We’ve watched countless engine-build videos over the years (tough job, right?) but we’ve never seen one quite like this.
Unlike most build videos, this particular assembly video focuses on the sheer speed of the build itself, namely, how fast a team of two can assemble a 350 cubic-inch Small Block V8.
It’s all part of the Mopar College Automotive program offered by Southeast Community College in Milford, Nebraska, which sees students compete head to head in an engine build competition. The rules are simple: two teams line up, the clock starts, and they go to work.
Both teams work as quick as they can and the action stays close until the very end when one of the teams starts to scurry ahead; they manage to finish build and fire up the engine in an incredible 17-minutes and 10-seconds.
We couldn’t tell you why students from a Mopar program chose to assemble a Chevrolet small-block, but we’re damned impressed nonetheless. Not to mention, the build competition demonstrates the beautiful simplicity of the Small Block recipe that has managed to withstand the tests of time. Like crocodiles. And pizza.
Okay, we’d be more than a little hesitant installing the hastily-built 350 V8 engines into one of our cars, admittedly, but this is strictly a competition about speed. And considering the video was published in 2012, now with 700,000-plus views on its tally, we wager these students have graduated on to bigger things by now.
Check out the crazy-fast build process below.