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Sometimes Engine Parts Remind You Of Biological Things: Cold Start

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I sure do love cutaway diagrams of cars, like I’m sure we all do, right? Sometimes I like to quickly glance at them and try to see what element grabs my eye most – the punctum of the image, as I’ve discussed here before. In the case of this 1968 Fiat 850 Spider, I think the punctum is that exhaust manifold, which feels oddly biological, like a ribcage.

Seeing this, and making this mental association reminded me of how, when I was a kid, my mom would tell me that she didn’t like the various Baja Beetles I used to eagerly point out on the road as we drove, because she thought they looked too “intestinal” from the rear.

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I’m pretty sure she was referring to the headers that were usually visible on these. I’m not sure I really knew what she was going on about then, because I just thought they were cool, period, but I think I see it now.

I still think they’re cool, though, intestinal or not.

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Jakob K's Garage
Jakob K's Garage
1 year ago

So the gas tank is right in front of the small hot Fiat engine?
Getting rear ended in one of these must have been worse than in a Pinto!

Mike F.
Mike F.
1 year ago

Well, this seems pretty obvious given that the headers are what the gas goes through on its way out the back end.

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JDE
JDE
1 year ago

Saw and NSU spider with a Wankel motor in it over the weekend. if David ever gets back to KS and has a day to trip, you two should visit Pioneer Village in Minden Nebraska. So many weird and wonderful cars and lots of other stuff.

DysLexus
DysLexus
1 year ago

Jason, don’t know if you mom ever worked in medicine but all it takes is one look at an omphalocele and you cannot “unsee” it. Those Baja Bug guts may have just brought back some tough memories for her.

Or maybe she just liked cars without the innards visible.

Russ McLean
Russ McLean
1 year ago

I had a 1967 Fiat 850 Spider. Fun little car, you could drive it flat out all day long – and nobody would notice. Lightly modified and some radial tires made it a fun autocross vehicle. It was thoroughly rusted out after 2 New England Winters.

tanghus
tanghus
1 year ago

I’m certain that I know the feeling you’re describing.

To my eyes a water pump gasket for a 4-cylinder Toyota Tacoma looks oddly biological too.

Ben
Ben
1 year ago
Reply to  tanghus

Based on the teardowns from the I Do Cars channel, Toyota engines frequently have biologically-shaped water pump passages. They’re not the only ones, but it seems to be more consistent with them.

FuzzyPlushroom
FuzzyPlushroom
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben

Damn. The 1NZ-FE’s water pump gasket just looks like a Nickelodeon Gak splatter.

Austin Mercer
Austin Mercer
1 year ago
Reply to  tanghus

Very biological. Some would say anatomical. I say phallic

Flyingstitch
Flyingstitch
1 year ago

So, a Baja Beetle is an intestinal bug. Give it 24 hours, it will pass.

Chris Stevenson
Chris Stevenson
1 year ago
Reply to  Flyingstitch

That’s how long it will take to pass anything on the highway, for sure.

Man With A Reliable Jeep
Man With A Reliable Jeep
1 year ago

The Daewoo logo looks like the female reproductive system. Change my mind.

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
1 year ago

That’s nothing compared to the old Dodge “Ram” logo.
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d8/2f/0b/d82f0b45680f11bff983e36031e07a4f.jpg

Man With A Reliable Jeep
Man With A Reliable Jeep
1 year ago
Reply to  Rad Barchetta

Oh shit, I never saw this before, and now I can never unsee it.

Mr.Asa
Mr.Asa
1 year ago

Before I was an engineer I was a 2T351 in the USAF, basically a mechanic. Specialized in heavy duty vehicles, bulldozers, road graders, etc. Worked on a lot of hydraulic systems and rebuilt more than a few cylinders.

I remember in my college intro-bio course getting into how muscles worked and it just hit me; muscles are just one-way hydraulic cylinders. That revelation and the fact that holes in bones are called “foramina” are about the only things I retained from that class.
So, long way around to heartily agree that sometimes engines or other mechanical things feel like biological things.

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