i, too, am a crusty old vet, who should have remained in hiatus. that's $50 down the drain.
even if they fix the engine, you still have the doubled, maybe tripled cost for those of us who don't regularly win DIA national championships.
my car's engine is also broken, this morning. mechanic popped the timing cover and it is full of metal shavings... on a 65,000 mile american car. today is not a good day for engines. also not a good time for WIS to raise prices on me.