Five inspiring and educational Youtube channels on project cars to discover

It takes a lot of common sense to work on your own car, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced wrencher looking for misplaced motivation. Personally, I have parts waiting to be installed on my own BMW 128i, but recently ran out of drive to do so. One of my favorite methods of cheering myself up is watching people on YouTube do their own snatch and then say out loud, on my own, awkwardly, “Damn, if they can take the time to do, I can too.”

Here are five YouTube channels in no particular order that I really shined on (they also serve as a source for geared ASMR). They are useful, entertaining and completely invocative. None of them even cover the BMW 128i or its N52 heart, but they are fascinating sources of knowledge nonetheless. All of them also deserve a lot more subscribers, so let’s check them out.

M539 Restorations

This channel is perhaps my favorite at the moment. Sreten, the guy in front of the camera, lives in Hamburg, Germany, and takes good care of a bunch of excellent BMWs. He brought back from the dead the old series 8, 7, 5 and 3 and pays close attention to detail. Watching his videos inspired me to have a little mission experience while working under the hood of my very own Bimmer. I take my time, clean things up as I go, replace things that probably work well but don’t look good, and have high standards for the operation of my vehicle. This led to several weeks in a row (perhaps a record for Series 1 owners) with no warning lights on my dashboard, so that was just a positive influence!


This guy’s channel is dedicated to some extremely cool Audi S4 B5 tweaks. Unfortunately, it looks like he hasn’t uploaded anything in a while, but his past videos are plentiful and of high quality. Although I don’t own a B5 S4 (wish I did), his engine pull video is so good – he explains all the details so well, and it’s a testament that if you take your time, have the right tools, and follow all the steps, it’s not as daunting as you might think. I also really like his video on replacing the timing belt and timing the 2.7-liter biturbo engine of the B5 S4. I will definitely check out his content which covers swapping in a badass built VR6.

As great as this channel is, it’s also dangerous for my wallet, as I can’t help but scour Craigslist for a B5 S4 project immediately after watching it.

I make cars

This channel is mostly dedicated to destroying common engines and finding out what caused them to fail, which is so cool on its own. Owner Eric runs an auto salvage business in the St. Louis area, and between his entertaining sense of humor and no-BS filming methods, he’s put together some great videos. He also makes videos of ripping cars in his own stable, which I have to say are all killer. Last I checked, he completely redid some things on a recent 996 Porsche 911 purchase, and even had (or still has, I’m not sure) a Lotus Esprit V8.

Rescue Recovery

Based in the UK, this guy salvages salvage cars and restores them into a clean, usable form of transport. He doesn’t seem to do much in the way of editing, but his videos of slowly rebuilding things to their former glory are excellent nonetheless. He made heartbreaking forays into some cars I’ve always really digged, including a Mark Five Volkswagen Golf GTI and R32.


Greg Peters is an authority on all things NA and NB Miatas. Well, actually all generations, but he’s done a tremendous job on the first two of this iconic little sports car and shows no signs of slowing down. Based in San Diego (poor guy, he’s so far from the SoCal tracks), he’s created a bunch of in-depth explanations of how to install a wideband O2 sensor, build motors, swap rings and suspension components, and more. Unlike that famous line of The fast and the furious, you don’t have to spend $10,000 on a self-contained fuel management system, you just need motivation, instructions, and all the components you need to make Megasquirt work. His channel is here to help you with that.

What are some of your favorite YouTube channels for this stuff? Especially those who may not have the highest number of subscribers.

Raymond T. Helms