV8s from VIN 0644 onwards) and the back axle.
He thought it might be useful to circulate the results. (Jun
265. Refurbishing RV8 wheels
Jeff Swann (Woodcote Green 0519) from Leicestershire, posted a note
on the V8BB on how he refurbished his RV8 wheels. (Jun
266. Solving a creak from an RV8 dashboard
Robert Crowson and Michael O'Brien
In a V8BB posting Hugh Boddington sought help solving a creak from
the dashboard on his RV8. Michael O'Brien in Australia came up with
a solution. (Jun 07) RV8NOTE266
267. New RV8 mats
Roger Aldridge (Oxford Blue 1722) from Berkshire needed some new
mats but found they were NLA so he found a source for remanufactured
mats. (July 07) RV8NOTE267
268. More on replacement RV8 hoods
Mike Lane (Oxford Blue 0855) from Andover recently had a number
of replacement hoods fitted and found discrepancies.
(July 07) RV8NOTE268 and RV8
hood mini survey
269. Clutch master and slave cylinder repair kits
Peter Garton found getting the right repair kits took time. (Aug
270. Fuel gauge not reading correctly
Ian Fowler posted a message on the V8BB saying "the fuel gauge
on my RV8 will only register a little over half full when the tank
is full, and reads a quarter full when the tank is actually at half
full. Has anybody else had this problem? How do I test the gauge
and sender unit? (Aug 07)
271. Changing the oil on a type R380 gearbox
Peter Garton (Woodcote Green 1238) from Germany provides a useful
guide to a gearbox oil change. (Aug 07)
gearbox oil change
Barry Martin posted a note on the V8BB saying he found changing
the gearbox oil on his RV8's R380 gearbox a much less arduous task.
Here he explains how. (Aug 07) RV8NOTE272
RV8 windscreen VIN etch template
DR Gavin Bailey (BRG 0766) from Surrey has provided a short note
on the VIN etch template. (Sep 07)
274. RV8 remote instruction card
DR Gavin Bailey (BRG 0766) from Surrey has provided a short note
on the RV8 remote instruction card. (Sep 07)
275. Photos of an RV8 gearbox oil change
As a sequel to RV8NOTE272, Chris Yates has had his gearbox oil change
done at B&G at Baldock and provides a set of photos of the work.
(Oct 07) RV8NOTE275
276. Removing the Wee Nuisance
Robbie Stewart (Woodcote Green 1626) explains how he replaced the
MG badges on his RV8. (Oct 07) RV8NOTE276
the elm burr veneer on an RV8 glovebox lid
Peter Garton posted a message on the V8BB concerning the refurbishment
of his glove box lid on the dashboard of his RV8. (Nov
a set of Spax Krypton Gas Shocks
Rob Collier (Woodcote Green 1147) from Lancashire recently bought
a set of the new Spax shock absorbers developed for the RV8 and
describes fitting them and the pleasure driving an RV8 with much
better handling and ride. (Jan 08)
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)
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) RV8NOTE280
281. Replacing RV8 speaker grilles
Robbie Stewart (Woodcote Green 1626) provides a useful guide on
how to source replacement speaker grilles for the rear quarter panel
on an RV8. (Mar 08) RV8NOTE281
timber trim on an RV8
Robbie Stewart (Woodcote Green 1626) provides a useful guide
to re-lacquering timber trim. (Mar 08)
the stepper motor
Paul Clark posted a query on the V8BB seeking help on erratic running
and how to clean the stepper motor. Here Geoff King sets out how
to clean the stepper motor and points to other causes of erratic
running that might need investigation. (APR
284. Replacement oil filters and sump gaskets
for the RV8
Peter Garton (Woodcote Green 1238) in Germany posted a query on
the V8BB concerning replacement part numbers. The responses will
be a useful resource for fellow members. (APR
285. Caution with fuel pipe on an RV8
Max Porter was replacing the fuel filters on his RV8 recently and
spotted a split in what appeared to be an "as-new" length
of rubber fuel hose. This note highlights a useful safety check.
286. Caution with the RV8 hood catches
Clive Wheatley was returning from the Historic Le Mans and became
aware the windscreen frame toggle catches securing the front rail
of the hood were showing signs of coming loose!
287. Rally plaque for an RV8
Hugh Boddington has provided details of the plaque he has made up
for his RV8 which looks very good. No more cable ties for Hugh!
(Jul 08) RV8NOTE287
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) RV8NOTE288
289. Fitting a door pockets to an RV8
Mike Sheehan (Woodcote Green 1703) from SW France has made door
pockets for the drivers and passenger doors from Connolly leather
to provide more storage space in his RV8. (Jul
No charge light stays
Adrian Brook (Woodcote 1823) from East Yorkshire posted a note on
the V8BB about a difficulty he had with his no charge light and
a few weeks later reported the solution. (Aug
291. RV8 handbrake modification
Hugh Boddington found the position of the handbrake grip in the
off position on his RV8 was too high and uncomfortably close to
the bottom edge of the steering wheel. So he began thinking of how
it might be modified so that it was lower. Hugh decided the only
way to lower the grip was to re-profile the handbrake lever.
(Oct 08) RV8NOTE291
292. Performance gains from removing the CATs
Matt Jones posted a query on the V8BB and some useful responses
followed as guidance for fellow members. (Nov
293. 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.
Which brake fluid?
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 each fluid. He has also highlighted
some concerns - key variables where there is uncertainty. In essence
they are the lack of information on the composition of the replacement
rubber seals and the effect of various formulations of glycol fluid
available in the market on those different types of rubber seal
- and the effect of silicone fluid on them too. They are being examined
and a further report will follow. (Jan 09)
V8 Bulletin Board thread
Mike Howlett posted a query on the V8BB seeking help with the cooling
pipes on his conversion. (Feb 09)
296. Where can
I get replacement ignition keys
V8 Bulletin Board thread
Mike Giblenn posted a V8BB message asking fellow members where he
could get a replacement RV8 key with the pivoting fob? (Feb
297. Space saver
tyre for the RV8
Gavin Bailey (BRG 0766) from Surrey obtained an RV8 spacesaver tyre
and as they are not readily available, he has provided some photos.
298. 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 02)
the steel connecting pipe between the lower cooling hoses
John Holmes has a brief note but it is nonetheless a useful reminder
of a check you should make when you change the rubber cooling hoses
on your RV8. (APR 09)
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) RV8NOTE300
boot bulkhead clips
Hugh Boddington was looking for spare clips for his RV8 but had
been unable to get them
and then saw them in a magazine. (Jun 09)
302. RV8 windstop for the taller driver
Angus Munro wanted a windstop but as he is quite tall had to think
of ways of adapting the standard windstop. Here he describes the
project and in a copy of this note, illustrated with photos, available
on the V8 Website he provides a detailed guide to fitting a windstop
plus provides a drawing of the new rail too. (Jul
303. Renovo's plastic window polish works!
Angus Munro posted a note on the V8BB of his experience with Renovo's
product. (Jul 09) RV8NOTE303
304. Spacesaver wheel and tyre for an RV8
Following a V8BB posting by Alan Spence, John Bolt provides details
of the spacesaver wheel and tyre he has used on his RV8. (Jul
305. Take care with adverts for RV8 brake discs on eBay!
Julian Holmes spotted an advert on eBay for RV8 replacement front
brake discs at bargain prices but discovered they were not RV8 discs.
Later he spotted an advert on eBay from MG Services Heathrow offering
genuine RV8 discs which included a warning for RV8 enthusiasts to
avoid discs offered on eBay by some traders. They are not RV8 discs
but quite probably Rover 800 discs. (Jul 09)
306. Curing RV8 speedometer faults
Peter Garton, an RV8 enthusiast in Germany, posted a VBB note reporting
he had a faulty kph speedo. The responses were very interesting
and highlighted some concerns for UK enthusiasts who still have
a kph speedo on their reimported RV8. (Aug
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 . (Aug 09)
308. Converting RV8 headlamps to LHD
Normally the RV8 reimports from Japan, apart from being originally
equipped with the speedometer in kilometres, also have the headlamps
fitted which are suitable for the UK - the Japanese also drive on
the left! so will need changing if you keep your RV8 in Mainland
Europe or other countries where they drive on the righthand side
of the road. (Aug 09)
309. Finding replacement RV8 cats
Barry Martin started to hear the dreaded death rattle from the underside
of his RV8 and he knew he had to find some replacement cats. Here
he tells us where he found a good supplier. (Aug
310. What is a Hoyle rear suspension upgrade like?
This is a question owners consider when they consider whether the
handling and ride of the standard suspension package on their RV8.
Nigel Hylands-White posted a message on the V8BB seeking fellow
RV8 members' views. Here Robert Crowson relates his experiences
of a Hoyle set up. (Nov 09)
311. Fitting a Hoyle independent rear suspension upgrade on an RV8
Steve Newton at Clive Wheatley mgv8parts has fitted a number of
Hoyle rear suspension upgrade kits and provides an outline of what
is involved. (Nov 09)
312. Not all suspension mods on an RV8 are a good idea
Angus Munro bought an RV8 that was advertised with various suspension
modifications supplied by a reputable company. He found the handling
of the car was alarming. Here he describes what he found and how
he cured the problems. (Nov 09)
313. LHD headlamp conversion on an RV8
Most RV8s were produced in right hand drive (RHD) form as the major
markets were Japan and the UK, both of whom drive on the left However,
many of the Japanese RV8s have been put up for sale in recent years
due to the cost of passing the very stringent tests their regulations
impose on older cars. Moreover, the recession in the UK has increased
the number of RV8s for sale in the UK and the strong state of the
Euro and has made them attractive to continental buyers. So as more
continental buyers want to register their RHD RV8s in mainland Europe
a key requirement for compliance is that the headlights should dip
to the right and meet the various cut-off and light scatter regulations.
Frank Labruier of Luxembourg has an RV8 he bought in the UK and
has come up with an economical and elegant solution. Frank apologises
for his 35 year old school English but in fact it is very good,
so the following is Frank's explanation, with a few very minor amendments
from Bob Owen. (Nov 09) RV8NOTE313
314. Refurbishing RV8 wheels
Hugh Boddington set a V8BB thread running with the question "has
anybody had any experience of stripping the lacquer from an RV8
wheel using Nitro Mors water based paint and varnish remover?"
It soon became an active thread and finally David Sutcliffe from
Australia posted details of how he had refurbished his RV8 wheels.
(DEC 09) RV8NOTE314
315. Water pump overhaul
Ross Boyd posted a query on the V8BB seeking help with his water
pump overhaul. (DEC 09) RV8NOTE315
316. Space saver wheel
David sent in a set of photos of his modified SAAB 900 spacesaver
spare wheel he uses with his RV8 when he needs boot space. He had
a local engineering shop to make a spacer ring which is permanently
fitted to the inside wheel centre. His photos show the improved
boot space. (Photos: David Sutcliffe) RV8NOTE316
317. RV8 wheel refurbishment sequel
Following the contributions to a V8BB thread on refurbishing RV8
wheels launched as a query by Hugh Boddington, he set about cleaning
his wheels and replacing the removable studs. In this sequel he
provides a photo record of how he refurbished his wheels. (Jan
318. RV8 tacho removal and wiring
Gavin Bown, John Brown and Hugh Boddington
Ross Boyd posted a query on the V8BB saying could someone please
tell me how to remove the tacho without removing the whole dash?
319. Fitting a tow bar to an RV8
Nigel Ricardo posted a query on the V8BB seeking advice on fitting
a tow bar to an RV8. Tim Hipwell responded with some photos of the
tow bar he had fitted to the RV8 he used to own. (Jan
320. What are the differences between the two types of drive
- Phillips and Posidriv®?
The front of George Wilder's RV8 was hit by a pigeon as he was driving
along a single carriageway. Fortunately on inspection he found no
damage to the paintwork, but needed to remove and adjust the position
of a headlight cowl on his RV8. He discovered the fixing screws
were not Phillips but Posidriv®. This may not be a distinction
which someone without an engineering background may be aware so
this note explains the differences between the two types of drive
so you will be able to make sure you have the correct screwdriver
for the job. (Jan 10)
321. Wipers failed? - test the relay as well as the fuse
Simon Austin recently imported RV8 (Woodcote Green 0590) to Canada
from Japan and during the process of having the car MOT'd for licensing
had run into a small snag. His wiper/washer system was not working.
He thought he had isolated it to the relay/control unit on the back-side
of the fuse-box. Unfortunately he found that this relay was not
available in Canada so he ordered a new one from Rimmer Bros. Simon
posted a message on the V8BB to see if any other RV8 owners had
had their wipers fail and found the relay at fault. If not the relay,
were there any other areas to check out? (Jan
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 RV8 published it recommends using
an ethylene glycol based 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 an RV8 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)
323. RV8 boot lid struts
Peter Wallis from Hampshire posted a note on the V8BB with a useful,
moneysaving tip on sourcing replacement struts at a competitive
price. (Mar 10)
324. RV8 Engine mounts orientation?
[note is being drafted]
Replacing his engine mounts, Darren Jones wanted clarification on
which way round to fit them, so he posted a request for help on
the V8BB. (APR 10) RV8NOTE324
325. RV8 rear bumper alignment
Peter Garton in Germany posted a note on the V8 Bulletin Board and
later sent in a set of photos which help explain how he got his
nearside rear bumper correctly aligned. (APR
326. Blocked fuel filters - an essential check for RV8 enthusiasts
Brian Kitching and Peter Garton
Useful threads appear on the V8BB regularly and recently two
threads clearly have a link producing a useful reminder for fellow
RV8 enthusiasts on the need to check the fuel filter and a possible
cause for the rust particles that can accumulate there! (Jun
327. RV8 oil pressure switch
Geoff Day, a new member from Suffolk, contacted Club Office with
a query - "my car is an early one, number 13 made. I need a
new Oil Pressure Switch, but have been supplied with part number
GPS 181 twice, which does not fit. Can you help?" (APR
328. Fitting a Classic Additions' windstop
Richard Wood posted a note on the V8BB seeking help as he has just
purchased the classic additions windstop, but had found the instructions
consist of some very grainy photos. Could someone tell me how to
connect the windstop to the brackets and which way up the side brackets
go. Also the bolts that connect the actual windstop to its side
brackets seem far too long. Classic Additions sent us a useful photo.(Jun
329. Unlocking a seat belt inertia reel
When removing the seat the belt on his RV8, Erik Persson in Sweden
found the belt completely rewound back onto the reel. Extending
the belt proved impossible as the inertial lock appeared to have
engaged and the belt could not be rewound further to get the lock
to release. How did Erik solve the problem? (Jun
330. Understanding and maintaining RV8
Christopher Allan posted a note on the V8 Bulletin Board seeking
help understanding how the Rv8 brakes work and can be adjusted.
This note provides links to copies of the sections on the brakes
in the RV8 Technical Reveal and the RV8 Repair Manual.
(Aug 10) RV8NOTE330
331. How safe is the jack in your RV8?
Shortly after Chris Allan purchased his 1994 RV8 (Flame Red 1192)
he decided to check the contents of the tool tray located within
the spare wheel centre. What he found was not reassuring. (Aug
332. Make sure your hood toggle catches are fixed correctly
Michael Bernhard (Woodcote Green 1169) in Switzerland posted a useful
caution on the V8 Bulletin Board. (Aug 10)
333. RV8 gear lever rubber gaiter replacement
Richard Wood (Caribbean Blue 0370) from Lancashire found help from
a fellow member via the V8 Bulletin Board on this occasional service
item. (Sep 10) RV8NOTE333
334. Should the ashtray have an insert, metal or plastic?
Richard Wood posted a note on the V8 Bulletin Board noting "as
the RV8 is still new to me, but should the ashtray have an insert,
metal or plastic?" (Nov 10)
335. Windstop installation from Holland
Leo Schetters has provided a set of photos and drawings of his neat
windstop. (Nov 10) RV8NOTE335
336. Heater blower not working?
Richard Wood posted a note on the V8 Bulletin Board seeking help
with a heater blower that would not work. An RV8 enthusiast in Germany,
Peter Garton, spotted a possible solution which solved the problem.
(DEC 10) RV8NOTE336
337. What pressures
do you use for modern tyres on an RV8?
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) RV8NOTE337
338. Identifying the RV8 replacement cooling hoses
Simon Austin in Canada posted a V8BB query seeking help in identifying
a couple of hoses in the set of eleven in the replacement hose kit.
So we have prepared a note identifying each one.
339. Take care with excessive use of sump sealant
On checking an RV8 for a sump oil leak, Steve Newton at Clive
Wheatley mgv8parts was surprised by what he found! It could easily
have lead to an expensive engine rebuild. (Jan
340. Fitting central locking to an MGV8
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
341. Fitting cruise control to an MGV8
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)
342. RV8 "badge"
Michael Gledstone posted a query on the V8BB saying "I
note with some surprise that the RV8 does not display a badge, which
says 'RV8'. I realise this is a matter of opinion or personal taste,
however I feel a car of this class should have a visible identity.
My car only displays ROVER - has any member fitted an RV8 badge?
If so please could you say from where it was obtained?" (Mar
343. RV8 rear window zip
Peter Wallis sought
help on the V8BB with sticking zip and some useful tips followed.
344. RV8 instrument bezels
Scott from New Zealand posted a query over instrument bezels. (Mar
Intro. (Mar 11)
345. Folding windstopper design for an RV8
Dutch RV8 enthusiast, Leo Schetters, has generously provided
a useful set of drawings for making folding brackets for an RV8
windstopper. (Mar 11)
346. Luggage rack options for an RV8
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
347. Where does the coolant go?
Simon Austin in Canada posted a query on a cooling difficulty. Graham
Cornford in the USA suggested a possible cause and a way of avoiding
coolant loss. (APR 11)
348. Useful tool for fitting a hood press stud
Richard Wood posted a useful tip on the V8BB on hood studs.
349. Heater rail modification to avoid a heavy indentation on a
rubber heater hose
Steve Newton has come across a number of RV8s with an indentation
on an elbow shaped rubber heater hose on the end of the heater rail
near the alternator. He suggests a cure. (APR
350. RV8 driver's footwell water leak
Dominic Scott, an RV8 enthusiast in New Zealand, highlights how
he solved a water leak around the pedals. (Jul
351. Fitted luggage for an RV8
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
352. Refurbishing a seat frame on an RV8
Olav Jansen found the seats on the ex Japanese spec RV8 he bought
were rather dirty and the iron frame was somewhat rusty, so he took
out the seats to carry out a refurbishment. (Sep
353. Cautionary tale with a socket ratchet set
Nic Houslip provides a word of warning to those of you who use socket
set ratchet handles that you need to push the spindle through and
turn over to reverse the direction of operation. (Jan
354. 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) RV8NOTE354
355. Official type approval for the EZ EPAS system in Switzerland
A Swiss RV8 enthusiast, Michael A. R. Bernhard, has been working
hard with his local classic car specialist and EZ Power Steering
in Holland to get official type approval for the retrofitted EZ
EPAS system in Switzerland. Here he describes how they have successfully
obtained official approval for the retrofit. (Jan
356. First impressions of an EZ EPAS system
Fitting power steering to an older MG is a topic often raised, particularly
in relation to the RV8 which many people find heavy to steer. Mike
Lane gives his first impressions of the pleasure of driving his
RV8 fitted with an EZ EPAS retrofit from Clive Wheatley mgv8parts.
357. Draining and refilling the RV8 coolant system
Following a query raised on the V8 Bulletin Board, Peter Garton
sets out the procedure he uses to drain and refill the coolant system
on his RV8.. (APR 12) RV8NOTE357
Replacement RV8 radiator cover
The plastic radiator cover often breaks at the offside mounting
point. Here Peter Garton describes his experience with the problem
and how he fitted an upgraded replacement. (APR
359. Refurbishing an RV8 brake master cylinder
As the hydraulic fluid in the brake master cylinder looked like
old engine oil, Paul Ireland felt it looked as if the fluid had
not been changed since his RV8 was built. So he decided to rebuild
the master cylinder and the wheel cylinders. The master cylinder
proved to be challenging because, not helped by an error in the
RV8 repair manual - hence the reason for this note.
(May 12) RV8NOTE359
360. Rechipping an RV8
It's a topic often raised by RV8 enthusiasts and in a V8BB thread
in May 2012 Peter Garton sought a clarification of the difference
between the the Optimax and Tornado chips supplied by the rechipping
specialist Mark Adams. (May 12)
361. Replacing clutch and brake return springs
A useful note from
a V8 Bulletin Board thread launched by Peter Garton. (June
362. RV8 wheel refurbishment
From time to time a discussion opens on the V8 Bulletin Board regarding
refurbishment of the wheels fitted as original equipment to the
RV8. Angus Munro has followed these threads for some time and with
the information gained had planned to do the work himself, but then
found a first class specialist providing a good wheel refurbishment
service. Angus relates his experiences. (July
363. Setting up a Hoyle IRS upgrade on an RV8
When Angus Munro was considering the idea of putting the Hoyle Engineering
IRS upgrade onto his RV8 he did as much research as possible before
deciding to go ahead. He found the excellent article on fitting
the upgrade by Steve Newton of Clive Wheatley mgv8parts published
in Safety Fast! December 2009 was helpful but felt there was a distinct
lack of information regarding the set-up of the system and moreover,
what to expect of it. Here Angus describes his experience with setting
up his Hoyle IRS. (Jul 12)
364. Spax shock absorber settings on an RV8
Shortly after bespoke Spax Krypton replacement shock absorbers were
made available by Clive Wheatley in late 2007, Rob Collier reported
his experience with fitting them and the pleasure driving an RV8
with much better handling and ride. In a V8BB thread in July 2012,
Angus Munro reported his experience with softer settings on his
replacement Spax shockers. It proved an interesting topic as Angus
relates. (Jul 12) RV8NOTE364
365. Bonnet gas struts upgrade
In an effort to improve on the RV8 design, Simon Austin wanted to
install gas struts to the bonnet on his RV8. He'd always wondered
why MG Rover didn't use struts but it may have just come down to
cost. As Simon has had previous experience installing the struts
on two other MGBs he has owned, he felt this task could easily be
accomplished. Here he describes how he fitted a pair of gas struts.
366. RV8 boot lid lock and boot light switch
During a recent thread on the V8 Bulletin Board, Godfrey Dennis
was able to solve two problems: first solving a problem with the
switch forming part of the boot lock and second solving a missing
tell-tale lamp on the dashboard switch for the boot lock. (Aug
367. 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)
368. Changing the small bulb in the RV8 dashboard boot release
During the discussion of how to solve a faulty luggage compartment
lamp switch in the boot lock, Godfrey Dennis also checked the tell-tale
light in the dashboard switch which opensthe boot. Here he describes
how he tracked down a source of the small replacement bulbs and
fitted one to his switch. (Aug 12)
369. Remote ignition module installation
Simon Austin offers this modification saying you're not likely to
find any reference to the remote ignition module kit in any RV8
manuals as the kit is actually intended for use on Land Rover vehicles.
Since the RV8 uses the same ignition system as the mid-90s Land
Rovers, this remote kit can be added to an RV8. The main reason
for the kit is to extend the life of the ignition module by getting
it away from heat. (Aug 12)
370. RV8 cooling fan modification
Peter decided that a modification which allowed the cooling fan
to run after the ignition was turned off would be a useful improvement.
This note describes this modification. (Aug
371. How to deactivate or disable the RV8 volumetric alarm
Peter Garton explains how this adjustment to the burglar or anti-theft
system can be made. (Aug 12)
372. Dealing with tyre punctures - a personal view
Peter Varely responded to a V8 Bulletin Board thread discussing
spacesaver wheels for the RV8 as a way of making more room for luggage
when touring, with this personal view on his approach to the issue.
(Sep 12) RV8NOTE372
373. RV8 cooling fan override switch
Peter Ferguson posted a V8BB note seeking help making this useful
modification saying looking at the wiring diagram it looks
to me that a switched, earthed wire to "85" on the cooling
fan relay would bypass the cooling fan switch when required. However
I am no auto electrician and would appreciate guidance from someone
who has done it with success. Helpful replies provided the
answer. (Feb 12) RV8NOTE373
374. Tracing an engine misfire on an RV8
Oliver Libuda and Peter Garton
After a lengthy and expensive series of tests and replacement parts
by a local distributor, the problem was traced to a failure of the
RV8 mass airflow sensor resulting in negative exhaust emission values
when the engine was at normal operating temperature and causing
misfiring when accelerating. Here Oliver and Peter explain how the
problem was solved. (Oct 12)
375. Fitting electric wing mirrors to an RV8
John Taylor & John Cumming
John Taylor made this reversible modification to his RV8 so he now
has electrically adjustable wing mirrors with a heated element to
remove condensation or frost from the face of the mirror. (Oct
376. Preventative maintenance with the RV8 aircon condenser fan
John Cumming found that when he took off the air conditioning condenser
brackets and fans to repaint the metal work, the fan blades are
mounted upside down and trap water in the closed part of the fan.
This trapped water then rusts the fan motor case. He outlines a
useful modification. (Jan 13)
377. More on electric wing mirrors
Following RV8NOTE375 contributed by John Taylor and John Cumming,
which described how the RV8 can have electrically controlled and
heated mirrors, Tim Smith owner of Nightfire Red 1218 has added
notes from his experience of fitting the mirrors. (Apr
378. Aircon recharge on an RV8
After 16 years good use his with ex Japan 1996 RV8, David Allen
found the air conditioning system failed to produce cool air. Here
he explains how he found a convenient way to have the system checked
and recharged. (Jun 13)
379. Replacing a yellow brake fluid warning label
Richard Wood posted a V8BB note saying he had been cleaning the
engine bay of his RV8 and noticed that 18 years of brake fluid has
not been too kind to the "little yellow flexible plastic warning
label" that sits under the brake fluid filler cap which is
on top of the brake fluid reservoir. He traced a supplier.
380. Scratch reduction on an RV8 rear window
Philip Irving in Germany posted a note on the V8BB of his experience
with a useful product for removing scratches from an RV8 rear screen.
381. Solving crunching gears with an RV8 gearbox
A query posted on the V8BB touched on a topic that will increasingly
become an issue for RV8 owners as the mileage builds up on their
LT77S or R380 gearboxes. (Feb 12)
382. Cures for a notchy gear change
V8 Bulletin Board thread
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
note provides useful information on lubricants for LT77 and R380
gearboxes. (Oct 13)
383. 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.
384. 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. 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".
385. Replacing the bush in a drop link eye at the end of the
Replacing the bushes in the drop link eyes at the end of the bar
and the bushes under the clamps securing the anti-roll bar to the
main frame rails will necessary from time to time. Over time the
bushes degenerate and allow some movement of the bar and drop link
fixing which will reduce the effectiveness of antiroll bar as part
of the suspension system. Replacing the bushes in the drop link
eyes (1 right) at the end of the bar and the bushes (5) under the
clamps (4) securing the anti-roll bar to the main frame rails will
necessary from time to time. Over time the bushes degenerate and
allow some movement of the bar and drop link fixing which will reduce
the effectiveness of antiroll bar as part of the suspension system.
386. LED lights upgrade
Fitting LED bulbs as a direct replacement for the original filament
bulbs results in a brighter more intense light than a filament bulb
and a significantly lower power consumption too, a useful benefit
with an ageing wiring loom. The bulbs use Light Emitting Diodes
(LED) and most of the bulbs supplied by Classic Dynamo & Regulator
Conversions use an LED called an SMD (surface mount diode) to emit
a brighter more intense light than a filament bulb. They light instantly
and have no filament to "blow". They are also good with
vibration. (Apr 14) Published in the
V8 Newsletter April 2014 issue of Safety Fast!
sidelight bulb upgrade
Following the article on LED bulbs published in the April 2014 V8
Newsletter in Safety Fast!, John Cumming provides additional information
on an LED side light upgrade. (Apr 14)
388. How does a Quaife differ from a limited slip differential?
Nic Houslip explains how they differ. (Apr
389. RV8 wheel refurbishment
Wheel refurbishment has been a regular topic over for RV8 enthusiasts
over the years and in a V8 Bulletin Board Al Barnett reported how
he had his wheels refurbished by a specialist in Kent. (May
390. Coolant loss? - it could be a crack in the expansion tank neck
His RV8 was examined and it was found the expansion tank was
losing fluid and this was because, over time, the pressure cap had
been over tightened creating a hardly discernable hole at the mouth
of the expansion tank. This crack was just enough to create the
conditions for a reduced pressure on the cooling system and the
loss of coolant. (Jun 14)
391. RV8 seatbelt repair or replacement
Wear on seatbelts can be an MOT failure, so what can you do
if you need to repair or replace a worn or damaged seatbelt?
392. Gaiters to cover cracked RV8 seatbelt belt stalk covers
Mike found a way of repairing his cracked seat belt stalk plastic
covers. (Jun 14)
393. RV8 aircon saga - round 2
David Allen contributed a useful RV8NOTE378 in June 2013 based
on his experience of having his aircon system checked and recharged
by Kwikfit. Here he provides an update. (Jun
394. RV8 rear screen zip repair
Mike Lane and Peter Wallis
When the zip for the rear window on his RV8 failed, Peter Wallis
sought help from fellow members on the V8 Bulletin Board. (Jun
395. What are the key issues to consider when deciding whether to
fit 175 or 185 tyres on an MGBGTV8?
A question often posed by V8 members is "I need to fit some
new tyres shortly and had a look around at what fellow members have
on their cars. Currently I have 185s but am considering going back
to 175s. Are there any strong views on what is best?" (Jul
396. Avoiding a fine for incorrect registration plates
With the end of paper tax discs on 1st October the DVLA will be
relying on Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to
check vehicles have a current vehicle excise duty, even a NIL value
VED for a Historic tax class vehicle. Using ANPR cameras will also
give the police the opportunity of spotting other offences such
as incorrect registration plates for which there is a potential
fine of £1,000. George Wilder highlights how to check your
classic MG built on or after 1st January 1973 has the correct plates
and avoid a heavy fine. (Oct 14)
397. Getting an MG that has been stored back on the road
Mike Howlett, Malcolm Venables, Gavin Brown & Bob Owen
David Conte recently bought a Factory MGBGTV8 and as he had always
been a classic Mini enthusiast he felt working on a V8 was a departure.
He mentioned the car has been stored for the last 14 years and as
a consequence needed a little work to get it back on the road. The
car was in great condition body wise and mechanically seems strong.
As the car only done a genuine 49,000 miles with evidence to prove
it, David was not anticipating an engine rebuild but he had some
questions and sought fellow members help in a V8BB posting.
398. Retrofitting daytime driving lights to a classic car
So how can a classic car enthusiast improve the relative visibility
of their car particularly at night and in adverse conditions but
also during the daytime? This note examines the case for DRLs and
Vic Todman describes a modest DRL modification he has made on his
MGV8. (Nov 14)
399. Alarm not working on an RV8
Gavin Brown, Simon Austin, Peter Garton, Alan Rennie and Richard
A note was posted on the V8BB by Terence Carney seeking help
with solving a problem with an alarm not working. Terence asked
"is there a relay that could need replacing, where it and where
is the alarm fitted? He added "is the relay colour coded? I
can only think that it can be this because everything was working
as normal when I last left the car." In the end Richard Withington
met up with Terence and solved the problem - a defective electronic
key fob. (Nov 14)
400. Headrest upgrade for the RV8
Ian Cranston describes a useful upgrade for the headrests in his
RV8. (Jan 15) RV8NOTE400
401. Lubricating an RV8 steering rack
Gerald Wright & Clive Wheatley
Gerald Wright has an RV8 in Zimbabwe and has provided some interesting
feedback on his experience with maintenance on his steering rack.
402. ECU upgrade caution
Paul Baker is pleased with the Optimax chip upgrade but has an important
caution. (Feb 15)
403. What does an ignition amplifier do and what is the benefit
of having one?
Chris Ho, Alan Rennie, Mike Howlett & Simon Austin
This question was raised on a V8BB thread on rechipping an RV8.
Fellow members responded. (Feb 15)
404. Which gearbox fo you have - an LT77S or an R380?
An LT77S gearbox was fitted to RV8s until VIN 0643 and from 0644
an R380 was used for the rest of the production run. How can you
check which gearbox you have? (Apr 15)
405. Repairing the gear lever dust cap on the RV8 LT77 gearbox
The gearbox dust cap on the LT77 and R380 gearboxes fitted to RV8s
and many other Rover products is a little weak in its design, relying
on a single screw to hold it in place. Often you will see that the
small bracket on the side has broken or the spot-welds holding the
bracket on to the cup have detached. Nic Houslip explains how to
do the repair. (Jun 15)
406. Routine checks on brakes are worthwhile
Thankfully classic cars continue to have an annual MOT test but
not every problem with an ageing car is revealed by that test as
a note from Steve Newton highlights. (Jul
407. Caution with the interior light control
Roger Glover has owned two RV8s over the last twelve years and says
"I have only just discovered a peculiarity with the interior
light control and thought that it might be of interest to fellow
RV8 owners". (Sep 15)
408. FilterMag magnetic oil filter wrap
John Hale, Ian Haynes, Bob Owen, Victor Smith and Victor Todman
In a V8BB thread John Hale sought information on where he could
get a magnetic engine sump drain plug but as the thread developed
another neat alternative appeared - the FilterMag wrap for the oil
filter. (Aug 15)
409. RV8 coolant bleed insert
Anyone who has done the job will know what a pain it is to refill
the RV8 cooling system when changing the coolant or following work
on the system. Here Stuart McGuigan describes a modification he
has made which makes the job far easier. (Nov
Check your antiroll bar drop links
Recently there have been some failures of the front antiroll drop
links. These connect the outer ends of the antiroll bar to their
respective lower suspension arm. Nic Houslip feels it is probably
worth spending time checking the condition of the drop links. Failure
of the link will affect handling, by allowing much more body roll
in corners. (Nov 15)
411. Improving your MG RV8
Recently Roger Moran had some 'under the bonnet' changes made to
his RV8 which have resulted in improved performance and lower fuel
consumption. In addition, the engine now runs even more smoothly,
and, in Roger's opinion, results in a greater enjoyment of the car.
Here Roger explains why and how the changes were made.
412. Where can I get replacement drop links?
Following the note on drop links contributed by Nic Houslip, Peter
Beadle provides a useful update of where you can get replacement
parts. (Dec 15) RV8NOTE412
413. Check your plastic breather pipe is not missing on the back
Derek Squires highlights a check worth making on your RV8 back axle.
(Dec 15) RV8NOTE413
414. Curing a leaking heater matrix
Barry West sought help with a V8BB posting with a heater matrix
leak on his Japanese spec RV8 and Paul Atkinson responded explaining
how he had replaced the heater matrix on his RV8.
415. RV8 thermostat - drilled vent or undrilled?
In a V8BB posting Morris sought clarification on whether the thermostat
is vented. (Feb 16)
416. Wrapping or coating exhaust manifolds
Gavin Brown, Peter Ferguson, Geoff King, Mike Haughton &
Barry West posted a note on the V8 Bulletin Board seeking the views
of fellow members on covering his RV8 manifolds with an insulating
wrap but wondered whether it was worthwhile. The thread provided
a range of views some based on some useful practical experience.
417. Removing and replacing the cowl on an RV8 headlight
Mike Haughton posted a query on the V8 Facebook Group page saying
"bit of advice please - the headlamp cowl on my RV8 has mysteriously
acquired a split. If I take it off would it be repairable from inside?
And how does the cowl come off?" Useful comments and information
came from Godfrey Dennis, Derek Squires and Victor Smith and then
Mike provided a note on
RV8 headlamp cowl removal. (Sep
418. Thread compatibility with replacement back axle breathers
Stuart McGuigan and Nic Houslip
Following Derek Squires highlighting a useful check worth making
on RV8s to ensure the original plastic back axle breather has not
broken or vanished, an alternative breather was identified by several
members - a Land Rover part no. 515485 - and generally regarded
as a far better quality replacement part. The key concern is whether
the thread on the brass breather is compatible with the thread on
the recess on the top of the back axle. This topic has a wider interest
as plastic back axle breathers were fitted as original equipment
on MGBs and MGBGTV8s. This note aims to clarify some of the compatibility
concerns. (May 15) RV8NOTE418
419. Touch up for RV8 leather trim
David Knowles has found a useful, low cost way of touching up the
Stone Beige leather trim in an RV8. (May 16)
V8 sump gaskets
A thread on the V8 Bulletin Board in May 2016 discussed the suitability
of several sump gaskets for the RV8. One contributor, Tony Lake,
mentioned how a problem with the pressed steel sump is the light
steel section used. He noted "the V8 sump is one of the best
candidates I've seen for leakage, along with the valley cover".
He then mentioned he had some sketches of the stiffening pieces
he had made to overcome the problem and solve the leaks. (Jun
421. Solving an RV8 alternator problem
Nic Houslip enjoys track days and sprints with his RV8 and V8 Roadster
and here relates a tale of how a problem developed with his alternator
on the RV8 at a sprint. Nic's article provides useful information
on solving the problem for fellow members.
422. Advance or Retard the spark?
Go forward or go back? That is an interesting question and when
investigated it turns out that it isn't at all what you thought
it might be. Nic Houslip, who prepares his RV8 and V8 Roadster for
use in sprints and hillclimbs, explains what's involved.
423. Timing the V8 engine in an RV8 and MGBGTV8
Nic Houslip explains how to set the timing on an MGV8. (Aug
424. Changing seatbelts in an RV8
Nic describes the task of fitting the seatbelts and an alternatives
of getting new belts or having the existing belts refurbished.
425. How to connect up a battery conditioner in an MGV8
During a call from an enthusiast who had just bought an RV8,
he enquired whether a battery conditioner like an Accumate could
be connected to the power socket in an MGV8 as a simple and convenient
way of maintaining the battery condition and charge when the car
is parked in a garage for a while. This note shows it can be done
easily. (Aug 16) RV8NOTE425
426. How to clean your RV8 to almost concours standard
So you want to revive your RV8s appearance from a dirty but sound
car to nearer a concours finish? Concours winner Howard Guiney explains
what you need. (Aug 16)
427. Using a trolley jack on an RV8
Nic Houslip and George Wilder
They set out useful guide on how to use a trolley jack and highlight
a caution with the torque control bar on the rear suspension. (Aug
428. RV8 ECU
- what is it and what does it do?
At a quick glance the RV8 has the retro MGB Roadster appearance
but, developed and produced three decades after the original MGB,
it's a substantially re-engineered car in many ways, not least with
an engine management system. Many members without the technical
knowledge are keen to try an understand how that engine management
system works so here Nic Houslip explains what the ECU is and what
it does in the RV8's engine management system.
429. Understanding the RV8 Engine Management System
Dave Morris, John Anthistle, John Hale and Nic Houslip
A detailed note on the operation and maintenance of the 'brain'
behind their fuel injection system. Their article delves into some
of the details of the engine management system, fault detection
and diagnosis. They also explore the options for owners who want
to upgrade by 'chipping' or 'remapping' their engines. (Sep
430. Collapsible steering column
In one of his V8 Roadster Rebuild reports, Mike Macartney described
how he refurbished the collapsible steering column. An expanded
illustrated note was then produced. (Nov 16)
431. Checking the air filter on your RV8
Robin Plumley describes here how he checked the air filter on
his RV8 and decided to replace the green filter with a new replacement
K&N part. (Dec 16) RV8NOTE431
a speedometer when an RV8 is reimported from Japan
Contributors to a V8BB thread
Japanese specification RV8s were exported to Japan with a speedometer
incorporating an odometer, both calibrated in kilometres. Many RV8s
have returned to the UK as reimports so what is the position with
regard to the need for a speedometer change from kilometres to miles
and retaining evidence of the mileage before that change so the
owner of the vehicle can provide an indication of the total mileage
when the car is subsequently offered for sale? This
note explains the options, sources of dials or specialist conversions
and costs. (Dec 16)
information on your car from DVLA
After contacting the V8 Register for information about previous
owners for his MGBGTV8, David Worthington made an application to
DVLA under their V888 procedure. Here he describes how it works,
what it costs and what information he received.
434. RV8 self purging top hose insert
Stuart has devised an improved solution to filling an RV8 cooling
system in the form of a self purging top hose insert.
435. Correction to ignition timing guide in RV8 repair manual
Mike Macartney & Nic Houslip
Following a discussion between Mike Macartney and Nic Houslip they
believe the description of setting the distributor in the manual
(copy alongside) is not correct. Nic Houslip sets out the correction.
(Jun 17) RV8NOTE435
436. RV8 aircon heater cut-off flap vacuum actuator
Derek Squires & Gavin Brown
A query posted on the V8 Bulletin Board by Derek Squires said "the
rubber diaphragm on my RV8 has perished and split in the heater
cut-off flap vacuum actuator. Does anyone have one that they've
removed while taking the aircon system out of their car and would
be willing to sell to me? Alternatively, has anyone had and solved
this problem, as the actuators are no longer obtainable. It's the
black unit that sits in front of the heater box under the bonnet
and moves a lever to shut off the normal airflow when aircon is
selected, with 'ACTS Ltd 01685' moulded on it".
437. Solving an RV8 hot start problem
In July 2016 Tim
Volker launched a thread on the V8 Bulletin Board seeking fellow
members' advice on a hot start problem he had with his RV8. Almost
exactly a year later Tim posted a note saying he had discovered
the cause of the problem and a fix.
438. Why does a starter motor not turn over?
Turn the ignition key to start the engine and all you get is a "Clack"
from the solenoid, or perhaps even a "clac-clac-clac-clac"
sound. As you realize that the starter motor won't turn over you
get that sinking feeling, wondering what is going on. The answer
is not as easy to explain as to describe but here Nic Houslip explains
the checks you can make and some of the background information you
will need. (Aug 17) RV8NOTE438
439. Where to get touch up paint
up on the advice in a previous workshop note by Angus Munro - RV8NOTE300
- for supplies of paint for the odd touch up job, Barry Kelly says
"I have previously bought Oxford Blue (BLVC1203) from Halfords
and been happy with the blend match to the existing paintwork. Having
recently obtained some more cans at the end of May earlier this
year which I had used up, I went to Halfords again to get a couple
of cans of Oxford Blue. On visiting them on 6th July I was told
that all Halfords stores have stopped doing paint mixing in branch".
Here Barry relates how he solved this problem.
440.Road speed sensor for the RV8
Responding to a
member searching for a road speed sensor for his RV8, Nic Houslip
agreed it is difficult finding one but added "when I first
had my RV8 it had some issues with idling at strange speeds, so
I thought I had narrowed it down to the sensor. I then dissembled
it and checked the operation. His note describes how the sensor
(Oct 17) RV8NOTE440
441. Changes to the
availability of information on vehicles from DVLA
It's clear that the procedures for applying for information
on a vehicle and current and former keepers under the DVLA V888
procedure have been changed since an article was released on the
V8 Website in January 2017 and added to the RV8 Workshop Notes series
as RV8NOTE433. This note sets out the current DVLA approach and
442. Ever broken a stud removing parts from your engine?
It happens, particularly on studs that are exposed to the elements
and to heat, as exhaust manifold studs invariably are. Here Nic
Houslip recalls having the front most stud holding the exhaust manifold
shear off just below the nut on a car that he was working on and
was able to remove the residue with a stud remover. (Nov
doesn't the boot open remotely via the switch on the dash?
A useful reminder from Peter Garton. (May
444. Basic windscreen wiper maintenance
A useful check of the condition of the wiper blades.
445. Dealing with an RV8 Ignition module overheating
Nic Houslip & John Cumming
Doug Bush reported a difficulty with an RV8 at a mid-week run in
Australia with three RV8s when the temperature was 28C plus and
one of the RV8s developed Ignition module overheating and ta failure
to run. Nic Houslip and John Cumming responded with some useful
information. (Nov 18)
Nic Houslip and Tony Lake
Chris Danner sought advice or information on replacing the standard
antifreeze/water coolant in an MGBGTV8 with the waterless type?
Here we have some useful information and views on waterless coolants
in an MGV8. (Nov 18)
447. RV8 alloy wheels and plastic rivets
Clive Wheatley & David Knowles
Who made the original alloy wheels for the RV8 was a question raised
by John Brown in a post on the V8BB and later John Stevenson asked
"is there a supplier for replacement plastic rivets" Useful
clarifications came from David Knowles and Clive Wheatley.
448. Wheel centre fixings on an RV8
RV8 owner John Anthistle was concerned about the ease with which
wheel-centre-caps could be removed on the majority of RV8s. He found
a source for improved fixings and Clive Wheatley agreed to stock
and supply these items for owners. (Dec 18)
449. Rear parking sensor
Finding a way to fit rear parking sensors on his rubber bumper MGBGTV8
was something John Gay wanted to do, so he set about researching
the options and the practical ways of undertaking an installation.
As an early step he posted a query on the V8 Bulletin Board seeking
fellow members' views. Here he explains what he found and the trial
fittings he has undertaken. (Dec 18)
450. Improving the air con flow to RV8 driver's feet
RV8 owner John Anthistle had always been unimpressed with the airflow
from the Air Conditioning to the driver's footwall and decided to
investigate further. He has devised a simple improvement that can
be easily reversed. (Feb 19)
451. Solving the the second gear problem with an LT77 or R380
Andy reported in a V8BB post that he thinks "we have sorted
out the 2nd gear problem with the RV8s thanks to Stuart Ratcliff
of The MG Centre of Sydney." His note explains how it done.
452. Cure for sloppy gear lever
Martin Cridford and Graham Vickers
Tony Smith found the gear lever on his RV8 had suddenly become very
'sloppy' with a lot of movement and that it was never like this
before. He sought fellow members ideas as to why this should
have happened. Some useful tips came from fellow members including
Martin Cridford and Graham Vickers. (Aug
the second gear problem with an LT77 or R380
Andy Leondiou and Graham Vickers
Andy Leondiou reported in a V8BB post that he thinks we have sorted
out the 2nd gear problem with the RV8s thanks to Stuart Ratcliff
of The MG Centre of Sydney. (Sep
454. Next note
Expansion tank corrosion
On removing the bracket for a closer inspection, I was alarmed at
the amount of corrosion that was hidden from view by the expansion
tank and behind the retaining bracket at the base of the windscreen
washer tank. I would strongly advise all RV8 owners to inspect the
base of the bracket as both my RV8s had corrosion. (Nov
455. Concerns with relative visibility of classic cars
Classic car enthusiasts
are increasingly aware that with the growth of bright Daytime
Running Lights (DRLs) on modern cars which have become much
larger, not least from the growth in new SUVs and 4x4s, the relative
visibility of a car like an MGBGTV8 is becoming a real concern.
They are also aware that when you drive on UK roads today you
sense that MGV8 is much smaller than many modern cars which seem
to get larger and larger - not to mention the explosion of even
larger SUVs and 4x4s. (Feb 20)
456. Keep your back axle breather clear
to avoid moisture build up
Ralph found it appears that the rear axle breather was blocked -
the resulting condensation build up together with having only covered
1,000 miles in the last seven years, has caused some corrosion and
bearing issues. Checking your back axle breather is not missing
and replacing it with a brass item which is much more durable is
a good upgrade. (Feb 20) RV8NOTE456
457. Are LED headlights upgrades legal in the UK?
Chris Hunt Cooke highlights a useful website which has clear
information on the current legal position with LED bulbs used as
an upgrade on classic cars. The ABD website covers the key areas
of concern. (Mar 20)
458. Fuel filter change needed even on a low mileage car
Jeff has a reminder for fellow RV8 owners of the need to change
their fuel filters regularly, even on an exceptionally low mileage
RV8. (Apr 20).
459. Replacement radio amplifier
Julian Drew needed a replacement for his faulty amplifier and placed
a wanted advert on the V8 Spares for Sale webpage on the V8 Website.
Here he reports how he made the replacement. (May
460. RV8 real lamp repair
With a dmaged rear lamp but fortunately the parts still there, Aidan
describes how he made a repair. (August 20)
461. Strategy for dealing with a sheared engine fastener
It is every engine dismantler's nightmare. The fracture of a fastener
and the realisation that what started as a simple job has just become
complicated and time consuming. Threaded fasteners in aluminium
tappings have a disconcerting tendency to seize through electrochemical
reaction between the metals and this seizure is frequently enough
to prevent normal removal of the fastener. When planning the overhaul
of the V8 engine in an MGBGT the prudent dismantler will consider
a recovery strategy for such eventualities. The purpose of this
note is to outline some of the available options.
462. Checklist of manuals for the V8 engine in the MGBGTV8
and MG RV8 models
As the V8 engine underwent a series of developments over the
30 years and more it was an important engine for MG-BL-Rover Group
and Land Rover, it's helpful to see a checklist of the many manuals
with information from various sources on the V8 engine produced
by the Rover Group. (August 2020)
463. What's causing a rattling sound in an RV8 engine?
Andreas Gloor, Nic Houslip & Tony Lake
Andreas Gloor in Switzerland raised the question: "Are there
members who experienced valve problems? More precisely who has experienced
valve rattling as soon as the engine is heating up a bit? Nic Houslip
and Tony Lake offered some explanations. (October
464. Routine engine oil and filter change
Useful note recommending an oil change before a winter layup. (October
465. Fitting an MG Car Club 90th Anniversary grille badge to an
Marion Quarrington explains how she fitted a Club 90th Anniversary
grille badge to her RV8. (November 2020)
466. Fitting a V8 Register grille badge to an RV8
John explains how he carried out the task on his RV8.
467. Fitting a heat shield to a starter motor
This illustrated note shows how to fix a heat shield.
468. Avoiding a dashcam drop
A simple way of avoiding a dashcam falling from the windscreen if
the suction pad fails. (December 2020)
469. Wall mounting a battery conditioner
The general principle is to mount the unit in a safe, ventilated
place where any heat that might be generated in or around a conditioner
can be dissipated. Peter Spurrs feels a wall mounting is the obvious
place. (December 2020)
470. Prudent safety measures with electrical devices during a
One protective device is the use of an RCD(Residual Current Device),or
as they are technically termed a Residual Current Circuit Breakeror
RCCB. Nic Houslip feels any protection is better than none and the
more thebetter. Here he provides information on how an RCDcould
be useful and how it works. (December 2020)
471. Care when using battery charger rather than a battery conditioner
Many classic car enthusiasts keep their vehicle connected toa modern
battery conditioner to maintain the battery charge level and conditionwhilst
others do periodic charges of the battery using a battery charger.
Here Nic Houslip highlights the differences between a battery conditioner
and a more traditional battery charger and the care you need to
take with a charger. (December
472. What are the popular battery conditioners for a classic
A survey of V8 owners indicated the two mostpopular brands of battery
conditioners are the CTEK and Accumate. (December
473. Confirming the position of TDC identification
Jim Livingstone has been preparing instructions for his when he
inherits the car and one useful guide is how to confirm the position
of Top Dead Centre Identification. Here Jim sets out his useful
guide. (May 2021)
474. Priming the oil system in a V8 engine after a prolonged
Jim Livingstone has been preparing instructions for his son when
he inherits the car and one useful guide is priming the oil system
when a Rover V8 engine is unused for extended periods. Here Jim
sets out his useful guide. (May 2021)
475. Replacement aluminium radiator for an RV8
Here Julian Drew explains that he purchased an aluminium Radtec
radiator for his RV8 last September because he was a little concerned
that the relevant standard replacements available were probably
units that had been refurbished a number of times already and having
experienced a couple of poor examples, He felt a new fabricated
unit the way to go. (February
476. Replacing spacer fixing pads on a number plate
This simple but useful maintenance item could then save an MGV8
or MGRV8 owner the inconvenience and expense of replacing a number
plate that had fallen off. Over time the adhesive pads holding the
plastic number plate to the back plate can begin to fail. It's easy
to replace all three pads. Replacement pads are available from Halfords.
477. Dealing with RV8 sump gasket oil leaks
John Brown, Graham Vickers, Chris Beauclerk & Martin Cridford
RV8 owner John Brown posted a note on the V8 Bulletin Board on how
he approached dealing with an oil leak from the sump gasket. There
V8BB thread was active with interesting contributions.
478. Polybushes disintergrating on an MGBGTV8
In a V8 Bulletin Board post Gavin Bailey in the US reported problems
with polybushes fitted to his MGBGTV8 disintegrating. His photos
illustrate the problem. (August 2022)
479. Re-gassing an aircon system
Peter Cutting & Simon Williams
At a gathering of RV8 enthusiasts in the southwest of England organised
by Peter Cutting, an aircon regassing exercise was included using
a DIY kit supplied by Thompsons. This note has been prepared with
the contribution provided by Simon Williams. (August
480. RV8 exhaust downpipe and clamp safety issue
Peter Berry believes all RV8 owners need to be made aware of
this safety risk and carry out an inspection to check if a non-original
replacement exhaust pipe with a clamp has been fitted to their car
to ensure they will not face similar serious damage to the wall
of their tyre. (November 2022)
481. Getting heat out of an MG engine bay
Victor Smith, Mike Howlett, John Brown, Peter Varley, Nic Houslip,
Tony Lake & Peter Ellis
A V8 Bulletin Board thread launched by Mike Howlett mentioned the
twin Factory style cooling fans on his MGBGT conversion with a fuel
injected 3.9 engine from a 1991 Range Rover and using a Clive Wheatley
uprated radiator really struggle to keep things at a sensible temperature.
He sought fellow members views. (November
482. Earthing issues with an RV8 Temperature Gauge
Julian Drew & Paul Atkinson
Paul Atkinson experienced a puzzling issue when driving his RV8.
When he switched on the dipped headlights the needle on the temperature
gauge climbed and went off the scale! In a post on the V8 Bulletin
Board he sought fellow members views on how to solve the problem.
Paul carried out a procedure suggested by Julian Drew and a proving
run did confirm the earthing problem had been resolved and the temperature
gauge works well with no sudden rises of the needle.
483. Improved front
John Brown's note on LED replacement front side light bulbs
followed his looking at increasing the quality of his front side
lights as from time to time he felt other car drivers do not appear
to see his Woodcote Green RV8. He replaced the original bulbs with
Daylight White LED bulbs which give a whiter light closer
to other running lights. (June 2023)
484. Replacement numberplate bulbs
John Brown sent in this note on fitting LED replacement rear
number plate light bulbs. (June 2023)
485. Thin wall spark plug sockets
Note on the availability of thin wall spark plug sockets for
MGV8s. (July 2023)
486. Next note
on 7th December 2023
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