ChrisFix

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ChrisFix is an American YouTuber who specializes in DIY car repairs. His focus is on teaching the viewers how to fix cars correctly and safely, while being able to save money.[1] [2] Every video is a step-by-step, how-to style demonstration of fixing or modifying cars. All of his videos are filmed in his parent's driveway, utilizing common hand tools and easily accessible equipment to show that the viewers can easily fix their own car at home[3] [4] [5].In his videos he never shows his face and wears a helmet during his videos.ChrisFix has stated that he will be doing a "face reveal video" when he gets to 10 million subscribers.[6]

Before YouTube

Before YouTube, ChrisFix had a passion for fish and the ocean, which earned him the nickname "Chris Fish" in elementary school. He also began working on cars with his father and getting an interest in them at a young age.[7]

He went on to culinary school to become a Chef, then studied at the School of Environmental and Biological Studies at Rutgers University to become a Marine Biologist.[8] He has since gone on to say that both of those experiences, before working on YouTube full time, gave him the skills to help him with growing his YouTube channel.

Career

While ChrisFix was at Rutgers University, he decided to create a YouTube channel to share his love of oceanography and technology with the wider world. He uploaded a few early videos of fishing with his friends, but then began to upload car repair videos as a fun way to help people out. He decided on the name "ChrisFix" for his channel, which stemmed from his childhood nickname.

In 2015, the channel began to attract more and more attention from people wanting to learn how to work on their cars and gain new skills. By this time, ChrisFix decided to focus on YouTube as a full time career. Since that decision to work on YouTube full time, he regularly uploads videos to the channel and also posts on other social platforms.[9]

Project Cars

Aside from routine auto maintenance, diagnostics, and fixes, ChrisFix has worked on several cars as project cars. These "project cars" are vehicles that contain modifications specific to the goal of the project car.

Project Police Interceptor

For this project, a Ford Crown Victoria is modified to work as a police car.[10] The car was built to be an "off duty" transport police car for a police officer going to and from their place of work. ChrisFix created custom lights, sirens, custom centre console, interior pieces, fitted a radio and cleaned up the Crown Victoria before finally giving it away to the officer.

DriftStang

As ChrisFix was wrapping up the "Project Police Interceptor" car, he decided to continue working on a project car, albeit his own. After a fan poll and months of looking, he found a 1998 Ford Mustang GT being sold at a charity auction.[11] The Mustang GT was not running, and in the first few installments of the project car series, ChrisFix showed how to diagnose the fuel pump issue the car was having, and then showed how to clean up a car that had been sitting for some time. Shortly after, the car was given modifications to make it into a drift car. The modification videos resemble the regular "how-to" videos, such as the upgraded clutch, coilovers, performance exhaust, Ford Racing intake manifold,Angle kit and a hydraulic e-brake . Some of the videos in this series show his progress drifting and doing fan ride-alongs to raise money and awareness for charity. He also plans to install a performance throttle body and supercharge the DriftStang soon.

Honda Del Sol

After receiving numerous questions about different cars that were inexpensive to buy, modify, and fix, ChrisFix decided to buy a Honda Del Sol for $300.[12] The car came with some major issues (including a blown head gasket), but numerous how-to episodes have shown ChrisFix fixing each of the issues to make the car safe and reliable. Upcoming modifications include a drum to disc brake conversion, Honda S2000 seats, a short throw shifter, bodywork, and a turbo kit.

Jaguar X-Type

ChrisFix's dad was in need of a car for himself to be able to go to work and other activities. After walking the viewers through the entire process of inspecting, negotiating, and buying a used car,[13] he got a 2003 Jaguar X-Type for him. Shortly after the purchase, he created a video series on buying a "parts car" to pull apart and use those parts to fix a few issues the Jaguar came with, and make some extra money on the parts with value.[14] It has since turned into a "test car [15] and brought his dad a dream car which happends to be a 2014 Maserati Quattroporte

Mazda B3000

In 2012, ChrisFix purchased a 2001 Mazda B3000 pickup truck. Numerous routine auto maintenance and fixing videos have been filmed on the Mazda pickup. The truck has also been used for regular truck duties, such as off-roading, carrying tools and tires to the track with the DriftStang, and helping out his family. In 2015, ChrisFix made a series about building and wiring in a custom LED light bar.[16] Feature project videos on it to come out include, project night light re lit, in which he wires more off road lights, fabricate a custom front bumper and install a winch on it, and fabricate a custom rear bumper. A Rear Diff Locker, Drum to Disc Brake converison on it, and a Snorkel

AM General Hummer H1

Shortly after the YouTube channel reached 5 million subscribers in 2019, ChrisFix decided to celebrate by purchasing his childhood dream car, a 1996 AM General Hummer H1. The particular Hummer ChrisFix purchased had an extensive amount of custom work done to it, including a 6.6L Duramax LMM [V8 engine|V8] diesel engine, an Allison 1000 transmission, upgraded radiator and intercooler, "Alpha" brake pads and rotors, a painted and sealed frame, as well as undercarriage protection for off-roading.He has fitted a snorkel and portal axle covers to the Hummer.[7] Future projects with the Hummer include sound insulation, a "train horn" vehicle horn, heated and cooled seats, and reworked off-road lights.

Vandalized car rebuild

In July 2020, ChrisFix bought a vandalized Chrysler 200 as part of a challenge by eBay Motors to buy a car, fix it up then flip it for more money[17]. He has shown the viewers how to remove the spray paint from a vandalised car[17]. As well as how to clean out a vandalised fuel system[18].[19]. He will be selling the car on auction and donate the money to charity[17].

Philanthropy

ChrisFix has engaged in numerous charity works over the years. In his very first YouTube video from 2010, he can be seen doing a Toys for Tots Corvette run in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[20] In 2016, the money from the auction to purchase the DriftStang was donated to "Vehicles for Veterans". In 2018, at Pocono Raceway, ChrisFix was doing charity ride alongs in his DriftStang, with all of the money going towards St Jude's Children's Research Hospital. In total, he raised $17,000 for the hospital. In 2019, he donated hundreds of toys to Toys for Tots in the Hummer.

Along with the donations, ChrisFix has often given away cars that were worked on to people that needed them, instead of selling them. These include the Mustang, the 2007 Prius, and the 2005 Trailblazer LT.[21][22][23]

Awards and Nominations

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Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019 PASMAG Reader’s Choice Awards Favorite YouTube Channel Himself Nominated [24]
2020 YouTuber Prestige Awards Educational Himself TBD [25]


References

  1. McFadden, Christopher. "10 Of The Best YouTube Channels For Keeping Your Car In Fit Condition". https://interestingengineering.com/10-of-the-best-youtube-channels-for-keeping-your-car-in-fit-condition. Retrieved 16 May 2020. 
  2. https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/outdoor-projects/a27901/best-youtube-instructional-videos/
  3. https://www.autoweek.com/car-life/diy/a32698676/video-how-to-change-every-fluid-in-your-vehicle/
  4. https://www.autoweek.com/car-life/diy/a1715056/diy-tips-replacing-your-clutch-isnt-hard/
  5. https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/outdoor-projects/how-to/a18882/how-to-paint-your-car-wheels/
  6. "How to Change EVERY FLUID in your Car or Truck (Oil, Transmission, Coolant, Brake, and More)". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7JCh7PHoDc&lc=Ugx_B60G83XaDKnoQbl4AaABAg. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "I Bought My DREAM CAR and it's AMAZING!!!". August 23, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5x22ef7A-w. 
  8. "Rutgers alumnus draws 3.9 million subscribers with car repair YouTube channel". https://www.dailytargum.com/article/2018/09/rutgers-alumnus-draws-3-9-million-subscribers-with-car-repair-youtube-channel. 
  9. "ChrisFix Instagram Profile". https://www.instagram.com/chrisfixit/. 
  10. Videos, Legendary. "ChrisFix Finishes Of His Police Interceptor Project In This Magnificent Video". https://www.legendaryspeed.com/chrisfix-finishes-police-interceptor-project-magnificent-video/. Retrieved 17 May 2020. 
  11. "How to Buy a Drift Car". July 4, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ryGH_aTgS4. 
  12. "How to Buy a Used Car for $300 (Runs and Drives)". March 21, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VX090Fi63E. 
  13. "How to Inspect and Buy A used Car". https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvKbarVtwhUv6bjLhJSyaEOxaYy03j7QS. 
  14. "How to Buy a Parts Car to Fix Your Daily Driver". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV_BgneldPU. 
  15. "Test Car Comment". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77t1UW4Qc7g&lc=UgyUOpiuIgXihY4Sb2V4AaABAg. 
  16. "Custom LED Light Bar Build (Part 1 "Project Night Light")". March 30, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp9L00SMSHQ. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "How to Remove Spray Paint from a VANDALIZED Car". 16 July 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WihpfXxGOBo. 
  18. "How to Clean Out the ENTIRE Fuel System (Vandalized with Sugar in Gas Tank)". 4 August 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRM-n15tuXs. 
  19. https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/chrysler-200-with-sugar-in-the-gas-tank-gets-its-fuel-system-cleaned/ar-BB17ze7M
  20. "Corvette Sights and Sounds". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7O7OqVstTc. 
  21. "How to Find and Repair Exhaust Leaks EASY (Without a Welder)". August 1, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-exs1iMLFU. 
  22. "I Bought the Most Hated Car on the Internet (and made $1000)". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-exs1iMLFU. 
  23. "How to Fix a Car that Wont Start (I bought it for $500)". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-exs1iMLFU. 
  24. https://pasmag.com/pasmag-extras-3/readers-choice-awards?fbclid=IwAR2brWjDEgHPov_bSc7HocbXbBlsoC_4vSzuG1ZwYE6F2qfm4IrPmJfF5eQ
  25. https://www.youtubermag.com/official-nominations-for-the-1st-annual-youtuber-prestige-awards/

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