Holy cow. It has been a wild few days. Let me get you all up to speed...
I made several calls to Pontiac Customer Service, a few locals shops, and to a buddy of mine at an area Chevy dealership (which can work on Pontiacs of course). With his help and willingness to do me a MAJOR favor, he succeeded in arranging for his dealership to repair my intake at GM'* cost! Whoo hoo! ...right? I had my Bonny towed over there and left happy.
Two days later, early afternoon: I have a message from my buddy... "Hey there, give me a call as soon as you can, it'* kind of an emergency." (What could that be? I wonder innocently.)
I call him and he says "well we had a little incident with your car." (I'm starting to worry at this point.) He continues, "my mechanic went out to pull your car into the shop, and right after he started it a bunch of smoke started billowing out from under the hood. He jumped out of the car in time, because before we knew it the engine was on fire."
(My jaw is on the ground as I listen to this.)
"We used up every fire extinguisher in the shop to put it out, and the local FD had to respond and hose the rest of it down. Once your master cylinder started to melt, we knew it was getting out of control since every fluid from there is highly flammable!"
Man, I never saw that one coming. Although the fire simply made the recall (which my Bonny is officially not included in) come full circle. Why the mechanic tried to start the engine with the intake manifold in three pieces is beyond me. I returned to the scene the next day to salvage everything I could, took some digitals, and put together a pictorial here (sorry about the pop-ups):
Now it'* an extremely slow race between my insurance company, the dealership'* insurance company, and a GM "inspection team" to decide who is responsible for the whole deal. What a mess! I suppose rather than complain too much, I should be glad that I wasn't in the car stranded along some roadway when it lit up. But I gotta wonder what the chances are/were of *this* happening... after less than 4 months of ownership no less!!
Anyone got a Bonny for sale?