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  1. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    Is Wikipedia reliable? This cat told me that he had read(I'm not sure where he read it) that the General Lee in the Dukes of Hazard had Bowtie engines in them, I didn't think that was right but I'm not an expert. Wikipedia says they were Mopar plants, is
    Wikipedia reliable:headscratch::dunno:
     
  2. Peace Warrior

    Peace Warrior Am Yisrael Chai CLM

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    I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that anything the wikipedia site has to say about the dukes of hazard is probably spot on Mayor.
     

  3. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    Wikipedia can be edited by anyone so no it's not reliable. I do use Wikipedia as a starting point for any research but then you have to verify anything you find with more reliable resources. Most good Wiki articles will include links to their sources. Unfortunately it's up to you to decide if those sources are reliable or not. Why use it all then you might say? I use it because it's got articles on almost any subject you can think and usually very recent. Wiki articles are usually changed within hours when something newsworthy happens.
     
  4. Deanster

    Deanster Cheese? CLM Millennium Member

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    I'd say Wikipedia is probably a more reliable source than 'this cat', especially when the item in question is non-intuitive. It's certainly possible that they used Chevy engines, but given the number of cars they went through making that show, it seems much more likely that the vast majority were stock, or close to it.

    There may have been some specially modified cars, or whatever, but I'd bet 100,000 no-longer-existing casino points that Wikipedia is correct, and the Chrysler-made cars had Chrysler-made engines.
     
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    Dumb ass ne I didn't ask where he read about the Chevy motors:embarassed:
     
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  9. gwalchmai

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    Innerestin'

    But Chevy motors were better anyway, weren't they?




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    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    It's a little known fact that Mopar really only made one V8 after the mid-60s, and that was the 318. They just rebadged it and put in everything else, telling folks it was a 383 or a 440, etc.

    I may need to edit a couple of Wiki articles...
     
  11. okie

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    Nope:tongueout::rofl:
     
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    Cats don't know much about cars. Now some dogs do know their cars pretty good.
     
  13. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I find that 99% of everything I find on Wikipedia is accurate.

    Where it gets interesting is when you look up something political. I also found that the although correct at a high level there are things in my field that I disagree with.
     
  14. TSAX

    TSAX USAF Vet

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    Sometimes things on there can be reliable/factual, they do have a references section but I remember in a class I took Wikipedia was not allowed as a reference itself.







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    We were told in grad school that it was OK to consult Wikipedia but if we cited anything from there, it was an automatic fail for the entire class. From the college's point of view, it is able to be edited by anyone at any time and that alone makes it an unreliable source. Chances are, even properly cited, anyone who goes back to look at your source, most likely will not be able to find it as you have cited it because it has now been edited. When that happens, it discredits the entire work.