Fuel volatility – summary thoughts from Tim Jackson

Tim says that his car (TC0999,) performs well, until the volatility issue arises. Here’s what he’s tried so far to tackle the problem:

From the XPAG tests and other sources, the following might be worth trying:

Tim says that his previous TC (TC1202) which he owned for a decade (sold in 2012), had pancake air filters and never suffered from volatility issues (but Ethanol content may have been lower or absent then?). He adds that he routinely uses Millers VSPe Power Plus Multishot primarily, for its claimed ethanol protection benefits, especially corrosion prevention. His engine is modified to use unleaded fuel (stellite valves and valve seat inserts). Ed’s note: TC0999 carries the age-related registration mark RSU 772. However, we know that the car was originally registered as GUR 220 with Hertfordshire police on 11th July 1946, being one of two TCs delivered to The Chief Constable Hatfield (the other was GUR 219). In the absence of a log book for TC0999, or some other document to link the registration mark with the chassis number, it is not possible to reclaim the original registration mark. Over the years, Tim has tried in vain to find such a link. We know from Andrea Green’s book MGs On Patrol that Richard Uzzell from Aylesbury wrote of a car he owned in the late 1950s with the registration number GUR 219 and chassis number TC0998. This car had the bonnet bulge (as has TC0999) to house the larger dynamo used in police vehicles). Unfortunately, it has not been possible to trace Mr Uzzell and, who knows, with the passage of time he may no longer be around. It’s all rather galling, especially as 0999 is very appropriate for a police vehicle!