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Horrible Handbrake Happening

by Keith Poole One of the great pleasures of life in the countryside of the Breede River Valley, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, is that it is one of SA’s premier wine growing areas. With that comes the opportunity to use Tickford coupe SA 0507 as a wedding car, […]

Luvax shock absorbers

Luvax Servicing Instructions

Luvax Vane or Rotor Type of Hydraulic Shock Absorbers, which were fitted as standard equipment on a number of British cars prior to 1939, are of three types:
1) The Constant Pressure Non-Adjustable Type; 2) The Adjustable Type; 3) The Finger-Tip Control Type
Certain instructions issued by the makers of these shock absorbers are common to all three types.

VA Kingpin Replacement

VA King Pin Replacement

by Jim Andrews & Paul Campbell These procedure notes have been have been written to assist VA owners in replacing their King Pins. The king pins and bushes are Safety Critical Items on your car and their replacement should only be undertaken by a competent person.Please read through all the […]

The Sports Car Magazines

1935-1939 The Sports Car Magazine

When a customer purchased a car from MG, they were offered 1 year free membership to The MG Car Club. This club was set up and funded by MG. They even provided office space for its Editor. In 1935 the MG Car Club started producing a monthly magazine called “The […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


Mini Tips

A useful collection of short pieces of advice from Register members that are not in the workshop manuals. Torque settings No torque settings are given in the manuals for SVW engines. Recommended settings are: Pounds/foot nm Cylinder head 50 68 Main bearings 65-70 88-95 Big ends 30-35 41-47 Little ends […]


Nuts and Bolts used on SVW Engines

by Jim Andrews Over the years, there have been many articles written on the issues relating to obtaining the correct replacement nuts and bolts for the engine and gearboxes fitted to our SVW cars. I therefore thought it prudent to produce a summary of the issues for the benefit of […]

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 […]