"I've had several 24v cars ( Half a percent of USA import actually!) and have no issues with trunk struts /etc"
But some have, including Steve, with the tops of the struts bowing outward due to overloading/damage, due to perhaps being too forceful opening/closing the lid, of the weak hinge attachment in the roof rear side pillars. The clearance is very very tight at the top of the strut with the inside of the fender, and eventually the plastic top of the strut can migrate outward when the lid is closed with some force, and wear/dent the inside of the fender. It can wear a hole in the fender itself. The design as to how the rod attaches to the hinge arm is a bad location, resulting in significant overload deflections of the arm attachment in the thin sheet metal above.
My LS has a little bulge in the right rear fender at that location where the strut was hitting. As a temporary fix on our trip to see you, I used a long nylon load tie down strap looped/tightened around the two lid hinges, pulling them together a little to prevent rod contact with the inside of the fender.
Changing the rod setup back to springs as with the earlier B/L/S allowed me to remove those struts and avoid further damage.
PM sent to jckevin.
89 Milano (wife's daily driver since 1989, Shankle Sport)
91 164S (my daily driver since 1994)
94 164LS (~Q) (trip Alfa since 2000)
72 Morgan 27 (water time since 1976)
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 03-12-2017 at 09:45 PM.