The Great Repair is finally nearly finished, just lacking a few minor parts that have proven very difficult to obtain, especially when your transportation is either a bicycle or the vehicle that needs the parts before it can be started! I’m no mechanic, but I understand about a u-bolt, a couple of other bolts, some sort of a joint to rejoin a pipe thingy that was cut for the exhaust, and a new oil dipstick tube to replace the one that was mangled during its removal. We have found at least probable local sources for everything except the dipstick tube, which is apparently a dealer-only part (expensive) or will have to be obtained from a junkyard in Mobile or Gulfport, both too far away to ride a bike to. That leaves GM forced to figure out how to make the mangled one work well enough to allow us to venture that far to see about purchasing a new one. Ouch.
But…GM is certain (crossing my fingers here) that he will have the van in a functional state tomorrow. I am praying he is right! Sunday, we’re predicted to have rain. The temporary garage has already collapsed once under the weight of the rain, and is now a lame duck construction with bent poles. I don’t want to see him working out there in the rain this time of year–he is also fighting with this flu bug, and a chill isn’t a bright idea when you are already sick.
Still, despite the fact that the flu is kicking my butt, I’m quite optimistic that he’ll get the parts in the morning and get the van put together again. Patience is a virtue…just not mine! Cross your fingers!