All The Mistakes I Made With My Project Car

2021-ж., 18-янв.
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Buying a project car can be an exciting moment in any car nerd’s life, but it can also be super easy to find yourself in over your head. Today I’ll show you my current project car, help you learn from my mistakes, and tell you plan to get going again.
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  • Hey everyone, thanks for all the encouragement in the comments. Clearly there are a lot of things I should have done differently, but from what I've read from some of you, that's just part of the hobby. I'm fire d'up to get going on the Imperial again this year. Just yesterday I was at James' installing some new brake hard-lines to match the fresh brake components, and it just felt good to be wrenching again- even if I was on my back in the dirt with decades-old grease and grime falling in my eyes. Thanks for watching. - Nolan

    Donut MediaDonut MediaАй мурун
    • you need to find a guy who is into these older cars. like the youtuber running vice grip garage. he is a special character on screen but know his way around these old machines and their issues. he drives around the country buying and repairing old cars that have been sitting for decades. often fix them on the spot so he can drive it home.

      lars kristensenlars kristensen17 күн мурун
    • LIke you said, these things can take YEARS of constant work or off and On work. Plus money. Also since your a 'black-thumb[fuk yeah mad max reference!]' it's easy to assume that "even if I was on my back in the dirt with decades-old grease and grime falling in my eyes." you'll get a face shield now that their SUPER plentiful in stock this year [lol covid, sorry covid really sucks] but the memories will fade abit and the patina of "awesome build memories" will form on that vehicle. Much like leaving the military I'm told. You leave with ALL the bad memories fresh, but years later you consider re-upping because you remember the good times. The camaraderie, easy answers because of rigid rules etc. Then someone reminds you of burning tubs of human waste in the desert with diesel fuel for several hours every other week and you IMMEDIATELY give up those bad\good thoughts! Suffice to say, your Imperial, and Dart projects will be Alot better memory wise! I'm not saying good luck with your projects because, Hey. You don't need it! Have fun.

      DragonSwordDragonSword25 күн мурун
    • U boyz r class

      Pissed up GamerPissed up GamerАй мурун
    • Luck with it Nolan, it will be a lot of work, but we know you can do it.

      Charlie MilesCharlie MilesАй мурун
    • Nolan; getting an old engine running is basic if it's not locked up or internally damaged. Pressure check your cooling system, do an oil pressure check with the plugs out, and a compression test thereafter. Once those have been sorted, On your Polytech V8; I seem to remember you set the point gap for .0006; ignition timing at 12 degrees BTDC and unless you have a factory carb, you'd do well to go for a Holley 600 CFM if your intake is 4-barrel. Use a GM P7127SE 1-wire to convert your car to 12 volts so you run a normal battery and stuff. As it's Automatic, you'll be setting idle at 1100 RPM +/- 75RPM. If you do an automatic choke; set the spring where it just barely has the strength to close the choke flap at room temperature. If you need to anything else, consult ALLPAR dot com; there should still be articles on the Polytech Hemi. Have fun; good luck!

      ThePatUltraThePatUltraАй мурун
  • I never buy a non-running, non-driving project car. I know I can't diagnose engine problems well at all, and probably can't fix them either. I can replace small, simple engine components, but that's it. I shine when it comes to body and interior work, so I buy projects that look like crap but have a solid drivetrain, and turn it into a nicer looking turd.

    Alexandra MarberryAlexandra Marberry5 саат мурун
  • Can't wait to see it running in a vid in the future

    Kyle ScoobyKyle ScoobyКүн мурун
  • So far everything I've done to my track car has been from old dead forums, KGfun videos and Facebook. Slowly building up my tool collection. I have room so if I do something wrong I don't have to be in a rush to fix it to move it. Project cars arnt exactly an overnight job. Where would the fun be in that.

    batchbatch3 күн мурун
  • murica is so fking lucky... drive at 16 and cars and fuel is cheep.. and you dont need to learn to turn... on the flipside tho... send to war at 18 and if you survive 3 years later u might be able to get a beer XD

    the zimrathe zimra3 күн мурун
  • I respect that everyone has their own taste in cars, and Nolan has the right to choose whatever project car he wishes, but the 4 door imperial is just kinda boring IMO,

    Tre RauchTre Rauch4 күн мурун
  • Old cars very hard to find the parts but easy to fixed

    Striker STRStriker STR7 күн мурун
  • I sometimes wonder how well I would make out if I opened up a carburetor repair/rebuild shop. It seems like everyone is converting their classic cars to fuel injection lately though, especially since companies like Holley have bolt-on kits that install easily and quickly. It would definitely be a business more catered to the purists but I could do it.

    bmh67wabmh67wa8 күн мурун
  • The gun cocking sound when he adjusts his glasses got me. I wish mine did that!

    John HolmesJohn Holmes8 күн мурун
  • 3.4k is like 6.8ish k here For that you could get the a broken car like yours and some Japanese car from the 90s to do up

    PagmsSilverPagmsSilver8 күн мурун
  • The lesson I learned from Money Pit is that you should buy the car you want in working condition and then add to it in a way that fits your wants

    HydroッHydroッ8 күн мурун
  • Awesome Nolan! This should be required viewing for all those buying projects. Wish I had watched and learned before buying an old series 1 Jag, two Mk1 Golfs, an Audi, two old Land Rovers...

    Tony BlackieTony Blackie9 күн мурун
  • Carbureted cars ARE easy to work on

    Andrew WidmanAndrew Widman9 күн мурун
  • Relatable, I got a 1963 Corviar van 3 months ago and it still doesn’t run

    Zachary ArchboldZachary Archbold9 күн мурун
  • I would add to de recomendations to consider how important is the condition of the project car, "small detalis" could cost a lot more time and money than you think

    Jorge BasultoJorge Basulto10 күн мурун
  • I got an AE86 GTS coupe that hasn't ran in 17 years at the time of purchase. I had no car experience whatsoever aside from basic car maintenance like oil and brake change I really felt like I was way over my head with this car and still dealing with so many issues to include rod knock. After two years I finally got her to run and it was the BEST FEELING EVAR Anybody who is feeling discouraged from their project just remember to take it one step at a time. Do everything that YOU can do, save money for professional service when something is truly out of your realm of skill level. Remember that it's a project car. Have fun with it

    BroseidonBroseidon11 күн мурун
  • Everything said in this video is DEAD ON ACCURATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sergio PerezSergio Perez13 күн мурун
  • alright, ill take it from you Nolan

    Colin ChungColin Chung13 күн мурун
  • Are you only 30 or something?

    Clay3613Clay361313 күн мурун
  • The labored talk preferentially injure because client secondly decay like a low cabbage. irritating, halting vibraphone

    E PE P13 күн мурун
  • I’m 17 and me and my dad bought a project car, I was so worried that it would happen to me too but along the way I realized that the solution is to just never give up and most important, find friends who have the experience and would like to help

    רועי קניוןרועי קניון14 күн мурун
  • Where’s the Slant six video?!?!?

    capncapn14 күн мурун
  • 6 ads ?!

    Horacio GonzalezHoracio Gonzalez14 күн мурун
  • I have an mgb that I’m determined to get it done by Summer

    Wanna be RetroWanna be Retro14 күн мурун
  • James gives it to pimp my ride.....

    DatBoi correaDatBoi correa15 күн мурун
  • Fix the Dodge Dart

    Zach PelZach Pel16 күн мурун
  • theres a 1953 Buick super i found for $500 it has engine, body trim, easy to fix rust (door and rocker), but no upholstry, the engine is also not a popular one so theres no performance parts for it and theres no luck finding easy upholstery, also if i decide i need more power i don't want to take up my dads time having him help me do a engine swap again like he did in my truck because he's the one with all the tools, the knowledge, and the garage and his own project car that hes been waiting to build since he sold his truck and duster before i was born and he deserves his share of fun so if i do buy it, it will be getting the side yard treatment like that 350 Chevy block sitting in my backyard under a garbage bag, wheelbarrow, and 2 ft of snow

    ANYTHING 23ANYTHING 2316 күн мурун
  • Very much been there. Luckily I had a friend that taught me. My current car is a rolling project. Bought a good base car I knew I wanted to rag around trackdays as often I can afford so left the engine alone. Reliability trumps power for that purpose. Nolan's advice is sound. Know what you want from your project

    Remko KentropRemko Kentrop16 күн мурун
  • I wanna get salvage 350z and fix it up

    brandon hodgebrandon hodge16 күн мурун
  • Well, you have the space, lockdown brings the time and you have people around that know what they are doing. I cant see any way this should not be a new moneypit series. The miata is cool and all but I want to see an old car done where tha aftermarket isnt mega large.

    AlexAlex16 күн мурун
  • awesome video... maybe I won't LS swap and supercharge my 2008 honda accord daily driver... on my own... while in college... and working part time... with absolutely no experience

    JLOLJLOL17 күн мурун
  • That's why you have a spare carb that you know works...switch it out, if it runs then it's the carb. If not check the next thing on the list.

    Sean BaileySean Bailey17 күн мурун

    Dave PDave P18 күн мурун
  • Lazy ass

    Nuff SaidNuff Said19 күн мурун
  • I don't have better words than yours to explain what starting and successfully finish a project car is, anyway, that doesn't stopped me starting two project car. At last I had to admit my semi failure a I had to ask for help to friends with more knowledge.

    D. En G. AvD. En G. Av19 күн мурун
  • KEKW

    __19 күн мурун
  • You won't love it when you fuel up that 70 year old v8.

    FortuitusVideoFortuitusVideo19 күн мурун
  • Damn I want to see dat Dart brought back on the road by you !!!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    Pascal MössingerPascal Mössinger20 күн мурун
  • Great video.. getter done

    v65sabrekingv65sabreking20 күн мурун
  • You should start to restore your dodge dart

    hyper pixelhyper pixel20 күн мурун
  • Still better than my truck

    Christopher RhoadsChristopher Rhoads20 күн мурун
  • You need some Vice Grip Garage in your life?

    Mike AuxMike Aux20 күн мурун
  • I'm not knocking your experience video problems Etc? But after 50 plus years of doing this old cars are my forte also it's a point ignition standard fuel system take the engine out take the engine apart clean all the guck out of it and you can get it running again if someone expects to put fresh gas in it and get the engine running that doesn't fly a project car is strictly that you tear it apart I wish I had that car because I love old cars if you paid too much for it maybe $500 too much or whatever? It's still a point, carburetor engine so shouldn't be a problem unless you expect to pay $2,000 for engine parts where in my case it's all labor and basics good luck

    Brant ArdreyBrant Ardrey20 күн мурун
  • That’s too funny! I bought a 65 Dodge Dart senior year of high school. 5 years later she is still my daily driver. Best advice for buying a project car is to find a car that will at least idle. It doesn’t have to run perfectly but at least when an engine is running you can diagnose problems easier. Plus if it runs... you know that you have compression, spark and fuel right off the bat. Makes life easier

    Moe FitzgeraldMoe Fitzgerald20 күн мурун
  • Thank You for this video! It is a bit eye-opening, but also uplifting. Would like to watch You fix that Imperial.

    StormDwellerStormDweller20 күн мурун
  • "Very little rust”

    EFL GamerzEFL Gamerz20 күн мурун
  • I want to get a project car, but i also dont want to because im too scared to go bankrupt straight away

    Spectacular SpaghettiSpectacular Spaghetti20 күн мурун
  • "In the meantime, my grandpa gave me his old Taurus"

    Trent BurbishTrent Burbish20 күн мурун
  • Dude I’m 16 still reading the drivers handbook lol. and I like cars and love the channel and I seen many of your guys vids. You saved me hundreds if dollars in the future because I just think “lemme buy a car and put some cool mods in it and repair it” but never thought of all of these valuable things to put into concern

    yael lopezyael lopez21 күн мурун
  • Nolan is a dodge guy? Hmm

    Alec RinkoAlec Rinko21 күн мурун
  • You have to many commercials. Bye

    Stephen CovertStephen Covert21 күн мурун
  • Junkyard Digs is the OG. Their videos are long, but they show pretty much everything that goes into these broken ass cars. Give em a holler if you haven’t y’all.

    Jan ValleJan Valle21 күн мурун
  • Shit his 3v is a project car that shit is bone stock 🤢🤮

    WLTS MASSWLTS MASS21 күн мурун
  • Who you trying to fool by now Nolan? Acting like you didnt knew you had to weld the sh.. out of that car at the beginnig while you sourrended by every specialist about cars...

    Car HawaraCar Hawara21 күн мурун
  • 4:30

    richrich21 күн мурун
  • you gonna ls swap that thing

    Mick BakemaMick Bakema21 күн мурун
  • "If you want a project car, you probably can't afford it. Rich people don't have project cars." Sam Hyde

    Jonny 5iveJonny 5ive21 күн мурун
  • This was a super awesome video, and is super encouraging

    Elysian FlowersElysian Flowers22 күн мурун
  • B.Y.M.M. = Backyard mechanics matter lol

    Jeff RichardsJeff Richards22 күн мурун
  • you are rich. not a big problem for you. stop complaining. you didnt lose anything

    Rafa StunterRafa Stunter22 күн мурун
  • Thanks for keeping it real and emphasizing the work it takes to build your ability. Videos always make it look easy, doing the work isn't.

    Chris KlesmithChris Klesmith23 күн мурун
  • Thumbs up for the Meshuggah t-shirt!

    deathmare88deathmare8823 күн мурун
  • Using this to convince my dad to let me buy a 54’ Hudson Hornet

    Owen StormOwen Storm24 күн мурун
  • Wait wait wait, Nolan clearly said "when up to speed was on" so does that mean they have officially cancelled it? 😭

    mchawk315mchawk31524 күн мурун
  • You can do it nolan!!! Get those two cars running! Just a bucket of youtube generalized tutorials and your on your way.

    10gaugesbelow10gaugesbelow24 күн мурун
  • It’s pretty, I would have brought it too

    Sunfishen SunfishenSunfishen Sunfishen24 күн мурун
  • Your dad is super cool! Have you rebuilt/ had rebuilt/ replaced the carb yet? If you have never done one before see if you can find one like yours and try rebuilding it. There is no shame in admitting "this is beyond my pay grade" and trying to find someone local or opening up the latest Holley or Edelbrock catalog. Funny project car story, having learned my lesson from a Mercedes 300 SEL / Ford 300 Straight6 swap that I planned out when I was 16 that never happened (never count on help from a relative if that relative is an alcoholic) I vowed to only buy projects that would start and run. Many many years later I found a Galaxie 500 at a Yard sale for $500. It was a 2 door fast back and I knew it was as close to Richard Petty's Torino as my crippled checkbook would every take me. I handed over the cash, put in a battery and a couple gallons of gas and drove it home. I would start it every now and then, she always fired up no problem. My health kept getting worse and and at some point I had to take the dream of my Petty Blue Ford in to the back yard and shoot it. Not the first or last dream I have had to go "Ol' Yeller" on but it sucks every time. I finally found someone who was interested in her. By then the drum brakes had locked up and she would not start for anything. He got her loaded up and to his place. According to him the carb was full of asphalt like sludge and had to be replaced. HE also had to put some fancy electronic ignition on it to make it run. This is a car I drove home (about 12 miles) and that would start first crank no problem for years. This just goes to show even "simple" carb and point set ups can go bad just setting. Really bad. I have reason to believe the guy had worked on a lot more cars than I had, he had a lot more money to play with. SO I think he knew what he was doing. Best of luck with the Imperial and don't forget about that Dart. I hope your dad is still around and healthy. If so I hope you get to take him for a ride in both the Impearl and the Dart.

    1978garfield1978garfield24 күн мурун
  • NO just don't hotrod soul to made that car got the car for 3,000K USA too that srucb

    Khristian GillespieKhristian Gillespie24 күн мурун
  • the intro song reminds me of the "No Strings Attached" video McLaren made.

    Michael SapuletteMichael Sapulette25 күн мурун
  • Take it to Scotty Kilmer!

    Robert GarciaRobert Garcia25 күн мурун
  • So you show us this car and dont plan on doing video progress wtf , this would be the first realistic project on your channel take it over to your buddy and make a money show with that

  • No offence to everyone else in the donut crew, but Nolan is my favourite

    Noah HallNoah Hall25 күн мурун
  • This should be the new money pit car.... just saying

    Mouthy MercMouthy Merc25 күн мурун
  • Don’t buy a mustang with bent valves. Frgn 3 valves.

    Onyx GTOnyx GT25 күн мурун
  • Great video. If I only could listen with my ears instead of my heart. Damn you Mazda 929 1978 Luce I hate the idea that you dont let me go...great and down to earth video...I hate it...and love it. Keep up man...youll succeed eventually.

    Sebastián PérezSebastián Pérez25 күн мурун
  • "What if you found a super rare car for cheap that only had a few issues?" What if you divided by zero? What if you invented time travel"? What if you traveled faster than the speed of light? What if Pumphrey's dad loved him? All of these questions have one thing in common: they're impossible and will never happen.

    Robert MylesRobert Myles25 күн мурун
  • Your first mistake was not counting the number of doors in the car, because it obviously has way too many for it ever to be cool.

    R1sk3zR1sk3z26 күн мурун
  • Great video, I like videos that show what’s to be expected.Eye see that the donut merchandise got a little illuminated.(*meant “I” not “Eye”,I guess made the mistake because I’m not all seeing.😇)

    Cristian FelicianoCristian Feliciano26 күн мурун
  • Learn and make friends you’re a car KGfunr I’m sure you have friends that know how to do it so help them with what you know and they’ll help you (hopefully)

    Ozzy S13Ozzy S1326 күн мурун
  • Quit being lazy yo

    Rattle-Can-RestoRattle-Can-Resto26 күн мурун
  • It's okay. My friend *TOOK OUT A LOAN* and bought a 95 Eldorado that didn't run, and swapped a motor in it, and still didn't run. Both the car and the memory of the project are deeply repressed now.

    Michael GarciaMichael Garcia26 күн мурун
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    Laura BrownLaura Brown27 күн мурун
  • Bro don’t worry! Me and my dad got a 63 impala that is in ROUGH shape but no rust! I understand where you come from bro and don’t get discouraged cause when it’s done it will be sweet and worth it!

    Vietnamese Plays robloxVietnamese Plays roblox27 күн мурун
  • This car needs a money pit

    Surms41Surms4127 күн мурун
  • I bought my 96 cherokee for 1000 with out realizing how rusty it really was later I found out that the entire floor except for the trans tunnel needed replaced but I didn't have the money for the legit replacement panels so I used home depot sheet steel and rivets to at least give me some floors i don't regret the purchase since it was my first car I've had it for 2 years now i bought it with 212000 miles now it has 230000 miles that old 4.0s still kicking strong but the rust has gotten to severe for my experience if its even saveable period but ill never not want to have a cherokee parked in my yard because of it

    Cameron KellyCameron Kelly28 күн мурун
  • Have roadkill help you there cool as shit lol

    RcCatFish 666RcCatFish 66628 күн мурун
  • It's an easy place to start. Ask yourself this can you turn it over freely? If so check the oil make sure there's oil in it. Then try to turn key, nothing happens, jump the starter. Starter works? If so, pull a plug wire check for spark. Got spark? Ad starting fluid in cylinder directly. It's not that hard to diagnose these old cars.

    HereFishyFishyHereFishyFishy28 күн мурун
  • Wait he said “back when up to speed was on” dose that mean no more up to speeds?😢😢

    Jake StewartJake Stewart28 күн мурун
  • I bought my first solo project car 2 months ago 1950 dodge coronet. Cant wait to have it out there

    Victor GonzalezVictor Gonzalez28 күн мурун
  • Maybe not the best, but the realest

    Giacomo BettiniGiacomo Bettini28 күн мурун
  • You know what you should do You should pull the motor and unload the the wrapper then put the motor into the dart

    Patrick CarrilloPatrick Carrillo28 күн мурун
  • Dude I feel your pain. I bought a 67 Impala last year and quickly realized that parts are not as plentiful as Chevelle or Mustang parts. At least it has the original 327 though. Also never buy a car without a title unless you have a lot of time and aspirin on your hands.

    Average Black DaddyAverage Black Daddy28 күн мурун
    • @1978garfield yeah you can kinda get away with it in Louisiana.

      Average Black DaddyAverage Black Daddy23 күн мурун
    • Don't do it at all in IL unless you never want to legally drive that car.

      1978garfield1978garfield24 күн мурун
  • I still don't understand why your car isn't going? Did I miss something?

  • I think you didn’t watch enough Chris fix Nolan

    Anthony Tah MayAnthony Tah May29 күн мурун
  • 1st of all, great score on that Imp man you got a heck of a good one for sure. Only thing I could add is "don't get caught up on the Budget Build crap". Every build is a "budget build" but they NEVER tell you what that budget is. Resto-Mods, Rat Rods, LS Swaps are all ways to go, but it ALL costs money and it's usually 2-10X more money than you where expecting. When people ask me what they should do to their car it's simple. Drive it. Manual Drum breaks are FINE, they used them for YEARS, you won't DIE the second you hit the freeway because your car has 1950's Tech going on. Fix what it takes to get it on the road THE WAY IT IS, and upgrade from there. Back in the 70's and 80's we didn't have Rat Rods. Those where guys who where Driving Their Projects and having fun with them as they went along. Good Luck on the both these man. You have some real gems there.

    Bare RoseBare Rose29 күн мурун
  • So you’re telling me I cannot revive and rebuild my dream wrecked Toyota Supra body with a 1000hp 2jz engine with my minimum wage job on my parents driveway with KGfun video help!!!😳😤

    AS_EV4D3R_ 1AS_EV4D3R_ 129 күн мурун
  • i’m literally in the exact same position except i’m 16, and it’s my first car so i feel screwed

    Noppera bōNoppera bō29 күн мурун
  • Nolan, I'm right there with you man. Back in April of 2020, I bought myself a project luxury car too. A 1976 Cadillac Coupe Deville D'elegance. The car was technically running when I bought it, but not very well. So, I began doing the standard things one does when they get an old car. Change the oil, replace the sparkplugs and wires, battery, alternator, etc. I ended up wanting to do more with the car though, such as replace the carb and intake for more power, and run a better exhaust system. It all started to become an issue of money, and as a result, the car has been parked up for some time now. I am committed to the project though and do hope to have it done or at least to my satisfaction by the end of this year. I wish you the best of luck with your projects.

    Adam MeehanAdam MeehanАй мурун
  • Lol as soon as it cut to "we bought a 440 big block" I yelled WHYYYYY

    Johnny Rico, Male EscortJohnny Rico, Male EscortАй мурун
  • When you have 18 project cars and then see this video

    Pinkamena Diane PiePinkamena Diane PieАй мурун