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This page is thought for providing the visitors and enthusiasts with advises and "how to do" tricks to make their life easier. If you have such Tips and Tricks which you would like to publish, please send them to us.

Let's start:
Problem with damaged dashboard panel.

During all the years the dashboard has to withstand sun - heat - cold and therefore it cracks or gets mechanically damaged which affects the look of the interior very much. But it is isn't all too difficult to repair it yourself.
The dash has a metal construction, cushioned with hard foam coverd with vinyl, so first peel the vinyl of beginning from the seams which is a straightforward job. Then inspect the foam for holes, or crumbled areas, or missig parts, fill them up with some PU hard foam, after hardening shape the foam with a thin, sharp knife, then sand it first with dry sanding paper (grade 80) then with a 120 until it is level or in your wanted shape.
PU foam is ideal if you want to add some little armature or switch consoles underneath or ontop. I have seen even self made door panels which had been shaped individually for a tailor made sound system.
Then cover with thick (2-3mm) plasic sheet, that type which is used when factory new furnture gets wrapped for protection. Those sheets have tiny airbubbles and are ideal for our purpose.
Then cover with leather or vinyl.

Insufficient Cooling or heating.

The cooling performance round about the Triumph V8 is and was always a central point of discussion or complaint in an outside the Triumph Community.
If the engine temperature is rising slowly, there are two reasons:
1. You are loosing water from somwhere, if the radiator  or the heat exchanger isn't leaking,  neither cracked  nor loose hoses, then water comes somewhere from the waterpump, inletmanifold  or the feed pipe which runs along the left cylinderhead..The water keeps there and evaporates, especially  with a hot engine., then you will not find any water puddles.
With old engines, the frost-plugs may be corroded, and cooling squirts onto the hot exhaust manifold, evaporating immidiately.,leaving no watermarks.
2. If nothing, mentioned before, happens, then you have a greater problem, the head gaskets are worn and you are loosing water through the engine, then you see white steam coming from the exhaust and you will find yourself having to remove the heads - having your fingers crossed that the long  head studs are not corroded  and sticking. You will also find chocolate brown sledge in the oil filler cap and inside the cam covers.
If you are using a Rover engine, then white steam will normally not appear when the gasket blows, and water won't find its way into the engine. The only way for water is when the inletmanifold is leaking and water gets sucked in through the inlet chambers. But don't worry, Rover V8s are not prone to overheat so easy.

Once the heads have been removed and then serviced, clean all water ways in the engine thoroughly using a metal rod and round steel brushes, during the years lime,rust and - you wouldn't beleive it - sand residues, due to careless cleaning after the casting process whilst production. These residues find their way to the radiator and smaller waterways tend to close up.

Use a bigger header tank, mounted up to the same level as the water inlet from the radiator. (After market product)
Use a bigger radiator, as big as possible having the viscous fan removed.
Use instead a double electric blower, mounted in front of the radiator.
Use modern, silicone, heat resistant sealing compound.
Living in warmer areas an additional, external waterpump is very usefull.
Make sure there are no air bubbles in the system.

Exactly  mixed  water-coolant mixture, changed at least every two years, depends how much you drive.
Bear in mind:  Even  a loss of just only 1 litre of coolant can make the V8 boil up, especially  in warm weather.
If your heater doesn't heat enough, then probably there is some dirt choking the watercirculation.
Try this:  
Disconnect the heater outlet hose and connect it to a waterhose, using the pressure of your house or garden armature an flush the heat exchange radiator backwards, this may loosen the dirt or sledge,but do not forget to disconnect the water outlet also.
Watch the pressure, if there is less water coming out from the outlet side than having been filled to, then you probably have to changeyour heater radiator.

If you follow all uper hints, - results from the experiences of many years by many enthusiasts and professional Stag specialists, then you will have a good time with your lovely, burbeling Stag V8.

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