Would you like to see a Chevy Small-block being rebuilt from scratch in just less than 4 minutes? Well you are in for a treat here. Hagerty has shot a time-lapse video to celebrate the Small-Block’s 60th anniversary and speeded it up to give you the benefit of watching a full rebuild without spending the 2 weeks doing it yourself.
The Chevrolet V8 Small-Block is truly a legendary engine. Designed and introduced in 1955 by General Motor’s engineer Ed Cole who later became GM`s President, the Chevy Small-Block engine started at 265 cu in. (4.3l) and was used initially in the Corvette and the lovely Bel Air. The engine was such a success it gained great popularity in stock car racing growing up to 400 cu in (6.6l). It’s hard to imagine a small block with 400 cu in, but this was not a popular option.
In 1957 the Chevy V8 Small-Block received an optional Rochester Injection system used most notably in the Chevrolet Corvette. Through various revisions the Chevy Small-Block continued until 2003 with almost a 50 year run. Although it was not offered as an option from General Motors after 2003 the engine continued to be built in Mexico for replacements and hot-rods. During it’s production run over 100.000.000 examples were made.
The Chevy V8 Small-Block is truly an amazing piece of engineering. It is rated as one of the best engines ever built, so much so that there are many songs that mention the good old Chevy Small-block. This, however, is not a song but a high definition tribute to a classic motor. Enjoy the video.
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After about a dozen fines in 3 months I said `sod it` and had BMW amend my documents. This one wasn't really quick off the mark but once it was up to speed you could throw it into any corner and it would come out still alive and pointing the right way. I sold it eventually because I didn't have the time to get it back to original condition and I later found out that the guy I sold it to wrecked it couple of months after. What a shame.
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So this is the story of my beginnings. There are two things that I love other than music and my family. Writing and cars. Why not combine them? I figured there may be more people like me and so I wanted to participate in this amazing opportunity for everyone to share their knowledge, experience and passion, and build something unique while doing it.