Think back to when you were ten years old. For me, personally, at the age of ten, I was enamored with fighter jets and the new SN-95 Mustang, but I was also more interested in my Super Nintendo than helping my uncle work on his ’76 Honda Civic (which it seems like he was always doing).
So coming across a video titled “My 10 Year Old Son Is Building My LS Engine”, my curiosity was piqued. Dan, the owner of the Regular Guy Garage YouTube channel has had a variety of project cars on his channel, which he works on right in his driveway (which automatically strikes a chord with me). His most recent addition is a 2002 Camaro SS with a bent rod, necessitating a complete engine overhaul.
In the video, Dan is starting from a bare block, and walks his son through the assembly process. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the father-son duo got much more than the camshaft and lifters installed in this particular video, but it does appear than he does have the Scat Rods and Mahle Pistons ready to go soon.
Before everyone yells about clickbait, no, this particular ten-year-old didn’t rebuild the engine by himself, but he sure seems to know how to spin a wrench. This is how we groom the next generation of gearheads properly, and keep our hobby alive. You’ve got a dad who is passing down his automotive knowledge to his son during his formative years, and a son spending quality time with his dad.
Even if his son doesn’t end up following in his footsteps by getting into the automotive hobby down the road, Dan has a helper right now and he’s going to have a cool story to tell at school next week. Plus, he’s going to remember helping his dad rebuild that LS engine for the rest of his life. That alone is worth it all, right?