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Amazing: Stop Motion Engine Rebuild

June 30, 2012 by Matt

Here’s a little edutainment for a scorching Saturday afternoon: One of the most incredible car-related videos I’ve seen. As much as we admire guys who meticulously chronicle their restoration or upgrade project, the builder of this Triumph Spitfire engine is on a whole other level, stringing 3,000 pictures together into a 2-and-a-half minute snapshot of his project.

One of the best things about the clip is the fact that’s it’s informative as well. Any seasoned shadetree mechanic has at least a basic understanding of the major jobs that go into rebuilding an engine, but there’s something about seeing the whole process packaged, as it were, into a bite-size morsel that helps bring the endeavor into perspective. As different as it is from my own restoration project, I have a feeling I’ll be coming back to the clip for inspiration more than once.

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Technical, Tinkering


  1. K Fox says:

    I love the ‘leftover’ parts at the end…always a problem on projects like these. Hopefully they weren’t too important…

    K Fox (is almost OCD about stuff, and has still done this)

    • Matt says:

      I love that too. It’s a tour-de-force of editing. I wonder if the guy is a video producer or something?

      Hope all is well out there with the wildfires!

      • K Fox says:

        Yeah, I think it’s getting better around me up north here. They re-opened the couple of roads that were closed (Hwy 14 and some others), and I drove through them tonight. It’s not as bad as I was expecting, though it does look like the fires have moved up into Wyoming now. I think we’re gonna be fine up north here – now to concentrate on the southern fires around the Springs area…

        K Fox

  2. Ryan says:

    Very impressive little video! As if the rebuild process isn’t tedious enough, to stop and take that many photos and then string them all together… I’m way too impatient, lol.

    • Matt says:

      Same here. I’d have to have done it before, too—the guy who put the clip together definitely knew what he was doing. Also I’d worry about getting the camera dirty, but I guess having a dedicated “shop cam” would help in that regard…

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