I made this table quite a few years ago, and have since sold it so I cant take any more photos, so I appologise for the lack of detailed photos.

By the end it was a heavy but strong table, costing me about £100 to make.

Please be aware that once you do this to an engine, there is generally no way it is going back in a car!

Please don't forget to vote for me in the furniture challenge! Thanks.

Date Made: April 2005
Approx Cost: £100
Approx Time: done over 2 weekends (1 weekend day to strip engine and send to blasters, wait for media blaster during week, 1 weekend day to put together, wait for glass during following week - obviously if you prepare, then it could be done in a day or two)
Difficulty: Medium

** Additional Note **

People have asked how heavy it is. If you take off the glass it can be picked up by one person, although it is heavy and akward. Bear in mind that mine was an aluminum block though!

Step 1: Acquire Engine

I watched ebay for a while until I found an old rover V8 engine cheap. I paid £10 for this one.

Somehow you need to get it home safely! You will likely need an engine hoist as they are heavy! Also line your van/car as you will probably get oil everywhere even if you do drain it first!

**Additional Note**

For those looking for engines, try to het hold of a damaged or incomplete engine.

2 reasons:
a) it will be cheaper
b) some models may be rare and it will annoy people who need the parts for their car if you use a working engine for a table!!

You can try searching eBay with the following syntax

"V8 (engine, block) (damaged, broken, spares, repair, faulty, cracked, split, incomplete, non runner)"

Take out the quotation marks but leave the other symbols. The bracketed words separated by a comma basically means "or" so it will find items with any of those words. Add in any other words you can think of.

I watched eBay for quite a while until I got one local and cheap.
<p>Very Nice, I want to make for our showroom waiting area at <strong>Eurobahn BMW MINI Mercedes-Benz Audi of Greensboro</strong> at our <a href="http://www.eurobahnm.com/" rel="nofollow">BMW Greensboro</a> store.</p>
<p>Would you say it'd look good if you spray paint this? Thinking of doing one in our house but the missus loves copper. </p>
I have seen some that's are spray painted silver (to avoid having to clean them up so well) and I don't think they look as good as a cleaned up block. However if you are colouring it other than silver then I think it would look good. If you google &quot;red engine table&quot; it looks like a lot of people paint them red nowadays...
<p>I have mixed feelings about this table. It looks really good and is unique... but its a v8... I can't decide. lol</p>
<p>Furniture, Mad Max: fury Road style.</p>
<p>Can you give the dimensions of the glass and the high of the table please? </p>
Hi, I'm afraid I sold it so can no longer measure it. I gave the glass receipt/ info to the person I sold it to incase they broke it and needed to replace it. <br><br>Every engine will be different so I suggest that you build the base first, and then visit a glass specialist with the base dimensions and get their advice.
Can anyone tell me the EXACT model of this engine? Would be very much appreciated!!
It looks like a 3.5 range rover engine going by the carbs. Though it could easily be from an SD1 or a LWB stage one land rover. Those stromberg carbs were on loads of engines, SU before that and then onto a plethora of EFI setups.<br>Any of the v8 rover engines look pretty much the same. Once all the ancillaries are stripped, the basic architecture will be identical to the untrained eye. So a tvr 5 liter will look much the same as a 3.5 Rover p5b engine. Google the rover engine to see what it went into, such as Morgan, MG, Sherpa vans and pretty much anything that needed a bit of grunt. The serial number will tell you exactly what it came from, but like I said, it makes little difference. A rover v8 is a rover v8 is a rover v8. Hope this helps.
no offence dude, bot what an utter waste of an engine!:@:O:-#
Not if it's A junk engine! Cracked block,bore destroyed etc. In fact it would be A way to recycle A shot block. <br>
Yeah, I understand why some people think that, hence my comments in step 1 about finding a broken engine. What else are you going to do with a broken block apart from weight it in?
<p>Brilliant work. Can't wait to make one of my own !!</p>
<p>i had the guys in greensboro fix mine and the did phenomenal job!! visit <a href="http://www.eurobahnm.com/" rel="nofollow">Land Rover Greensboro website</a></p>
wow i have to make one now it looks so cool
Post a pic if you do...
<p>For a man cave I think bigger would be better. Try a Detroit 8-71V! You could use the pistons as ashtrays since they have recessed tops. Although it would be a lot heavier and more expensive, but it would be REALLY AWSOME! Something I've wanted to build is a wood burning heater out of a small block Chevy V8. I have all the plans in my head, but don't have the time or space to try it yet.</p>
<p>I went with WW2 plane parts for my ash tray...</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/WW2-Merlin-Piston-Coin-Dish-Ashtray/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/WW2-Merlin-Piston-Coin-Dish-Ashtray/</a></p>
<p>Awesome project, I don't really like the idea of the pistons being out of the cylinders...If the piston rods would be extended, the piston heads would be sticking out enough so the glass would clear the top of the block...and then the upper corners of the piston heads could be grind (I'm typing grinded but auto correct is underlining it red, don't know why) just enough to be a flat surface for the glass, and by doing that the pistons stay parallel to the cylinders, and the form of an engine is kept... :D</p><p>So the outer 4 pistons are raised up, and the 4 in the middle can be lower in cylinders or taken out completely so there is space for the wine bottles (which is an awesome idea btw).</p><p>That's how I would make it... :)</p><p>And also some discrete LED ambient lighting could add to it's greatness...</p>
<p>Sounds good, if you build it your way then post some photos and let us know how it goes!</p>
<p>That...is...Great :D Good work, sir. Good work &nbsp;if found nice shop are Specialties: when it come to <a href="http://www.eurobahnm.com/land-rover-service/" rel="nofollow">Land Rover / Range Rover service Greensboro, NC&nbsp;</a></p>
hi .what did you do to keep the pistion head from swiveling ie..weld, braze ?
I didn't fix them. The weight and 'flat plane' of the glass kept them in place and stopped them rotating. When you took the glass off they could rotate. You could always put a spot weld on the end of each to hold it in place, but I didn't see the need.
nice now this will look great for a table in my room since i love muscle cars and other cars this will do thxs
Dude... NICE!!
Awesome job! I voted btw :)
Thanks. Much appreciated.
You just gave me an awesome idea as to what to do with an I-4 Chrysler Engine that has been sitting in my garage for quite some time. I do have a &quot;hot tank&quot; so it should prove to be a nice weekend project with some friends. Thanks mate!
I'd like to see some pictures when you do!
Do you have any idea what it weighed?
I couldn't quote you figures, but once the engine is stripped down, one person can pick it up if you separate the glass. (Bear in mind that mine is an aluminium block).<br><br>Have a look at this...<br><br>http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=832271
That...is...AWESOME :D Good work, sir. Good work.
Awesome idea and build.
This reminds me of the one they have on Top Gear U.K. I think theirs is actually a Rover V8 as well, now that I think about it. I've been wanting to do one of these ever since I first seen it on the show on B.B.C. America. Thanx!
The original was a Porsche engine...<br><br>http://youtu.be/_jPaYnaKVDk<br><br>But I think they use a jaguar v12 now. (I haven't seen top gear in a few years, so I may well be wrong)
Right. I know it's not a Porsche engine now, because it's a &quot;V&quot; configuration, but it might have been at one point it time. I could have sworn it's a V8 now, but you may be right, and it's a V12 Jag lump.<br><br>Ok, so I just googled it, and you are correct, it is a V12 Jag block.
Amazing work ! <br> looks very good ! <br> <br>My father has a garage , maybe i`ll ask him to arrange some old motor and i`ll do this project to <br> <br> thanks for the Idea ! <br> <br>R
I used a v engine as I thought it would be the most stable and look the coolest, but I guess you could do it with a flat 4 and bend the con-rods. Can't see how you'd do it with an in-line unless you didn't use the pistons and found some other way to fix the glass. <br><br>I like aeroplane engines, especially radial ones; I just like the look, so a table made from one of them would be cool.
either way . what you did came out amazing , great clean professional job<br><br> Keep the good hard work
By any chance do you have also a sofa from a car seat like the one in Top Gear? <br>Amazing job with the engine!
No, but I did make a bucket seat swivel chair back in 1999. Was with an aftermarket cobra bucket seat though, so more like what these guys make...<br><br>http://www.gsmofficeseats.co.uk/
For those looking for engines, try to het hold of a damaged or incomplete engine. <br><br>2 reasons: a) it will be cheaper b) some models may be rare and it will annoy people who need the parts for their car if you use a working engine for a table!!<br><br>You can try searching eBay with the following syntax<br><br>&quot;V8 (engine, block) (damaged, broken, spares, repair, faulty, cracked, split, incomplete, non runner)&quot;<br><br>Take out the quotation marks but leave the other symbols. The bracketed words separated by a comma basically means &quot;or&quot; so it will find items with any of those words. Add in any other words you can think of. <br><br>I watched eBay for quite a while until I got one local and cheap.
Thanks a lot for feedback.You are already voted since I started reading.By the way you are the only one with this project on Instructables(I searched),so you will compete against yourself ;)
I think this engine comes very close to yours: <br> <br>http://piese-auto.anunturi-auto.4tuning.ro/dezmembrari/dezmembrari-bmw/motor-bmw-4-0i-v8-10932224.html#poze <br> <br>Don't try to translate anything just look at the pictures(850lei=200Eur),is that much for an engine?I know that it depend from what car it comes.
So that is a v8 engine, similar to the type I used, but I would look for one cheaper than that. <br><br>Try to look for one that is not complete, or one that is damaged. If it can't be used as an engine then no one will want it and hence will be much cheaper.
You have my votes and by me you are a winner!I's like to ask you,from what car did you acquire the engine(the car model)?Or the V8 engines are all the same as aspect?I see that yours si quite simple not all that plastic covering it.Thanks in advance for assist.
This is a rover v8 engine. It came from either a land rover or an mgb. <br><br>The engine is detailed here...<br><br>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rover_V8_engine<br><br>Which says that it was also used in range rovers, tvr', Morgan's and triumphs. <br><br>I couldn't say what engines have what angles, but I imagine they will all be pretty similar? I'm sure you could get round any differences by putting a slight bend in the con rod, shortening the piston head (get hold of some race ones), or by fettling bits away...<br><br>Once you strip all the covers and ancillaries away, it will look very similar. <br><br>Note that the engine I bought wasn't complete, so a full engine would look more like this:<br><br>http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rover_V8_engine.jpg
you watch to much top gear! <br>nice, thanks for posting
Found the link!<br><br>http://youtu.be/_jPaYnaKVDk<br><br>I dont like the way they had the glass fixed though, I think the pistons make it look a lot more interesting.
Love it, but I couldn't see her indoors feeling the same way though!

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