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Technical Do you say Engine or Motor?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rockable, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. This is all so confusing

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  2. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,171


    I still like to call it a Mill Danny. I know I go down to the Department of Engine Vehicles, to get my license
    for my engine cycle. One things for sure with all these electric cars coming in the future, the DMV will finally
    get something right.....

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  3. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,403

    from oregon

    Even Garlits went over to the other camp...........but I don't have to like it!
  4. Who the fuck cares.....

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  5. And just because we/your all full of shit with this discussion...... If I "pass gas", Am I an engine, or a motor?

    I'm thinking a well defined machine, which can be either......
    Happy Holidays Boys!
  6. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 4,052

    from Ioway

    @rockable - you knew exactly what you was doing when you started this thread, didn't you? C'mon, fess up.
  7. I like “plant” for the mill.
    It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?
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  8. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    I strive to use only Genuine GE Parts in and on my Chevrolets.
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  9. Square D as well
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  10. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,109


    Precision in language does matter. However it doesn’t matter to everyone. But precision does display a bit more refinement in the use of the tool such as lathe or language. Somewhere along the line I presume the engine/motor usage was in part due to “ lost in translation”. I will always call a spade a spade and a shovel a shovel. An engine is powered by combustion of fuel and motors run on electricity. Language is organic an ever changing hence popular usage. But I prefer a bit more precision.
  11. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 4,052

    from Ioway

    How's this then:

    mo·tor | \ˈmō-tər \
    Definition of motor
    (Entry 1 of 3)

    1: one that imparts motionspecifically : PRIME MOVER

    2: any of various power units that develop energy or impart motion: such as

    a: a small compact engine

    b: INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE especially : a gasoline engine

    c: a rotating machine that transforms electrical energy into mechanical energy

    3: MOTOR VEHICLE especially : AUTOMOBILE
  12. Shutter Speed
    Joined: Feb 2, 2017
    Posts: 766

    Shutter Speed

    (You know, you don't have to click on this thread)
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  13. leadfoot1000
    Joined: Nov 4, 2005
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  14. tomic
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
    Posts: 115


    an engine is a contraption; an engineered machine to accomplish some task(s). the more general use of the word has fallen from favor mostly. a thing made to lift water from say a well, was a lifting engine.

    a motor is a source of motive power.

    the metal blob what makes a car go is, actually both.

    but only pedants care.

    also dictionaries help!

    I think I'm gonna start calling them "contraptions" again.
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  15. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,109


    Hence my comment regarding ever changing language and popular usage. Let’s hear from the engineering guys.
  16. 9 pages on what to call them yet hardly any threads on actually building wonder we have lost so many good builders from the H.A.M.B. oh well I guess we could be talking about fucking Christmas trees....oh wait....

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  17. My “engines” manuals.

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  18. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,580

    from Nicasio Ca

  19. Yup Motown isn't just a record company, it's the Motor City !!

    I do use both terms interchangeably though.
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  20. tomic
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
    Posts: 115


    57 Fargo, nah... it's not *instead* of making stuff, its in addition to... when you can't make (right now) ya talk about it!
  21. bundoc bob
    Joined: Dec 31, 2015
    Posts: 114

    bundoc bob

    Gave up on this debate years ago. Gran just called 'em a stove, good enough for me.
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  22. spanners
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 904


    For those that are getting strung out by this thread, lighten up. The year will come to an end soon enough and life will return to normal. Merry Xmas to all.
  23. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,403

    from oregon

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  24. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,414

    from Quincy, IL

    A ‘rim’ is a specific part/portion/section of a wheel .......not a complete my way of thinking
  25. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 488


    A hot rod has a engine that's owned by a motor head
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,035


    My gasoline fueled mechanical device designed to convert energy into work. I also have several electric versions around the shop and home.

    I used to race "on motor" sometimes, meaning no extra energy generated by nitrous oxide. There used to be classes at the drags called "Mountain Motor".

    Seems I don't get some of these important memos rather often, like when did antifreeze become radiator fluid? What's up with changing the air in tires? I mean some stuff is just short of genuine stupid. Still, motors come in lots of flavors. We like that, right?
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  27. sliceddeuce
    Joined: Aug 15, 2017
    Posts: 2,982


  28. You were taught wrong
    That's all there is to it.
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  29. oldsfrench
    Joined: Jan 26, 2018
    Posts: 232

    from France

    interessing thread....
    i'm french , and my english langage is poor...
    it's funny , because fev 2018 , i was looking on hamb for a fresh rebuilt 324 engine..
    in french , it'ts called "moteur" , so i though "motor" in english..
    translator told me : engine......
    in french "engin " is a truck , or caterpillar......
    i was desappointed when i saw on another thread a member said about his car : "my girl " !!!!!!!
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2018
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