now i have to put it back together, and put it in a window and test it.
I had the problem all worked out, and I was right. the capacitor wasn't charging.
on the.... 5th hour of poking at it I discovered the problem (i hope).
during the 400mile drive, a wire had come lose from the capacitor terminal.
why didn't I look for that earlier?
will update after I test it.
In other news, had brunch today at "Christopher's." It was excellent, almost up to our very high standards for brunch.