I stopped by the shop today to drop off some stuff I bought for the van.
First: the subwoofer. It fits under the driver seat as I had planned, but it needs some standoffs or feet to clear the seat bracket. I just hope they turn out to be solid enough to not soak up the bass. We'll see. I was worried about the RCA splitters I planned to use encroaching into the passenger footwell too far, but I think they are going to be ok after all. I might make a "simple" plastic cover to hide everything... and by "simple," I of course mean super complicated, multiple bend in multiple planes, total pain in the ass.
And second: the spare wheel. I bought another wheel from, I thought, the same vendor as before but what arrived is not the same. If the only difference is the lack of red and blue stripes, I'll be pretty happy. Unfortunately, it looks like it is a lot narrower than the others and the little triangles appear a tad larger. Now, both of those could be optical illusions due to there not being a tire mounted, but... well, we'll see.
Then I had a look at parking brake knob. John asked me one of those "Well, duh!" questions when I told him about the Hurst handle not threading off. He asked if I ever tried it with the parking brake pulled up. "Psh! C'mon! Do you think I wouldn't have thought of that?" "Well, did you?" "Of course... not." I tried it today and it did thread right off. Shut up. I took the jam nut we were using and zooked it to a bit if pipe to make a two-finger T-handle. Opposite that nut, I zooked in the threaded shaft which came with the purple knob. I hit it all with orange overspray paint and... ok, I didn't actually paint it. I left that job for John next Saturday. I whipped out the Jitterbug Phone and tried to take a picture, but the sun was such that the knob was totally washed out. Y'all are just going to have to wait for next week.