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How to Get Started on a Project Car (it’s easier than you think)

How to Get Started on a Project Car (it’s easier than you think)


– If you’re watching this channel, you probably like cars. (cars revving) And if you like cars you’ve probably dreamt about having one as a project. Well what’s stopping you? Maybe you thought it was too expensive of hobby. Or maybe you thought you didn’t have the skills necessary to have one. Or maybe you thought you weren’t cool enough to join the club. Well, I’m here to you that none of that stuff is true. It doesn’t have to be that expensive. It’s really not that hard, and our threshold for what’s cool is actually really very low. Today, I’m gonna you five reasons why you can and should have a project car. And once I’ve successfully convinced you I’m gonna give you my top
three picks for project cars. I’m Zack, and this is Money Pit. (thunder crashing) All right. So you guys might be wondering what makes me qualified to talk to you, aspiring
mechanics, about project cars. And I guess really my
qualification is just that I am about as afflicted as it can get. I have a project car problem, if you will. I don’t think it’s a problem, but everybody else does. About six months ago,
I moved to Ohio to LA to work at Donut. I sold all my cars in Ohio, and drove an RV to LA. I lived in it for about four months, and I now have four project cars, and an RV in the back yard. So I guess that’s my qualification. I keep buying junk in various states, if running or not running. I think that’s cool, and if you’re kinda in the same boat and you have a project that isn’t running, that you haven’t been working on, I hope that you use this video as inspiration to get back into the garage and get working 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 hasn’t touched it in three months. So don’t be like Serone. Be like me.
Turn some wrenches. Okay, So cars can be scary and daunting and like super complex, especially these days. But, once you start to learn how to work on your project car, it sets you up very well to be able to work on any car. It’s kinda like learning a language. You start to figure out how
to pick up on the trails and the breadcrumbs. Okay, you hear a sound. Now that you kinda know
how to work on your car you know where to go for that sound. You know how to find the source of the sound, and fix it. It doesn’t only apply to cars. Say your washing machine breaks in your house. You can probably fix that now because you know how
mechanical stuff works. But be careful people
will catch wind of that, so all of the sudden you’re fixing everybody’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’s a business plan. All right, so now that we got you all hyped up and confident thinking that you can fix anything in the world, sorry we gotta reel it back a little bit and be honest with ourselves, you’re not always gonna be able to fix everything. It’s inevitable that you get confused or you get stumped on a problem with a car. It happens to me all the time. But so what do you do when that happens? You turn to one of the
other biggest reasons for getting into cars,
which is the community. (music) It’s your family. The family that you’ve been building. The family that speaks this language that you’ve been learning. It’s like you and your friends dirty and tired in the garage at like two in the morning. You gotta this engine back into the car, but thing after thing after problem after issue is
stopping you, slowing you down, chipping away at your confidence. It happens.
I’ve been there. But through hard work and perseverance, you and your boys get that engine back in. You get the job done and you always do when it comes down to you and your friends working on stuff. You actually don’t always get it done. That’s a misdirection. Sometimes you’re not gonna get it done. This language that
we’ve been talking about transcends whatever language you speak. I have had so many interactions with people from all
over the world about cars because we all kinda understand, even if we can’t quite understand each other’s language, we understand the car language, and that is so cool. – That was really good man. That was really good. – Thanks buddy. Okay so you kinda understand that there is this language now, and I think I’ve harped on the community thing hard enough. So now I think it’s time
to start talking about the elephant in the room. Money. It’s honestly probably what’s
kept you out of this game thus far. But it’s okay. We’ll get through it. Let’s talk about it. When you’re getting into any hobby you’re gonna 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, which yeah expensive tools are nice sure, but cheap tools will get the job done. And I’ve made a list of the tools that you need to get started. Here it is. The list starts with sockets and ratchets, like these. You’re gonna want to buy metric sockets because pretty much all car stuff is metric these days. Though it does depend on
what you’re working on. You need a set of screwdrivers. Just get yourself a big ole combo kit with flatheads and phillips, you’ll pretty much be set. And you’re also gonna need some pliers. Again, just a combo set of piers, get a little bit of everything, you’ll be in good shape. You’ll need a set of wrenches. Again, metric. And I recommend getting an adjustable wrench to. Get you a good combo set, and you’ll be in good shape. And then you need a digital multi-meter to handle all the electrical
issues that you may have, and this. This is kind of a complicated tool but we’ll learn how to use this later on. If you’re working on cars that are OBD II, which means from 1996 or newer, you’re gonna wanna have a code reader, a scanner, so you can see what your check engine light is on for, what’s actually going on in the computer of your car, a indisposable tool. And of course you’re gonna need a jack and jack stands so you can lift your car,
get it off the ground, and safely work under it. Speaking of safely, you also need some safety equipment. I like to go with the 1982 version of safety glasses to keep your eyes in perfect condition. You’re also gonna need a hammer. This is one of the most indisposable tools in the garage. You bang stuff on, bang stuff off. You don’t know. And then honestly I think
having a pry bar is nice so you can, you know, pry stuff off. But that’s about it. That’s not to bad. And I actually, I went
tot harborfrieght.com, who does not sponsor this what so ever, and I put all this stuff in a cart. You can do all this for
less than 400 bucks, which is not bad. – [Friend] And if you can’t afford that just do what everyone else does. – Steal. – Steal one from your friends
one by one tool at a time. – And if you can’t afford that, do what everyone else does and just borrow them from
a friend permanently. At the end of the day with a project car, the only thing that
matters is what you like. You get to build a
project car to your taste. For your own satisfaction, and to flex on other mother******s. Regardless of what aspect
of cars you think is cool, you can do that, there are no rules. I mean if you want it to be street legal, there are kind of some rules. But you know what I mean. So no matter what your thing is, what your into, you can use
your project car as a way to further express that. And honestly, its on of the coolest ways
you can express yourself that I can think of. We get to play with machines. These are varietable machines. Pretty much any car on the road can do like 100 miles an hour or more. And that, when you think about it, is crazy. You get to drive a machine
that can do 100 miles an hour. And there is no better
way to express yourself than by building and
driving something like that. Okay so, you get to learn
how to work on cars, you get to join a really cool community, you get to spend all your money and time in a really cool way, and you get to express yourself through the coolest medium I can think of. So what next? What next on this whole gear head journey that were talking about? Picking out a project. So let me give you my top
3 picks for a project, as of early 2020. Each pick is gonna be for a
different facit of motorsport. If you want to call it that. Okay so if drifting is your thing, if that’s what your into. In my opinion you should pick up an E36. 325i or 328i. Their abundant, their cheap, their pretty darn reliable, and they make enough
power to get you sliding. You really don’t have to do much. If your a drift kinda person, get you an E36, like
the one in the garage. Come steal this one! Syrones not doing anything with it. So if off roadings your thing, I think my pick has to be a Jeep. Ideally a Wrangler, and ideally with a four liter inline six. Its got enough power to get you anywhere, but it can be hard to
come by those for cheap. So you go with a Wrangler
with a 4 cylinder, or you can also find Jeep Cherokees with that 4 liter inline
6 for really cheap. So I’d 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 itching do some
auto crossing and track dang, and hit all the beautiful
canyons out here in California. So what could be better to do that in, than a Mazda Miata. Their cheap, their reliable, their abundant, and most
importantly their good. It is a 1994 NA so its got the popups. James said I couldn’t have
one without the popups. And It might not look 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 are going to wrench on
every little part of this car. And I’ll show you how it works, and how you install stuff, and what it does and
everything in between. Thanks a billion for watching. We’re about to take a huge
journey with this car, so I hope you stick with us. Follow me on Instagram @zachjobe, follow Donut @donutmedia, follow our new YouTube
channel for out podcasts, Donut Podcasts, and of course as always. Subscribe to the channel. See you guys next week.

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100 thoughts on “How to Get Started on a Project Car (it’s easier than you think)

  1. Hey yall welcome to MONEYPIT!
    We have a TON that we want to do with this show, but what are your initial thoughts?
    What kinds of stuff do you want to learn about?
    What mods do you want us to do (and teach you how to do) on this Miata?

  2. “…and to flex on other motherf**kers”

    That killed me 😂🤣💀
    That definitely needs to be a window banner or sticker

  3. Explained project cars to my gf, she asked "ya but happens when you finish the project?
    My replay "finish?" I don't know I've never completed this game 😂😂😂

  4. Yooo fucking sick! The Miata couldn’t have been better. I unfortunately cannot get a project car bc I live in an apartment complex, but I do plan on buying an ND RF. I’ll be checking in on the series to learn.

  5. I want a VW Corrado Vr6 as a project car and build it up with same upgrades, as it had in Forza Horizon 1 when you got this as your first car

  6. Love this video. Money is what's holding me back mostly. Finally got a garage to work out of. Really wish you guys would do a "Everything you need to know to get up to Speed" episode on the Volkswagen Corrado. James says he loves Vw's but he's never done a video on the Corrado yet. That's what my project car is, my 90' VW Corrado G60. I've wanted to own one since i was 16 and I bought her right after my kids were born. If you guys could do some type of video on the Corrado it would inspire me i think. Keep up the AWESOME work with the videos. Love this channel

  7. Perfect video. After watching this I headed to my garage and pulled every tool that I own out to see if i needed anything from this list. Luckily I have everything mentioned from past projects but I would live a follow up video on sone of the more expensive items you should get for working on a car. I don't have a jack. And power tools. And am pretty new to the car scene. No ramps. No wheel chucks. Pretty much electrical tools except a drill. Oh and i didn't have a breaker bar which I am ordering now. I would live to see a more in depth tool list that every car owner should get even for general maintance.

  8. I got a Walmart set of sockets with metric and standard. A hammer. A rubber cup to convert my hammer lol. A screwdriver. Torque wrench. Jack stands and Jack. I just need a obd2 reader which I keep forgetting but so far I've been able to diagnose properly

  9. Cool. Calm. Refreshing. Three words I hear thrown around in the news separately a lot these days. Put them together? Well now you've got a show on Donut called Money Pit. From one Doctor to another – I look forward to seeing more!

  10. Make more videos in this show! And teach us how to make literally every single thing with project. It's very interesting and this show has many important practical information for people like me , who just thinking about how to start their own project. Please, give us more this awesome sh*t!!!

  11. The biggest cost for cars is time…. If you have got time you could literally turn any pile of rust into something cool and fun. I know someone who got a scrap vw beetle and e type and made the coolest and weirdest rear engined e type rat rod.
    The biggest tip for project cars is buying a project, don’t buy an immaculate nsx or porsche as you’ll probably leave it as it is, the more rust there is the more stuff you get to learn how to fix; welding, electrical, etc.
    But most important do it because you want to,

    Have fun,
    Learn life skills,
    Fix things,
    Break things,
    Repeat…

  12. 07:29 was originally recorded and upload by our channel (Ricedelivery) but I see that you guys credited somebody, who copied and uploaded it 😀

  13. I've been studying the inside of my car. My 2007 Saturn Sky is not currently running. I wanna put a turbo in it, and a new exhaust, and some interior design because rn, the inside door panels (as I learned a few weeks after buying) had been hot glued on! Well… time to get to work!

  14. I managed to score a retired mechanic's tool set for $1,000 years and years ago. Check out Craig's List and flee markets. You can get a good deal on quality used tools.

  15. Small list of Cheap Project car ideas:
    1) Acura Integra
    2) Honda Civic or Accord
    3) ‘75 & under Volkswagen Bugs (Very fun and easy to work with)
    4) Nissan 240s
    5) Mazda Miatas
    6) Mustangs (3rd or 4th generations)
    7) Volkswagen Golfs

    Feel free to add any I missed on this thread!👍🏼

  16. Yeah, it ain't that hard he said…. And than educated mechanics have to clean up noobs mess and in some cases, ambulance scrapes noobs off the asphalt.

  17. Holy shit! You basically just gave the long version of the exact spiel I give anyone who asks me how/why I learned how to work on cars. I am actually planning to buy a Miata in the next year or so, just for racing, so I am stoked to see what you do. Biggest things I want to see are suspension set-up for racing, “adding lightness”, power-adders that work for autocross vs track racing, and the major differences between racing classes (how to build for the class you want to race in).

  18. I am sooo happy about this! Thanks so much donut! I cant wait to see what you guys do with the NA and it will give me so much help for my NB! 🙂

  19. “ Or maybe your mom said your not old enough😕” 😂 I’m 13 love the channel keep doing what y’all do it’s awesome ❤️☝️

  20. I’m 19 just got out of high school and I’m lookin to be moving out soon but first thing I needed was a car so I saved up 1600$ and got a 1999 Honda Civic Ex as a project car to just get me from work and around town. I get so many compliments on it for some reason.. it’s a cool car and fun to work on and learn. I also have fallen in love with manual and don’t think I’ll ever go back to automatic.

  21. This is ultra motivating, I'm fixing my dads old truck in my autos class and I've been feeling down because it's hard to find parts for it but this makes me really want to get working on it 🙂

  22. Hey it would be really cool if you do cars from all eras, I’m rebuilding a hella old car (‘65 mustang). You’d gain a bigger fan base for your channel too

  23. Quick tip: don't buy a car as a project car if you're planning on using it as a daily driver unless you have a backup because things will seem to never go your way. I know!

  24. 3:21 language, I know that first hand. Years back 15’ish we had some Germans doing a massive install at of a new robotics system when they saw my 2002 BMW Z3 M roadster they went nuts. They were BMW fan and where like never drove the ///M version of it. We did some pull and drifting they were lucky because they have roads without speed limits. At the time I didn’t speak any Germany. Miata is the answer when the Z3 mans ‘Miata’ is not the answer the Z3 and Z4 have more power baby

  25. U need room and to have a garage. I cant be a mechanic to many parts. U need time and a flexible job and no other hobbies so if u love cars this is for u.

  26. Can everybody all agree to please stop with the whole "Drift Tax" thing? I understand it's all about supply and demand but why don't people list cars for the price the car should be? Based on age, condition of both the interior and exterior, mileage, etc. I want to get into cars, specifically RX7 FC's but they're overpriced in my opinion. I don't even want to get one to drift necessarily, just clean it up and do some modifications. It's really discouraging to see a 30-35 year old car with 100,000+ miles going for 6, 7, 8k and up. Idk, maybe I'm just not looking hard enough and maybe it's not worth my time. Just wanted to rant a little

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