Alfa Romeo Montreal - Steering Re-enforcement Plates
In the process of removing the engine from my Montreal, I have also tried to clean up the Engine Bay in general, and there was something that was mentioned some time ago about a re-enforcing plate to stiffen the Steering Box mounting to the body. I removed the bolts that hold my Steering Box to the Wheelhouse Inner. There are 3 Grade 8.8 bolts, and I noticed that on closer inspection, the bolts were slightly bent. Not in the main shank portion of the bolt, but through the threaded section. All 3 bolts had the same characteristics, they were difficult to turn for a few threads and then would loosen up, only to tighten up again and so forth until the bolt came out completely. In checking them with a straight edge, I noticed the shank portion was straight, but the threaded portion was bent by up to 1.0mm. The bolts had been tight when I removed them, so the bending cannot be attributed to loose fasteners flexing in the body.
I have been working on developing a Re-enforcement Plate for both sides - right and left. I am also upgrading the mounting bolts to Grade 10.9. I will post pictures in the next few days. I would appreciate your feedback.