How to Get Started on a Project Car (itís easier than you think)Feb 29, 2020
- If you are watching this channel, you probably like cars. (cars speeding up) And if you like cars, you've probably dreamed of owning one as a
project. Well, what's stopping you? Maybe you thought it was too expensive a hobby. Or maybe you thought you didn't have the skills to own one. Or maybe you thought you weren't cool enough to join the club. Well, I'm here so that none of that is true. It doesn't have to be that expensive. It's really not that hard, and our threshold for what's great is actually very low. Today, I'm going to give you five reasons why you can and should have a
And once I've successfully convinced you, I'll give you my top three picks for project cars. I'm Zack, and this is Money Pit. (crashing thunder) Very good. So you might be wondering what qualifies me to talk to you aspiring mechanics about project cars. And I
thinkreally my qualification is that I'm as distressed as possible. I have a problem with the project car, so to speak. I don't
thinkit's a problem, but everyone else is. About six months ago, I moved to Los Angeles from Ohio to work at Donut. I sold all my cars in Ohio and drove an RV to Los Angeles.
I lived in it for about four months, and now have four project cars and an RV in the backyard. So I guess that's my rating. I keep buying junk in various states, whether it works or not. I think that's great, and if you're in the same boat and have a project that's not running, that you haven't been working on, I hope you'll use this video as inspiration to get back in the garage. and get to work on it, and not be like my roommate Syrone, who bought a perfectly good project car about three months ago, took up the only garage space with it.
That broke. And he hasn't touched it in three months. So don't be like Serone. Be like me. Turn some keys. Granted, cars can be scary and daunting and super complex, especially these days. But, once he starts learning how to work on his car project, it prepares him very well to be able to work on any car. It's like learning a language. You start to figure out how to follow the trails and the breadcrumbs. It's okay, you hear a sound. Now that you know how to work on your car, you know where to go to get that sound.
You know how to find the source of the sound and fix it. It doesn't just apply to cars. Let's say his washing machine breaks down at his house. You can probably fix that now because you know how mechanical things work. But be careful, people will find out about it, so suddenly you are fixing everyone's cars in the neighborhood. And they want you to do it for free. Charge them like half price, and then, bam, you're making money. That is a business plan. Alright, now that we've got you excited and confident that you can fix anything in the world, I'm sorry, we have to step back a bit and be honest with ourselves, you won't always be able to fix everything. .
It is inevitable that you will be confused or perplexed by a problem with a car. It happens to me all the time. But then what do you do when that happens? He goes to one of the other biggest reasons to get in cars, which is community. (music) It's your family. The family you've been building. The family that speaks this language that you have been learning. It's like you and your friends are dirty and tired in the garage like two in the morning. You have to put this engine back in the car, but one thing after another, one problem after another, it stops you, slows you down and takes away your confidence.
Happens. I've been there. But through hard work and perseverance, you and your guys get that engine rolling again. You get the work done and you always do when it comes to getting you and your friends working on things. In fact, you don't always get it. That is a bad address. Sometimes you won't make it. This language that we have been speaking of transcends any language that you speak. I've had so many interactions with people from all over the world about cars because we all understand, even if we can't understand each other's language, we understand the language of the car, and that's great. - That was very good man.
That was really good. - Thanks friend. Okay, so you understand that this language exists now, and I think I've pushed the community thing enough. So now I think it's time to start talking about the elephant in the room. Money. Honestly, it's probably what's kept you out of this game so far. But it's okay. We'll get through it. Let's talk about it. When you take up any hobby, you will end up spending some money and this is no different. I think a lot of people get hung up on wanting to have expensive tools, that yes, expensive tools are nice, but cheap tools will do the job.
And I've made a list of the tools you need to get
started. Here it is. The list starts with sockets and ratchets, like these. You are going to want to buy metric sockets because almost everything related to cars is metric these days. It depends on what you're working on though. You need a set of screwdrivers. Just get yourself a great combo kit with both flat and phillips heads, you're pretty much set. And you're also going to need some pliers. Again, just a combo set of springs, get a little bit of everything, you'll be in good shape.
You will need a set of keys. Again, metric. And I recommend getting an adjustable wrench. Get yourself a good combo set and you'll be in good shape. And then you need a digital multimeter to handle all the electrical problems you might have, and this. This is a bit of a tricky tool, but we'll learn how to use it later. If you're working on cars that are OBD II, meaning 1996 or newer, you'll want to have a code reader, scanner, so you can see what the check engine light is on for, what's really going on on your car's computer, an unavailable tool.
And, of course, you'll need a jack and jack stands to be able to safely lift your car up off the ground and work under it. Speaking of security, you also need some security equipment. I like to go with the 1982 version of safety glasses to keep my eyes in pristine condition. You're also going to need a hammer. This is one of the most indispensable tools in the garage. You hit things, you hit things. you don't know. And then honestly, I think having a pry bar is nice so you can, you know, pull things out. But that's all.
That's not so bad. And actually, I went to harborfrieght.com, which doesn't endorse this at all, and I put all of this in a cart. You can do all of this for less than $400, which isn't bad. - And if you can't afford it, do what others do. - Steal. - Steal one of your friends one by one tool at a time. - And if you can't afford it, do what everyone else does and borrow them from a friend permanently. At the end of the day, with a project car, all that matters is what you like. You have the opportunity to build a project car to your liking.
For your own satisfaction and to please other mothers. Whatever look of cars you think is cool, you can do it, there are no rules. I mean, if you want to make it street legal, there are some rules. But you know what I mean. So no matter what you like, what you like, you can use your car project as a way to further express it. And honestly, it's one of the coolest ways you can express yourself that I can think of. We start playing with the machines. These are variety machines. Just about any car on the road can do like 100 miles per hour or more.
And that, when you think about it, is crazy. You get to drive a machine that can do 100 miles per hour. And there's no better way to express yourself than by building and driving something like this. Okay, so you can learn how to work on cars, you can join a really cool community, you can spend all your money and time in a really cool way, and you can express yourself through the coolest medium I can think of. of. So what's next? What's next in this whole journey of gears we're talking about? Selection of a project. So let me give you my top 3 picks for a project, early 2020.
Each pick will be for a different factor in motorsport. If you want to call it that. Okay, if drifting is your thing, if that's what you like. In my opinion, you should choose an E36. 325i or 328i. They're plentiful, they're cheap, they're pretty reliable, and they make enough power to get you gliding. You really don't have to do much. If you're a drifter, get an E36, like the one in the garage. Come steal this one! Syrones does nothing with it. So if SUVs are your thing, I think my choice has to be a Jeep. Ideally a Wrangler, and ideally with a four-liter inline-six.
It has enough power to get you anywhere, but these can be hard to come by on the cheap. So you choose a Wrangler with 4 cylinders, or you can also find Jeep Cherokees with that 4 liter inline 6 engine for very little money. So I would probably do that. And that brings me to my third pick, which I guess is actually my first pick, because I actually bought it. I bought a Miata! I've been looking forward to doing some auto traversing and track, and visiting all the beautiful canyons here in California. So what could be better to do that than a Mazda Miata?
They are cheap, reliable, plentiful, and most importantly, good. It's a 1994 NA, so it has the popups. James said he couldn't have one without the popups. And it may not sound like much right now, but I assure you, this thing is an absolute gem. A diamond in the ruff if you will. And throughout the life of this show, we're going to work on every little part of this car. And I'll show you how it works, how you install things, what it does, and everything else. Thanks a million for watching. We are about to go on a great journey with this car, so I hope it stays with us.
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