Why was Timmothy's car smoking?
Because Dad did a stupid thing. He threw this under the hood to warm it up.
Whether the idea was stupid or genius the placement of the heat gun was definitely stupid. When I laid it on the engine I failed to realize I put the hot metal end of the heat gun on top of the plastic oil filter cap. The cap tried it's best not to go up in flames after an hour it gave into the heat.
The smoke was actually the plastic had caught fire. Lucky for me the oil inside the filter had not yet hit the flash point. Not knowing that it burnt all the way through Dad did another stupid thing... I told Timmothy to try to start the car. Have you ever been to Yellowstone park to see Old Faithful? We had our own version only with oil instead of water. Thankfully Timmothy saw what was going on and quit turning the key... but we still had a bit of a mess to clean up.
Fortunately the auto parts store was open and had a new cap for us. They also had gas line antifreeze which solved to true problem. Lucky for me (Dad) my mistake only cost me $20.00. Timmothy's car is on the road once again.