Articles covering what are the popular battery conditioners,
members' experience with conditioners, wall mounting options,
prudent safety measures with electrical devices on a classic
car during a lay-up, and care needed when using a traditional
battery charger. More
composite wheels for the MGBGTV8
The Factory MGBGTV8 was produced with a composite wheel
- a chromed steel rim fixed to an alloy centre with distinctive
features. The joint between the steel and alloy parts
is prone to rust and serious corrosion can become a problem.
Until a few years a go a full refurbishing service was
available from a specialist MWS but sadly they ceased
offering the service. See articles on these wheels and
the current situation and options for V8 enthusiasts.
fuels & replacement fuel hoses
The fire risk associated with the deterioration of fuel
hoses with a report that "classic car owners are
being urged to check the condition of the fuel lines as
an increasing number of cars are being affected by ethanol
degradation of the rubber. 180523
Fellow members are noticing their motor insurance
renewal premiums are rising and in most cases by a substantial
amount. Why is the happening, who are the targets for
insurers and what can policyholders do to get an insurance
renewal at a lower rate. See our NEWS items. More
Vitesse Mazda gearbox for MGBGTV8s
of the availability of the Vitesse Mazda gearbox as a
replacement for the MGBGTV8 was seen in early 2017. An
article with information was released promptly. 170202
RV8 enthusiasts would like to get an original hardtop
for their car but they are rare.
a "spares wanted" advertiser on the V8 website
found and purchased one. See our information on hardtops.
frequent difficulty drivers who are tall in the body encounter
in an RV8 is their line of sight can be close to the top
of the windscreen and sun visor, so a driver will tend
to adopt a crouched driving style. What can be done?
bar drop links on the front suspension
Recently there have been some failures of the front antiroll
drop links. See our articles on checking and maintaining
the drop links. 151110
cams and GPS trackers for an MGV8
See our reviews of dash cams and the CHIPnTRAV GPS tracker
plus fitting and installation guides.. 150718
Engine mountings have been a topic in the V8NOTES series
since 1979 so we have an article that brings together
all the V8NOTES in the whole series.
See our gateway on
MGBGTV8 engine mountings
is happening after the end of paper tax discs in the UK?
Paper tax discs ended in October 2014 but since then there
have been many difficulties. Here are links to our NEWS
items. 151120 More
on MGV8 prices
MGV8 enthusiasts have bought and owned their cars for
the understated power and sheer pleasure they get in driving
these cars as an affordable classic car, price trends
are always interesting.
See our gateway on MGV8
auction and price news
cameras and devices that provide information on camera
Legislation came in with the Road Safety Act 2006 but
the relevant section covering radar detectors has not
yet been commenced so is not yet in force and perhaps
never will be. Detectors alert drivers to speed limits.
See our radar cameras
and detectors gateway
hoods - caring, maintaining and replacing them
Taking care of your hood and the zipped rear window
will help extend the life of your hood. It's a topic often
raised by RV8 enthusiasts.
See our RV8 hood and
rear screen gateway
an RV8 to the UK
a complex process most private buyers will prefer to leave
to experts with local knowledge and contacts in Japan
and experience of the reimport and registration procedures
in the UK but what is involved?
See our RV8 reimporting
Historic Vehicle exemption extension
The 12 month extension of the Historic Vehicle VED exemption
cut-off date in the Budget 2013 was welcome news but does
your MGBGTV8 qualify?
See our Historic Vehicle
VED exemption gateway
needles selection & rolling road tests for an MGBGTV8
Selecting alternative needles for an MGBGTV8, power testing
and fitting K&N air filters.
See our SU needles
and rolling road gateway
systems and related matters with MGV8s
Whether you are doing a routine exhaust system replacement
or have met other issues or are considering a modified
See our exhaust
an RV8 engine
Rechipping an RV8 engine is a topic which has regularly
come up on the V8BB and in the RV8 Workshop Notes series.
See our RV8 rechipping
and UK Budget reports for classic car motoring enthusiasts
Fuel and vehicle taxation news is always of interest to
classic car enthusiasts and the general motorist. Links
to our reports and news.
See our taxation
and Budget reports gateway
bonnet lock and safety catch
Reports of the safety catch failing with the bonnet lifting
in the airstream and blowing back over the windscreen.
Two protective modifications.
See our bonnet
lock and safety catch gateway
& cooling concerns for MGBGTV8s & RV8s
Reliable cooling is essential and it has been a particular
area of concern for many years and regularly discussed
on the V8 Bulletin Board.
See our overheating
& cooling concerns gateway
cooling hoses for MGBGTV8s and RV8s
Reliable cooling is essential and failures of cooling
hoses can be a serious matter. See some useful information
available on the V8 website.
replacement cooling hose gateway
coolants and their use in V8 engines
Concerns over the effects new types of antifreeze have
on older engines have been raised by the historic car
See our antifreeze coolants
testing for MGV8s articles and NEWS
The DfT consultation over the possible relaxation
of MOT test requirements for classic
cars raised views from interested parties for and against.
See our MOT testing gateway
headlights on an MGBGTV8 to a reflector/lens units with
popular upgrade transforms the headlighting and the sense
of improved safety is reassuring.
See our V8 headlamp
failure risks with an MGBGTV8
of servos swallowing brake fluid rapidly and leaving the
driver with no brakes are spine chilling. Get a servo
check, better still replaced.
See our V8 servo
upgrades and settings for an RV8
Fitting a Hoyle IRS upgrade kit and other suspension modifications
are topics often raised by V8 enthusiasts, particularly
our RV8 suspension upgrades gateway
for an MGV8
The backwash over an open MGV8 can be a tiresome feature
but several windstopper installations can reduce the effect
and improve comfort.
See our windstopper
steering options for an MGV8
Fitting power steering to an MGBGTV8 or RV8 is a topic
often raised by V8 enthusiasts so here we have a "gateway
webpage" to the useful information on the V8 website.
See our PAS/EPAS gateway
distributor options for the MGBGTV8
Fitting an after-market electronic ignition system is
a useful upgrade which can avoid regular maintenance of
the points and risks with poor quality replacement ignition
See our distributor gateway
electronic ignition upgrade
Our gateway brings together all the useful material on
this popular upgrade including the answers to a number
of queries and a reminder of a modification needed to
See our Pertronix gateway
an MGV8? - then see our guide
Our guide is packed with tips on how to research the models,
how to check a car offered for sale, negotiate a deal,
make a safe payment and check you have all the documents.
See our MGV8 buying guide
It's a topic raised by members frequently so our information
gateway has links to many items on refurbishing wheels
and members' reports on how their wheels were refurbsihed
by various specialists.
See our RV8
wheels refurbishment gateway
tyres on an MGV8
Replacement tyres are a regular topic so here we have
a "gateway webpage" to the useful information
on the V8 website.
See our replacement tyres gateway
VED/SORN, insurance & MOT status online
Useful links to GOV.UK & MID online vehicle enquiry,insurance,
MOT and tax & SORN services Beware 5 day insurance
database update risk.
See our online vehicle
data checks gateway
Classic car owners could easily trip up by forgetting
their insurance renewal needs attending to when their
car is garaged but not on a SORN.
See our CIE gateway
issues and concerns with classic MGs
Since the introduction of ethanol in motor fuels in the
UK and overseas there have been concerns over the effects
of biofuel on older cars, particularly classic cars.
See our biofuels gateway
volt battery conversions
A series of useful V8NOTES contributed by members of the
V8 Register sets out ways of improving the power and reliability
of the batteries fitted to an MGBGTV8 .
See our battery conversion gateway
up a classic car in Winter - concerns and tips
How to lay up and store an MGV8 and some of the issues
to bear in mind plus a review of the options for protecting
the car when you take the car off the road and put it
See our lay-up gateway
tax rules - SORN - motor insurance
Take care with road tax, SORN and motor insurance matters
- see our index to a series of news items on our website
highlighting where you need to take care.
See our road tax/SORN/insurance gateway