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Jan 25, 9:40pm - #383625 
What makes a car...a car

Honestly, is it the engine that "names" the car or is it the body. People say that if you put a supra engine in a Mustang, the Mustang is a supra. But there is a Celica engine in a Lotus...that doesnt mean the Lotus is a Celica. So what do you think. Are cars named for body or the power of their soul...umm, engine.

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Jan 25, 9:46pm - #383626 
I think this is a stupid ass question.

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Jan 25, 9:53pm - #383627 
Originally Posted by Genomaxter

Honestly, is it the engine that "names" the car or is it the body. People say that if you put a supra engine in a Mustang, the Mustang is a supra. But there is a Celica engine in a Lotus...that doesnt mean the Lotus is a Celica. So what do you think. Are cars named for body or the power of their soul...umm, engine.


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I think this is a stupid ass question.

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Jan 25, 9:55pm - #383628 
come on, lets not be hating on this issue, its an question of opinion. Although I would have to say that eveyone will give a different answer. To put in plainly, its not really a question to be answered

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Jan 25, 10:05pm - #383629 
if it's not a question to be answered why ask it?


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Jan 25, 10:06pm - #383630 
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Jan 25, 10:07pm - #383631 
To me, if you get a celica and put say a 3s-gte engine in it, it's still a celica. Even by law(insurance), it's still a celica. Does an old school camaro swapping his small block for another chevy big block make it a different car than a camaro? No, even though that engine could be a vette engine. I think no matter what you do to a car, it's still the car it originally was.

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Jan 25, 10:09pm - #383632 
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Jan 25, 10:09pm - #383633 
yeah i agree... it is what the title says it is... even if you modify its parts... if i were to go get a heart transplant i'd still be april...


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Jan 25, 10:15pm - #383634 
Originally Posted by celikitten
yeah i agree... it is what the title says it is... even if you modify its parts... if i were to go get a heart transplant i'd still be april...

That's a great way to put it, that would suck if you got a heart transplant and turned into a Herbert. wtf

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Jan 25, 10:17pm - #383635 
You can't say that the engine or chassis is the determining factor. Take Toyotas for example. The 1ZZFE engine is in the Corolla, Matrix, and Celica. Those are certainly not the same cars. As for chassis, the Neon and PT Cruiser share a chassis, as does the Sequoia SUV with the Tundra Pickup. Clearly, none of these are the same.

Cars do get classified as 4-Door Sedan, 2-Door Coupe, 2-Seater, SUV, Pickup, Wagon, all that. But those are generalizations, and there is some crossover, like a 2-door and 4-door Corolla, for example.

I think the people behind a design are as key as anything else, if not more. A specific design team designed the Celica, the Mustang (whatever generation you have), a De Lorean. My feeling is, that's it. The people who create, design, what have you, a car, decide its identity.


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Jan 25, 10:20pm - #383636 
Originally Posted by Jaques
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yeah i agree... it is what the title says it is... even if you modify its parts... if i were to go get a heart transplant i'd still be april...

That's a great way to put it, that would suck if you got a heart transplant and turned into a Herbert. wtf


yeah you're tellin me... haha... i'd be a cute herbert though tongue j/k


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Jan 25, 10:23pm - #383637 
hahaha, me saying cute and herbert in one sentence is just wrong.

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Jan 25, 10:27pm - #383638 
I wanted to see what others though. My opinion is that no matter what you put under your Hood, its still the same car...just (i hope) better. I never asked because I didnt know, I just want to "poll" the board.

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Jan 25, 10:53pm - #383639 
how about this question, what makes you, you?
and relate it to a car

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Jan 25, 11:22pm - #383640 
ok... dont get offended.. but anyone who ever spoke the words supra and mustang in the same sentance needs their teeth smacked out. cool

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Jan 26, 12:12am - #383641 
a mustang is nothing compared to a supra iamstfu laughsilly

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Jan 26, 11:25am - #383642 
whatever the frame is, that's what the car still is.


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Jan 26, 11:47am - #383643 
I'd say it's the interior and exterior styling that define the car. But then again, you can always just mod the hell out of it, making it something else...

So, I'll have to say, it's the name on the paperwork that defines the car!

If you change something, it's still that car, but with something else.

(ie. as in the previous example, it'd be a Mustang with a Supra engine... or a Celica with a 'Vette engine *grin*))


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Jan 26, 12:05pm - #383644 
Some machines are also called Celica while they share 0 part with the Celica itslef. wink

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Jan 26, 12:39pm - #383645 
Originally Posted by BReakinDrifTs
I think this is a stupid ass question.


Amen.

But to get on topic, I'd say the soul of the car is in its engine. Couple that with its heritage, and you've got a winner.


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Jan 26, 2:38pm - #383646 
The car is what body its based on. If its originally a mustang, it'll always be a mustang, no matter what powerplant you put in it. I see a lot of older RX7s that have a 350 in it, that doesn't make it a camaro or firebird, its still an RX7. And some people take a civic and mod its entire body to look like a BMW or whatever, with a prelude motor, well its still a civic.

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Jan 26, 5:53pm - #383647 
Originally Posted by GTS_Rosh
The car is what body its based on. If its originally a mustang, it'll always be a mustang, no matter what powerplant you put in it. I see a lot of older RX7s that have a 350 in it, that doesn't make it a camaro or firebird, its still an RX7. And some people take a civic and mod its entire body to look like a BMW or whatever, with a prelude motor, well its still a civic.



and, if it has 4 wheels, isnt big and high-like, its pretty much gonna be a car wtf

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Jan 26, 9:34pm - #383648 
what makes a car...a car??

the driver.


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Jan 27, 12:00am - #383649 
Uhh,,, I would have to say it's based on the body of the car for name sake a celica is a celica b/c of the body not the motor... The motor in a celica is made by Yamaha and last time i looked i drive a celica not a yamaha... tongue

I would have to say that i like Skyla's answer the best "what makes a car...a car??

the driver."

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Jan 27, 4:06pm - #383650 
Yeah, I would have to go with both the engine and the body (frame). What makes this question difficult is engine swaps. So technically, the name given to the stock car is the name it'll keep. thumbsup


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Jan 28, 2:22am - #383651 
Like Turkish said...


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