It seems that it was not the overdrive plug that we hit but a drain plug in the rear housing. I will not go deeper into the technical assessment right now, save to say that the big hole in the casing in photo 1 is supposed to be filled by the rather large wedge of aluminium that is now attached to the support bracket in photo 2. The exhaust is toast in photo 3 and the car is now without all the above plus the driveshaft – which seems to be one of the few parts of the underside of the car that we don’t seem to have damaged. Photo 5 shows the rear shock held in place and prevented from joining us in the car by a few washers.
Plenty to do so we settle down for a long day of a different kind.