Made it home about 1 hr ago (5:35PM CST - 6 hrs after we left the Citgo in Rockford). Would have been sooner if I'd known my gas guage was off (it showed I was on the line below the orange warning area, yet when the tank started overflowing I only had 14.1 gallons in). I stopped in Albany (25 miles from Sauk Centre) to fill with gas and found that with 440 miles I had gotten 31.2 MPG'* on my trip home.
MANY, MANY, MANY Thanks go out to everyone who was involved in helping getting me back on the road:
Todd and Intense (for scanning the VAT'* with the Tech II)
SSEi95 (all 4 of these guys for their searching their 95 FSM'* searching for the cure, and RandMan and Bill Bost also for all their brainstorming and taking time from resurrecting FrankenBonne to call and offer advice, etc...)
Will Wren for his many calls with tips, idea'*
1fatcat for sharing the resistor idea that Will Wren offered soon after (not knowing you had already suggested it) ...besides IT WORKED (I think, because I can disconnect the resistors now and with the wires to the Vat'* chip in the key cut, the car fires right up -yes, very intriguing indeed).
PMom for her advice on jiggling the key and..... -at least we had one thing to smile about throughout this ordeal -thanks Pmom it was dirty, but funny and very welcome.
BonneMeMn for helping both immediately when it happened and when he got back from the track on Saturday
and all the other guys from B-Fest, WCB-Fest, and ECB-Fest (the crew working on FrankenBonne -whoever was all there)
AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST I OWE A BIG, BIG BIG FAVOR TO NATE, WHO DENIED HIMSELF THE THRILL OF SEEING BADSSEI (even though it *only* ran a mid-11) AND 8-BALL ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE GUYS TEAR UP BYRON, JUST TO BRAINSTORM, TEST, SWAP PARTS FROM HIS 95 SSEI, AND DO MOST OF THE WORK
WHILE I SAT AROUND KICKING THE DIRT (and my bumper and tires).
There were so many frustating things, with one thing after another getting our hopes up, just to peeve us further.
Nate, I owe you many, many beers since there were none there while we were working on my car......That was a good 3 case job, with so much frustation.
Thanks again and I am very, very humbled, and appreciative to the whole of BC for being such a great Family, coming together for someone 0-2000 miles away, even though they didn't have to.
I am very proud to be a member of such an elite group (too bad the parts and service guys at the Pontiac Dealer in Rockford and the locksmiths were nothing but ****** to us) as we have here on BC.
I may not have gotten the satisfaction of running a 14 or 15 second 1/4 mile at Byron with my SLE SC, but I have definitely gotten so much more satisfaction (poor word, but I am practically speechless for the services that have been rendered to me) from the members and friends of the members of BC and will not easily forget the integrity of this unique club.
I'll never know how I can repay my debts from just this one incident....I definitely will do everything I can to make sure that I pass this favor on whenever I can.