Was the Somerton Man a Car Thief?
The following is a little rough on the technical edges, but is as told by an old friend holed up in a Port Macquarie motel until the southerly front moves through later tonight. Wild weather down there on the island at the moment, roofs torn off. Every surfer in town ready for what the dawn might bring.
Dave. Disaster Dave.
Been into cars since he was a boy has Dave. Has a 1948 model (something) in his garage. He also rebuilt a Stutz from a pile of wood and metal parts into a $125,000 US result.
Probably bought by a Texan.
This is how Dave reads the tools:
The square of metal foil.
This could be used as a conductor between the ignition and the starter button in the absence of a connection made by the ignition key.
These could be used to strip ignition wires of their sheathing prior to the above, depending on the vehicle make and model.
The pointed table-knife.
This could be used in place of an ignition key, and used in a similar, exploratory fashion as a lock-pick. It could also be used to gain entry to a locked car by picking the door-lock.
Used to apply a lubricant to the innards of the ignition or door lock prior to inserting the knife point.
A source of graphite, which could be used as the lubricant.
The black powder shaken from the brush.
and lastly, the screwdriver.
But who doesn’t need one of them from time to time?
Down to dude47, who had this sorted ten years ago.