I did NOT want to do this, but I have to surrender to the practicalities of the situation.
I have called for help. Tomorrow morning, Superior Small Engine Repair of Lockport, Illinois is coming to pick up the Coot Scoot, take it to their lair, remove the offending part that I have failed to remove on my own, and return it to me, ready to accept the new part I have purchased - ready to get back on the road.
I can't wait.
I feel like I have been grounded.
I want to RIDE.