Amazing Chevrolet Small Block 283 Engine Rebuild Time-Lapse

Chevy Small Block 283 Engine Rebuild Before and After

Davin Reckow and the Redline Rebuild crew at Hagerty have created a fascinating stop-action time-lapse of a Chevrolet small block 283 engine rebuild.

283 Chevrolet Small Block Engine ~ Before

We’ve enjoyed many of the Redline Rebuilds from Hagerty, but this one is their best yet. The time-lapse segments are what we’ve come to expect, but the addition of stop-action animation takes this tear-down and build-up to the next level. Watch…

About The Chevrolet 283 Small Block Engine

Chevrolet built 283 small block engines between 1957 and 1973. The first 283 engines used the stock 265 cubic inch (4.3 L) V8 engine blocks that were bored out to 3.876 inches (98.45 mm), giving it a 283 cubic inch (4.6 L) displacement.

Unfortunately, the overbore to these blocks resulted in thin cylinder walls, so future 283 blocks were cast to accept the 3.876 bore. Five different versions between 188 hp and 283 hp were available, depending on whether a single carburetor, twin carburetors, or fuel injection was used.

Horsepower was increased each year for 1958, 1959, and 1960. The 1957 Rochester Ramjet mechanical fuel injection version produced an even one hp per one cu in (283 hp), an impressive feat at the time. This was the second US-built production V8 to produce one horsepower per cubic inch, after the 1956 Chrysler 300B engine.

Besides being available in the Chevrolet line, the 283 was optional in Checker Taxis beginning in 1965. A version of the engine that was built by GM Canada was also available in Studebaker vehicles produced in Canada for 1965 and 1966.