Differences between Wet Clutch and Dry Clutch Power Units for VAs

by Jim Andrews This article has been compiled to assist VA owners to identify the differences between the Wet and Dry clutch engines and also to identify the non-exchangeable component parts. Part 1 of the article is a simple guide to the external changes enabling a non-technical individual to identify the […]

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Engine Oils

Engine Oils for SVW Cars

by Paul Campbell Having recently experienced bearing failure in my VA engine following an oil change I thought it worth researching in more depth what oils should be used in these older engines.  I have no expertise in this myself, just a new-found interest.  There are many sources of material, from official […]

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Circular amber indicator lights

LED Lighting

by Charlie Plain-Jones It all started with the comment “You have GOT to do something about your lights!” Jim and Rhoda Andrews had been following us, both in our VA Tickfords, up the A34 from the Portsmouth Ferry after the 2013 SVW Weekend in France. It was late, very dark […]

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Filter head

Oil Filter Conversions

by John Dutton SVW owners have been looking at conversions to the oil filters on our cars that allow the use of spin-on modern filters. This is becoming a little more urgent with the growing inability to find old style felt filters that exactly fit. Too short and the oil […]

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MG SA - Under the hood

Overheating in the SA and VA – Part 1

by Terry Beresford, New Zealand, March 2003 After reading John Dutton’s report in the Feb. 2003 ‘Safety Fast’ on overheating in the SA and the struggle to find a solution, I think I can help with the problem. I have recently retired from owning my radiator repair business for forty-eight […]

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Fixing a VA

Overheating in the SA and VA – Part 2

by John Dutton Terry Beresford of NZ wrote an article giving his advice about overcoming the problems of overheating in an SA or VA. The subject has also been discussed in Safety Fast! more than once. Here I summarise the issue once more and cover in more detail the task of […]

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MG Wire wheel

Repairing Wire Wheels – 1937 Article

This is a 1937 article from “PRACTICAL MOTORIST” magazine on Repairing Wire Wheels. “It is quite possible for a car to be driven with a bent wheel without the owner being aware of it. It is a good plan therefore, to make an occasional inspection. If it is a wire […]

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WA Gearbox, brake and chassis

Rocking & Rolling – Part 1

Tips on Maintenance by John Bannister The experience of driving a ‘well maintained’ SVW car can be quite a revelation! Not only is the car quieter than expected, with none of those rattles and shakes many of us just come to accept, but the road manners, handling and braking are […]

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Seat Belts in a VA Tourer

by Robert Crayston Living in Essex, I often pop over to see Adrian Priestley at Chisbon Restorations in Clacton. Seeing seat belts fitted to classic open cars there, I asked Adrian to fit front and rear belts to my VA Tourer. Adrian took some pictures of the fitting, which are […]

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Classic Car Seatbelts

UK Law on Children and Seat belts

by John Bannister The SVW Range of pre-war MG’s all have 4 seats. This means that owners may well find themselves being asked to take young children in their cars It is inadvisable to retro-fit seat belt anchorage points as these will not have been fully crash-tested and are unlikely […]

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