Can you guys help me

  1. Well i am a first year student of mechanical engineering. i have been passionate about cars since i can remember. it is great to awe at them, but my profession would be to make them.

    i thought of making a start soon and now i feel that it is the right time to make a start.

    i am thinking of making a car that is capable of moving with a single passenger (the driver), sitting inside to do the maneuvering. for this i am still unable to formulate what are the parts that are absolutely necessary to make the car work without any luxuries which can be add-ons' later.

    i know that i need a small engine and four tyres. other than that i need brakes and clutches. what else is necessary. if i find out these then the rest i have been able to find on some sites telling us how things work and the other sorts.

    help me to make my dream true
     
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  3. Astronuc

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    Sounds like a basic Mini Cooper or the famous Trabant. :biggrin:
    http://www.team.net/www/ktud/trabi.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant

    The original Honda Civic and Volkswagens were pretty basic.

    Basically, one needs three or 4 wheels, with at least 2 provided traction or motive power. Then one needs and engine and transmission, and a frame and chassis. In addition, one needs control systems, i.e. steering wheel and linkage to control the direction, and brakes to decelerate or stop the car. Finally, roof and windows, or at least a windshield.

    Otherwise a bicycle works pretty well.
     
  4. brewnog

    brewnog 2,793
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  5. Astronuc

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    Well, I concede the roof, windows, and windshield are not necessary on sunny days or other while clear weather, however they are useful in inclement weather.

    Of course, one can wear a cap and goggles, as in the good old days. :biggrin:
     
  6. Danger

    Danger 9,879
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    Or, in your case, pull your beard up over your face and poke eye-holes in it. :tongue:
     
  7. ranger

    ranger 1,684
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    :rofl: :rofl:
     
  8. Astronuc

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Yeah, my beard makes a good bug catcher.
     
  9. Danger

    Danger 9,879
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    Come to think of it, maybe you'd better not. You might be mistaken for a Zoobie and chucked into a cage.
     
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