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Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by XZILER8, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. XZILER8

    XZILER8 Senior Member

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    Just curious why American engines are named by their cubic inches, but import engines are named by their Liters?

    Is it as simple as us not using the metric system, or is it something deeper?
     
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    Loco Honkey Banned

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    Probably for the same reason that we use MPH and gallons while the rest of the world uses kmh and liters.
     
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    Yea, it's just our system.

    A liter is 1000ml which is metric obviously. So it's still a measurement of cubic something or other (well volume I mean).

    We're still a bit ass-backwards here... not sure why we don't convert to the metric system, it makes a lot more sense. Stuborn I guess.
     
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    So why don't we measure our displacement in gallons then? :p
     
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    Hexen Senior Member

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    It's not liquid that you're measuring.

    It's space.
     
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    dohcvtec_accord WRX Sellout

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    Doesn't matter WHAT you're measuring. Gallons, cubic centimers, liters, etc, all measure volume.

    My guess as to why we don't measure domestic engines in gallons is that numbers in the 100-400 range (450 cubic inch engine) look better to the marketing people and thus to the public, rather than a "1.2 gallon engine".
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    They measure small block Chevy V8s and small block Ford V8s in Cubic inches because that's how it was originally sold back in the era of the muscle cars. A 427 cubic inch monster of a V8 is somewhere in the 7 liter range. If you talk about a 1.8L (110-112) or 1.6L (98) in cubic inches, it sounds puny and laughable. But when you say 350 cubic inch V8. It brings a smile to the guys who like pushrods and pure chevy torque. :worthy:
     
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    Exactly what I was saying.

    Bigger numbers MUST mean more power, right?

    :mullet:
     
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    No true white trash road racer would use the metric system :p
     
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    metric system > standard system
    god, why do we still use this? we need to convert to metric, makes life soo much eaiser.
     
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    sportlinecrx Banned

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    cubic inch = english system's volumetric unit of measurement

    litre = metric system's volumetric unit of measurement

    did you know that a foot is actually based on the length of king Henry I of england's ARM??? yep. its exactly 1/3rd the length of his arm.
     
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    He must have been a huge guy then.

    If you're as tall as your armspan (which you are)...

    That would be three free for each arm, plus what.. 1-2 feet for a torso... was he 8 feet tall?
     
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    When building a Big block Chevy, they go by the thinking that 1 cubic inch is equal to 1 horsepower n/a. I read this in a book somewhere a couple of months back, so i could be completely wrong and mixed 2 things i read together :shrug2:
     
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    HAHAH. 8 feet tall? gahdamn.
     
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    Riceboy, I'm pretty sure the "foot" comes from olden times when they measured horses and cows in "hands" and "feet". Course I dropped out of HS so WTF do I know.....
     
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    I figured it had to do with us not using the metric system, but if that is the case, then why do we say 5.0 litre mustang or 4.6 litre mustang?
     
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    no, its 1/3 of henry the first's arm. when he conquered france he decided to standardize the unit of measurement that was already called the "foot" (after a roman soldier's foot). there was no standard measurement for it at the time.
     
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    Because the five point 0 sounds better than a 302.

    I think the 302 is the 5 liter? 302's are small engines for performance cars.
     
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    Gabe. Do you honestly think his arm was over 3 feet long? He would literally be OVER 8 feet tall. I wanna see proof. Can you get a shot of his casket? :p
     
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    well then, my 1590000 cubic Milimeters is faster then your 1.8 Liter Engine.
     
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