No, I still don't have my car back, but the initial diagnosis of a bad slave cylinder has been borne out -- and repaired, too, at about $20 more than the part alone was quoted to me.
They dug into the charcoal filter that's been making gas fill-ups so very slow, and -- as predicted -- it's leaked pellets and jammed up some of the associated tubing. Projected cost, a bit more than the clutch-hydraulics repair but once again, only slightly over what I'd have to pay for the part. And it's a real pain to get to, too.
Hoping to get my car back the day after tomorrow.
In the meantime, with Tam doing all the driving, I bought steak dinners at the reborn Aristocrat, which has risen phoenix-like from a fire a couple years ago and is better than ever!
CARBON MICROPHONE CHECKING
5 weeks ago