Damn rodents. And, no, not the gopher this time. Although, it's still a son of a bitch. However, it seems to have vacated as we threatened it with the new contraption and then said we'd throw good ol' medieval at it for shits and giggles! And eat it!! That seems to have done the trick.
No. These are cousins, I believe, although I'm not sure what rodents they are. Rats, is what I'm guessing. Maybe opossums, but I think those are too big. Anyway, came home from work today and was planning on enjoying (and reviewing!) a proper beverage. When I got home, I decided to first fire up the old Scout, as she hasn't been driven in a while and the last time I started her she, well, didn't start. It was pouring down rain at the time, and she doesn't like being soggy, so I chalked it up to that. Today, she fired right up. Atta girl! Went for a drive around the block, please all take note I did this BEFORE embarking on the proper beverage. That's called planning. Make a note.
So, we come on back home and she's making a slight knocking sound that she normally makes when the oil gets a little low. She leaks oil like it was going out of style. So, I popped the hood and Sweet Jesus to Betsy the engine's smoking!!!!! So, I of course froze, because I find sometimes procrastinating for a moment works out for you. And, it did. Rather then have some sort of breakdown and run for a fire extinguisher and all the mess it causes I stared at it...and said...that smells like shit. The old Scout doesn't normally smell like shit. Exhaust...yes. Gasoline...yes. Oil...yes. Shit...no. so I took a closer look and found this:
My engine is covered in feces!!! Sons of..............blahhhhh!!!!!! Obviously, some vermin decided to use the warm engine as a home. As I'm typing, I don't think it was rats. I did a pretty thorough examination of everything and none of the rubber has been chewed on. Also, you can see the white fur in there, which is quite fine, so I'm thinking something was trying to nest. I also found some partially eaten olives on top of the starter. I think opossums are too big to fit in there, as there really isn't much space. Maybe I should set a rat trap in there and see what I get. In the meantime, I cut into my planned beer drinking to clean up rat shit. So, you'll have to wait for the beverage review. Try and contain your disappointment.