Austin Cooper script

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Gary Schulz
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Austin Cooper script

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Are these original items and is it worth the cost to refinish them or does it makes sense to go with reproductions?
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They are in pretty decent condition with only a little pitting but refinishing is a bit costly.
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Yes, 100% original.

Personally, I'd just give them a good clean & use them. Some repros are OK, but 90% of the time the holes won't line up.
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i second Mark on this, cant beat original.
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Thanks guys. I think I will try to clean them up and use them. I don't think the "S" I have is original however since it doesn't have similar markings...
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The dead giveaway for original items is the J FRAY markings on them. To clean and remove tarnish I use 0000 steel wool. Works great but doesn't remove pitting of course. Mark is correct (as always) in that the repros just do not fit the original hole locations.

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Gary Schulz wrote: Fri Nov 19, 2021 11:53 pm Thanks guys. I think I will try to clean them up and use them. I don't think the "S" I have is original however since it doesn't have similar markings...

Don't think the little S are stamped up on originals 🤔
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I’d agree Nick, I’m pretty sure the NOS in its packet one I found a few weeks ago isn’t stamped … will check later
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Minispares say their fixing positions are correct:-

"Chrome "Cooper" script boot badge as fitted to Mk1 Austin Cooper and Austin Cooper S models and later cars as an accessory by Rover. Requires two plastic fixing clips, part number GFK7514.
These have the correct fixing lug location of 87mm apart and were as supplied by us to Rover. Beware of copies with wrong pin locations and size."
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Some of the badges supplied by MS do have the correct hole centres, but NOT all.

I still think original is better than repro in this case though. NOS come up fairly frequently and are not usually outrageous price wise, these are probably worth waiting for.

A genuine Factory "S" is NOT marked, as has already been said.

Oh & sadly, I am very well aware that I am probably wrong more often than I am right :D
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