The V8-Powered Morris Minor Lives On | Your $2000 Challenge Cars

By Colin Wood
Apr 8, 2021 | $2000 Challenge, Morris, Minor

Many moons ago—okay, it was 2013–a V8-powered Morris Minor competed at the $2000 Challenge. It finished 10th overall. Fast forward to March, and the car was purchased by forum user Floating Doc.

Although the original plan was to build a V8-swapped Chevy S10 for the 2022 Challenge, that idea went out the window when the Morris came up for sale.


The new plan, then, is get the V8-powered Minor ready for the 2021 Challenge. In order to do that, Floating Doc made a to-do list:

  • Mount the seats.
  • Posslble (likely) transmission rebuild.
  • Sort out the shifter, brakes (need a bias adjuster) and steering.
  • Change all fluids, pre-oil the engine and get it running (starter isn't installed, needs shimmed).
  • Header extensions and mufflers (currently just long tube headers only).
  • Quick release for the steering wheel. It came with an aftermarket wheel.
  • Safety/tech stuff: SFI balancer, flex plate, transmission shield, door bars.
  • Tow hooks.
  • Battery shutoff.
  • Tires, slicks (came with a pair of drag slicks on some turbine wheels).

Floating Doc also admits that he’ll have plenty of questions going into the build, though one thing is for certain, the name: The Hurricane Fund, so named because “we keep a stash of cash for a Hurricane fund. My wife's my biggest enabler, suggested we raid the fund to buy the car.”

Read the latest updates on this V8-powered Morris Minor over on the build thread, and be sure to enter your contender over on the $2000 Challenge website.

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View comments on the GRM forums
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/9/21 10:40 a.m.

Glad to see this one coming back. 

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