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Beautiful stop-motion engine rebuild

Chris Herridge spent eleven months painstakingly rebuilding the engine of his Triumph Spitfire Mk3, and photographing the process. Over 3,000 photos later, and he created this amazing video of an engine being disassembled and rebuilt.

Engine Rebuild

He writes:

[This] started out as just a collection of snaps as I stripped down an engine bought off ebay. (To replace my old engine, which had suffered catastrophic failure). The snaps were so that I remembered how everything went, so I could put it back together again.

Then I realised it'd be quite cool to make it an animation. found some suitable music, rekindled my ancient knowledge of Premiere, storyboarded it, shot it as I worked on the engine (my poor DSLR got covered in engine oil), this was the result.

The music is "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" from Edvard Griegs "Peer Gynt Suite"

The ending is brilliant: These final few parts are jokingly known as 'delivery bolts'. They're in the vehicle when it's sent out from the dealer, but clearly not needed for proper function!

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