Busting the Midnight Siphonist
RAY: What was unique about Mary Ann's car was it was a Saab. And from 1959, I think, to 1969, Saab made a two-stroke engine.
It was a three-cylinder two-stroke engine, and a two-stroke engine is something you'd have in your chainsaw or your outboard motor, perhaps. It requires that the oil and the gas be mixed together. There's no oil in the crankcase.
These engines didn't smoke very much, because they were only about 40 horsepower. But, when the gas thief put this mixture of gas and oil into his Chevy or whatever he drove, the trail of smoke he left behind allowed the sheriff to follow him right home, and arrest him. Actually, I think the sheriff just shot him right on the spot.
Who's our winner Tommy?
TOM: The winner this week is Cameron Linsley from Bath, Maine. So, from all the correct answers that we got he's the one that got chosen, and he's going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at Cartalk.com, where he can order our hottest selling new CD.
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