Building an electric mini cooper on a $5,000 budget

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Today we are continuing our build of the eletric mini cooper on a astoinishingly cheap budget, helped by no other then the ever beautiful Leedna.. who was a great help.. until she had to leave when she couldn't get logged into her instagram
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  • Rich Rebuilds
    Rich Rebuilds5 muaj më parë

    Next video in the series, here! -

  • Micah Kenneth8

    Micah Kenneth8

    2 muaj më parë

    Rich you are the man 🤣🤣 seriously you do good work!!

  • Zeeshanshabir Shabir

    Zeeshanshabir Shabir

    4 muaj më parë


  • Andrew Hill

    Andrew Hill

    5 muaj më parë

    That your girl?

  • Mustafa Dada

    Mustafa Dada

    5 muaj më parë

    Why the hell would you keep such thumbnail

  • virtualize everything
    virtualize everything3 ditë më parë

    a knee mill could as well

  • Muninn Myrkvi
    Muninn Myrkvi7 ditë më parë

    How in the hell are you receiving machine shop labor within a $5000 budget?

  • AZMK______ K
    AZMK______ K16 ditë më parë

    I just sticked on to the girl for sure

  • Yeshua 777
    Yeshua 77717 ditë më parë

    Can I buy a mini and pay you to make it electric?? How much ?

  • Midwest Chris
    Midwest Chris22 ditë më parë

    I'm going to need some more info on that B5 we got a glimpse of

  • J
    J23 ditë më parë

    I hate videos like these with the fluke one off price deals that are non repeatable.

  • F Malik
    F Malik23 ditë më parë

    b5 audi s4 in the back lol i just sold an entire shell, and had the bright idea of deciding to do an EV conversion few weeks later.

  • F Malik
    F Malik23 ditë më parë

    i don't understand.... why couldn't you recreate the thread on a cad program?

  • Tyler Clemons
    Tyler Clemons28 ditë më parë

    A thought on the brake boost. What if you converted it to a hydraulic assist, like the GM Hydro boost and incorporated it into the power steering system? I know it could be done, just wondering if it would be cost effective.

  • Pablo
    PabloMuaj më parë

    Leenda is coming along!

  • Jorge Lebron Jr.
    Jorge Lebron Jr.Muaj më parë

    Dude you’re freaking amazing!! I have a 67 VW bettle. If you’re looking for another project we could put a Tesla motor in it. 😎 Speak it into existence.

  • kmil Babiel
    kmil BabielMuaj më parë

    You are an example to follow bro, very good job

  • NicholsZiegler
    NicholsZieglerMuaj më parë

    You can have regenerative braking with any electric motor

  • UH Rex
    UH RexMuaj më parë

    whats your assistant instagram name

  • Rush Bayou
    Rush BayouMuaj më parë

    got 8" but want 9"... thats what she said :)

  • Google sucks hey fuck you google
    Google sucks hey fuck you googleMuaj më parë

    "what does DC stand for" doe's cheeks... man that bumper on her.. lorda mercy!

  • kush shawn
    kush shawnMuaj më parë

    I just subscribed to your channel

  • Efrain De La Rocha
    Efrain De La RochaMuaj më parë

    Did rich leave his wife and kids for the thothy??

  • Inkalimeva TV
    Inkalimeva TVMuaj më parë

    That phone hovering twat does nothing but annoy,

  • Echo Sierra
    Echo SierraMuaj më parë

    I though the title said “thigh.”

  • Music Masters
    Music MastersMuaj më parë

    I love the music

  • Alexander Vlietstra
    Alexander VlietstraMuaj më parë

    I know Mini's have plenty of problems, but I've had a R53 which I had till 120,000 miles that only had two problems since I've owned it at 56,000, and I currently have a R56 JCW (N18) that has only given me an oil filter housing issue as he said. My JCW is currently at 115,000 miles, after buying it at 62,000. I'm nervous something bad is going to happen every time I drive it because of all the problems others have had, but I've really only had a splendid time with them.

  • E Vehicles
    E VehiclesMuaj më parë

    good job1

    DAVID THOMPSONMuaj më parë

    She's doing more than you swapping the engine for batteries!

  • studlypear05
    studlypear05Muaj më parë

    Every single issue that mechanic listed I had with my 09 mini cooper Clubman. Sunroof flooded the interior of the car

  • D Bolger
    D BolgerMuaj më parë

    The lovejoy is technically a Cush-drive. I suspect that the lovejoy term came out of ignorance.

  • kjazz242
    kjazz242Muaj më parë

    $1500 for a mini? That's cheap

  • Robert Adkins II
    Robert Adkins IIMuaj më parë

    I agree that BMW did a poor job with the sun roofs. ...and the CVT transmissions on the R53, but many/most of those other issues are related to failing to keep up with proper maintenance on their R53.

  • S tech
    S techMuaj më parë

    this girl is a real poser

  • Mathew Wyrick
    Mathew WyrickMuaj më parë

    Keep Leenda in the videos she cool

  • Ryan McLaughlin
    Ryan McLaughlinMuaj më parë

    SHe sexy

  • Kketansa Art
    Kketansa ArtMuaj më parë

    If you want her to work, then swap her with cameraman. Job will be done perfectly 😀😀😂

  • colin young
    colin youngMuaj më parë

    loving the channel

  • Nelson Lopez
    Nelson Lopez2 muaj më parë

    i thought electric cars dont need a transmission

  • Mrdubomb
    Mrdubomb2 muaj më parë

    Nice work, couple questions I have to know the answer to, how did you get the motor shaft lined up to the input shaft exactly when fabing the plate and since the gearbox has reverse capabilities already, does that simplify anything with the controller/electronics?

  • Dranotomybraino
    Dranotomybraino2 muaj më parë

    hey rich I own a 2017g30 bmw any tips on a ev swap for something like that?

  • Diesel Dragon
    Diesel Dragon2 muaj më parë

    That powdered coat blue SURE is ELECTRIFYING!!!

  • drrobotnikmeanbeanma
    drrobotnikmeanbeanma2 muaj më parë

    If i want to charge a electric car at home, what's the name of the wall outlet i need to have ?

  • AWcinema AWcinema
    AWcinema AWcinema2 muaj më parë

    I call💩💩 my mini would kick your ass!!!!!

  • Julyan Grant
    Julyan Grant2 muaj më parë

    Can you add an electric motor and regenerative braking to a gas powered vehicle making your previous motor vehicle a hybrid.

  • aj leech
    aj leech2 muaj më parë

    hey i was just wondering say u have a 4x4 truck with an ecm well most new vehicles have them since 2000 i believe so what do i do im trying to find the reach keep the transmission functioning properly im little worried that the ecm will misbehave ppl say there finding ways to fool the ecm i just to be pointed in the rite direction haha pls and thx

  • Dale Anderson
    Dale Anderson2 muaj më parë

    You mention a website called EV Album I think at about 8:48. Would you be kind enough to share that url with us?

  • panzerabwerkanone
    panzerabwerkanone2 muaj më parë

    With Mini owned by BMW, parts for Mini vehicles are at BMW pricing levels. You probably could recoup(er) your investment by selling all the spare parts left over.

  • First Name Second Name
    First Name Second Name2 muaj më parë

    2 years of driving a plug in hybrid I’ve found using regen braking is less efficient than not using it, allowing the car to use its momentum while easing off the accelerator is more efficient than the braking action of regen and then the re applying of the accelerator after the regen deceleration And what they don’t tell you is that if it’s very cold 🥶 or the battery 🔋 is already full then you get zero regen action

  • simon roy
    simon roy2 muaj më parë

    21:12 BUG WALKS BY

  • David Bernard
    David Bernard2 muaj më parë

    Girl killed the video! And it was looking all sp professional

  • Angel Celis
    Angel Celis2 muaj më parë

    Love me some leenda.

  • Timron SWRD
    Timron SWRD2 muaj më parë

    Poor leenda she’s probably broke down somewhere.

  • Mohammed osman
    Mohammed osman2 muaj më parë

    Nice ass!...Oh I mean nice car

  • jawad aburumman
    jawad aburumman2 muaj më parë

    Dude, you have amazing content, why do you have to go that way, more views, (sex sells), and probably a lot of people would watch for that shit!

  • Hot Toolsja
    Hot Toolsja2 muaj më parë


  • A.D.H.D N3D
    A.D.H.D N3D2 muaj më parë

    Just looking at cover photo for this video of female in the engine compartment I wondered if instead of horsepower it might be a heifer powered car???? Haha 😂 haha I'm sorry but I couldn't hold that in. I'm totally joking! the young lady is beautiful!

  • Dave Thomas
    Dave Thomas2 muaj më parë

    Why would people be whining about Leenda? She's funny!

  • twizack22
    twizack222 muaj më parë

    Is she reading the script on the phone?🤔

  • Nicholas Iniguez
    Nicholas Iniguez2 muaj më parë

    @Rich Rebuilds I love your channel and I watch all your videos! Is there any way we can get a part list of the parts you used for this build?

  • Malc R
    Malc R3 muaj më parë

    What about the battery

  • TheGalacticWest
    TheGalacticWest3 muaj më parë

    4:45 Its an ANUS!

  • ShamblerDK
    ShamblerDK3 muaj më parë

    I really wish something like that could be done here. If you modify a car like that here in Denmark, you'd need to get it approved as a new model. That doesn't sound so bad, until you hear it's prohibitively expensive.

  • mike kunnecke
    mike kunnecke3 muaj më parë

    I wanna see that red OG mini run on batts

  • Sharron Clark
    Sharron Clark3 muaj më parë

    Those nasty looking stockings look like something an Old Lady would wear! Lol!😁 Other than that, more please!😁😘🙋

  • Ernst Spitaler
    Ernst Spitaler3 muaj më parë

    rich, you need to get your heels down when you squat. way more ergonomic.

  • Justin Collins
    Justin Collins3 muaj më parë

    Great Idea to ev convert a mini. It's make a cool series, and turns a mini into a running and driving car.

  • Ronan
    Ronan3 muaj më parë

    I had a 3 series BMtrouble you, what a piece of sh!t

  • Sri
    Sri3 muaj më parë

    Thanos spotted 16:34

  • jeff doak
    jeff doak3 muaj më parë

    my father in-law keeps buying mini coopers and they all have had electric problems

  • Gordon Maxwell
    Gordon Maxwell3 muaj më parë

    Emphasis on "tight"

  • Gamen4Bros
    Gamen4Bros3 muaj më parë

    her pants tho :O jkjk

  • uppair kk
    uppair kk3 muaj më parë

    I would love you guys to do a Coleman mini bike conversion

  • uppair kk
    uppair kk3 muaj më parë

    Awesome video bro.......

  • Sheep Wolf
    Sheep Wolf3 muaj më parë

    It's all about Bananas and inches... 😂😂😂😂

  • Crusoe
    Crusoe3 muaj më parë

    She is really digging your 8 inch motor!

  • James Cameron
    James Cameron3 muaj më parë

    Lee.your welding is shite....

  • Michael Millar
    Michael Millar3 muaj më parë

    Leenda smart and smoking hot I'm in love 💘 lol

  • McKenzie Keith
    McKenzie Keith3 muaj më parë

    You can buy those lovejoys with lots of different sized holes. Might have been a bit easier than cutting out that spline. But then again maybe not.

  • HowlsOmega
    HowlsOmega3 muaj më parë

    My mini R53 has 210K miles and still going... i paid 3k for it. Kinda want to turn into electric now.

  • Gene Kochanowsky
    Gene Kochanowsky3 muaj më parë

    Rich, don't sweat the comments, we live in the age of perpetual outrage.

  • Yonasty
    Yonasty3 muaj më parë

    Lol I love his edits

  • MrWaalkman
    MrWaalkman3 muaj më parë

    After Leenda nails what the parts are @6:15, Rich blows it by calling the Lovejoy a connector (it's a coupling). And the "bushing" also has a name, it's called a spider. I think that this calls for a Q&A role reversal in the next video. :) Great video nonetheless, backyard engineering at its best!

    LAUGHINGMANWILL3 muaj më parë

    6:03 "It's not the state right?" Correct D.C. is not a state, it doesn't have the same rights.... which is actually really screwed up

  • doobeone
    doobeone3 muaj më parë

    Haters always going to hate free99 Rich.

  • Flashbang Photo
    Flashbang Photo3 muaj më parë

    how much power does that motor have?

  • bugtrap66
    bugtrap663 muaj më parë

    Great video! Very interesting.🤔 Your help was a bonus. Just let the haters O.D. on haterade.😂😂👍

  • Mark Lynskey
    Mark Lynskey3 muaj më parë

    15:14 Mechanic Jeff Bezos not a fan of Mini.

  • Mark Lynskey
    Mark Lynskey3 muaj më parë

    7:35 keep throwing your cutch disc on the ground like that Rich and it won't be much good!

  • Zero Consequence
    Zero Consequence3 muaj më parë

    I need help i am planning to build my own electronic car ...

  • 100PercentTHCfilms
    100PercentTHCfilms3 muaj më parë

    8 inches looks good on paper. But in reality youd rather have 9. XD

  • mike Dogterom Verburg
    mike Dogterom Verburg3 muaj më parë

    How much kw does your motor have

  • my surly trucker
    my surly trucker3 muaj më parë

    There shit my friend had one it was fairly new it sounded like a diesel, they would do nothing about it told her it was fine that some made this noise, to get shot of it she had to get another one from them that was according to them the same lol ,so anyway it sounded much gooderer and she sold it fast .

  • Forever Computing
    Forever Computing4 muaj më parë

    Wouldn't a flywheel help make the motor run smoothly? Then it would have been a mount the flywheel to the motor, then use the clutch. components as is.

  • BlackManOps
    BlackManOps4 muaj më parë

    My mini cooper conversion was budgeted at $10k. I have to adjust my bar. Or steal the batteries.

  • Daniel Carter
    Daniel Carter4 muaj më parë

    That's a monster Lovejoy connection

  • imderrickjed
    imderrickjed4 muaj më parë

    Best thing ever said in a ALthe video: I'm sorry if you didn't like the free content. Every video I watch (even the bad ones) I always leave a thumbs up. Somebody took their time to make something for me to watch for free. Not sure how that's a bad thing or what screw broke loose in the brains of people who hit thumbs down.

  • imderrickjed
    imderrickjed4 muaj më parë

    When I make plates I use Autocad (any older cheap version). Print a 1:1 scale for testing. Once its perfect I email the machine shop the DXF file. I like the pizza box idea though.

  • docgspot
    docgspot4 muaj më parë

    r56 owner here....2007. ive had it since 2013 i think. ive spent a min of £1000 a year in repairs to keep it going not including standard items.

  • John Ferney Tinoco
    John Ferney Tinoco4 muaj më parë

    Hello! Rich I want to make a project here in Colombian, Do you want to Join me?

  • david schwartz
    david schwartz4 muaj më parë

    Knows what a DC motor is but isn't sure what DC stands for... Idk seems suspect. 🤷‍♂️

  • sbodi4d
    sbodi4d4 muaj më parë

    More Leenda!!!

  • fakk u
    fakk u4 muaj më parë

    to the love joy connector?

  • Travis Terrell
    Travis Terrell4 muaj më parë

    Question for those who have done similar: Can a pizza box template really be accurate enough to be able to get those threaded holes lined up perfectly?