Embelishing your nuts and other parts you can reach>|
Some owners paint their nuts and other parts in white or red paint. There may even have been a military regulation of what should be painted and what colour but, I think of it this way, only play with a red painted part if you know what you are doing and only play with a white painted part if you think you know what you are doing.
Split rim and wheel nuts and bolts: on my Champ the split rim nuts and bolts are painted red because if split rim nuts and bolts are undone without deflating the tyre then it can kill, as has happened. My wheel nuts and bolts are white.
I must admit that my fuel cap is red because it was red when I got the Champ and it looks pretty. Some owners paint their knob, gearstick, forward\reverse lever, etc., red. I wouldn't but was it ever done in-service?, possibly\probably.
Another decoration seen is in the engine bay, of stripping the paint off the oil filler flap, etc., and burnishing the brass.
I call decorating a Champ the, 'Christmas tree syndrome' and who doesn't like decorating the Christmas tree? Is decorating a Champ, right or wrong?, who cares if it makes us happy and makes it easier to find our Austin Champ in the carpark.