whole RV8 Workshop Notes series is available on CD. It includes
all the volumes below and a very useful detailed Index to
the whole series. The front cover photo for each volume is
reproduced below together with a summary of the content which
will give you a feel for the notes in the series. The documents
are in both Word and PDF formats and comes with a free copy
of Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files.
photo: BRG 0766, a UK specification MG RV8.
1 - "First Fifty"
The series started in 1999 with the notes published in
the monthly V8 Column in the MG Car Club's magazine, Safety
Fast!. The series grew rapidly with notes on the water pump,
door mirrors, headlights, petrol tank, RV8 road wheels, wipe
blade adjustments, RV8 exhaust system, leathercare for the
RV8, hood rattle, windscreen corrosion, starter motor, fuel
pump and filters, front wheel bearings, K&N filter maintenance,
alternator replacement, and the essential changed part number
for the clutch slave cylinder.
Cover photo: Caribbean Blue 0265.
The volume has a useful note on torque settings, gearbox mountings
and cross members, steering rack removal, mountings the smaller
Club badge, the advance and retard pipe, replacement headlamps,
a starting problem solved, and the removal, front wheel arch
flares, and refitting of a door glass. The volume also has
a very useful RV8 maintenance schedule as a chart.
photo: BRG 0755.
Another volume included notes on the replacement oil rear
camshaft oil seal. battery lifters, another on door mirrors,
the rear brakes and adjustment, FM radio frequency converters
for Japanese specification cars, fascia removal, bonnet hinge
alignment, a background note on the RV8 LSD, trim colours,
the oil pump cover and washers, the front shock absorbers,
brake callipers, exhaust clamps, front coil springs, and the
overheat sensors and warning lights for the catalyser.
photo: Woodcote Green 0636 in New Zealand.
This volume started with a note on the differences between the
UK and Japanese specification RV8s, a caution on brake servo
failures, sourcing RV8 toolrolls and handbooks, cleaning stains
from an RV8 soft top and a review of the Renovo soft top care
products, dealing with a faulty rear screen zip, reassurance
on reimported RV8s, diagnostic plugs on an RV8, reprogramming
alarm transmitters on Japanese specification RV8s, immobiliser
requirements demanded by some insurers, a thorough article on
diagnostic checks with the engine management system, and creating
more legroom in the passenger footwell.
Cover photo: Flame Red 0342 of Ian Cranston.
The volume was launched with an article on curing a hot cockpit
from an Australian members, fitting a windstop, PAS options
for an RV8, RV8 hardtops, a caution on tired tyres with stored
RV8s, ECU removal and refit, plastic coolant plug rot, RV8
brake hydraulic system and master cylinder, replacement door
cappings, dealing with a noisy rear axle and a back axle refurbishment
service, dealing with corrosion on the RV8 front indicator
lamp, and an important note on replacement tyres following
a survey of members.
Cover photo: Caribbean Blue 0265 at a Sunday lunchtime meeting
at the Shoulder of Mutton on Hazeley Heath in Hampshire.
This volume has notes on how to replace that difficult glove
box locker plunger switch, a caution on replacement rear brake
shoes, a clarification on R380 gearbox lubrication, a source
of replacement alternators, a useful RV8 spares checklist,
a note on how to lower the back end of an RV8, and more on
replacement tyres for the RV8. The Volume takes the series
to Note 199.
photo: Oxford Blue 1133.
This volume has 41 useful notes which took the series to RV8NOTE240
contributed by Al Barnett on replacement windscreen glass.John
Bolt provided a note on his windstop for an RV8, Gavin Bailey
described the benefits of fitting a set of uprated Konis from
Clive Wheatley, Peter Tothill reported on his painstaking
work on damper adjustment settings, John Bolt provided a definitive
note on how many RV8s were built and in which colours, Roger
Aldridge and Chris Watkins explained how to fit a frequency
expander on a Japanese spec radio, and several members contributed
to a note on curing cockpit heat.
Cover photo: BRG 0766, a UK specification MG RV8.
Volume 8 was launched in May 2006 and the first three notes
provided a warning on cracked steering rack mounts. Two more
notes on reducing heat in an RV8 were quite timely as the UK
moved into an exceptionally hot summer period. A new member
Stuart Middlemiss contributed a note on checking the PCV air
filter is clear. The volume ended with a note from Angus Munro,
"Where can I get a touch up!" - the answer, RV8 touch
up paint is available at Halfords.
Cover photo: An overhead view of Oxford Blue 0760 in bright
sunshine in Cornwall.
The ninth volume was launched in June 2009 with the first note
from Hugh Boddington on replacement boot bulkhead clips for
his RV8. He had been unable to get them . . . and then saw them
in a magazine and found a specialist supplier. The series continues
as further contributions come in from V8 members.
photo: BRG 2103.
You can review the Contents of the whole
RV8 Workshop Notes series and a detailed Index
can I obtain a copy of the RV8 Workshop Notes CD?
the V8 Register of the MG Car Club,
PO Box 888, London SW14 7YT
series continues as the working draft in the latest volume and all
contributions of spares and maintenance tips are very welcome.