Engine compartment detailing (6 replies)
Hi, doing some minor detailing in the engine compartment of my '68 mkII S. I rebuilt it fully in 1993 and it had then been off the road since '74 so it was highly original. Still, there are some points that puzzels me:) I do have some modifications, but would like it to really have a period look.
Heater valve (on cyl head) - was it originally painted? Mine had traces of green on it but looking at period pictures I don't think I have seen them painted?
'Tudor' sticker on washer bottle? Was that ever on the standard plastic bottles from factory?
'Lucas HA12' sticker on coil. Have seen it on some period pictures. But was it used on mkII's?
Sound insulation on the inside of the bonnet? I have the original piece for the bulk head. Was it something similar glued inside the bonnet? If so, anyone that has pictures?
Anyone that knows where to get the original Lucas or Champion spark plug caps?
Grateful for any feedback!
Engine compartment detailing
I worked for a BMC/BL dealer and I do believe the original heater valve was painted at the factory along with the engine in some cases, but as they were a a frequent service item not many originals will have survived, and replacements were always unpainted cast alloy bodies.
The Tudor label was usually present on the washer bottle as far as I can recall??!- but the lucas coil sticker not sure about.
Ebay/autojumble is your best bet for sourcing the period spark plug caps
Oh and just a thought- take a look at John Parnels Cooper book which gives a good detailed view underbonnet on the Mk11!
Thanks - similar thoughts as myself.
Unfortunately John Parnells book is not very clear on theese specific items:) Or rather - based on the pictures in the book I should probably discard stickers on a mkII even though I think they give a nice touch. Only present on pictures of early mkI:(
Hi , This is my standard mk2 Cooper . this may be some help ??
Lots of discussion of washer bottle stickers on the Mk1 board here: [URL]http://forum.minicooper.org/showthread.php?t=15049[/URL]
Mk2 Mini washer bottle
Having thought again about whether the sticker was present on the bottle on factory Mk1/Mk2 cars, I would say no.
I worked on many of them at a main dealer and I am now certain they were a unmarked.