TR4-6 Steering Column Wobble
by Alan Stryeski
Does your steering column flex when you pull up or down on the wheel?
If so, check the flexible rubber steering column couplings first.
If these appear to be in good shape, check the lower mounting bracket
for cracks. It’s loated below the dash where the column passes
through the firewall. You may have to move the flexible hose going to
the defroster duct in order to see it. The bracket itself is
spot-welded to the firewall and provides a mounting point for a
U-bolt-type arrangement which goes over the column and holds it steady. Cracks usually appear along the top edges where the U-bolt passes through the bracket. What causes this? Probably using the steering wheel for support when entering or exiting the car. This puts a lot of stress on the bracket, which is made of very thin metal to begin with.
If you’ve determined that the bracket is, in fact, broken, you can now decide how to go about fixing it. This is where the problems begin! First, must everything by kept 100% stock for Concours, or are modifications acceptable? If dealing with a show car, the bracket need only be welded or brazed back together to remain stock. Sounds simple, right? Wrong! No way are you going to weld or braze