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What makes a car...a car #383625 Jan 25, 8:40pm Jan 25, 8:40pm
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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.

Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: Genomaxter] #383626 Jan 25, 8:46pm Jan 25, 8:46pm
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I think this is a stupid ass question.

Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: BReakinDrifTs] #383627 Jan 25, 8:53pm Jan 25, 8:53pm
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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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Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: BReakinDrifTs] #383628 Jan 25, 8:55pm Jan 25, 8:55pm
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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

Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: vcel523] #383629 Jan 25, 9:05pm Jan 25, 9:05pm
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if it's not a question to be answered why ask it?


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Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: celikitten] #383630 Jan 25, 9:06pm Jan 25, 9:06pm
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Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: vcel523] #383631 Jan 25, 9:07pm Jan 25, 9:07pm
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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.

Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: Jaques] #383632 Jan 25, 9:09pm Jan 25, 9:09pm
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Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: Jaques] #383633 Jan 25, 9:09pm Jan 25, 9:09pm
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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...


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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

Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: vcel523] #383635 Jan 25, 9:17pm Jan 25, 9:17pm
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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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Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: Jaques] #383636 Jan 25, 9:20pm Jan 25, 9:20pm
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Originally Posted by Jaques
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


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


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Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: celikitten] #383637 Jan 25, 9:23pm Jan 25, 9:23pm
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hahaha, me saying cute and herbert in one sentence is just wrong.

Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: Jaques] #383638 Jan 25, 9:27pm Jan 25, 9:27pm
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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.

Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: Genomaxter] #383639 Jan 25, 9:53pm Jan 25, 9:53pm
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how about this question, what makes you, you?
and relate it to a car

Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: g96818] #383640 Jan 25, 10:22pm Jan 25, 10:22pm
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ok... dont get offended.. but anyone who ever spoke the words supra and mustang in the same sentance needs their teeth smacked out. cool

Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: 2003cbgts] #383641 Jan 25, 11:12pm Jan 25, 11:12pm
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a mustang is nothing compared to a supra iamstfu laughsilly

Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: g96818] #383642 Jan 26, 10:25am Jan 26, 10:25am
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Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: VSGTS14] #383643 Jan 26, 10:47am Jan 26, 10:47am
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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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Some machines are also called Celica while they share 0 part with the Celica itslef. wink

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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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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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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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what makes a car...a car??

the driver.


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Re: What makes a car...a car [Re: Skyla] #383649 Jan 26, 11:00pm Jan 26, 11:00pm
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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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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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