Hagerty Turns Beat-Up Early Hemi into Gleaming Beacon of Horsepower in Timelapse Video

When we saw this grime-caked early Chrysler Hemi V8, our first thought was “It’s perfect.” We weren’t quite sure why the Hagerty folks insisted on cleaning it up, but Hagerty seems more dead-set on having “nice things” than we are. Maybe they want the thing to run? Regardless, we love this timelapse of the complete teardown of the old Firepower V8 because it gives a pretty cool look at what made the early Hemi standout. For example, the detail on the short, wide cylinder heads at around 0:45 and especially at 1:22 show what gave the “Hemi” its name: hemispherically shaped (“domed”) combustion chambers with the valves angled rather than perpendicular to the rest of the head. Hagerty even captures the machining process and the custom tunnel-ram intake and shorty exhaust headers that will make this thing sound completely evil. The truly amazing part though is that we don’t see any bleeding in this timelapse, or the part of the rebuild where you realize you bought the wrong pushrods, or glued the gasket to your fingers, or lost all the rod bolts. Maybe they edited around that.

Hey Hagerty, mind if we borrow that Hemi? We’ll probably bring it back in OK(-ish) condition.

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