Engines aren’t terribly complicated devices, especially when you’re used to building a whole bunch of them in short order. Still, engine building isn’t usually the kind of hobby you just rush through; one minor mistake can ruin the whole motor. It takes a steady hand and a keen mind to throw together an engine in short order, and because car guys are just naturally competitive, engine building has morphed into its own kind of competition.
The Comp Cams Engine Builder Duel Presented By Snap-On Tools takes two two-man teams and challenges them to build, and start, a Chevy 350 small-block motor. The teams will have a few hand tools to help them out, but otherwise this is a very basic competition of speed and accuracy and like we mentioned, just one mistake can destroy the engine.
After assembling the engine, it has to run for one full minute before a team can declare victory. That’s quite the challenge, one we imagine takes a lot of practice to prepare for. This isn’t a competition for the faint of heart though, as previous winners have taken less than 30 minutes to fully assemble a working motor. If you think you have what it takes, we will see you there!