Bright & early the next morning I move the Sand Devil across Mos Eisley to Absolute Salvage’s work shop hanger. The junk YT-1300 has been moved into the shop and sits about 15 meters from where the Devil sits. Takes us 15 minuets to get all the tools ready & power down the Devil. Salk the proprietor points to everything we will need to switch the sublight & the hyperdrive engines. Salk gives us a quick tutorial on how to operate the chain gauntry. Kind of archaic not to use a grave powered hoist but it will have to do.
We split up into 2 teams. Mathus, Lowrick, the R5 unit & I will work in the junk removing the souped up engines. Osk, Grabbo, CH1 & R2-W4 will remove the engines from the Devil. Mathus lays out the plan of attack on how we are going to do this. 1st out is the hyperdrive unit. Mathus points out all the disconnects & we are done in a little over a hour. Remarkably the bolts come out without too much trouble. We rig a hoist & lay the unit down on a grave sled. When we go to use the freight elevator next to the unit. It does not work. I forgot the engines are off & powered down. I run outside & grab a power cable & hook it up to the temporary plug in on the junk. Now the elevator works. We park the new hyperdrive unit under the aft portion of the Devil & throw a tarp over it. Osk is still working on disconnecting the hyperdrive in the Devil. Good, we are ahead of schedule. Next we erect a scaffold aft of the junk & start disconnecting the starboard sublight engine section. Osk has the hyperdrive out of the Devil & is starting to work on the sublight engines. CH1 has walked away from the Devil & Osk is looking for him. From my point I see him by a side doorway. When I walk over to him to see what is going on. He says in that monotone voice. “ this is taking longer then expected. We should not delay anymore”. I look to the doorway but no one is there. We walk back to the ships. Both sublight engine sections on the junk come out pretty easy & they are sitting on the grav sleds next to the Devil. Osk has 1 section out of the devil and is working on the port side section. Mathus goes over to help Osk remove the last section. 10.25 hours today & everything is ready for the install. The engines from the Devil are on pallets at the far end of the shop. I run out to get us 12 Roast Nerf sandwiches and more drinks. 1 sandwich for Mathus, 1 for Osk, 1 for me and 9 for the 2 Wookies. They can fight over who gets the 4th sandwich. After we eat I go call Anatta. I ask him what is up with CH1. I know you have him on retainer keeping an eye on us. Anatta feigns sadness that I would think such a thing of him. I tell him if CH1 does not stop acting funny. He is going to get blasted…and not by me. He said he will call him and straighten it out. Back out in the shop I go over to the .5 hyperdrive. Lift the canvas off it & hug it like a baby fluff cat. I pull a chair over to it & prop my feet on it & go to sleep dreaming of flying rings around TIE fighters.
The next morning comes around way to fast. Every part of me aches. Mathus informs us that we will also need the bigger power couplings & cabling from the junk ship. Lorwick & I start working on this while Mathus, Osk, and Lorwick start installing the sublight engines. CH1 has disappeared & so has the R5 unit. This is not good. I go into Salk’s office. I ask him if he has cameras in the shop. He pulls up the footage from yesterday & we back track to where CH1 was acting funny. After a couple of camera angles I can see he was talking to 3 Jawas at the side door. They get out of there quick when I started walking over to the door. I tell Salk “Thanks” and go out to where everyone is. CH1 is still not here. I tell the group what I had seen on the video & who CH1 was talking to. I can tell Osk wants to blast that droid into next week.
We get back to work installing the engines. It is a long day but we get it done just before 1st sun down. CH1 has returned with the R5. The R5 is in bad shape. CH1 says “Meatbags attacked us on the way to getting an oil bath”. Mathus while looking at the R5 determines there is a restraining bolt placed in an obscure spot that most would not notice. Mathus removes it but the R5 has had part of his memory scrambled. Not sure if it was the bolt or possibly I suspect the Jawas CH1 was talking to yesterday. Never trust those little guys. They will steal the teeth right out of your head.
Mathus, Lorwick & I want to run the Devil thru a short test. We go through the start up procedures for the sublight engines. “Man are they loud. We could not even sneak up on a heard of Banthas making this much noise”. Mathus peaks his head in the cockpit wearing the environmental space suit before he goes to the engine room. I tell him “ Relax, I know a guy on Corellia that will install the shielding when we get there”. Power levels are good, way good. The bigger motivators & couplings are holding. I radio for clearance & we lift off. Lorwick jumps in the co-pilot seat & starts rattling off readings for all the systems for me. He will make a good co-pilot. I take us up to 700 meters and about a 15 kilometers circle outside of town at a speed of 1. Readings look good. All the checks come back green. I throttle up to a speed of 2. Damn …These engines have massive power. Its getting tough handling them. I need to reset all the governors, control limits and the control settings. I throttle up to a speed of 3. I can tell there is more still in her but I don’t want to push it the first time. Mathus says everything is running fine & smooth back here. The 2nd sun is going down by now. I throttle down to 1 and bring her back to Absolute Salvage. I land her in the same spot we took off from. From the cockpit I can see the old engines sitting on the pallet. I remind Mathus we need to take the “Beck on Call” relay off the old engines. Tomorrow morning we test the hyperdrive to see how that holds.
“ Now whos the fastest Pod in the Park ?”
Got to make sure I don’t look too excited in front of Osk. She would see that as a sign of weakness. Need some sleep now. I will get up early tomorrow to readjust all the settings.