Gas on Engine

The Puzzler

RAY: Some years ago, I was working on something like a General Motors car, maybe like a Dodge Dart, and I was changing the customer's gas filter. Because our sign that said customers are not allowed to be in the area where we fix the cars was out being dry-cleaned, he was standing looking over my shoulder, making sure that I did the right thing. I was changing his gas filter, and as I did that gas spilled on the exhaust manifold.

TOM: And he leapt back in fear!

RAY: Actually what he did was run for the fire extinguisher.

TOM: And you said, "Cool out, man."

RAY: And he said, "You just spilled gasoline on the red-hot exhaust manifold. Aren't you afraid that it is going to catch fire?" I extinguished my cigarette and explained to him, "No, actually, I'm not afraid."

He said, "Well, I'll tell you an interesting story, young man." He said, "I spilled motor oil once on the manifold of this very car and it burst into flames."

I said, "That could possibly happen."

The question is, why is it that Ray could spill gasoline on the manifold without fear of a fire?

Think you know? Drop Ray a note!

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