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This stop-motion of a Triumph Spitfire engine being stripped and then put back together, titled “11 Months, 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee,” is magnificent; the musical pairing sublime. YouTube user nothinghereok says:

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.

Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.



  1. Sean says:

    In before first lame Lucas joke.

  2. Charles says:

    Why was it painted after it was re-assembled?

  3. Matt says:

    Wow, it almost make an engine rebuild NOT look like a giant pain in the a**. However, remembering the valve grind I did on a Morris 1300 brings me back to reality.

  4. leone rossi says:

    real impressive and realistic. remember me
    40 years ago in Nigeria rebuilding a Subaru 4 cyl .
    and doing with a fine file the main bearing alligment (barenaggio)

  5. Grayfox says:

    This is car engine porn.