Everything changes. We learn this lesson weekly. That which once worked, works no longer. Parts are getting older. Cars get used. Things wear out.
Steering racks never used to be a problem with Bugeyes, we haven’t replaced many over the years, but more and more of them seem to have worn inner tie rods. In the video above, you can see me exaggerating the play we sometimes see. This rack is worn out. Check your car to see if you can discern that your inner tie rod ends are worn out too!
The only way to address this is to replace the steering rack. These are available, and not too expensive, and a great way to tighten back up your Spridget front end!