Wow Rush - that's one heck of a mess.
Get busy with that multimeter and you might want to take a peek under the
dash - if they had the run of the airbox then they might have moved inside
for a bit of wire insulation lunch too.
Sorta like the critters that I found when I was cleaning my '62 DKW - two
intricate rat nests (complete with mummified remains) all wrapped into the
rear seat springs - had to remove them with long handled needle nose
pliers - and an industrial 2-filter gasmask (ooooh.....the STINK!!!)
The worst was yet to come - car ran well with the exhaust disconnected, but
with it connected, it would sputter and die. My friend took the intake
silencer off and said that the gas was actually coming up out of the carb -
he walked around back and put his hand in front of the tailpipe and
BLAMMO!!!! the car backfired and fired a slug of grass, fabric, and
nutshells out of the pipe and into his hand!! "OWWWW!!! - Floor it!!!" says
he. The flurry of nutshells that came out and hit the garage door was like
a gatling gun barrage - it just wouldn't end. When I finally stopped the
engine, there, in the fluff and nutshells, was "missile mouse" - as long
dead as the seat inhabitants but much more fun to remove from the car.
Since then I keep the car parked in "the Dead Zone" - surrounded by packets
of Rattak and a sonic pest deterrent (eh....the squirrels still came in).
Inside the car - even in the engine compartment - are plastic trays piled
with mothballs - so far, so good (just needs an airing out at the beginning
of the "cruising season"). You can even get mothballs that smell like
fragrant cedar - for those (like my wife) who detest the mothball smell.
But I'll bet nobody prefers the smell of rat urine (nasty stuff - can make
you really sick) over the smell of mothballs.
1987 Audi 5kTQ - doesn't sit still enough for the local rodentia
1980 Audi 5k - so far, no customers for the Rattak in the trunk and back
1962 and '64 Auto Union DKW Junior deLuxes - '62 surrounded by rodent
deathtraps - '64 surrounded by trees....and rodents.
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