For all of the hard-core Chevy engine fans out there, this is for you. What you’re seeing in the video is a fully operational 1/6 scale replica of a Chevy 327 V8 motor built by Jim Moyer, based on the 365 hp motor found in the 1964 Corvette. The head and engine block are composed of aluminum, which had to be machined on a Bridgeport-style mill. Even the crankshaft has real babbit bearings. Even the firing order of the cylinders mirrors what we would see in a full-scale authentic model.
As the little engine fires up, it gives off the sound equivalent of a grass trimmer, rather than a throaty V8, but no matter — the thing works. Currently, Moyer looks to supplement the engine with scale models of a fully functioning water pump and radiator.