I took the car (and a chunk of ali stock) to work today, and fabricated a crude spanner.
A few turns produced another 20mm of ground clearance without any (as yet) observable negative effects.
My lower A arms are now slightly drooped, maybe a degree or two.
I think my engine may be on a slightly different lean to Ladybird... I had a good look at the underside of the bonnet, and I can see the following:
mark where plenum rubs.
mark where throttle cable support rubs.
mark where ignition leads rub.
mark where distributor cap rubs.
The only one of these that isn't essentially flat thing vs flat thing is the throttle cable support, and I could probably grind a bit more off that
At times like these I'm glad I didn't go with the v6!
I don't think I have any good places to put an oil tank, which makes dry sumping look a little difficult... Perhaps if I get a smaller battery, as mine is huge.
A mostly wide tank with a smaller deep section might be possible then. Especially if I didn't stick with a cylindrical tank. Though then I wouldn't get swirling...
Do I want swirling?
I'm leaning towards the bash plate/rail options as a suitable and easy to implement option for the near future.
I still have to work out my dicky ignition switch, weather protection and general cosmetic finishing, so I should avoid the more drawn out distractions.
I think the switch is the worst part right now though, There is a gap between run and start, right where the spring returns the key to.
I have to crank it then turn the key back when it fires in order for it to run. It's rather tricky...
Guess I'll have to hunt down a replacement, as I want to keep the steering lock assembly.