Thank you all for your wonderful postings
Status update, It’s still dangling under the car, That Ol’ VDP isn’t relinquishing its bits every easily. I cracked myself a good one the last time I was there. The prop-shaft came down and landed on my face as I was pulling out the last bolt to the prop shaft and diff. Now this is a first, usually it takes a thumb detector (hammer) to persuade them out of position.
I saw it coming, but couldn’t get out the way fast enough. I could feel the warmth pool around my eyes, didn’t know if it was tears (not I wasn’t crying!!) or blood. I got up, looked in the side mirror of the Beetle stacked next to the XJ, hmmm. Blood. I could still see out of both my eyes, so that’s good. My face looked a bit distorted, but I figured it was the German mirror.
Popped open the glove box, and got a proper look. yikes! uglier than usual. stuck two fingers up my nose, with one hand pushed up, and the other over to the left. cracking ensued, but things are looking a bit back to normal.
Plan F (ABCDE) already spent
I’ve got a buddy who’s got an automotive shop that owes me a couple of favors, I’m going to see if the scrapper will let me trailer the car over to the shop, get the bits I want, and then bring it back.