Many anniversaries have been celebrated in the automotive industry in recent years, but perhaps none has been as crucial for those on a budget as the 60th anniversary of the Chevrolet small-block V-8. First introduced in 1955, this engine is known for its ability to fit into just about any car imaginable and the ease with which it can be repaired or rebuilt. To show what goes in to rebuilding one of these engines, Hagerty Classic Cars has created an amazing time-lapse video to celebrate Chevy’s small-block.

Just like any one of us would have to deal with, the video starts with a greasy, dirty and worn-out V-8, and it shows the entire process from beginning to end. Now, if you’re sitting there with a small-block Chevy V-8 sitting in your garage needing a rebuild, just be ready to put in some hard work.

Although the video isn’t even four minutes long, Hagerty says that it took roughly 60-80 man hours (including extra time for the video shoot) from start to finish. This includes a total of 16 hours just to tear the engine block down and later reassemble it, six hours for porting the heads, four hours for cleaning and prepping the block and another five hours for final assembly (intake, water pump, exhaust manifold, etc.). And this is just the time that Hagerty’s guys put into it… the engine spent another two days at a machine shop and a day at the paint booth.

After all that work, we were left wondering what the fate of this rebuilt engine will be? To answer that, Hagerty says it will go back under the same hood of the 1970 Chevrolet Impala convertible from which it came.

What do you think?
Car Finder: