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Surprising my Mom with Her Dream Car!!!

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Nov 17, 2017

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  • Hey guys! ChrisFix here, and today we're doing something special.
  • This is something that I've been wanting to do for a while now
  • and I just recently saved up enough money to do it.
  • Today, I'm buying my mom her dream car.
  • Actually, that's where I'm going right now!
  • I'm gonna go check out a car, test drive it, and see if it's the one.
  • In the meantime, let me give you a little background on why I'm doing this.
  • Ever since I was a little kid, both of my parents have always been there for me
  • and supported me no matter what!
  • From the time I wanted to be a chef and went to culinary school...
  • ...to the time I wanted to be a marine biologist and went to college.
  • (ChrisFix's mom cheering)
  • They even supported me with my crazy idea to make YouTube videos about working on cars.
  • One million subscribers. Check that out!
  • No matter where life led me, my parents always pushed me to work harder and do my best,
  • which made me the person I am today.
  • So fast forward just a little bit, my mom has always said she likes the Ford Thunderbird.
  • Specifically the ones that are in that classic Thunderbird blue.
  • Unfortunately, there's not many of these cars out there since they didn't sell well.
  • They were only made from 2002 to 2005,
  • and now finding a blue one makes it even more difficult.
  • And since this car is so rare,
  • I asked you guys on Instagram for some suggestions.
  • (On video) "Hey guys, ChrisFix here!"
  • So not only did you guys offer up your suggestions on websites,
  • but a lot of you physically went to car lots near your house,
  • sent me pictures, and that is just-- I couldn't believe it. It blew my mind.
  • Thank you so much! My subscribers are just so great.
  • This whole process has really been like a team effort, and I thank you for the help!
  • So after reading all of your comments, I started looking for cars.
  • One of the sites that I've never heard of that you guys told me to try out was autotempest.com.
  • And I'm glad you told me because this site helped me a lot.
  • Just like searching any other website for cars, you enter your make, your model,
  • how many miles you want to travel from your zip code, and then year.
  • What this website does which is why it's so helpful is it searches Ebay, craigslist, Cars.com,
  • AutoTrader, Cars Direct, Oodle,
  • and many other major car buying websites with just one click.
  • So all I have to do is scroll down here,
  • hit that search button.
  • So even though the Thunderbird's a rare car, look at all the results that we got
  • from all the different car sites.
  • But just to give you an idea, I saw this car already.
  • Had a bad transmission, so I passed on that.
  • I saw this one but the radio didn't work, it had dings and everything all over it, so I passed on that.
  • Didn't see this car yet. It is the Pacific Coast roadster, but this is pretty pricey.
  • So instead, we're gonna go check out this car right here.
  • He posted up a lot of pictures, the car looks like it's in great shape,
  • I spoke to the owner on the phone, and I'm looking forward to checking this one out.
  • So thank you everyone who suggested this site.
  • It is definitely bookmarked now.
  • And thank you very much Auto Tempest for supporting the video
  • and my goal of getting my mom her dream car.
  • So now, let's go check out this car!
  • Alright, we are on our way to check out a 2004 Ford Thunderbird.
  • The only issue is it's not the right color, it's not that classic Thunderbird blue,
  • but that's okay because it's like a blue-green, it's a special edition.
  • Either way, the most important thing right now is to stay emotionally detached,
  • don't be afraid to walk away if the car is no good,
  • and this car is gonna be a tricky one because I want it to be perfect.
  • This is a special gift for my mom, and I really want a nice reliable car.
  • And it looks like we are here.
  • Check it out right over there.
  • And just rolling up on this, I could tell this looks like a real nice car.
  • And this color looks awesome. I can't believe I was concerned about it.
  • This looks so good, my mom's gonna love it.
  • The top has like a white pearl color to it.
  • Its metallic looks so good,
  • mixed up with this like seafoam green, it's like a blue-green metallic.
  • This also looks so good.
  • Color is not going to be an issue, so let's take a quick look at the car.
  • One thing that I saw coming around the corner are these headlights.
  • These definitely are going to need some restoration.
  • They're yellow, they just don't look good on this car,
  • and you could also see that the Thunderbird badge here is a little chipped up,
  • but that's easily replaceable.
  • One thing that you don't see chips are on the paint which is great.
  • A lot of the cars that I saw had a lot of rock chips up here.
  • I don't see any and this just looks awesome!
  • And speaking of rock chips again, I don't see anything on the glass.
  • The glass looks chip and crack free,
  • it does have a heated element in here so the front windshield is heated which is a nice feature,
  • and man, this car just looks pretty good.
  • You can see it's well taken care of.
  • The wheels on this car a special edition wheel, they aren't on any other Thunderbirds.
  • They have the matching color for the paintwork which is nice.
  • But one thing that catches my eye right now, these brakes are shot.
  • The rotors are all grooved, so it needs front brakes.
  • Let's go around and check the back see if it needs some back brakes.
  • And yeah, the back brakes are even worse, this is grooved pretty good.
  • So the back brakes and the front brakes are gonna have to get replaced.
  • That's definitely something to keep in mind, not a big deal.
  • If you don't know how to do it, I have videos on how to do that.
  • It doesn't cost a lot, we could get some top-of-the-line brakes on here for my mom
  • so this car stops on a dime.
  • So let's just keep looking around the car.
  • Good, we have the emblem here.
  • I don't see any dents or scratches which is great.
  • The paintwork really looks good on this, I'm kind of excited about that.
  • And this car is just-- it looks really good. I'm actually really excited about this.
  • I think this is a good possibility for a car that we might come home with today.
  • Let's go speak with the owner.
  • Okay, here we go!
  • Alright, thank you very much.
  • So I got the keys and we can go and check out the car.
  • Now just so that you guys know, the owner isn't gonna be in the video, I want to respect his privacy.
  • But he did tell me that I could take as long as I want filming the car
  • and get all the shots and angles and go for a test drive, that's not an issue.
  • So I really appreciate that, and the first thing that we're gonna do
  • is we're gonna check out the inside of the car.
  • Now I developed a really good and really helpful used car buying checklist.
  • I'll link it in the description, it's free to download for you guys.
  • So if you're ever going to buy a used car, it has everything that you need to check
  • to make sure you don't forget anything.
  • I'm gonna be going through this myself as we check out the car,
  • so let's go check out the interior.
  • Now one thing I really like about this car is the retro futuristic styling of it.
  • So they take little cues from like the '50s such as these door cards that have the slots in them.
  • That's something you would see back in 1955 when the Thunderbird first came out,
  • and that's really cool!
  • Now diving into the interior, this looks great so far, and we'll take a better look.
  • One thing that you'll notice right away is this car is in great shape.
  • I don't see any rips, I don't see any tears, there's no cracks in the leather,
  • it just looks well taken care of and that is great,
  • because that means that the owner actually cared about the car and maintained it.
  • And if this interior looks a little bit familiar, you're not going crazy.
  • That's because this shared the same interior as the Lincoln LS.
  • Now they adapted little differences such as the white gauges, and the blue needles,
  • and the blue Thunderbird sign, some aluminum on the side here,
  • But basically this shares the same platform as the Lincoln LS and the Jaguar S-Type,
  • both well-defined luxury vehicles which is awesome.
  • So there'll be plenty of parts available which is always a good thing.
  • One thing that caught my eye over here is the plastic handle.
  • It's like chrome wrapped, and you could see it's chipping off a little bit.
  • I do have a solution for that, that's not a big deal. Not too concerned about that,
  • but what I do want to check out next is the engine bay.
  • So let's pop the hood and the main thing we're going to be looking for under the hood is leaks
  • and also making sure that the fluids are filled to the correct level.
  • I see a little bit of sweating here, but not leaks so that's fine, that's where you fill the oil anyway.
  • The master cylinder is filled. It is a little low, but we did say we need some brakes, so that makes sense.
  • And we want to check our oil.
  • So let's remove the dipstick and what we want to see is the correct oil level and oil that's in decent shape.
  • So the oil is filled up to the first mark which is fine, it doesn't look burnt or creamy,
  • it has a golden brown color which is typical, and this looks good.
  • So everything looks good under the hood. Now we go for our test drive!
  • I've been driving this car around for a little while now, and it feels solid.
  • It takes turns nicely and you feel completely comfortable the whole drive.
  • In addition to comfort, this car has a good amount of power
  • so you could accelerate effortlessly.
  • Here's what I'm talking about!
  • This Jaguar 3.9 liter v8 makes 280 HP, which you could tell is plenty!
  • While accelerating fast is a lot of fun, my favorite part of driving this car is the incredible ride quality.
  • This bridge is very bumpy, yet the car floats along like it's on a cloud.
  • You could really tell when designing this car,
  • they stuck to the Thunderbird's luxury routes.
  • And man oh, man, I could get used to driving this around!
  • So overall, there's no squeaks, the suspension is tight, the steering feels good, everything works as it should.
  • So let's get back to the owner's house and see if we could go home with this car today.
  • Now back from our ride, there's one last thing to do.
  • I checked everything on our checklist. This car is just in great condition, you could tell it's been taken care of,
  • and overall, this is definitely the best Thunderbird that I've test-driven and seen so far.
  • But we do have to do one more thing. I always scan the computer with a bluetooth OBD-II scanner
  • so that I know that there's no problems that are hidden from me.
  • This actually saved me once big time!
  • So go underneath the steering wheel, and plug it right into the OBD-II port.
  • Then, you could use your phone and do an all-system scan.
  • And this has saved me big time.
  • Recently, I saw a nice blue Thunderbird, it was in great shape, I was ready to make an offer on it,
  • but after scanning the computer, I found out it had a bad transmission.
  • And then the owner found out later on that it would cost $3,000 to fix.
  • So thankfully, I checked the computer.
  • And it's done scanning everything, so you can see we don't have any check engine codes,
  • we don't have any ABS, airbag, transmission codes, all our electronic modules are good.
  • So this car passes the scan test, now we could go make an offer to the owner.
  • So we're here with the owner, and I-- I really like the car, I test drove her, everything's really nice,
  • needs a couple of things. What are you asking for this car again?
  • [Owner] 14.9.
  • [Chris] 14.9...
  • So it doesn't need a few things but again, I like the car,
  • I'm a buyer right now, I have the money at 13.5.
  • [Owner] 13.5?
  • [Chris] Yes, sir.
  • [Owner] You got a deal.
  • [Chris] Awesome, thank you very much. My mom's gonna love this!
  • Thanks again. Have a good one.
  • Alright, I cannot believe this is real life right now. I have the title signed over to me.
  • This is crazy now that's exactly how you do it!
  • He took my offer and we have the car!
  • Now my mom is out with my dad. My dad's keeping her busy.
  • I don't have much time, but what I'd like to do is I'd like to change the brakes,
  • clean the headlights, restore them, clean the car, make sure everything's good, change the oil,
  • basically make sure the car is ready to go for my mom so when she gets it, all she has to do is drive it.
  • And for anybody asking, I have a friend who's driving my truck home.
  • So I really appreciate that, and thank you very much to the owners or the previous owners of this car for being so kind and
  • let me film and also accepting my offer.
  • This is awesome, so let's get home!
  • We're on our way home, but we do have to make a few quick stops.
  • First, we need to go to the DMV to transfer the Pennsylvania title...
  • ...and get a New Jersey title and plates. Awesome!
  • Next, let's go to the auto parts store.
  • We're walking in with an empty cart and leaving with the full one.
  • You should never let me go to the parts store alone!
  • And finally, I want this car to have a full tank of gas for my mom.
  • And one tank later, she's full.
  • Thank you very much.
  • So finally, we made it back home with the car, but we don't have much time.
  • And not only do we not have a lot of time, but we have a lot that we need to do, so let's get started!
  • First, let's change the oil, so get the car on ramps.
  • And getting under the car for the first time, this thing is clean!
  • Wouldn't you agree, Cooper?
  • Okay, so let's change the oil.
  • Start by removing the oil plug and drain the old oil out.
  • Once it's all drained out, tighten up the drain bolt,
  • and let's remove the old oil filter, and install a brand new one.
  • And I like to write down the mileage of the motor
  • which will help me remember the last time I changed the oil.
  • Finally, add 6.5 quarts of fully synthetic oil, and we are done!
  • Now, let's install a new cabin air filter.
  • So remove all the clips on the wiper shroud, pop it open,
  • and look at all this dirt and debris that's in here.
  • Now we can remove the old air filter which just slides out.
  • Out with the old and in with the new.
  • The new filter slides back into place like that.
  • Now the air coming from the cabin will be filtered and clean.
  • Speaking of clean air, the engine also has to breathe clean as well.
  • So disconnect the wiring from the mass airflow sensor,
  • unsnap the two clips, and peel the intake cover upwards.
  • Now we can slide out the old filter.
  • So out with the old and in with the new.
  • The filter slides back in, then push the lid closed, and finally reconnect the wires.
  • Good!
  • So that's everything under the hood.
  • Now, let's go and install some new brakes.
  • First, remove the wheel, then the brake caliper, and then the brake pads.
  • Now, remove the brake caliper bracket and finally, the brake rotor.
  • Install the new rotor,
  • and the new brake pads,
  • and let's finish up by installing the caliper and torquing it down.
  • Finally, put the wheel on, lower the car to the ground,
  • and that's a one brake job done.
  • Might as well spray down the wheel and clean them off while we're at it.
  • And finish off with some tire shine to finish the look of the clean wheels.
  • So that's one down. I got three more to go.
  • I'm going to do it to all four wheels, change the brakes, change the rotors,
  • clean the wheel, get some tire shine on there,
  • and then we're on to the next step, which is...
  • ...cleaning the engine bay.
  • Use a microfiber towel to clean off all the dirt,
  • then, brush in some trim restore,
  • and finally, use a microfiber towel to give it a good buff to make the plastic look brand new.
  • Here's a before...
  • ...and after.
  • Beautiful.
  • Next, we're gonna give the car a quick bubble bath.
  • Use a microfiber wash mitt to clean off the dirt,
  • and finally, wash all the suds away.
  • I'm also gonna wax the car so there's a nice protective layer on the paint.
  • So wax on, wax off!
  • And check out that shine, that looks so good!
  • I could see my reflection, but we don't have time to admire the reflection.
  • Next, we need to replace the peeling badge.
  • And to remove the emblem, a little trick is to use some fishing line.
  • The braided fishing line works great, and it's actually really sharp, so we want to pull up towards the emblem,
  • not down towards the paint so you don't scratch the paintwork.
  • And then now you're just gonna work your way sawing back and forth towards the center of the emblem.
  • Beautiful.
  • Now, just get some alcohol on a rag,
  • and wipe the old sticky residue off.
  • And finally, now we just need to align this emblem,
  • and that looks good, and now just press it down and it adheres right to the car.
  • And check that out. That looks so much better than before
  • with that old chipped away chrome.
  • And speaking of chipped away chrome,
  • let's go fix the chrome that's chipped away on the door handle inside.
  • We're gonna use a chrome vinyl wrap to coat the handle,
  • but first, we have to remove as much of the peeling chrome as we can.
  • Once the chrome's gone, clean off the plastic with some alcohol,
  • then we can lay our chrome wrap over the handle.
  • Using heat from a blow dryer, it will help shape it,
  • and cut away any extra material.
  • Now with one final squeegee...
  • Look at that, beautiful!
  • And we are cutting it close timewise.
  • Luckily, the interior of this car is in great condition.
  • We're not going to be able to get to the headlights unfortunately,
  • and I think that's it, I think we need to go right now.
  • Actually, I almost forgot...
  • One last thing, we got this awesome bow.
  • This is gonna go right on here.
  • Okay, let's get this car out of here.
  • My dad's on his way home, and he'll be here in like 5 minutes.
  • Cutting this close!
  • So the plan is I'm gonna hide around the block away from my house so my mom doesn't see the car.
  • My dad's gonna come home with my mom like he normally would, park in his normal spot, and go inside.
  • Once my mom's inside and settled in, then I'll head over with the car.
  • So I'm just nervously sitting here waiting for my dad to call so I could bring the car around.
  • Okay, here we go. Here's my dad.
  • Hello?
  • [Chris' dad] Mom's inside the house, you can bring the car out.
  • [Chris] Okay, I'm gonna head over now.
  • [Chris' dad] Alright, bye.
  • [Chris] Bye.
  • Here we go, let's do this!
  • Alright, my entire family is right behind me waiting outside,
  • except for my mom who's inside and I'm gonna call her out right now.
  • She has no clue what's about to happen.
  • This is gonna be awesome, let's do this.
  • Hey mom, can you help real quick with a video?
  • So um, you know how much I really love you, right?
  • Yeah, what'd you do now?
  • I got you something to show you my appreciation.
  • *gasp*
  • Oh my god, you're crazy!
  • That's yours.
  • I know you've always wanted a Ford Thunderbird.
  • Look at him giggling.
  • I can't believe it.
  • And get in.
  • Wait, I don't want to dirty the floor.
  • You won't dirty the floor, it's meant to be used.
  • Oh my god.
  • When did you get this?
  • Where was I?
  • Oh my god.
  • There's the keys.
  • Here are the keys, go start her up.
  • Oh, wow.
  • So this car has a ton of features.
  • You have heated seats on both the driver's and passenger side.
  • When you take the hardtop off, you have an automatic soft top that goes up and down.
  • You have a dual climate system, so not only do you have your
  • climate control on the driver's side,
  • you hit dual and you have climate control on the passenger side
  • so you can have two different temperatures.
  • And then, you have a really nice radio.
  • Awesome stereo system, it sounds so good,
  • and this thing is just loaded with really nice features, a nice comfortable car.
  • Oh yeah, this is a special car.
  • There's only 1,000 of these made and it's called the Pacific Coast Roadster.
  • Yours is number 648 out of 1000.
  • Not that that's super important, but it is kind of cool to have a limited edition car.
  • Can we take it out for a ride?
  • Yeah, we could go for a ride.
  • But before we do that mom, how about we finish up the video,
  • and do you want to try closing it out?
  • Give this video a thumbs up,
  • and if you're not a subscriber, please subscribe.
  • And I also would like to hear your comments below
  • to tell me your dream car.
  • So you heard my mom, comment below, let me know what your dream car is.
  • Thank you very much everybody, this is awesome.
  • I couldn't have done it without you guys, without all your support for all my videos and my channel.
  • This is unbelievable, incredible, so I really, really appreciate it, and I'm totally grateful for your support.
  • Let's go for that test drive!

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Buying my Mom her dream car and surprising her with it out of nowhere was one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I have been saving up since high school to do something like this and I am very fortunate and blessed. You can also learn how to buy a used car from this video as I cover many tips and tricks!

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