Back on January 16 of 1994, our 1985 Pontiac Parisienne Safari decided to blow a hole its radiator at the corner of Roscoe and De Soto in the San Fernando Valley. We remember noticing the temp gauge peg itself all the way to the right just as steamy white smoke began erupting out of the hood, and rolled into a local Shell station right there on the corner. The mechanic on duty was so used to repairing GM B-body cooling issues that he did it while we waited. We bet he could have done this particular repair blindfolded. Then he started talking.
"They've known how to make a water engine for years," He explained between pulls from his cigarette and dunking the Pontiac's radiator into a water bath. "My friend I went to school with, he invented a car that gets 160 mpg twenty years ago. But he was working for GM and they hold the patent." Doing our bestest not to roll our eyes too terribly much, we asked why not just release the motor anyhow, and surely the money his friend makes will more than make up for the money he'd have to pay GM. "You don't get it," the mechanic said to me. "They'll kill him."
A little less than twelve hours later, at 4:31 am, the Northridge Earthquake struck. Epicenter? Blocks from the Shell station where not only did our Pontiac's radiator get patched but a certain Iranian mechanic almost spilled the beans about GM's super high-tech secret stuff. Could this been a warning from General Motors to the loose-lipped mechanic? Probably. And if you think General Motors has some advanced engineering they're cruelly keeping under wraps, just check out Chrysler's Turbo Encabulator. Modial interaction of magnito reluctance anyone? Full video after the jump. Thanks bunches for the tip, Justin!