When I pulled the car in the yard, my wife shut the metal gate behind me. She said, “Look!” And, there was a piece of metal lying on the ground beside the gate. It was 1-5/8 inches long, a moderately shiny gray color, except a short rod-like piece sticking out at one end. And, on one side, a broken spot-weld.
I thought, “Oh, crud! A piece fell off my purty car!”
I got out my trusty old canvas WWII shelter half that I use for working under the car. (I have had that thing and its mate since around 1962.) And, I crawled under looking for anything gray. Negative.
I took pictures of it, thinking to post it here. Whatever came off the car must be replaced before my annual return to the USA.
As I was preparing the posting, a thought came to me. I trotted out to see if there is any place on the gate where that part might fall off.
The gate is the same exact color of gray. I started inspecting the gate for a part like that.
The gate is in two sections, specially designed by the man who makes our metal items. The modern equivalent of a blacksmith.
The longest section has a small pedestrian gate at one end. There are three hinge thingies for that small gate.
Oops! There are only two hinges for the small gate, and a hole where the spot weld for the third hinge was.
I think I found where the part came from.