Watch the folks at Hagerty completely rebuild a Chrysler Firepower V8 in their shop in five minutes via time lapse video.
At this point the name “Hemi” is almost synonymous with V8s, but Chrysler’s original Hemi engine had a different name—FirePower. The hemispherical combustion chamber was originally developed for World War II plane engines, but the war ended before they could go into production. Soon after the war, FirePower engines were available in Imperials and New Yorkers.
For their latest project, the folks at Hagerty spent a full 10 months completely rebuilding their own Firepower V8. Throughout the process, they took more than 40,000 photos, which they then turned into this time lapse video. The result is only a couple minutes long, but it’s a mesmerizing look into the process of of tearing down and restoring an engine.
In the end, the finished product doesn’t look anything like what they started with. If it didn’t still say “Chrysler Firepower,” it might even be confused with a brand new engine. Of course, after all the work they put in, it basically is.