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How can I give my modified Morris Minor better ground clearance?

I have a Morris Minor fitted with an 1800cc Morris Marina engine and running gear. The heavier engine and reduced ground clearance causes the sump to ground out over deep potholes. I have already put 40 grade oil in shocks but there's not much improvement.

I have ordered from ESM a telescopic conversion kit which is designed for standard Morris Minor, not one fitted with a lot heavier engine. My idea is to fit this kit and change to stiffer shocks.

What do you suggest?

Asked on 7 June 2023 by Martin Flint

Answered by David Ross
One option may be to fit a modified sump to give additional ground clearance, but you would need to ensure there is enough capacity to hold the required amount of oil.

Stiffer shock absorbers may help a little but you would need to match this to stiffer springs, as these will have a greater impact on the amount of suspension travel. We would suggest going back to ESM and explaining your requirements as they will likely be able to offer advice and the right components to counter the lack of ground clearance.
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