I had to do the written one first about 6 weeks ago. I didn't do any kind of preparation, still passed easily. I have driven here for 9 months out of the last year though, so I'd be pretty curse word if I failed! At least it was all in English
The practical test consisted of driving round for about ten minutes (I elected to do an "live road" test instead of one of the self-contained courses because the wait was only 5 weeks instead of 7). I had to parallel park, and reverse into a space. No highway driving at all. Actual licence should arrive in 3 weeks or so.
The examiner said that he used to work on the self-contained courses, and kids would just learn how to pass the course and not really have a clue how to drive on the roads. The standard of driving here isn't too bad, but there's definitely limited lane discipline and merging is haphazard at best.
In Jeep news, some rear armour has been ordered to replaced the interesting diamond plate on the rear. I've got a tub of chassis saver paint to slap on the bottom before they start salting the roads. The replacement wing for the front is being painted this week, and I'll hopefully get that fitted one night this week as the current one has a 4" hole in from rust.
Bit more progress on the Jeep - I spent a pleasant day on my back underneath the thing scrubbing loose rust off and slapping Chassis Saver on. Looks a lot tidier now, and there was only one area of concern that can wait until it's warmer to be sorted.
I picked up the replacement "fender" from the paint shop, and finally got fed up with tripping over it in my apartment. There's 14 bolts that hold it to the body of the car, and every one of them came out easy as pie with a liberal application of what can only be described as magical fluid:
Thankfully I have a heated garage at my apartment. Thankful because of this:
I was told I wasn't allowed to do any work on my car in the garage, but figured it was easiest to claim ignorance rather than freeze my balls off. The apartment manager walked through around 6pm when the Jeep looked like this:
She walked straight past, got into her car and started leaving, and then stopped. I thought I was going to get an earful or a fine - she gets out, walks over to me and says "Oh that looks complicated! Is there anything I can help with?". I'm taking this as a green light for working on my car in there.
Got everything mostly fitted:
Waiting for a couple of fasteners for the plastic arch (I absolutely wrecked them during removal), and I need to drill a couple of holes that appear to be missing from the aftermarket panel. Still, for $88 I was very pleased with the fit - all the important bolts lined up and I can live with having to drill 4 myself
The Jeep is still chugging along. Unfortunately it sounds like I have a cracked exhaust manifold, so I'm currently weighing up replacing that myself vs. blowing some tax return on it. I also need to do the gearbox oil, coolant and new ARB bushings on the rear - then all the service items are up to date, and the most common problem (cracked manifold) resolved for a few more years!
Speaking of the tax return, I got a new ride for the summer:
Went up to Duluth for a long weekend of inspecting breweries (I can confirm they were excellent). Hiked up to Enger Tower before the testing began: