Daily Archives: 23 March 2015

For the Gearheads

2015 is the 60th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Small Block V-8. Introduced in 1955 as a 265 cubic inch delight to car folks and hotrodders everywhere, the Chevy Small Block was originally available in the Corvette & Bel Air models. The debut version of the iconic V-8 went from design to production in 15 weeks.

The video above was put together by Hagerty and it shows the teardown, machining, and rebuild of a small block engine taken from a 1970 Impala convertible. In their tribute to the Chevy Small Block V-8, the video is made up mostly of still shots … 20,000 still shots in all.

My Dad had a 1955 Bel Air with the new 265 V-8, a three speed synchromesh manual transmission with the optional overdrive. I think it’s safe to say that he wishes now he never sold that car. Or the ’57 Bel Air… or the ’58 Bel Air convertible…

Tsk… tsk…