That pesky old transmission is finally out and on its way to the rebuild shop. Having now seen the process I am quite confident that I can reinstall it once it gets back to me; if true, that will save me tons of $$ on the final bill. I like saving money, especially when in the throes of spending money I didn’t really have to begin with.
So although I’m still in “wait” mode, there’s a ray of sunshine piercing the darkness of stagnation. In the meantime I will use the opportunity to get down to the deepest, darkest parts of the bilge and get that all spotless in anticipation of a revitalized gearbox coming back my way in a week or two.
Stay tuned, and thank you to everyone for the continued positivity and messages of encouragement.