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My Father's Chevy

Mystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.


Puzzle ID:#37220
Fun:**** (3.15)
Difficulty:*** (2.23)
Submitted By:bigSWAFF_69_Aus******
Corrected By:mouseprincess




My father has, over the years, restored his magnificent 1956 Chevrolet convertible to near perfect condition. Last weekend, he decided to go on a little spin ('twas a warm day, perfect weather for a convertible). As he was pulling out of the driveway, he noticed he was low on gas - the gauge was practically on empty.

On his way to the gas station, he made a quick stop at the local fast food restaurant. Having nowhere to park, he reluctantly stopped his car down a side street. As he was leaving, he noticed a few young guys eyeing his vehicle. Thinking nothing of it (it's rare to see this model car in such good condition, so people typically stare), he walked into the food establishment to get himself a deliciously awful burger.

The line was long, so it was a while before he returned to where he parked. He returned to his worst nightmare: his car was gone.

He hurriedly called the police and reported his Chevy convertible was stolen. He then went back into the restaurant and ordered a half-pounder with bacon, to go.

About 15 minutes later, the police called him back. Apparently, right after he called, the police received a call from a female worker at a gas station about a mile out of town. The worker reported that a beautiful car was left nearby. She said three young men drove up and prepaid for $20 of gas.

The three men walked around the vehicle many times, checking under the hood and in the trunk. After a couple minutes of studying the car, the men left without filling up. As they were leaving, the car ran out of gas near the gas station. The men left it there and took off running. The police couldn't think of a reason for the young men paying for gas they didn't use. My father, however, knew exactly what happened.

The question is, why would the three men pay for gas they needed but didn't use?


The type of car is very important.

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Jul 04, 2007

I've seen a car where the rear number plate hinges down - again, unless you know just where to look . . .
Jul 04, 2007

Man everyone knows ford rocks. But I do think chevy had a great idea about that one. Anywho great teaser it's going to my favorites list.
Jul 04, 2007

great teaser its going in to my favorites
Jul 04, 2007

Good one!!
Jul 04, 2007

Why did he order twice?

Was he really still hungry after finding his car stolen especially after he had already ordered (and presumabely eaten)?

That query aside, nicely written teaser!
Jul 04, 2007

Cool teaser!

Was also wondering about the ordering twice thing...?
Jul 04, 2007

Haha, I just noticed that. , oh well. Thanks for the comments ;D
Jul 06, 2007

You can't resist a juicy burger! Not even if your car is stolen!
Jul 06, 2007

hehe, great! never would have gotten it, but i still liked it!
Jul 07, 2007

Because I have a hubby who is a Chevy buff, I actually knew the answer to this one! Nicely done!
Jul 09, 2007

This one was pretty good
Jul 09, 2007

I'm old enough to experience this car. Worked at a gas station, back when we pumped the gas and gave blue chip stamps to boot for fill ups. Don't forget to check under the hood and put air in the tires...all for no extra charge, because we were already getting 35 cents a gallon!!! Great teasers, thanks for the reminder
Jul 12, 2007

Jul 19, 2007

My dad had a 56 Chevy station wagon when I was a kid. It was awfully ugly, but I apparently did learn something because this one was easy!!!
Jul 20, 2007

Fun teaser... got it without any difficulty!

If the thieves had stolen this car in Oregon, they might have gotten away with it, because, by law, we can't pump our own gas. Perhaps the gas station attendant would have known where to put the gas.
Jul 20, 2007

very hard unless you know a lot about cars. Funny about the ordering twice!
Jul 21, 2007

This really isn't exactly a mystery. You either know it or you don't.
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Jul 26, 2007

Don't know anything about cars, but I thought it was funny.
Jul 27, 2007

that was seriously funny

now i want a burger!
Jul 30, 2007

This won was really hard. I no nothing about cars. I don't have a car or ever did own one. This was a really good brain teaser. Now i am going to go down the street to Harvey's to get a burger.
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Aug 10, 2007

nice one =]
Aug 11, 2007

hmm... good/bad. good: really nice teaser, fun bad: the men couldnt drive the car because they didnt have the keys! unless (NO offense!) ur father was stupid and left the keys is the car
Aug 11, 2007

hmm... good/bad. good: really nice teaser, fun bad: the men couldnt drive the car because they didnt have the keys! unless (NO offense!) ur father was stupid and left the keys is the car
Aug 12, 2007

First off, lemme make it clear that this isn't a true story, don't feel bad for insulting my "father" .

Secondly, the young "Hoodlums" could have hotwired the car.
Aug 15, 2007

I liked it, I thought it would be behind the license plate... young punks eh
Aug 27, 2007

I rather enjoyed this one! I didn't know about the taillight. I figured it was behind the license plate and they were too young to know about that option too.

I thought another option might have been the different size nozzles for leaded vs. unleaded. Then I realized that the unleaded was smaller than the leaded right? That way you couldnt' put the leaded into your unleaded vehicle but could still put unleaded and modifiers into your leaded vehicle.
Aug 27, 2007

Nice, asked my mate who is a classics car knowledge freak, freak in general... best thing is your 'father' got $20 free fuel
Aug 28, 2007

Well written and a great story! I really enjoyed this one
Sep 09, 2007

i was just wondering if this was real, its really cool but i would have never got it!!!!!!
Nov 05, 2007

This is an awesome teaser! The story is amazing, and well written, and the teaser itself is an great original idea for a mystery teaser.
Nov 05, 2007

Well, I wrote this after a teacher read (I presume the original) to us in class. This was just off of memory though, so the story is a tad different; all in all it's pretty much the same plot.
Nov 07, 2007

very good teaser, didn't get it right, cuz I knew nothing about cars, but still good!
Nov 15, 2007

Did that really happen? That would be an awesome feature!
Dec 02, 2007

I had to do research to ge this one correct!
Dec 19, 2007

good teaser
Feb 18, 2008

Really liked it!
Feb 19, 2008

My grandfather
owns a gas station.
and LOVES old cars.
so I cant wait to tell him this
Great job,cool teaser!!!!
Mar 10, 2008

Hoo-rah! Reading this was like serving my brain brunch. Just what I needed at this hour.
Jun 02, 2008

Cute mystery. This was also featured on Car Talk (NPR) several months back.
Jun 03, 2008

I just "got" this teaser from one of my Science teachers a couple years ago. Not sure where he got it, but he probably heard it off of Car Talk.
Jun 13, 2008

Haha..good one Swaff..wasn't able to guess the answer.....
Jun 22, 2008

$ourDough has, in his fair town, heard of Frick telling Frack the story of the Chevy!

Very nicely done! Three Thumbs Up!

Jun 22, 2008

i am so horrible with cars...
Jul 04, 2008

that was good...I figured that they couldn't find the gas tank "hole" but I figured that the "father" forgot to put it there..because of the near perfect condition of hte car...
Jul 04, 2008

oops..."the" car...
Jul 13, 2008

that almost happened to me once in my new car
Nov 11, 2008

This ia a very fun and nice teaser, i enjoy it alot
Dec 16, 2008

Didn't get the answer because I'm not much of a car person, but cool teaser anyway.

Is this a true story?
Jun 22, 2011

I am also not a car person, but thoroughly enjoyed the teaser. I would really be interested in knowing if this is in fact a true story. It sounds like one.
Jun 16, 2012

I loved this teaser! What a beautiful car, although my favorite type of chevy is the 1967 impala
Jul 10, 2013

Which did he enjoy more: the bacon or the hamburger?
Jul 25, 2016

Ahhh if only I had knowledge of cars XP

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