to many Technical Tips released on the V8 website are set out alongside.
rebuilds and restorations
our photo reports of rebuilds and restorations including the series of 32 reports
on the restoration of an MGBGTV8 by Barrie Jones and another by Bryan Ditchman.
our information gateways with many links to the information available on the V8
coolants and their use in MGBGTV8 engines
over the effects new types of antifreeze have on older engines have been raised
by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs. Tony Lake provides a useful
guide to the key issues. 120408
the profile of an MGB bonnet changed for the MGBGTV8?
members have measured the curvature of an early MGB bonnet and that of an MGBGTV8
bonnet and report their findings. 101021
ethanol fuel topics
Gateway on biofuel topics
resistant plastic fuel sender floats
A recent update from Burlen, who
produce and supply replacement parts for SU fuel systems, reports "we are
still continuously developing our thoughts and products to help combat the negative
effects of ethanol in motor fuel. 110213 More
for use with biofuels may be available soon containing corrosion inhibitor, stability
improver and biocide products
webpage has an index of biofuel articles. 110209
E10 resistant plastic
fuel sender floats
Update on effect of biofuel on plastic sender floats.
Modern fuels damaging classic MG fuel system components?
is very much a topical issue for many classic car enthusiasts, not least MGV8
enthusiasts. We are following this topic with articles from fellow members, news
items in the press and feedback from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle
Clubs (FBHVC). 110209 More
fuels damaging rubber components?
Barrie Jones set out his concern that
modern fuels containing bio ethanol appear to be attacking the rubber components
in the carburettors and fuel pumps of our MGs. He urges V8 members to inspect
the carburettors and fuel pump on their V8 for leaks as a regular safety check.
Modern fuels damaging
Following the release of a note
setting out his concern that modern fuels containing bio ethanol appear to be
attacking the rubber components in the carburettors and fuel pumps of our MGs,
Barrie Jones has provided the briefing note below with useful background
information and reports of known problems on this topic. 080111
damaging rubber components?
John Targett, an English auto plastics
specialist and V8 enthusiast in the US, has sent in a contribution to the bio
fuels debate started by Barrie Jones. 080105 More
on the current topic: are modern fuels damaging rubber components?
Jones,TD/TF Technical Specialist with the T Register, provides an update on the
biofuels concern for classic MGs. 080427 More
fan upgrade from Revotec
When a cooling airstream is not surging through
the radiator matrix then cooling has to be assisted with cooling fans. The original
fans are very basic by modern standards and of limited effect as the spillage
over the ends of the blades is considerable. But the good news is a twin fan kit
is available as a cooling upgrade which has been custom engineered to fit and
cool your MGBV8. 120803 More
A V8BB query posted by Nick Gray said "one of my fan motors
seized on re-commissioning the car for summer. 130512
RV8 indicators relay
The RV8 relay for the indicators
YFU2208 (often called the flasher unit) which has been NLA for a while is now
available again. Clive Wheatley mgv8parts has had a batch made by a specialist
manufacturer in the West Midlands and they are in stock now.
a key fob repaired
Finding your electronic key fob has developed a fault
can leave you puzzling where to get it fixed. The answer is go to the Automobile
Locksmith in Peterborough. They do an excellent service. 160223
Chris Hunt Cooke has had a difficult experience
with a new electronic ignition installation on his MGBV8 Roadster - here he explains
how it was solved. 121216 More
systems for an MG RV8
In a V8BB thread "Time for a new exhaust"
launched by an RV8 enthusiast in Canada, Simon Austin, he was seeking fellow members'
views on the alternative replacement exhaust systems available from the leading
RV8 spares specialists. 120717 More
suspension - drop link failure
link failure on an MGBGTV8
McLean launched a V8BB
thread saying "the drop link on the driver's side of my V8 snapped clean
off at the joint were the rod meets the U shaped bracket. I have ordered a replacement
pair which should arrive before the weekend. My question is, I seem to remember
reading an article somewhere about this as been a known weak point on the drop
link and that some additional welding around this joint solves the issue.
Engine oil information for the MGBGTV8 and RV8
the lubrication information from the RV8 Repair Manual AKM7153ENG and the recommended
engine oils from Castrol. 140204 More
the oil level in an MGBGTV8
Marcus Schopen posted a query on the V8 Bulletin
Board saying "just a simple question: my oil level on the oil dipstick of
my V8 is exactly in the middle between low and high. Is that enough or should
it be more? 221010 More
LH Type overdrive unit fitted as standard equipment to the Factory MGBGTV8
oils - how do they compare?
The classic car fraternity is often faced
with bolts that are difficult to release with the consequent fear that increasing
effort will result in the bolt shearing which then leaves many DIY enthusiasts
with a major difficulty - extracting a thread. 131015
with parabolic springs winding up under torque
Beswick contacted the V8 Register in 2011 for advice with parabolic springs winding
up under torque. Here he provides useful feedback on how he has got on.
& 120323 More
replacement tyres article
Checklist of articles.
Tracing a puzzling misfire on
a Factory MGBGTV8 and finding replacement wiring harness clips
had experienced a misfire on his MGBGTV8 which he eventually put down to a crushed
fuel line above the filter on the bulkhead. However the problem came back. So
he decided to replace the Newtronic electronic ignition with an Accuspark unit.
This seemed to transform the engine on a test drive until he pulled up in his
drive and it promptly and conveniently cut out! I got it to start again, but then
the same old problem again - as he shut the bonnet the engine cut out - that was
a clue. 130513