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Offline Lone Star Mini

Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« on: November 20, 2020, 08:34:32 PM »
Looking for ways to clean up the engine and hoses.  I love all the braided lines and I recently saw these cylinder head stud "caps" although I don't know what they are called or where they can be purchased.  Do these or variants of them actually exist?   I found these in early Mini World magazines and perhaps they proved to be problematic and are not functionally sound.  Any knowledge out there on these?  Thanks for the help.. 
Lone Star Mini
1982 Morris Mini 1000HL (heck of a lot of work ahead of me)
1992(?) Mini Cooper
1964 Austin Cooper
1980 Mini 95 (Pickup)

Online MiniDave

Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2020, 08:44:07 PM »
I've never seen those before. Closest I could come to those are the ones they put over wheel nuts, but those are hex shaped.

You might check with Smiffy's Bits, or RetroMini
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Online BruceK

Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2020, 08:47:17 PM »
Hmmmm. Never seen those before.  I wouldn’t think that are anything Mini-specific.  Perhaps they are some chrome dress-up customizing options that are available for lots of cars?   After all, those are just 9/16 nuts (if memory serves) that would also be found on lots of older American and British cars.
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Online MiniDave

Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2020, 08:51:52 PM »
9/16 wrench size, 3/8-24 nuts.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

Offline Lone Star Mini

Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2020, 09:10:19 PM »
Well at least I'm in good company.  going through old Mini World magazines from 1998 and '99, I found several minis with these on them.  I actually like them vs showing threaded rod and nuts.  I've tried searching, but come up empty.  Hmm..  thanks Dave..  I will check with Smiffy's and RetroMini.. heck, I'll ask a few mini friends in the UK if htey remember when...
Lone Star Mini
1982 Morris Mini 1000HL (heck of a lot of work ahead of me)
1992(?) Mini Cooper
1964 Austin Cooper
1980 Mini 95 (Pickup)


Online bikewiz

Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2020, 06:10:22 AM »
As stated above Smiffy's Bits has a thread on cover. I have them, they're very nicely made and so far, 5+ years, haven't fallen off.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CLASSIC-ROVER-MINI-STAINLESS-HEAD-NUT-COVERS-COVERS-THE-HEAD-NUTS-SIMPLE/183765597144?hash=item2ac9487bd8:g:~8AAAOSw42dZC2ae

Offline Lone Star Mini

Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2020, 07:10:17 AM »
As stated above Smiffy's Bits has a thread on cover. I have them, they're very nicely made and so far, 5+ years, haven't fallen off.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CLASSIC-ROVER-MINI-STAINLESS-HEAD-NUT-COVERS-COVERS-THE-HEAD-NUTS-SIMPLE/183765597144?hash=item2ac9487bd8:g:~8AAAOSw42dZC2ae

Awesome..  would love to see a picture of yours.   I will check out the link.. thanks
Lone Star Mini
1982 Morris Mini 1000HL (heck of a lot of work ahead of me)
1992(?) Mini Cooper
1964 Austin Cooper
1980 Mini 95 (Pickup)

Online bikewiz

Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2020, 08:20:28 AM »
Older photo but you get the idea.

Offline Lone Star Mini

Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2020, 08:51:00 AM »
Older photo but you get the idea.

Very Nice!!  thanks for sharing.  I'm in touch with Smiffy Bits to see if they will actually ship to the USA.  There have been other items of theirs that I would like to get.
Lone Star Mini
1982 Morris Mini 1000HL (heck of a lot of work ahead of me)
1992(?) Mini Cooper
1964 Austin Cooper
1980 Mini 95 (Pickup)

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Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2020, 06:29:23 PM »
Older photo but you get the idea.

Very Nice!!  thanks for sharing.  I'm in touch with Smiffy Bits to see if they will actually ship to the USA.  There have been other items of theirs that I would like to get.

They do ship here as I have bought some items from them in the past. Not as fast as MiniSpares but it gets here.

Offline Lone Star Mini

Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2020, 08:08:46 PM »
They do ship here as I have bought some items from them in the past. Not as fast as MiniSpares but it gets here.

Good to know.. thanks Brad. 
Lone Star Mini
1982 Morris Mini 1000HL (heck of a lot of work ahead of me)
1992(?) Mini Cooper
1964 Austin Cooper
1980 Mini 95 (Pickup)

Offline jeff10049

Re: Cylinder Head Stud Caps?
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2020, 06:58:27 PM »
Those stud caps look ok, But please don't use fake braided hose kits those are beyond cheesy and look terrible to most car guys it's boy racer high school honda stuff.
Now actual AN braided hose is badass it may be somewhat out of place on most streetcars but acceptable. 

The proper hose clamps on rubber hoses can go a long way to cleaning up the look. Tie then up nicely get the length just right and use nice clamps and it'll look really clean without being cheese ball.