Here's How I Will Save My Blown BMW Supercar Engine using Scrap Parts off a Mini Cooper

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We've got a way to save our Cheap BMW i8 Supercar's Blown Engine without replacing it and spending over $10,000 on a new one, but will it work? Also, Rich sends Sam something to help him along the way; credit goes to Anthony Jeselnik who created this bit!
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  • OldSilver Drew

    OldSilver Drew

    20 tundi tagasi

    A 'supercar' with a 3 cylinder engine?

  • Tom Hall

    Tom Hall

    5 päeva tagasi

    5 thou is nothing, just chop it down, the machine shop just didn't want to be responsible for any potential problems. Which there won't be.

  • Sherie Oshon

    Sherie Oshon

    6 päeva tagasi

    That look like xxxtention car not going to lie

  • Michael Lehmann

    Michael Lehmann

    10 päeva tagasi

    That machine shop heard BMW I8 and just didn’t want to get involved. He stopped at .005”. There is no problem with taking .010” off a head. Typical piston to valve clearance is at least .080-.100” so you aren’t going to crash the valves into the heads, and while the cam timing will be altered, it won’t be by more than a few degrees, which the computer and the variable valve timing system can easily compensate for, and even if it couldn’t, you could degree the cams by filing away some of the keyway to be able to adjust it back into spec.

  • Dreamgoat


    12 päeva tagasi

    you guys need a tv show together. Never saw such great chemistry.

  • ray h.

    ray h.

    12 päeva tagasi

    Save me Obeiwan, you're my only hope ! lol

  • Jesse Aldape

    Jesse Aldape

    13 päeva tagasi

    Where do you buy your BMW parts

  • Ball Bounces

    Ball Bounces

    13 päeva tagasi

    You should engine swap used SxS can-am Maverick x3 turbo rr they have 195hp and can be modified to handle 500hp

  • George Zaharia

    George Zaharia

    14 päeva tagasi

    11:48 i just skipped, cause of title to see if your guy mentions it... in theory you can swap any parts from any engine... from any other engine that has a similar shape... but you have to keep in mind, density and friction resistance and sure enough temperature resistance... if you aren't driving it like a F1 car... and just ride it along... it should work ... if u start gassing that pedal... it will last u around 10 minutes, or as big the difference is between the two parts resistance wise.

  • George Martin

    George Martin

    15 päeva tagasi

    Hell, just aquire a USED head from a state side boneyard.

  • coxy ofnewp

    coxy ofnewp

    18 päeva tagasi

    This is what I love about the net - Peeps come together and can make things happen, where as in my youth, I'd have to read books and hope I knew someone.. Great work community

  • D Wall

    D Wall

    18 päeva tagasi

    Why not use a thicker head gasket and resurface the head?

  • TheBugmenot2009


    19 päeva tagasi

    $10k for new engine installed?

  • britCpower


    23 päeva tagasi

    What camera do you use ?

  • ValkyriemBDO


    23 päeva tagasi


  • Eric Wes

    Eric Wes

    23 päeva tagasi

    Sorry, I don't care anymore. It's just taking too long, and that annoys me. I'm outta here. Time to catch up on my lockpickinglawyer watching.

  • Per Ardua ad Astra

    Per Ardua ad Astra

    23 päeva tagasi

    Take the car back to a main dealer to identify the electrical fault.

  • Per Ardua ad Astra

    Per Ardua ad Astra

    23 päeva tagasi

    Dealers don’t want to replace head gaskets. Only routine servicing.

  • Justin Y.

    Justin Y.

    25 päeva tagasi

    Every dealer will tell you you need a new engine. Had an old b5 s4 and audi told me it needed a new engine and quoted me 12,000. However, it wasn't passing compression all it need was new gaskets for the V heads. I did the work and parts costed 300$.

  • bill bergovoy

    bill bergovoy

    25 päeva tagasi

    You should give the scrap metal to other youtubers that melt down meteor and cast it into ingots or other forms

  • Bruno Miramont

    Bruno Miramont

    26 päeva tagasi

    so good news .... mill the head , thick gasket and keep rolling

  • trekinseattle


    26 päeva tagasi

    The feeler gauge they are using is VERY THICK. .004 thousandths is almost paper thin. .001 feeler gauge is super wobbly crazy thin, you can hardly push it because it will wrinkle. Most blocks are half the warp or less than the head. because the block is at least twice as thick and at least twice as strong. The head warps into a banana shape from overheat. When you surface it that only fixes the bottom. the top where the cams ride is still warped, this will cause the cams to seize, gall the aluminum or ive even seen the cam snap in half because its hardened steel and doesnt like rotating out of round. You can do quick fixes to get rid of a car but an overheat damages EVERYTHING. Warps the valve seats, and sometimes loosens the hardened seats in the aluminum head to the point they fall out later doing catastrophic engine damage, scuffs the pistons that swelled in the cylinder wall, takes the tension out of the piston rings which causes oil consumption, An overheat causes the OIL to thin out enough to loose oil cushioning and allows the rod bearing to contact the crank damaging the bearings. etc. etc. sensors fail early from being super hot. etc... bad bad bad.

  • killercivic2001


    26 päeva tagasi

    this video with all these nice people started to relax me...
    then, I started to crumple back into a ball while the measurements on the block were taken...
    I think I need help... I love machines too much hahaha

  • Christopher Crews

    Christopher Crews

    27 päeva tagasi

    That's an Anthony jeselnik joke. It's pretty good one

  • martin turner

    martin turner

    27 päeva tagasi

    can you weld the head and machine it back

  • Roger Hammond

    Roger Hammond

    27 päeva tagasi

    $1000 in parts...and how much in labour? Those guys put in some serious hours!

  • Jesse Ours

    Jesse Ours

    28 päeva tagasi

    Champaign taste on a beer budget.

  • Happy Gilmore

    Happy Gilmore

    28 päeva tagasi

    Higher density and a higher stability are a no-brainer especially with the larger diameter valves............... Sometimes you need to research the processes.... The only thing that would surpass gravity casting is 3d printing a new head.. If BMW 3d printed the whole 3 cyl engine it would last atleast a million miles as 3d printing defies alot of laws of physics and the main one being thermal heat expansion and warpage.............
    Gravity Die Casting Process - Advantages and Applications (

  • Didier Mukendi

    Didier Mukendi

    29 päeva tagasi

    LS the b1(T7

  • barrie Williams

    barrie Williams

    29 päeva tagasi

    I can't believe that it took all the time it did to figure out it was a head gasket problem. The very fact that it took such a short time to get so hot was a dead give away. I've had this problem on an Audi, the solution was. Get the head skimmed then, have a custom made gasket to bring the specs back into tolerance. A lot cheaper than a new engine🤔

  • Doktor Jeep

    Doktor Jeep

    29 päeva tagasi

    LS6 swap. With supercharger and nitro.

  • The Fishing Life

    The Fishing Life

    29 päeva tagasi

    Bud Replace the water pump thermostat lines and radiator please. Then get the head finished and use 2 head gaskets to make up the space which I dout you'd even need 2. I have done over 100 m54 overheat complete fixes

  • David Symalla

    David Symalla

    29 päeva tagasi

    Why are you such a good speaker???? Do you talk in front of people daily for a living? You do an outstanding job. Is it a natural ability or have you honed your speaking acuity over the years?

  • 44 Hawk

    44 Hawk

    29 päeva tagasi

    Serena head itself takes most of the heat energy I still and not understanding why The Machinist thought that they had was warped particularly badly, which it was not oh, and why he thought that that automatically method the block would be warped. But you end up with a good block. And I had that you can probably shave and put a shim head gasket on. I'm sure that they make them.

  • ADF360 M

    ADF360 M

    Місяць tagasi

    Glad I watched this video before commenting on the last video. Your "second opinion guy" should get a gold star for knowing his shit.

  • Unknowntitan


    Місяць tagasi

    Bmw are shit cars and absolutely garbage

  • Docker Andy

    Docker Andy

    Місяць tagasi

    skim the head.. and use an oversize head gasket ?

  • Muddy Offroad

    Muddy Offroad

    Місяць tagasi

    Cut the straight edge down

  • erleclaire


    Місяць tagasi

    It's a little bit of work, but a high school kid could piece it out for you. However that would make you a junk dealer....

  • Chris CHRaVeN

    Chris CHRaVeN

    Місяць tagasi

    I call bs on what he is saying.
    No the way they are manufactured wont make much of a difference at all.
    Resurfacing the cylinder head by 0.15 mm or by the thinknes of 2 pices of paper will not be a problem at all.

  • Charles Vaughn II

    Charles Vaughn II

    Місяць tagasi

    Copper gasket spray it and assemble it! Lol



    Місяць tagasi

    Just machine the head

  • braddeicide


    Місяць tagasi

    $10k = literally bankrupt, grabs Lamborghini from acreage to pickup repair parts to use in home workshop :)

  • Youssef Mattar

    Youssef Mattar

    Місяць tagasi

    If you were in Egypt, your BMW would be working a month ago.

  • Jacqueline Oldhaver

    Jacqueline Oldhaver

    Місяць tagasi

    I Still say straighten the head. Then light resurface an put it back together.

  • Wilson the Medical Marijuana Guy

    Wilson the Medical Marijuana Guy

    Місяць tagasi

    Love the ending classic Rich 😂

  • jax l

    jax l

    Місяць tagasi

    just put 2 gaskets on it itll be fine

  • Im1stbaby


    Місяць tagasi

    I think a dui tutorial would be interesting. Drink n teach

  • pablo rages

    pablo rages

    Місяць tagasi

    SO do Rich and Sam like each other or hate each other?

  • Gribbet 4eva

    Gribbet 4eva

    Місяць tagasi

    I checked out ‘Step Mom’ - why are you promoting a porn star - Cory Chase as your step mom - children watch this channel too!

  • paul taylor

    paul taylor

    Місяць tagasi

    Great video Sam, enjoyed it very much.

  • Joel Marble

    Joel Marble

    Місяць tagasi

    just started watching you on this BMW car and Steven is a riot.

  • Juan Maldonado

    Juan Maldonado

    Місяць tagasi

    Copper sealer

  • Aks K

    Aks K

    Місяць tagasi

    I'm just admiring that sexy XF R wow

  • bouytt guyt

    bouytt guyt

    Місяць tagasi

    Hilarious that you order parts from Germany when the i8 engine is made in the UK

  • RL Gaa

    RL Gaa

    Місяць tagasi

    Sam you gaining weight?

  • Marco Huertas

    Marco Huertas

    Місяць tagasi

    Do you always look like a homeless guy!!

  • the dark side

    the dark side

    Місяць tagasi

    2 head gaskets stacked works I've done it

  • Luís Aguiar

    Luís Aguiar

    Місяць tagasi

    yeahhhh you found the most common solution in 3rd world countries... dope

    • bouytt guyt

      bouytt guyt

      Місяць tagasi

      Where’s the videos ! Your so lazy

  • nortious maximus

    nortious maximus

    Місяць tagasi

    what about a solid copper gasket, someone with a water jet, or a or a cnc laser cutter, could cut one from a sheet of copper.
    if you plane the head, use a thicker piece of copper sheet to make the gasket, the head and or the block, can also be machined for a stainless steel fire ring, in case the copper gasket is not up to the job, it works on dragsters, and high horse power turbo cars, where boost pressure could lift a regular gasket.

  • Siri Fail

    Siri Fail

    Місяць tagasi

    Woah, what’s the finish on the red car?

  • Farrukh Kiani

    Farrukh Kiani

    Місяць tagasi

    Hi Sam. Why is it taking too long? If it still doesn't work, gift it to the "Raasta Man"

  • Mechanic Taft

    Mechanic Taft

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  • jckrarup


    Місяць tagasi

    Why couldnt you have the head milled and use a thicker head hasket or even two? People do this all the time if you need to lower the compression.

  • John Bishop

    John Bishop

    Місяць tagasi

    I am really confused, what’s the silliness with your “stepmom”,I find it a bit sick. Is the Richie thing just a joke ? As a “ friend” he worries me, he is just too weird to be normal. A permanent chicken died cannot be doing him and good.

  • Anthony Fazin

    Anthony Fazin

    Місяць tagasi

    I need an updated video Sam, I’ve been waiting a week, come on brother haha.

  • Peter P.

    Peter P.

    Місяць tagasi

    old TDI Diesel owners going through this all the time ,warped heads ,engines going ok even after 5 years resurfacing and thicker head gasket. pressure is much less in petrol cylinders ,even with original head this could work

  • Constitutional Logic

    Constitutional Logic

    Місяць tagasi

    I would question the first machine shops diag. First they didn't clean the head first, second the small about warpage would not effect the timing, the ecm is smart enough to compensate. And the thicker head gasket is even better. Not to mention once the head is torqued to spec you would be surprised how much it can change the shape/flatness of the surface.



    Місяць tagasi

    Hey Sam where is another part waiting since last week 😡

  • SuperDancingdonkey


    Місяць tagasi

    All these short cuts for a car that even without problems won't even get to 100k miles without falling apart. I don't know how anyone could live with themselves making a profit selling something they know is already trashed.

  • SuperDancingdonkey


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  • Rick Pontificates

    Rick Pontificates

    Місяць tagasi

    Well you got that right! A Mini Cooper IS SCRAP

  • Justin Yeo

    Justin Yeo

    Місяць tagasi

    Where’s the videos ! Your so lazy

  • aqib2000


    Місяць tagasi

    S85B50 swap it FFS

  • Ene teofil

    Ene teofil

    Місяць tagasi

    Come on Sam what is taking so long for this video :)

  • Hold the Line Patriots

    Hold the Line Patriots

    Місяць tagasi

    Sorry for my stupidity, but is it possible to shave the head and the pistons by the same amount to keep them from being too close to the valves? Im sure that's probably not possible, and someone will crucify me in the replies for even asking, but im not a car mechanic by any means, so i really don't care. Im just curious if it's possible. If not, then why?

  • machinehead824


    Місяць tagasi

    The reality of all this is...stay away from Mini Coopers (learned the hard way) and anything that uses those garbage engines.

  • pmfman


    Місяць tagasi

    The head would be weaker thus more likely to crac (typo :P) or warp

  • Christian Meier

    Christian Meier

    Місяць tagasi

    yeah, sure... first the BMW Dealer cannot find the issue..... (what´s BS in my opinion) and THE as usual on all of your Videos it would cost 5.000 / 10.000 / 15.000 / 20.000 Bucks to repair it.
    A head gasket Job would cost around 2500 at BMW, not a dime more.
    Typical BS in YT for all the Kiddies and Wannebees who think they are Car Mechanics.
    Why is your Head warped - well.... you took it off the wrong way, THEN it warped. But as a professional YouTube Shomaster you know better *LOL*

  • damir zilavec

    damir zilavec

    Місяць tagasi

    One week,and still no news 🤔

  • kolim jone

    kolim jone

    Місяць tagasi

    Even the machine shop didn’t clean the head to be measured you have to clean all the debris from the head gasket out to be accurate

  • Aaron Wallace

    Aaron Wallace

    Місяць tagasi

    Hilarious that you order parts from Germany when the i8 engine is made in the UK

  • Mato Matic

    Mato Matic

    Місяць tagasi

    New video?

  • John Blaze

    John Blaze

    Місяць tagasi

    Samcrac, whats happening with our BMW i8 project???

    • kolim jone

      kolim jone

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  • Tony Bogayle

    Tony Bogayle

    Місяць tagasi

    We all praying for you lol

  • Robert Vaughn

    Robert Vaughn

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    isn't it amazing that it took 24 hours of diagnostic AND an engine teardown to discover a blown head gasket when all the signs were apparent from the get go? Exotic cars, no matter the make are internal combustion engines; the bubbling, boiling overflow bottle is a dead giveaway just about every time.

  • Bymbabayr Bymbabayr

    Bymbabayr Bymbabayr

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    water drink motor shatun

  • MuaiThaips3


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    on god, we have the same ring tone. marimbas in paris

  • NekoWinters


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  • A


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    Sam crac is dead Bmw fell on his head,,,,,,so sad

  • renter007


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    Just resurface the head 0.3 mm and use the 0.3 mm thicker gasket if you decide to machine. I would go to 0.3 mm then you maintain overall mechanical geometry, just in case valve timing is critical for this application.
    It is a one time deal, do not try to go for bare minimum and think you have 2 go's. It is just a stupid 3 cylinder turbo, nothing special except for it is in a special car.
    Ohh yes, try to get BMW service info on resurfacing the head, they must have a repair/maintenance bulletin for this, that way you do not miss out on specific information that might be important.
    It would be interesting if you could also reduce risk of overheating by reducing turbo boost. If they crank out 70 HP more than mini cooper you bet the turbo boost is high, tuning it down a little would be good, less stress on engine components. Next question is can you reduce max charging load from the attached generator accordingly, does the generator expect engine to crank out max or can it be limited accordingly to engine max output you decide on, or can it sense max available power and reduce load accordingly all by itself.
    Or you can look at it from the opposite side: can you limit the max charge the generator wants to delivery to the batteries, if you reduce this by 15-20% the engine should not be required to run as hard. This would be the easiest way but i am not sure if this can be programmed in the car system, i would think this should be an operational parameter that can be changed by BMW engineers with right software.
    If this is not possible or not done automatically you are stuck at factory specs of the engine and run risk of hard use and overheating again.. Maybe this little engine is running at the limits.
    In short: is it possible to reduce engine load and still be able to charge batteries sufficient to use the car reliably.
    The car is beautiful though, wish i had the money.
    Cool project, Good luck.

  • Shaun ONeill

    Shaun ONeill

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    Not really feeling all the sad attempts at comedy. I followed you for more of the technical entertainment but I guess you gotta stay relevant on this communist site.

  • slotcarguy


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    Sam still alive???

  • bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiu

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    i laughed so hard at the end, fucking awesome

  • chassis807


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    Let's see what happens if you just put a German car badge on a non-German car. Will reliability instantly go down?

  • Austin Page

    Austin Page

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    @Samcrac Copper head gasket... problem solved. once and forever.

  • Scott Bisi

    Scott Bisi

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    I don’t understand why these guys make YouTube videos were there just talking in the whole YouTube video I guess there’s some people that might be entertaining at most they don’t wanna watch a video of just Sam crack talking

    • bocoy noiu

      bocoy noiu

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      Sam, you are very lazy.. you post videos very rare!! Why?

  • K Z

    K Z

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    that reason i recommend thick head gasket because less headache dealing with head n easily get away with it n i have done it many times on every vehicle

  • Ben Bryant

    Ben Bryant

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    4:55 IS THAT A SUPRA

  • Abdul Qureshi

    Abdul Qureshi

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    Sam, when are you posting the next video on i3? Anxiously waiting and praying for your project brother