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Sat May 30, 2020 7:26 pm
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LZPianoGirl says...



Is your character having car Or plane issues? Do you need help finding cars from the era your writing about? Do you have any questions regarding cars and planes? Well look no further!

I know this is a unique thing, but I saw @Carlito (Ask A Therapist!) and @StellaThomas (The Character Clinic) did something like this, so I was sort of inspired to make one of these threads about something I love.

My dad has been near cars since the moment he turned 7. He would go to junkyards, shows, anything to learn more about vintage and newer cars. My grandpa bought my dad his first car to restore when he was 12, that's how knowledgable about cars he is (he still has said car). Now, he's teaching me as much as he can about cars and other forms of transportation!

We go to shows yearly, work on his cars together, and I go with him to spend time with his car friends (they mostly accept me). I LOVE it and am super excited when he announces he will be going to the building to work/drive around in one of his cars.

So, with the help of him, I would love to answer any of your questions regarding automobiles! I know the most about:

-Lesser known car brands (see this essay of mine)
-Kaiser-Frazer
-Old Airlines (see this essay of mine may not be exactly what you're looking for)
-Cars before the 1970s
-Anything else my dad can help me with!

I'll try to get back to you within a few days! Thanks for your questions!
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Tenyo says...



This thread is super useful!

Something I've always been curious about is how easy automobiles are to build. Does every piece have to be specifically made of the model, or could a person plausibly build something from pieces of different models?

Which parts are easiest to find/replace? Are there any that are irreparable after they're broken?
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Hey @Tenyo! Thanks for the questions. I'll get your answers to you soon, but I just need to ask you something!

For the first question, do you mean like Is it possible to use a carburetor Made by Toyota to fix a Honda? Or if someone was going to create their own custom car from scratch, could they use parts made by different Companies?
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Tenyo says...



Both! =]
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Hey @Tenyo! Here's the answers To your questions! I have separated your Questions into four parts:

#1 = How easy are automobiles to build?
#2 = Does every piece have to be specifically made of the model or could a person build something from pieces of different models?
#3 = What parts are the easiest to find/replace?
#4 = Are there any parts that are irreparable after they're broken?

Alright let's get to it!

xXx


#1
It is most definitely not easy to build a new car from scratch. While a major company like Ford can create a car in about 20 hours, a regular person without an assembly line may take 300 hours, and that's with a kit. Now what is a kit? This is a kit. Here's another link about them. For $22,000 dollars you can get the supplies (without the engine, break system, y'know, the expensive stuff) to build a Type 65 Coupe. Plus the engine and stuff, that's probably about $35,000. How much do these cars sell for? Well, the real ones from the 1960s can sell in the mid to high $50,000s. The reproduction from the kit goes for about $5,000, according to Google Shopping.

Of course, this would take more time and more money if you were not to buy a kit and to just scour the junk yards, car shows, drag races, and internet for spare parts and manuals.

Now, if you want to spend 300+ hours of your time (maybe less if you had help/were knowledgable) building a replica that will work, but won't be worth much, sure go ahead. I'd love to do it, and have plans to do it once I save up enough money to do so (will take foreverrrr), but yeah. Unless you're a whole corporation with huge assembly lines, it is fricking hard to build a car.

xXx


#2
It depends. On most things, no you can not. In modern times, there are very few situations where you can fix a Honda with a piece from a Toyota, and vise versa. They don't correspond. Same thing with building your own car without a kit. Companies like to use the same parts across all makes, but not across all companies. If companies did that, prices would rise, companies would fail, and everything would go to hell (to explain it simply xD). For example, my dad's Toyota Sienna can share some parts with my mom's Highlander, but not all of them. The Sienna is a bigger car, my mom's car is newer, there's plenty of differences.

Back in the olden days (1950ish), it was super easy to fit a Chevy engine in a Ford and create all kinds of cool combinations. That's why you see all those cool vintage hotrods from that time and not anymore. Nowadays we are more limited to what parts can connect and work with other parts, so no more cool cars. ;(

xXx


#3
The easiest parts are simple things like filters: oil and air filters, lightbulbs, gas caps, etc. You could probably install one of those for 20 minutes and dollars. That saying, if you don't know how to replace these pieces, don't. You could break something else or truly mess up your car.

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#4
The are many, MANY parts you can't repair. Engines, chassises, brake rotors, you name it. You can replace any part of a car, from top to bottom, but some replacements may leave a hole in your wallet. For example, this Prius engine costs a bit more than $10,500. You could buy this 2015 Prius for about $800 more than that. For me, I would rather just buy the new car. It wouldn't be worth buying an engine for the price of a car.

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Thank you so much for your questions, it was fun answering them! If you have any follow up questions, please send them my way!
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