I Bought The Least Reliable Car and I’m Making It Electric on a Budget

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Today we are taking one of the most unreliable cars, with a ruined engine and converting it to eletric... on a reasonable budget.
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  • Luis Espinoza
    Luis EspinozaOrë më parë

    The modern Pinto

  • Charles Chandler
    Charles ChandlerDitë më parë

    Hi Rich, I've started looking for your videos, they are a great source of information. I have to say, my eyes lit up when I saw the Range Rover. I was hoping you were going to start the build on it. I have an 04 range rover that I want to switch over to EV. I would love to see that build.

  • terrance l1
    terrance l12 ditë më parë

    If you love gas powered cars go stick your face in the muffler for about 5 minutes while your gas car is running and see what it does to you.

  • Daniel 357
    Daniel 3576 ditë më parë

    Be awesome if you did a SUV or truck in your lineup. Just to say you did it.

  • Alfred L Early jr
    Alfred L Early jr7 ditë më parë

    hello, I'm trying to follow you on Instagram. building EV with mini's is a excellent idea. When you fixed the red older mini, it reminded me of the late 60's when I was stationed in Germany. I drove my 58VW every places in Germany. thanks for the memories.

  • Jordan Giesen
    Jordan Giesen7 ditë më parë

    Are you going to finish this build? I've really been looking forward to seeing it done.

  • Tanner Bean
    Tanner Bean7 ditë më parë

    For brake booster just use a VW vacuum pump, one way valve, pressure switch. Those vane pumps move quite a bit of air, would probably suffice. You could get several in a wrecking yard any day of the week.

  • Adam Rajewski
    Adam Rajewski7 ditë më parë

    me: sees chicken wire Also me: Screaming hysterically while rolling on the floor, down the stairs, out the door, careens of the grand canyon.

  • Make Money Now
    Make Money Now7 ditë më parë

    Your videos are splendid! Thank you for giving me a new perspective to contemplate!

  • SurleyBlaine
    SurleyBlaine8 ditë më parë

    I own a R/T Magnum but I wouldn't mind an EV. Most of the mopar groups are drooling for the Hellcat and more, I'm happy with what I have, it's fun.

  • boyce1204
    boyce12048 ditë më parë

    Tesla cant be on the S&P 500, cause it would have to be successful and make money, we all know it doesnt do the latter.

  • Hauke v. H.
    Hauke v. H.10 ditë më parë

    Rusty thing...

  • paul sutton
    paul sutton10 ditë më parë

    I can't believe how much gubbins (to use the technical term) BMW has managed to shove into the mechanicals space of the Mini. I say BMW, because alas, the Mini is no longer the product of the Austin motor company.

    TDONLEY9113 ditë më parë

    You should Honda b18 swap the old mini

  • Rob Thomas
    Rob Thomas14 ditë më parë

    This looks like it'll be a cool build! I know NOTHING about Minis, but my wife was kinda wanting one. Good luck with the build!

  • James M
    James M14 ditë më parë

    Aaaa! I see what you did there. 😉

  • The Bubba Continuum
    The Bubba Continuum14 ditë më parë

    How much for the paring knife?

  • Chickens Float
    Chickens Float14 ditë më parë

    Woah quit with the provocative thumbnails rich. This one is way over the line 🤣

  • eddieh1530
    eddieh153014 ditë më parë

    Wait, I thought you were Jamie Foxx and Rich was your ALthe name. OMG I am shook to the bone. hehe. :)

  • Hal
    Hal14 ditë më parë

    Hey Dude, this is a total guy channel, I love it!

  • kvdude
    kvdude15 ditë më parë

    Getting so close to a million subscribers Uncle Rich! I've got your back. Keep 'em coming.

  • Gerrit van Uitert
    Gerrit van Uitert18 ditë më parë

    Good choice on unreliable cars lol. Things are driving pieces of trash made by BMW so too pricey to keep fixing lol. Also, whole time looking for the hood release i was just chanting "Right side right side" (been years since i drove my old mini but still remembered)

  • bimerev
    bimerev18 ditë më parë

    Hello Rich. I recently converted BMW e39 on electric drive. We have similar components. I have ZILLA Z1K HV , and WARP 11. If you will need help to configure controller , fell free to ask question. You can see my last video of car review. :) Hope you will se this comment :) . I like your channel :) BG, Matija

  • Zachary Campos
    Zachary Campos18 ditë më parë

    Bro I like the video but your dog whining made my dogs go psycho and barking all through the house

  • Richard Vera
    Richard Vera19 ditë më parë

    Why do you have an Ankle bracelet?

  • rager1969
    rager196919 ditë më parë

    $1500 for a non-running salvage titled Mini? Why so much?

  • Dan Ashcroft
    Dan Ashcroft20 ditë më parë

    Give it 30 to 40 years and idiots will be calling the New Mini's "iconic" too....

  • TheMadRatter
    TheMadRatter20 ditë më parë

    "I bought the least reliable car..." Doesn't even make the top 10 list of least reliable cars lol Not even "unreliable" in the UK where I work on them maybe once per month, as compared to all the Fords and Mercs all day every day. And Toyota. Beemer? Nope.

    FALKLAN20 ditë më parë

    IMO, of course, I would have rebuilt that motor and accessories and sold them as a package or individually.

  • JAH
    JAH21 ditë më parë

    I have a 350z that I love. Can it be converted to electric. What would it cost.

  • carlos pontes
    carlos pontes21 ditë më parë

    10:18 for technical sniffs...

  • Charlie Wolf
    Charlie Wolf21 ditë më parë

    Rich, I feel bad for you Bro. They sight unseen you a real POS. Thank you for entertaining and sharing.

  • Viktor Snow
    Viktor Snow21 ditë më parë

    Please keep the sexy girl on your site what a nice body. Thanks

  • Totozio
    Totozio22 ditë më parë

    Thx god they stolen mine... got some money from insurance.

  • David vE
    David vE22 ditë më parë

    0:10 That's how you teach a dog that barking means getting attention.

  • Aaron Bahner
    Aaron Bahner22 ditë më parë

    I e started on the same project here this summer. Manual 07 Mini. I have an adapter done working on coupling the DC forklift motor next. I’m excited to steal some ideas from you as we go.

  • Bob Edwards
    Bob Edwards22 ditë më parë


  • monstersquishy
    monstersquishy23 ditë më parë

    that mini engine could make a fun go kart

  • Baboucarr Dampha
    Baboucarr Dampha23 ditë më parë

    Can we please have you in our show?

  • Dylan Baker
    Dylan Baker23 ditë më parë

    Hi Rich, can I buy that intake???

  • Mark Maxwell
    Mark Maxwell24 ditë më parë

    Forklift motors and controllers are a cheap way to do electric car conversions.. Alot of people don't cool the lithium-ion battery packs properly... Goodluck....... 👍👍👍

  • Justin Joseph
    Justin Joseph24 ditë më parë

    I watch you regularly, I never complain or ask for free shit, but jesus please stop explaining yourself to haters cause its getting on my tits

  • Phumzani Tshabalala
    Phumzani Tshabalala24 ditë më parë

    With this experience why not start your own car startup :):)

  • Nef
    Nef25 ditë më parë

    Hey Rich, are you the one that has Sam's mini cooper original key and you are making him go thru all this mess on purpose ??......good content

  • Alex Berrio
    Alex Berrio25 ditë më parë

    That skinny girl is still thick thou.

  • the daily shaver!
    the daily shaver!25 ditë më parë

    Why don't someone Ev swap a hummer H2

  • M. vdW.
    M. vdW.25 ditë më parë

    Just K-swap it

  • Deniz Sepit
    Deniz Sepit25 ditë më parë


  • Sasquatch Alaska
    Sasquatch Alaska26 ditë më parë

    for the brake use the electric vacuum pump from a 99-04 saab 9-3

  • Lemming T
    Lemming T26 ditë më parë

    RX7 is very unreliable

  • adamstoby96
    adamstoby9626 ditë më parë

    I had a 2005 mini once now I drive 88 volvo

  • Dave Garcia Joseph
    Dave Garcia Joseph27 ditë më parë

    17:17 "I'm assuming the supercharger is good but I don't want to assume anything... " - 2020 Rich -

  • ItsMe_AllanP
    ItsMe_AllanP27 ditë më parë

    I have a 2007 Mini Cooper S, the battery is located on the passenger side of the car, in front of the windsheild.

  • Amir Ayromloo
    Amir Ayromloo27 ditë më parë

    You had me when you said, " I got overwhelmed and ordered popeye's chicken..." 🤣🤣🤣

  • HaloDontReach
    HaloDontReach27 ditë më parë

    Is it possible to have ac too?

  • David Parsons
    David Parsons27 ditë më parë

    This'll be fun content to watch.

  • Ross Millaney
    Ross Millaney27 ditë më parë

    Owned 3 R53s, currently on a JCW. No issues, people need to learn to service and look after their cars. Supercharger whine and handling are incredible and always makes me smile

  • sunsolarman
    sunsolarman27 ditë më parë

    Would you please take a deep technical view on school bus conversion to electric big or mini, it has more space for battery and solar roof. Thank you!!

  • Frank Buck
    Frank Buck27 ditë më parë

    I like the accidental props for Vote yes on #1

  • Jean Hou
    Jean Hou27 ditë më parë

    Hi, I would like to talk to you, may I ask you in which field you 've studied ?

  • Super2000
    Super200027 ditë më parë

    Nothing beats the German TÜV! (MOT-test or -certificate, ger.: Technischer Überwachungsverein, engl.:Association for Technical Inspection)

  • Thomas
    Thomas27 ditë më parë

    dope you found electric garage!

  • Henk Smit
    Henk Smit27 ditë më parë

    you give something away and a little later you see it for sale ....... I would really feel screwed by that person. I think it would be more reasonable for him to return the object received. But no. When there is money to be made, everything that is moral falls away. People are in love with money

  • AweSomo84
    AweSomo8427 ditë më parë

    Hard flex duck this

  • AquariusThaDon
    AquariusThaDon27 ditë më parë

    Who’s complaining about free content 👀

  • LOK E
    LOK E28 ditë më parë

    Mini coopers are very reliable. And if you spent 1500 on one with a blown engine you paid top dollar.

  • Tedacules
    Tedacules28 ditë më parë

    Where are the batteries going Rich and what about AC and Heat?

  • qweef69
    qweef6928 ditë më parë

    @18:29 preach

  • Richard Faulkner
    Richard Faulkner28 ditë më parë

    Hey Rich, Rich here! (No, this is not another random voice in your head). Watching your Cooper rebuild with interest and looking to get all the pointers I can for how-to build and convert on the cheap. I am a two-time Leaf owner (still have one in factory blue) and am getting closer to pulling the trigger on converting my 2006 Scion xB to electric. I am also on the hunt for a replacement battery for the Leaf (like who isn't) and hope I can get a 40kwh battery in it. (Larger if I can find one). But I digress...GREAT project and watching with interest! I may even have to fork-up for Patreon.

  • Handy Man
    Handy Man28 ditë më parë

    LOL, why would you try to control the use crap YOU GAVE AWAY??? Then you LOVE to be on here POUNDING your chest about how much you DON'T care about what folks are saying. If you really don't care then carry on and DON'T CARE which =s NOT MENTIONING anything about it. You're a really silly supposed little man.

  • Skitz Zo
    Skitz Zo28 ditë më parë

    Any r53 water in the boot mine was a nightmare change the water seals immediately bruv trust me delete the re ar. Wipe as well it leaks

  • Jack McNeil
    Jack McNeil28 ditë më parë

    Your thumbnails are a lil toolish, like the content but the thumbnail is a deterrent on like 3 suggested videos so far

  • YamWarrior
    YamWarrior28 ditë më parë

    Wow those messages from people complaining about converting the red mini, ranged from intense, to murderous.

  • Patrick Jaquemet
    Patrick Jaquemet28 ditë më parë

    any plans on doing the tacoma? im thinking of converting mine but dont know anything about doing electric conversions, maybe net project? ;)

  • Connor Kanady
    Connor Kanady28 ditë më parë

    Loved the photoshopped Scarlett Johansson with big ole gazongas

  • Vincent Nguyen
    Vincent Nguyen28 ditë më parë

    Man Rich, I got an A7 and a Mini as well. Crazy the last two car you showed is my last two car.

  • Steve Schilffarth
    Steve Schilffarth29 ditë më parë

    Biscuit LOVES his Rich! Glad someone does! (LOL) Honestly, we all love you, Rich. (Such a high bar to clear!)

  • Scott Schaefer
    Scott Schaefer29 ditë më parë

    Uncle Rich you never let me down. Some of the funniest content on you tube

  • nique marshall
    nique marshall29 ditë më parë

    rear battery is only on the s model

  • nique marshall
    nique marshall29 ditë më parë

    also if i recall correctly, the motor is canted to the rear a bit, and a head gasket failure isn’t common on these cars. i ran mine hot many times and never had a HG failure. they just leak oil a lot

  • nique marshall
    nique marshall29 ditë më parë

    i owned a 2004 for 6 years and it was reliable for me. most people who say they’re unreliable haven’t owned one. they’re good on gas, fun to drive and they start every time you turn the key. they don’t even really need maintenance like that. just change the oil and you’re golden. brakes lasted about 5 years on mine.

  • Jonathan Escamilla
    Jonathan Escamilla29 ditë më parë

    In my 3 hours of owning my mini cooper only 6 issues have occured. I think that's pretty reliable if you ask me.

  • mark holland
    mark holland29 ditë më parë

    Great video again

  • Bernard Samson
    Bernard Samson29 ditë më parë

    Rich to answer your question about batteries and the Mini, No the R56 2007 on battery under bonnet UK & Europe anyway.

  • Alymere Astora
    Alymere Astora29 ditë më parë

    My 06 mini Cooper was reliable until it got totalled by a deer lmao. Still was able to drive home in it tho

  • Daniel Lackas
    Daniel Lackas29 ditë më parë

    A Tesla as a first car damn how lucky she is

  • choahjinhuay
    choahjinhuay29 ditë më parë

    Your transitions to your ads are the best!!

  • Troo Groove
    Troo Groove29 ditë më parë

    They say A fool and his money are easily parted.

  • Jon D.
    Jon D.29 ditë më parë

    I have an 03 r53 and I can confirm that yes these are one of the most fun things to drive but its so unreliable (86k so far, its still alive!)

  • Nik Zer0
    Nik Zer029 ditë më parë

    Rich, you are a diamond in the desert my friend

  • Oddball Garage
    Oddball Garage29 ditë më parë

    You have an r53 generation. There are supposed to be both a muffler and a resonator in the back, two of those pods. Also the new r56 and f56 generations have the battery in the front.

  • Trent Slusher
    Trent Slusher29 ditë më parë

    Good stuff, subscribed!

  • River Mellin
    River Mellin29 ditë më parë

    RX8 is least reliable not the MINI!!!!!!!

    PAULIE FREESTYLEFPV29 ditë më parë

    So did this car get finished?

  • William Oliver
    William Oliver29 ditë më parë

    Do not cut or short cut. Sell all unwanted to grow budget. You got this.

  • Julian R
    Julian R29 ditë më parë

    Lol I had a R56 (next model) for over 6 years and driven the nuts off it with 0 issues, only brakes and tyres.

  • JustAnotherAsianGuy 2
    JustAnotherAsianGuy 229 ditë më parë

    hey rich ..... you and me should do a electric scooter together

  • Joe Cool
    Joe Cool29 ditë më parë

    the fact that they can take cars apart, put them back together and they know what mostly all of the parts are, always amazes me🤯

  • king_ yosif
    king_ yosifMuaj më parë

    Whey don't you rebuild it with a preformence parts and then but it in the it.

  • Emese Szorenyi
    Emese SzorenyiMuaj më parë

    TRABANT Please!!!

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