This MX-5 engine dismantling stop-motion will have you frothing at the toolbox
In terms of a first sportscar to get your hands dirty with and to learn the basics of engine and drivetrain mechanics, the Mazda MX-5 has no equal. The 1.6- or 1.8-litre four-cylinders found in the Mk1 and Mk2 cars are great little twincam units that aren't massive on power but are more than happy to rev to the limiter and accompany the lightweight, rear-wheel drive convertible perfectly.
I happen to own a 1.6-litre NB which has become my own little project car. It's currently in the paint shop but I have to admit, this brilliantly shot little stop-motion film has me champing at the bit to get under the bonnet and give the car's powerplant the once-over.
The guys at 'How a Car Works' have put together a fantastic timelapse of dismantling the little B6ZE engine. Starting with the ancillary components like the water pump, pulleys and belts, the engine is stripped right down from cylinder head to sump, with a couple of cool visuals showing the rotation of the crankshaft and the TDC and BDC of the corresponding pistons.
After a bit of investigation from the guys at Jalopnik, they discovered that the film took 15 days to complete, requiring a total of 2500 photos to piece together the timelapse. This YouTube channel looks like it could be a little gem for the future so for those interested in learning the ins and outs of engines, it may be worth a look.