Charting the Rover V8

The Rover V8 engine has led an interesting life. The compact aluminium block started life as a Buick engine under General Motors in 1961, weighing just 144kg and delivering up to 200hp at its most powerful, though it was withdrawn just three years later in favour of cheaper alternatives.

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The mysteries of internal combustion


For those of us who are less technically minded than others, the internal combustion engine is something of a mystery. You do know that air goes in, fuel is added, and the result is an explosion that makes you go faster. But you can’t actually see it happen. You simply press the accelerator, magic happens, and you shoot forwards.

Warped Perception, however, has made a glass head for a Briggs and Stratton engine so the rest of us can witness the magic. And it’s suitably mesmerising.

Rebuilding a V8

Rebuilding an engine is no easy task. Even for the most dedicated petrolhead with a decent collection of tools, it’s a job best left to the professionals.

The good folks at Hagerty decided to rebuild the flathead V8 from their 1946 Ford pickup, and to show us exactly how it was done.

The six-minute video, comprising over 40,000 photographs kindly taken throughout the 100-hour project, charts the captivating rebuilding process, complete with complex machinery and plenty of elbow grease.

To be honest, we’re still not exactly sure as to how it was done, but you’ll find it hard to take your eyes off this.