I'm Looking at fitting an Aluminium engine guard under my 156 as the plastic one took a wrong turn somewhere. ( Not something you could miss falling off, you might have thought.)
Have a good price from Alfistsi shop in Germany, but had a couple of questions before fitting.
The two braces that support it, the front bumper and inner wheel arch guards, located inside the front wings have rotted away. This is quite common i believe...
What are they called for a start, and do they have a part number listed?
I need to make up some new ones, if i can't find a relacement, but would rather bolt them onto whats left of the brace/strut, as welding in there would mean removing the front bumper and possible risk of fire in the engine bay.
So getting back to my questions.
With the new Aluminium engine guard is there not a problem with Galvanic corrosion between the two metals. ie the brace /strut thing is steel.
After all, the water, that's obviously getting in there and rotting it, makes a perfect electrolyte!
Or is there a rubber or plastic washer or spacer supplied with these aluminium guards.
If there is nothing supplied with the new Guard then there is a good chance the contact point between whatever i make, and the Aluminium will corrode faster than before with the plastic tray. And i'de rather only do this repair once.
Also, if i manage to make up an easily attachable repair for this strut, should i make a few extra for anyone else with a simular problem?