Autos & Vehicles

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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  1. Rich Rebuilds

    Rich Rebuilds

    6 months ago

    Next video in the series, here! -

    • Micah Kenneth8

      Micah Kenneth8

      3 months ago

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

    • Zeeshanshabir Shabir

      Zeeshanshabir Shabir

      5 months ago


    • Andrew Hill

      Andrew Hill

      5 months ago

      That your girl?

    • Mustafa Dada

      Mustafa Dada

      6 months ago

      Why the hell would you keep such thumbnail

  2. W Leighton

    W Leighton

    3 days ago

    I got my 95 Chrysler LeBaron last year with the hopes of one day turning it EV. Thank you for doing this Mini, I'm inspired to continue my Quest.

  3. qwertya asdf

    qwertya asdf

    8 days ago

    Leena should have her own video she would do well super cut lady

  4. Michael Hill

    Michael Hill

    9 days ago

    Wow didn't realise the BMW Mini was so crap! On paper they look really good and I'm seeing some bargains going here in Australia. I'll have to do more research. I think they'll be worth fixing up if you get one cheap enough. Providing that you do all the work yourself and want to keep the car.

  5. Ken ferguson

    Ken ferguson

    10 days ago

    '9" vibration isolated love joy connector'. Seriously! Some marketing guy really earned his pay on that one.

  6. joe michele

    joe michele

    12 days ago

    YEA! A $5000.00 budget & Unlimited Contacts Knowledge & Skill to make it all happen..lmao ..

  7. Billy File

    Billy File

    13 days ago

    Should say: "Tight Bodget"

  8. Nicholas Devine

    Nicholas Devine

    13 days ago

    She seems like a keeper to me... Killer bod, pretty face, cute personality and interested in car stuff.

  9. Phil Michmerhuizen

    Phil Michmerhuizen

    14 days ago


  10. Clive C

    Clive C

    18 days ago

    I'm puzzled. The Lovejoy connecter has a splined output, but the input is a keyway!!

  11. Acyka Blyatley

    Acyka Blyatley

    18 days ago

    the gm ev1 callout ;A;

  12. Cologan


    19 days ago

    Rich talking about cars and my brain just goes "OMG CUTE PUPPY"

  13. LeBlueskee


    19 days ago

    so ur saying six inches isn't enough :( I knew my girl was a damn liar

  14. cortarelva


    20 days ago

    Rich showing Leenda his lovejoy connector...

  15. AM


    20 days ago

    electric cars are disgusting that pos should be burned to the ground

  16. virtualize everything

    virtualize everything

    25 days ago

    a knee mill could as well

  17. Muninn Myrkvi

    Muninn Myrkvi

    29 days ago

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

  18. AZMK____ K

    AZMK____ K

    Month ago

    I just sticked on to the girl for sure

  19. Yeshua 777

    Yeshua 777

    Month ago

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

  20. Midwest Chris

    Midwest Chris

    Month ago

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

  21. J


    Month ago

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

  22. F Malik

    F Malik

    Month ago

    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.

  23. F Malik

    F Malik

    Month ago

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

  24. Tyler Clemons

    Tyler Clemons

    Month ago

    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.

  25. Pablo


    Month ago

    Leenda is coming along!

  26. Jorge Lebron Jr.

    Jorge Lebron Jr.

    Month ago

    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.

  27. kmil Babiel

    kmil Babiel

    Month ago

    You are an example to follow bro, very good job

  28. NicholsZiegler


    2 months ago

    You can have regenerative braking with any electric motor

  29. UH Rex

    UH Rex

    2 months ago

    whats your assistant instagram name

  30. Rush Bayou

    Rush Bayou

    2 months ago

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

  31. Google sucks hey fuck you google

    Google sucks hey fuck you google

    2 months ago

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

  32. kush shawn

    kush shawn

    2 months ago

    I just subscribed to your channel

  33. Efrain De La Rocha

    Efrain De La Rocha

    2 months ago

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

  34. Inkalimeva TV

    Inkalimeva TV

    2 months ago

    That phone hovering twat does nothing but annoy,

  35. Echo Sierra

    Echo Sierra

    2 months ago

    I though the title said β€œthigh.”

  36. Music Masters

    Music Masters

    2 months ago

    I love the music

  37. Alexander Vlietstra

    Alexander Vlietstra

    2 months ago

    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.

  38. E Vehicles

    E Vehicles

    2 months ago

    good job1



    2 months ago

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

  40. studlypear05


    2 months ago

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

  41. D Bolger

    D Bolger

    2 months ago

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

  42. kjazz242


    2 months ago

    $1500 for a mini? That's cheap

  43. Robert Adkins II

    Robert Adkins II

    2 months ago

    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.

  44. S tech

    S tech

    2 months ago

    this girl is a real poser

  45. Mathew Wyrick

    Mathew Wyrick

    2 months ago

    Keep Leenda in the videos she cool

  46. Ryan McLaughlin

    Ryan McLaughlin

    2 months ago

    SHe sexy

  47. Kketansa Art

    Kketansa Art

    2 months ago

    If you want her to work, then swap her with cameraman. Job will be done perfectly πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚

  48. colin young

    colin young

    2 months ago

    loving the channel

  49. Nelson Lopez

    Nelson Lopez

    2 months ago

    i thought electric cars dont need a transmission

  50. Mrdubomb


    2 months ago

    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?

  51. Dranotomybraino


    2 months ago

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

  52. Diesel Dragon

    Diesel Dragon

    2 months ago

    That powdered coat blue SURE is ELECTRIFYING!!!

  53. drrobotnikmeanbeanma


    3 months ago

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

  54. AWcinema AWcinema

    AWcinema AWcinema

    3 months ago

    I callπŸ’©πŸ’© my mini would kick your ass!!!!!

  55. Julyan Grant

    Julyan Grant

    3 months ago

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

  56. aj leech

    aj leech

    3 months ago

    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

  57. Dale Anderson

    Dale Anderson

    3 months ago

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

  58. panzerabwerkanone


    3 months ago

    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.

  59. First Name Second Name

    First Name Second Name

    3 months ago

    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 πŸ₯Ά or the battery πŸ”‹ is already full then you get zero regen action

  60. simon roy

    simon roy

    3 months ago

    21:12 BUG WALKS BY

  61. David Bernard

    David Bernard

    3 months ago

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

  62. Angel Celis

    Angel Celis

    3 months ago

    Love me some leenda.

  63. Timron SWRD

    Timron SWRD

    3 months ago

    Poor leenda she’s probably broke down somewhere.

  64. Mohammed osman

    Mohammed osman

    3 months ago

    Nice ass!...Oh I mean nice car

  65. jawad aburumman

    jawad aburumman

    3 months ago

    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!

  66. Hot Toolsja

    Hot Toolsja

    3 months ago


  67. A.D.H.D N3D

    A.D.H.D N3D

    3 months ago

    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 πŸ˜‚ haha I'm sorry but I couldn't hold that in. I'm totally joking! the young lady is beautiful!

  68. Dave Thomas

    Dave Thomas

    3 months ago

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

  69. twizack22


    3 months ago

    Is she reading the script on the phone?πŸ€”

  70. Nicholas Iniguez

    Nicholas Iniguez

    3 months ago

    @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?

  71. Malc R

    Malc R

    3 months ago

    What about the battery

  72. TheGalacticWest


    3 months ago

    4:45 Its an ANUS!

  73. ShamblerDK


    3 months ago

    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.

  74. mike kunnecke

    mike kunnecke

    3 months ago

    I wanna see that red OG mini run on batts

  75. Sharron Clark

    Sharron Clark

    3 months ago

    Those nasty looking stockings look like something an Old Lady would wear! Lol!😁 Other than that, more please!πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ™‹

  76. Ernst Spitaler

    Ernst Spitaler

    3 months ago

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

  77. Justin Collins

    Justin Collins

    3 months ago

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

  78. Ronan


    3 months ago

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

  79. Sri


    3 months ago

    Thanos spotted 16:34

  80. jeff doak

    jeff doak

    3 months ago

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

  81. Gordon Maxwell

    Gordon Maxwell

    3 months ago

    Emphasis on "tight"

  82. Gamen4Bros


    4 months ago

    her pants tho :O jkjk

  83. uppair kk

    uppair kk

    4 months ago

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

  84. uppair kk

    uppair kk

    4 months ago

    Awesome video bro.......

  85. Sheep Wolf

    Sheep Wolf

    4 months ago

    It's all about Bananas and inches... πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  86. Crusoe


    4 months ago

    She is really digging your 8 inch motor!

  87. James Cameron

    James Cameron

    4 months ago

    Lee.your welding is shite....

  88. McKenzie Keith

    McKenzie Keith

    4 months ago

    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.

  89. HowlsOmega


    4 months ago

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

  90. Gene Kochanowsky

    Gene Kochanowsky

    4 months ago

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

  91. Yonasty


    4 months ago

    Lol I love his edits

  92. MrWaalkman


    4 months ago

    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!



    4 months ago

    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

  94. doobeone


    4 months ago

    Haters always going to hate free99 Rich.

  95. Flashbang Photo

    Flashbang Photo

    4 months ago

    how much power does that motor have?

  96. bugtrap66


    4 months ago

    Great video! Very interesting.πŸ€” Your help was a bonus. Just let the haters O.D. on haterade.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘

  97. Mark Lynskey

    Mark Lynskey

    4 months ago

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

  98. Mark Lynskey

    Mark Lynskey

    4 months ago

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

  99. Zero Consequence

    Zero Consequence

    4 months ago

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

  100. 100PercentTHCfilms


    4 months ago

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