• Mar 25th 2007 at 1:34PM
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Engine blocks have a thankless job. As long as they're under the hood and working, they're at best taken for granted by most drivers, much like the rest of their cars. If there's something wrong with it and it's got to go into the shop, it's a cursed nuisance. But if it's not even serving its function, it's a forgotten hunk of iron (or aluminum). To a motoring enthusiast, however, the end of an engine block's job doesn't have to mean the end of its life. Engine blocks are enjoying great retirements in the living rooms of petrolheads the world over: sitting under glass, not having to work, and appreciated in all their crude aesthetic glory.

There's nothing new about this trend in automotive mechanical rejuvenation. The coffee table pictured gave new life to an old Rover V8, and it'd go great with the Jaguar cylinder block wine rack we brought you last week. If you're thinking about putting together your own, all it'll take is a little elbow-grease to get it looking its best (especially after a long life of propulsion) and a nice slab of thick glass to place on top. This one apparently has four cylinders repositioned to hold up its glass. We'd recommend a V-configuration, 'cause an inline engine wouldn't make for a very sturdy table. The more cylinders, the merrier, and a prestige brand would be a bonus since it'll naturally become a conversation piece when you have guests over. (The V12 block from Uday Hussein's Ferrari 550 would make the ultimate trophy.)

Some say such an item shouldn't be displayed in your home without shame, but we say if it's your living room, make it yours, cylinder count and all.

(Thanks go out to amp for the tip.)

[Source: Dubspeed Driven]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I got to get one of those bad boys, but the question is what will I tell the girlfriend which practically lives with me :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      For those of you looking to remove the last touch of class from your room...or just want to scream you're a redneck...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank you Richard.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yep- it was the Buick/Olds/Pontiac V8 GM couldn't sort out and sold to the Brits. Since then, that BOP has been in everything that would take it...

      I can appreciate the art of a aluminum V8- not sure the wife could though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope there's something underneath that V8! It'll scratch the wood floors!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If your gona make one of these at least polish the block! We do lots of engine part polishing for interior design...

      We recently polished a Rover V8 engine block with four pistons and con rods. The customer made his own and the end results were stunning...

      Heres how good the engine block looked after our boys had worked some magic on it


      If you want to find our more about engine part polishing

      • 8 Years Ago
      Of course, we all know the difference between a piston and a cylinder here at autoblog, right? That comment was just a test?
      • 8 Years Ago
      now that's nice! Where can i get me one of those>

      EW ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank you for this info. I have posted some of your photos on my blog. http://turbinov.ru
      • 8 Years Ago

      Is not the Rover V8 actually an GM designed engine?
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