It ain’t that easy, right? When we watch videos and projects on the internet that just glide along seamlessly and without trouble, we all cringe. That’s not how real life works and that is why any gearhead that has begun a project with promise and been stymied by interruptions will appreciate this video.
A few weeks back we showed you a behind the scenes look at the disassembly of the latest Hagerty Redline Rebuild engine. This was the nastiest, grossest, most locked up and jacked up 401ci Buick Nailhead we had ever seen. As it turns out, it could be the worst one that the machine shop that got the pieces to inspect has ever seen as well. The video below takes us through the painful process of discovery, confirming some of the fears that the dudes who blew the Buick apart (with hammers necessary) had.
This video looks after the block and heads primarily. Why? There was nothing left of the pistons as the only suitable removal tool as a hammer and a drift. They were all rusted and seized in their bores. There was evidence of stuff actually living in parts of the engine as well.
The heads were as jacked up looking as the block and after it was all cleaned up, inspected, and evaluated, the crew is at a crossroads. The same one that hot rodders and gearheads arrive at with their own projects on a daily basis across the country. Do you continue on with what you have and what you have invested in or ditch it for different stuff.
The details and process in this video are great, especially if you love machine shops like we do.