There is something brilliant about time-lapse videos. They take a certain level of creativity to come to fruition that most do not have. But when a team like Hagerty gets together to make a time-lapse video, the results are always fantastic.
I love when a company is able to completely surprise you with how they conduct themselves. It’s a breath of fresh air in a world that desperately needs it. Hagerty Insurance is the definition of that type of business. Yes, they are an insurance company, which is supposedly an evil business. But everything about the company is tailored to make the motoring world a better place, and for that, we should be thankful. Instead of just gouging for our hard earned dollars, they instead do many things to contribute to the community. And by far my favorite has to be their videos.
The company has produced a massive amount of content over the years, all of which is entertaining. Being a classic car insurance company they bring great insight into all things old school, with their time-lapse videos being the best by far. Having watched all of them I can tell you that it’s incredibly hard to pick a favorite, but if you twisted my arm I would have to choose this Ironhead engine rebuild.
The Harley-Davidson Ironhead is one of their longest running power plants, dating all the way back to 1957. It ran almost 30 years before being replaced by the Evolution engine. In that time it came in two engine sizes, 883cc and 1000cc. The engine that Hagerty sourced from this ‘Easy Rider’ chopper is an actual 1957 model, meaning it was well and ready for a rebuild.
Hagerty went the extra mile on the rebuild, taken the engine down to the bare minimum before rebuilding. You can see one of the pistons had been badly damaged, warranting such an extensive rebuild. The whole process took 3 months to complete, involving a colossal amount of work. The time-lapse alone took over 20,000 pictures, a number that hurts my brain to think about. I mean, can you imagine trying to go through and edit 20,000 pictures!?
With the rebuilt engine complete, it appears Hagerty is planning a part two follow up video. hopefully, that means a full restoration to original 1957 Sportster standards, but we won’t know until we see it. Either way, I know another time-lapse from them will be entertaining, something we will have to look forward to either way.