Welding an Electric Motorcycle to a car - The Idiots guide

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In this episode I attempt to weld a car with a harbor freight welder and the experience level of a 5 year old
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  • Alex D
    Alex D26 ditë më parë

    Rich, this is probably too late but why not lay that box on its side! It just seems to high!

  • Alex D
    Alex D26 ditë më parë

    Rich, why weld? You are taking too long on it. Just attach with bolts to frame! It will not come off!

  • Sir Bumblefahk
    Sir Bumblefahk28 ditë më parë

    There's absolutely nothing that I hate more than jobs where I have to fix jobs done by "welders" like this guy.. At least he's doing it on his own shit and not charging people, though

  • matias
    matias2 muaj më parë

    The third welds look wayy better

  • matias
    matias2 muaj më parë

    Man your funny like mebut those welds are horribleXD and watching you struggle with the transmission hhh amazing project!!!!!

  • Aj Santos-Chong
    Aj Santos-Chong2 muaj më parë

    Rich kinda looks like,he lives beyond his means..but,I being brought up around ghetto,hood fella,broke joke Brotha's.. at least,his addiction,ain't Crck..so I have homie an A+ for having Nice Hobbies

  • stephentherarabear
    stephentherarabear4 muaj më parë

    You know you could add argon co2 mix and mig wire to that welder and its pretty decent

  • gReGsKi GmAiL
    gReGsKi GmAiL6 muaj më parë

    Two Words: Angle Iron (1/10th the weight) Two More Words: Drop the battery pack to the bottom frame rail, gain 6" worth of visibility hugs, G

  • Kivivideos
    Kivivideos7 muaj më parë

    His comments in text over the video hahahahaha , im so dead

  • Phil Head, M.D.
    Phil Head, M.D.8 muaj më parë

    Nothing like leaving your electronics exposed to the weather.

  • Bad Religion
    Bad Religion8 muaj më parë

    Rich, it’s painful to watch you fabricate stuff. I will say that, at least you have the balls to film and show it. I thought I was a bad welder....till I bought a “real” welder. I suggest you do the same.

  • ToBeDefined
    ToBeDefined8 muaj më parë

    19:48 The unisolated terminals of the high voltage cable going into the power electronics controller scare the shit out of me. Whats the voltage of this battery?

  • Gantzuka
    Gantzuka9 muaj më parë

    For those in the comment section blasting him on his welding? You got to start somewhere, don't know if he should have started on a car though. But at least he starting somewhere. Besides welding classes are expensive. Did a little arch welding in auto shop and it's difficult, especially with a welders mask on. I don't understand how you see anything.

  • Doc Detroit
    Doc Detroit9 muaj më parë

    Today on when electrical people try mechanical things

  • Simon's Stuff
    Simon's Stuff9 muaj më parë

    i tought this is a bich show,not a car show.

  • E Stu
    E Stu9 muaj më parë

    i can barely watch... and i can barely stop watching... lol

  • matt69savage
    matt69savage10 muaj më parë

    For the 4 allen heads you should have used washers or loctite thread lock. Just saying...

  • Spider Brandt
    Spider Brandt10 muaj më parë

    WTF are you doing, Tape on the trans ? are your screws long enough ? Do you have a Trade ??????

  • Josh Klug
    Josh Klug11 muaj më parë

    I am dying, The duct tape holding up the bell housing. I am sure your done with this project but what do you think about placing the batteries lower on the frame? Manual rack and pinion to remove the steering gear box. Love the idea and the build series.

  • Flixe
    Flixe11 muaj më parë

    I recommend practicing on pieces of scrap metal instead of your car. :D

  • TVPiles
    TVPiles11 muaj më parë

    Just a short question: if you have no clutch and can connect the motor straight to the transmission: why do you need the bell housing? A smaller motor support would also work and save a few pounds.

  • EcnalKcin
    EcnalKcin11 muaj më parë

    spends two videos talking about removing weight....then welds a bunch of 1/4 inch steel plates in

  • thepetyo
    thepetyo11 muaj më parë

    It is amazing that you never measure.

  • DesertFernweh
    DesertFernweh11 muaj më parë

    Rich, love your videos. I am not hating on ya but, Please, for your own safety and those that share the road with you. Contact ThisOldTony for some welding and fabrication lessons.

  • J. Anthony Lopez
    J. Anthony LopezVit më parë

    The jankier this build is, the bigger the channel gets! Genius!

  • David Somar
    David SomarVit më parë

    I like what you do but you have to be more careful, you put yourself in danger all the time. And plan a little more before you cut...God bless all the crative people on ALthe... We love you...

  • Alrukitaf
    AlrukitafVit më parë

    If you use a tripod, you get steady footage, can pan more steadily. More people would watch. Otherwise people like me, who get motion sickness, can’t watch. Although we’d really like to.

  • Yo Man
    Yo ManVit më parë

    "The secondary elephant in the room." Lol, Rich has multiple elephants. There's a whole herd in the comment section. I'm binge watching this whole series. Keep going!

  • LukeyBabes
    LukeyBabesVit më parë

    Fucking hell this is bad. Worried about weight and welds a massive plate to hold the battery. Could have just put 2 crossmembers in instead. Not gonna make another mount for the gearbox I'm sure too

  • Andy Leak66
    Andy Leak66Vit më parë

    Lingerie catalogues was the only relief we had back then and to you got to the granny page

  • José Pinto
    José PintoVit më parë

    I see no motor mounts. What will holt GB+Motorin place, under power?

  • Rojer Lockless
    Rojer LocklessVit më parë

    10:17 "They free hand cut this thing, all by hand... They just put it in the laser and it cut it"... lol

  • Hbadger1
    Hbadger1Vit më parë

    1:02 50 mexican pesos??

  • Zuhir True
    Zuhir TrueVit më parë

    Me trying to fix my problems. 🤦🏾‍♂️

  • Aztech 4x4 mechanical
    Aztech 4x4 mechanicalVit më parë

    Rich keep it up, nothing wrong with your welds. Work on 1 inch holds 1 ton, you have plenty. Welding in nothing more complicated than practice.

  • Blahblahblah Blah
    Blahblahblah BlahVit më parë

    Oh God. It's like watching myself

  • Lucky B
    Lucky BVit më parë

    This video makes me sad, nice death trap

  • Douglas Lila
    Douglas LilaVit më parë

    Way too thick of metal used for the battery support! You could have used thinner metal and just made two thin straps to hold on the battery pack. Time to start planning things out a little more. You've been doing this too long to keep hacking things up - so use some of those skills to plan out the build first before executing. It's time to step up your game and put down the butter knife.

  • Matt Glandorf
    Matt GlandorfVit më parë

    If you can get a Argon Gas conversion for your welder, I think that would help your welds. How heavy are the batteries and things that are getting mounted on that plate? My thought is you might like to have the weight a bit lower in the car for handling.

  • Fairgame70
    Fairgame70Vit më parë

    😂 Rich if this ALthe thing doesn’t work out, you always have a future in comedy bro because you are funny!! 🤣👍🏽

  • tehtron
    tehtronVit më parë

    Hey rich get yourself a panda for the ODB port

  • Zena Flaptoise
    Zena FlaptoiseVit më parë


  • MrQuist125
    MrQuist125Vit më parë

    Hey sir you must pull when welding with flux core :)

  • Andrew Schmidt
    Andrew SchmidtVit më parë

    Got yourself a wire wheel for a drill to help get all the slag off the welds. Works much quicker than a brush.

  • jeales895
    jeales895Vit më parë

    More crazy welding please I really enjoy the warm feeling of pent up rage coming from the comments section

  • BBURKE617
    BBURKE617Vit më parë

    Id prob act watch your channel if youd shut ur corny ass mouth once in. A while . You try way to hardto make ev a joke when it doesnt need to be🤷‍♂️

  • Dee PoP
    Dee PoPVit më parë

    In Germany, you would be arrested for such welds!

  • Sam Clayton
    Sam ClaytonVit më parë

    Has anybody put an electric motor to a transmission with a pto and put a generator on it to try to have self contained charge while driving

  • Gluluman
    GlulumanVit më parë

    what the hell happen to the completion of this car??

  • Gluluman
    GlulumanVit më parë

    what the hell happen to the completion of this car??

  • Gluluman
    GlulumanVit më parë

    what the hell happen to the completion of this car??

  • Keyboard Warrior
    Keyboard WarriorVit më parë

    First rule when buying a harbor freight welder, toss the wire and get Lincoln wire. #2 Go 220V, gas and solid core if you can. #3 Everybody has an asshole, including me ;D Doing good Rich, you will be a billionaire before you know it!

  • Energie Wender
    Energie WenderVit më parë

    Maybe you would want to cover your skin when welding to protect it from the hard UV(B) radiation that gives you skin cancer? Yeah that is where the sun burn on your shins came from.

  • The real Big Snooks
    The real Big SnooksVit më parë

    You’re a badass dude

  • Connor
    ConnorVit më parë

    Tertiary, the word you were looking for was tertiary. Secondary and tertiary plates. XD Awesome video though, can't wait to see what you do next with this beast.

  • PaulBodyBuilder
    PaulBodyBuilderVit më parë

    I live in Philadelphia PA where are you located do you convert SUVs to electric I have a 2002 GMC envoy how much would it be and how long would it take. Also I'm interested in an electric motorcycle

  • Tylivalord
    TylivalordVit më parë

    LOL AN ABSOLUTE NEWBIE AT WELDING! HAHAHAHA (Subscribed! I need someone(to watch/look up to(?)) who's not a total expert at anything but at least trying to improve)

  • drtonyvalentich
    drtonyvalentichVit më parë

    Love your content... Can I suggest you dont use tabs on the battery box... instead use 2 metal straps. This will distribute the load better. Its common on larger fuel cells that are only bolted with the tabs to rip off under braking or cornering. I could only imagine what would happen with the weight of that battery box.

  • Aaron Keener
    Aaron KeenerVit më parë

    Clean all the rust and paint off the surface prior to welding and get a stripper pole for your wife.

  • Jonathan Griffin
    Jonathan GriffinVit më parë

    Can watching a welding arc on a screen damage your eyes? I've always wondered this.

  • CoolKid 1738

    CoolKid 1738

    Vit më parë

    I don't think it can; I don't think that the maximum brightness on ALthe is enough to hurt your eyes, and the scenes of the welding arc in this video are pretty short as well. The welding arc is probably way brighter in real life.

  • Joona Vornanen
    Joona VornanenVit më parë

    Where is the second video?

  • Yo
    YoVit më parë

    Just to make you feel better; I haven't seen welds that bad since high school metal shop, and even then most the welds were better.

  • Robert Ferguson
    Robert FergusonVit më parë

    Love your episodes

  • stevenlee92833
    stevenlee92833Vit më parë

    Duct tape to hold it? When child labor is free 😁

  • stevenlee92833
    stevenlee92833Vit më parë

    Get better welding wire, Lincoln Electric etc. The welds will be much better than the Supa Chinese stuff from Hazard Fraught, even with the welder made by a 10 year old

  • dragade101
    dragade101Vit më parë

    I make shit welds. Like those are aweful. Maybe not even structural.

  • PalmiJoint Records
    PalmiJoint RecordsVit më parë

    The person that took out his wallet had a 50 pesos bill lol nicee

  • Pedro
    PedroVit më parë

    Will somebody please explain to Rich the need for bead rolling steel panels for strength!

  • Michael Andrew
    Michael AndrewVit më parë

    On the welding, would be worth checking the polarity, making sure it's setup for gassless wire. Good to see you having a crack at it though 👍

  • Jo'z avenue
    Jo'z avenueVit më parë

    what background does he have

  • NOBOX7
    NOBOX7Vit më parë

    Rich , in 2025 EV sales will skyrocket and very little mechanics can service them , your knowledge will be gold for about 7 years . You need to start a consultation Business exploiting what you know about these cars . you could teach Mechanics shops how to run this rat race ... Dont waste this opportunity .

  • _____Tweety____
    _____Tweety____Vit më parë

    TESLA is your channel base... you're straying from your base........quit that....

  • jezzermeii
    jezzermeiiVit më parë

    Are you going to have some sort of cover underneath the vehicle, to stop dirt getting on all of the components? I think that'd be a nice idea. :)

  • Tory Minier
    Tory MinierVit më parë

    The welding😆 the duct tape😂 what is happening

  • Keegan L
    Keegan LVit më parë

    Now you've pissed off another group: people who think they know something about welding. Well done. This series will probably spark a civil war by pissing off so many people.

  • david morton
    david mortonVit më parë

    6:10 you need to get the tip closer. And less of a angle.. But keep at it bro.. Play with the setting till you find the sweet spot. 👍

  • Ratted bug
    Ratted bugVit më parë

    Better to get a hotrod builder to help you fabricate and learn at the same time. Someone who has had years of experience. Lots to learn. I taught my kids to weld basics at 10. I'm still learning new stuff especially tig. Good luck.

  • Rob The Squire
    Rob The SquireVit më parë

    With all the welding vids out there... DID YOU WATCH ANY.... My dad's an engineer and he could barely watch... Tack weld the corners and check for allignment and make sure that any servicable areas are not blocked... Then weld the crap out of it slowly for a good solid clean weld.

  • Bodragon
    BodragonVit më parë

    Converting to DC will eliminate those "bubble welds" at a stroke. I'm tellin' ya bruh... ...straight up! Look it up. >

  • Bodragon
    BodragonVit më parë

    What welder are you using ? Have you considered converting it into a DC welder ? It's very easy to do and you get much, much, much better results. >

  • Moose McAlpine
    Moose McAlpineVit më parë

    "Those welds are low-key terrible." No mate, those welds are downright shocking.

  • Carl


    Vit më parë

    yes I found your little forum comment earlier :) you and skotl

  • Neal Miller
    Neal MillerVit më parë

    Bro, kewl concept, I'm digging on the whole E-Vehicle vibe. I'd see if there's someone who can put some better welds down. A buddy who can help you out. Not saying a BooHoo at all. Wish I could get you my brother, an excellent welder. I'd wish I could build something similar. Probably more along the lines of a lightweight, long range, medium load E-Bike. Keep it up, I look forward to more great videos.

  • Bill Gardner
    Bill GardnerVit më parë

    Can I change my 2014 S85 with a newer 100 battery?

  • Steel Power
    Steel PowerVit më parë

    I was just wondering how effective it would be to pick up an old Metro and two of these Zero systems to run dual motor dual pack, feels like you'd have something pretty usable.

    RYANVISIONVit më parë

    Hey Rich, I suck at welding too, but my friend told me to just take my time and do a slow cursive "e" circular motion and it really helped me out. Maybe give that a try and see if it helps your welds out.

  • joesLost
    joesLostVit më parë

    Hey rich, when flux core welding it's always important to sand/brush the slag off before laying another bead. Otherwise you will entrap the slag in the filler metal weakining the welds. I'm no pro welder either but I am concerned for those welds, might be best to get a pro or a friend to touch it up. I love this project keep up the great work!

  • Dejavu Wilson 84
    Dejavu Wilson 84Vit më parë

    I got one don't weld it just duck tape it and hold on to dear Life man truly slow down and respect the craft ✌

  • John barfneck
    John barfneckVit më parë

    More Electric Cars Mean More Coal And Natural Gas - Forbes

  • Peyton Burger
    Peyton BurgerVit më parë

    I definitely wanna see a podcast soon

  • jay haytch
    jay haytchVit më parë

    Use a 2.5" (63mm) diametre hole saw and drill some airholes in the 1/4" plates to lose even more weight. Chamfer off the edges of the plates at 45' where you're going to be welding to the chassis arms. Looks like you're using gasless, flux cored wire instead of a shielding gas which, to be honest, is never going to give a great weld. Buy, borrow, steal a MIG welder and use 20% argon/80% CO2 mix, that will give you a much less brittle weld (and easier to weld). Use approx 40 amps per 1/16" thickness, weld slow, keep the torch upright at around 95' and weave keeping the majority of the weld on the thicker piece of metal.

  • Bob
    BobVit më parë

    Your not holding your tongue in the corner of your mouth the right way. Use some tape dude, use tape...

  • john beer
    john beerVit më parë

    Well... you escaped me calling it dangerous... by the thickness of a gnat's foreskin (one layer).. good job

  • Andrew Peterson
    Andrew PetersonVit më parë

    You have a bit of a clutch problem.....as in you don’t have one. So do you plan on never shifting it? Seems weird to even use a transmission at all if you don’t plan on being able to use all the gears.

  • c1d2e
    c1d2eVit më parë

    Throw away that wire that comes with the HF welder, get some good wire and it actually welds OK.

  • BuffaloWarrior7
    BuffaloWarrior7Vit më parë

    I was honestly expecting you to be welding with sunglasses

  • Carl


    Vit më parë

    he wears them under the mask :)

  • Corey Moyers
    Corey MoyersVit më parë

    Don't jack the shaft, man.

  • C-Shepard
    C-ShepardVit më parë

    LOL, that duct tape epic fail at 13:00. LMAO, Rich you made my day.

  • C-Shepard
    C-ShepardVit më parë

    Man I did a Pickard Facepalm when the duct tape came out. I can't take this project seriously but you know what they say "Practice makes perfect".

  • Patrick Guinnane
    Patrick GuinnaneVit më parë

    hahaha....duck tape..Rich you are nothing if not ambitious....

  • Oddbjørn Gebhardt
    Oddbjørn GebhardtVit më parë

    I was going to suggest laying the battery down instead of standing it, but you came to your senses. I really look forward to seeing this on the road. Good luck

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