Chevy Small Block V8 Turns 60, Here's an Engine Rebuild Time-Lapse to Celebrate

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Many look at 60 as the age of retirement, but if we're talking about the Chevy Small Block, these two digits are just one amazing milestone that catches the V8 in the midst of a new horsepower race.
That's right folks, the best-selling American V8 has turned 60 and we're here to celebrate by giving you a time-lapse video of a bowtie small block rebuild. The clip, which comes via Hagetry Classic Cars, shows us a 350 rebuild process, with the video being put together by assembling around 20,000 photos.

A 1970 Impala Convertible with 120,000 miles on the clock has seen its heart removed for the creation of this video, but the vee eight is going back inside the same engine compartment.

As you'll be able to notice, this isn't your usual hurry-up rebuild that sticks to the deck surface and new cylinder liners. We're talking manufacturer-level quality here. Just seeing all those mechanical goodies being taken care of releases a smell of garage in our office.

Throughout the past four generations of the Chevy Small Block, this engine has served our dreams, our workhorses, our family haulers and even our boats. The ease of operation and interchangeable parts have allowed for countless engine swaps. Heck, you can even find them in Ford machines.

We are now in the early years of the Gen V Chevy Small Block, with the LT1 on the base Stingray also set to bow in the upcoming 2016 Camaro. Direct injection and variable displacement are only some of the assets here. As for that horsepower race we mentioned in the intro, the supercharged LT4 on the Corvette Z06 is handling that.

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