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Old 06-24-2011, 09:35 PM
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Morris Cowley 1928

Hi,

I would like to lower a 1928 Morris Cowley.

It would be greatly appreciated if anybody is able to provide advice/links on how this might be done?

Suspension is semi elliptic leaf springs and Smiths friction type scissor shock absorbers. I have attached a photo of a similar Morris Cowley:

I was hoping that it would be possible to lower it to a height similar to this mg m type:

In the forum member's opinion would it possible to sit the car lower like the m type?

Thanks for your assistance.

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I really don't mean for this to sound snotty, but in my opinion, you should sell the Morris to someone who can appreciate it for what it is and take up a different hobby.
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Hi,

I would like to lower a 1928 Morris Cowley.

It would be greatly appreciated if anybody is able to provide advice/links on how this might be done?

Suspension is semi elliptic leaf springs and Smiths friction type scissor shock absorbers. I have attached a photo of a similar Morris Cowley:

I was hoping that it would be possible to lower it to a height similar to this mg m type:

In the forum member's opinion would it possible to sit the car lower like the m type?

Thanks for your assistance.
I don't know what your intent is for the car, but since it's buggy sprung with solid axles, you could relocate the springs from on top to under the axles; you could fabricate a dropped beam axle like they use for the more common street rods, maybe spring packs with fewer leaves that preserve the spring rate.

Get with some of the street rod chassis people, because they work with this stuff all the time.
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Thanks for your reply, but that's exactly how you do sound.

Just to reassure the ignorant element of society who like to tell you what you can and cannot do, the coachwork on this cowley and a good part of the chassis is a write-off as it has been sitting in a sugarcane paddock for the last fifty years. I would rather it didn't crumble to dust.

If anybody has some constructive help it would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Cheers cleanspeed for pointing me in the right direction. I will look further in some streetrodding forums.
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I happen to like the pre war foreign stuff a lot, and since they race that style of car in the vintage and historic classes, plenty of people still play with them.

It would also be a good idea to get in contact with the clubs in the UK for your marque, I have a feeling that they road race and trial the car you have also.

EDIT- Depending on your fabricating skills, you could "Z" the frame, channel the body over the frame, which will give your car more of the look that is similiar to the MG. Look into chopping, channelling and sectioning of Model T's since that body is probably closest to it, and see what customizers have done with them.

I think your car with some well applied tricks would be really cool and unique.

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Thanks again cleanspeed. I have not worked with machinery this old before, mainly 60s cars. You have definitely given me plenty to research. Thanks.
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Thanks for your reply, but that's exactly how you do sound.

Just to reassure the ignorant element of society who like to tell you what you can and cannot do, the coachwork on this cowley and a good part of the chassis is a write-off as it has been sitting in a sugarcane paddock for the last fifty years. I would rather it didn't crumble to dust.

If anybody has some constructive help it would be appreciated. Thanks.
Haaaaaaaa ! ........... well said !
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If the existing chassis is a write off then you may look into fabricating a new chassis using more available components to get you to where you need to be.

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