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I then moved onto the on-going heater problem. Previously, I had removed the valve and had cleaned and checked it. It seemed to work fine. Thinking that the lack of circulation may have been due to a clogged heater core I bypassed the driver side one. I had planned to remove it but couldn't see how to remove it. I finally found the two nuts in the fenderwell and removing the heater was then easy. I took it into the kitchen (luckily my wife was gone!) and proceeded to clean it and run water through it. It was not clogged and though I got some debris it was not enough to consider it to be the culprit. So, with everything cleaned I replaced it all and put a towel near the source (or exit) of where it looks like it's been leaking so as to check it later. If it's still leaking I'll see if a radiator shop can fix it or there's a guy in S.F. with heaters from a GTS that may work.
Then I cleaned the trunk, pumped the (now flat) tire and started in on the jack kit. Many of the tools had a fair amount of rust on them and I went at them with a scotch pad and soapy water. After a great deal of effort and scrubbing I got them mostly clean - not quite perfect but maybe some naval jelly... Later that same day...
Did a cruise, wonderful as always, heat still nonfunctional - maybe it's something in the pipes below...Hmmm I got gas again. The attendant asked if it was a kit car. This makes about a half dozen times I've heard it. It was the first Ferrari motor he'd seen (as I checked the oil). After our drive it was off to Costco and grocery shopping. Quite a lot of groceries, big bag of rice, comet, milk, chicken, etc, all in Costco sizes and quantities. With some skill I assembled the cart-full into the trunk and it all fit. With the kids and wife aboard we motored off listening to our new purchase: a set of audio tapes to learn Italian. Mi piace guidar l'automvile!