This LRO reader emailed LRO.email@example.com to ask Peter Galilee about sourcing wire clips for a Series I Land Rover.
I want wire hose clips for my 1953 Series I 80-inch. I keep getting them from jumbles, but they’re never right. Are they available or have they been replaced by Jubilee clips? Also, are wire clips as good as Jubilees for forming a tight seal where rubber pipes clamp? And can they cut through pipes when the engine vibrates?
P Holt, Worthing, West Sussex
Wire hose clips shouldn’t cut through rubber if the pipe isn’t stretched, is to proper specification and isn’t oil-soaked. They should make a good seal when tightened, if the rubber pipe hasn’t hardened (the same applies to Jubilee clips). I recently came across a source for new wire hose clips: Bresco, a company in Loughborough that deals mainly in trim fixings for cars. These include trim fasteners for more modern vehicles than yours such as Range Rover Classics – this is useful stuff to know if you’ve just stepped back on to a fragile plastic clip and crunched it!
Bresco markets an impressively comprehensive range of hose clip sizes. These are only available in multipacks, which all cost £8.99 but contain different quantities. For instance, if you want a modern moulded top hose of 38mm external diameter, there are 12 in a pack. Whichever pack you get, you’re sure to have more than enough clips.
The type of clip you need has a slotted head, not a hexagon (Bresco stocks both types). Owners of later vehicles may like to know that Bresco also has period-correct Jubilee clips. These are just as they used to be, including the Jubilee logo, and not like the inferior copies found in many car-stu shops. For more details log on to bresco.com, then ‘miscellaneous parts’, then ‘hose clips’.
This workshop advice appeared in the November 2014 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.