Friday afternoon, the surliest Fed-Ex employee ever stopped by to pick up the motor. It only took 10 minutes to get the paper work sorted out and get the motor loaded on the truck.
It took me the better part of a day to pack it. I no longer had the original box and packing material that it was shipped in, so I had to fabricate one. I put in multiple layers of cardboard and foam on the bottom and sides, and made some sturdy cardboard wedges to hold it in place in the middle of the box. It's packed in very tight and shouldn't move around during shipping.
I'd wager that it's going to make it back to Illinois safe and sound. Unless, of course, it takes damage from just being in the presence of such an overwhelmingly bitter and hateful Fed-Ex delivery man.