Last week Peter & I drove down to Oxnard, located about 60 miles north of LA, to pick up the gearbox and some extra parts. We knew it would not fit in our Honda Civic so we switched cars with our neighbor Tad Thompson who has a Toyota minivan. Thanks to Tad we were able to cruise down the 101 & I-5 in air-conditioned comfort.
It was nice to get out of town if only for a couple of days. The drive down the 101 was nice, especially where it parallels the ocean. We got to Oxnard around 3:30 and went straight to the shop. Tony was helpful & knowledgeable and threw a lot of information at us. His staff was easily able to load the gearbox into the van (with the help of a forklift) and within an hour we were on our way.
We decided to stay overnight at a local hotel. Though the room was hot and the ceiling fan was noisy, the pool and the hot tub were nice perks. We took in a soak & then headed to the harbor for dinner. Afterwards, we walked out on the beach. Amazing how different southern California waters are to those in the north – much more tranquil.
The next day we headed back north. We needed to go back to Vallejo to drop the gearbox off & Pete did a great job of getting it out of the van with the forklift. All items were delivered safely to the room in 515 where Pete is cleaning & converting the engine.
More to come later - SP