Chapter 11 Summary

Chapter 11 begins with a history of Lee Chong's ancient Model T. In 1923, the vehicle had belonged to a doctor, who pampered the truck for five years. It was sold in mint condition to an insurance man, who drove it hard and drove it drunk. Eventually, the battered truck was passed to a new owner in a deplorable state. The new owner cut it up in order to add a new truck bed. The truck's next owner was not good at managing his money and traded it to Lee Chong to pay off his tab. It needed lots of work, which Lee did not do, so it sat deteriorating in his lot behind the store until Gay came to fix it.

Gay is an "inspired mechanic" and soon is able to pinpoint the exact problems that needs to be attended to in order for...

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