The latest engine to be restored and rebuilt by Hagerty for its popular Redline Redbuild web series may not be fancy, but it’s still an important part of General Motors history that was found in a huge variety of the automakers’ cars: the venerable overhead valve inline-six.
For this video, Hagerty pulled a 216 cu. in. Stovebolt inline-six out of a 1960 Chevrolet 3600 pickup truck, which the hosts found in the woods earlier this year. They had actually started the engine up in the truck when they found it to ensure it was a good candidate for such a restoration, but considering the engine hadn’t been started since the truck was abandoned, it was going to need a full rebuild if they hoped to put it in the finished, fully restored truck.
Readers familiar with the Redline Rebuild series won’t be shocked to hear the 216 cu. in. Stovebolt inline-six looks even better than when it was new after Hagerty finishes with it. Not only did the hosts fix the cracked head, they also resurfaced the block and head and applied heat resistant paint to the parts of the block that will be visible when they pop the hood on the truck. After they are finished, the hosts mock the engine up in the truck’s engine bay and start it to ensure everything is working properly.
The Redline Rebuild series has been preparing for this full build video for the past week, covering the various work the hosts have been doing on the Stovebolt engine on the channel. They experienced a minor setback with the project when they were shipped an oversized piston, but once they overcame that snag (and the aforementioned cracked head) they were able to move forward.
Check out the time lapse rebuild video embedded below.