First things first, talk to Smitty the mechanic. Make sure you have the controller from Gecko and 2000$. Then also get him to install the injection system from Klamath. Congrats, you now have a car, and decent mileage per fuel cell.
Now go to the house near the Brotherhood of Steel outpost. Lockpick
your way through the thrashed room, to avoid those thieving kids.
Talk to the guy behind the coffin, and ask to see the mummy. It's
Woody, the missing ghoul from Gecko. Wake Woody up, and tell him to
Go to "Mom's" in the east half, and talk to Karl about the ghosts. If
you're with the female character, you can screw him for 1000$ before
that. (How the heck does someone who supposedly is poor as dirt have
1000$, anyway? Or is it that I give him the 1000$ and screw him to
get it back?)
By now you're probably high and mighty enough to take on Metzger. Get
a weapon capable of burst mode, get behind him, and spray him with
bullets. He tries to run away if you don't finish him fast. Now
finish off the rest of his guards. If you find this combat too tough,
reload and try again at midnight with the FN FAL with night sight. It
also helps if Vic and Sulik have good weapons, too, and you've
levelled them up once or twice.
End combat, go tell the slaves they're free. More xp for you.
Note that the 1.02 beta patch seems to have put in a new bug here.
Namely, the slaves don't exit the screen, but pile up on the exit
grid. If you came to this side of town by car, there's no room for
all of them on the exit grid and the game will go unstable and crash
whenever you try to enter another screen. Yes, that happens even if
you save and reload. So make sure the car isn't there. At least I
_think_ that's the cause for the crashes I had at this point.
Go and talk to Becky and say that Metzger put up a good fight. She'll
thank you and pay you a little cash.
Now go back and take the car to Modoc. I say take the car because
you're on a tight schedule, remember?