I know this should be in bench racing, but it really follows this topic of how a motor could be stolen!
Back when my dad and uncle were in their late teens-early 20's, my uncle bought a car from a somewhat shady used car dealership in town. Shortly after he got the car, the motor went to hell. The owner of the car lot had "gauranteed" that the car was A-1 excellent condition (It was an old Ford), and as the story goes, when they went back to the dealer to get the car fixed or get some money back, the owner refused! So, since the guy had gauranteed the car's condition, and wouldn't back it up, they felt compelled to honor the warranty themselves. My dad, my uncle and a friend went to the car lot one night, and "stole" a whole engine right out of another similar car, along a busy street, to replace the blown motor in my uncles car! I wonder if this is the kind of thing bistledink was talking about with his chevelle?? Before anyone gets mad about me talking up the stealing of car parts, the car dealer is still around more than 30 years later, although he doesn't deal cars anymore, it's pretty much public knowledge that anything the guy does is totally unethical, bordering on and sometimes actually being illegal!