I Ruined My £5000 Paint Job With An Angle Grinder

  • Published on May 11, 2022
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    Welcome back to Autoalex Cars. This week, I savage Phil's bonnet with an angle grinder, do a LONG overdue oil change and take Phil out on track for a lot of limiter bashing!
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Comments • 2 948

  • Misha Charoudin
    Misha Charoudin 16 days ago +1227

    Do we need to set up a rescue mission now? OGs will remember

    • Kyl3_05_m
      Kyl3_05_m 2 hours ago


    • D Folland
      D Folland 10 days ago +1

      I still have my save Phil pack and picture.

    • Snoopy Dogg
      Snoopy Dogg 12 days ago


    • ricardo1e93
      ricardo1e93 12 days ago +1

      It's with comments like those that you remind yourself how old you are 😅

  • Conquer Driving
    Conquer Driving 15 days ago +87

    Awesome maiden video for the channel, looking forward to your future content.

    • Seberous
      Seberous 13 days ago +2

      Fancy seeing Conquer Driving in the comments of an MX5 themed video 😉

  • Cowley
    Cowley 14 days ago +22

    I'm not sure which demands the most respect, turning your pride and joy into a track car or doing an oil change
    wearing a nice white tee shirt.
    Great video and looking forward to the next one.

  • e93logan
    e93logan 15 days ago +20

    So happy to see you thriving and doing your thing! CT was (and it sounds like still will be) a big part of your life and career, but never let anything get in the way of doing what you love. Cheers, Alex!

    • yaliso gioouy
      yaliso gioouy 12 days ago

      Love to see Phil being converted as a track car, im looking forward for the upcoming videos. Keep it up alex!

  • Plasma 659
    Plasma 659 14 days ago +10

    Can't wait to see phil break down even more than ever with performance mods haha

  • Autoalex Cars
    Autoalex Cars  16 days ago +98

    Hi guys, just wanted to say a massive thanks for all the love for the new channel already! Almost 300k subs after 2 weeks...absolute madness!

    • Daniel Roberts
      Daniel Roberts 12 days ago +1

      Pin it! 📌

    • Dan P
      Dan P 15 days ago +3

      Great vid Alex, looking forward to seeing some motorbike stuff..

    • AsdaTrollys
      AsdaTrollys 16 days ago +5

      Well we’ve missed Phil content 😂

  • SR
    SR 15 days ago +4

    Great to see Phil back and alive. That paint still looks amazing 😍 Can't wait to hear Phil with his new exhaust (Brono can't back out now 😂)

  • John
    John 13 days ago +2

    Congrats on the new channel Alex! Love the new Phil videos and can't wait for the next episodes

  • VolV8
    VolV8 14 days ago +2

    nice work!
    it'd be interesting to keep track of the car's weight as it transitions into full track weapon 👍

  • Melvin van der Meulen
    Melvin van der Meulen 13 days ago +1

    So excited to see how this channel is going to grow and what you're going to be doing on it. Lovely to hear Phil sing again.

  • Dundee Bambi
    Dundee Bambi 16 days ago +63

    One of my all time favourite TheXvid stars, I could watch him work on cars and race round tracks all day long!
    His humour is spot on, and he's a handsome chap to boot, you can't get enough of Bruno!
    Alex is okay...

  • JennyHPhoto
    JennyHPhoto 13 days ago

    I love the videos, Alex! It's so great seeing Phil again 🥰

  • Nyneg _
    Nyneg _ 15 days ago +1

    it was so sad seeing phil be cut up.. but well worth it! the end product is amazing.
    cant wait to see what you do to him next!!

  • DirtDiver1720
    DirtDiver1720 14 days ago +2

    Love the video mate! Can’t wait to see how Phil turns out! 💪🏻

  • James Baker
    James Baker 15 days ago +4

    Can't wait to see the fun content you have install for us Alex!!

  • Cars With JB
    Cars With JB 16 days ago +12

    Recommend Polybushes and the H&R ARBs if you're going full race-car build (*and haven't done them already), they were massive for mine!

  • hen ko
    hen ko 8 days ago

    This is actually awesome, keep doing you Alex! Also, rip Phil, your bonnet will be remembered.

  • Hawke Allen
    Hawke Allen 13 days ago

    Stoked to see you doing your own thing man! Love to see this type of content.

  • Toby
    Toby 8 days ago

    Lovely to see Phil again after such a long absence of him in recent years. I look forward to Phils future.

  • Saxon Holbrook
    Saxon Holbrook 13 days ago +1

    Looking forward to Phil’s future endeavours! Love what you’re doing with the new channel

  • Ralinder's Theatre
    Ralinder's Theatre 13 days ago +2

    I'm glad to see Alex able to indulge in his passion and share it with us! Good job mate!

  • yaliso gioouy
    yaliso gioouy 13 days ago +3

    Love that you have gone into this project looking forward to seeing the end product!

  • Mack Moyle
    Mack Moyle 12 days ago

    So excited to see you working like you used to! I miss all those car projects you did

  • Freddie 205
    Freddie 205 12 days ago

    Loving this focus back on Phil! Can't wait to see what you do next!

  • David Friesner
    David Friesner 15 days ago +22

    You need to protect the raw metal. Every cut and hole is a new potential for rust. You may want to consider removing the vent, coating the raw surface of the metal, and reinstalling it. Cheers

    • Hayden
      Hayden 14 days ago

      miata hoods dont rust but they do oxidize

  • mijuo roui
    mijuo roui 10 days ago

    Great to see Phil out again, and really looking forward to what’s coming on the channel!!🤙🤞

  • Will Sansome
    Will Sansome 15 days ago

    Phil might be one of the best looking MX-5s out there, loving the new channel, cant wait to see Phil out on the track.

  • Danny Philipsen
    Danny Philipsen 15 days ago +1

    Phil looks awesome! Great to see him out and about where he belongs - on track!

  • dallascowboy23
    dallascowboy23 13 days ago

    Love the new content! Wrenching on your car and giving it the beans on track. More of this please.

  • Carlos Gonzalez
    Carlos Gonzalez 15 days ago +1

    Props to you and the new channel! Love to have seen Phil through the ages from when you first introduced it to now on your own channel. The journey is amazing and reminds me of the things about owning a project car video you did with CT way back when. Love the content and keep up the great work!

  • Liam Blunsdon
    Liam Blunsdon 13 days ago +2

    Love that you have gone into this project looking forward to seeing the end product!

  • KaiMo
    KaiMo 10 days ago

    Awesome stuff Alex! I love that you started your own channel, I really missed Phil.

  • Wez Hardy
    Wez Hardy 13 days ago

    Well done Alex! Have always watched all your videos with car throttle and I am pleased to be still enjoying them now. 👏 your a star 🌟

  • Gabriel Ulibarri
    Gabriel Ulibarri 16 days ago +22

    I'm really liking this new channel so far!
    I got to say though, the new hood vents don't really do it for me

    • LukeTheJoker
      LukeTheJoker 15 days ago +2

      Tell us how you really Phil...

    • Honza Krčil
      Honza Krčil 15 days ago

      they almost make me angry I would say :D

    • TheGlowingNugget
      TheGlowingNugget 15 days ago +2

      Agreed but you know
      Because race car

    • Adam
      Adam 15 days ago +1


  • sszemtelen
    sszemtelen 13 days ago +3

    Loving the new channel Alex! Looking forward to seeing what you get up to!

  • Dominic Haber
    Dominic Haber 14 days ago +3

    Love the content man happy seeing you do your own thing and having fun doing it

  • Darren Blackburn
    Darren Blackburn 15 days ago

    Congratulations Alex on a successful first episode, me and the missus loved it and cannot wait to follow your future adventures, loved seeing Phil again only feels like yesterday when we watched the first episode of project MX5 many years ago 😂 keep up the amazing work mate.

  • Alex Langmaid
    Alex Langmaid 13 days ago +1

    Love you Alex❤️❤️ keep up all the great work!

  • RingaFTW
    RingaFTW 15 days ago +18

    Phil is probably the first car that I watched getting built up, good to see it return. Keep it up Alex

  • Harry Eyles
    Harry Eyles 15 days ago +1

    Love this channel already and that you’re doing more track focused stuff, especially with Phil🙏😁

  • Christian Mathews
    Christian Mathews 13 days ago +2

    I’m so glad to see you doing loads of Phil content! Would be nice to get the striped momento for my wee mx5 😁 great video mate! Can’t wait to see more and more!

  • Adam Najak
    Adam Najak 12 days ago

    So happy to see Phil back out looking forward to the new content would be awesome to win a piece of him

  • bssni touir
    bssni touir 11 days ago

    it was so sad seeing phil be cut up.. but well worth it! the end product is amazing. cant wait to see what you do to him next!!

  • iwan Evans
    iwan Evans 16 days ago +13

    Get in there Alex, nice to see you doing your own thing and really hope it goes well for you, all the best mate 💪

  • Andy Aitken
    Andy Aitken 14 days ago

    So glad that Alex’s comedy came with him to this channel. Also glad to see Alex didn’t ram a screwdriver through the filter to get it off🤣🤣

  • L Eumel
    L Eumel 9 days ago +1

    Will the bonnet vents have any special purpose apart from cooling the block? (e.g. oil/air coolers, turbo)
    Also i'd be glad to get one of these mementos!😁

  • Matty Hart
    Matty Hart 14 days ago

    Keep up the good work Alex! Phils looking fantastic still!

  • mikoy huio
    mikoy huio 10 days ago

    Love the video mate! Can’t wait to see how Phil turns out! 💪🏻

  • Michael Rawlings
    Michael Rawlings 16 days ago +8

    Been after a Quadlock for a while, will use the code. Good to see you out on your own, hopefully Jack and Ethan can “freelance” for you the way you do for CT.

  • joe stryke
    joe stryke 5 days ago +1

    Pretty stoked Phil is getting his own channel, it's about time Alex ! Also you brought the GF to tears with the life in a van video .. you made a new fan out of her .

  • pdwcave
    pdwcave 11 days ago +1

    Nice to see Phil back on track. Last time I saw him there were cobwebs in the engine bay!

  • Jayden Critchley
    Jayden Critchley 13 days ago

    That track run looked so fun! Awesome Alex!

  • GoldMexican
    GoldMexican 15 days ago +5

    Loving the new channel alex! looking forward to seeing what you get up to

  • Zatnn
    Zatnn 15 days ago +28

    Props to you cutting the bonnet, I can’t even cut paper straight 😂

    • Geo Gmz
      Geo Gmz 14 days ago

      Dude I can't even draw a circle on paper let alone cutting my pristine bonnet/hood..

  • Constantin Busse
    Constantin Busse 15 days ago +2

    Love what youre doing Alex. Keep it up :)

  • Andreas
    Andreas 12 days ago

    Been following Phils journey from the beginning and I can't get enough ♥

  • Adam King
    Adam King 14 days ago

    So glad to see more Phil content! Good luck with the new channel Alex!

  • J J
    J J 14 days ago +1

    Great first video! I'm looking forward to seeing your journey with this channel (and winning a part of Phil). Best of luck, Alex!

  • James Cresswell
    James Cresswell 15 days ago +10

    Body modifications are always a bit emotional - any sort of cutting or drilling feels pretty irreversible, and more than a little scary as a result! Still, I’d say the results this time are pretty good, even if you had to cut into the stripes. Looking forward to seeing more of Phil in the future! I’m also hankering after getting my own car out on track at some point…

  • dafatkid88
    dafatkid88 14 days ago

    Haha I'm not gonna lie, I'd actually love to have a signed part of Phil to sit pretty in my garage at home.
    Keep up the great content Alex!

  • Mozzy
    Mozzy 15 days ago

    Looking forward to what this channel has to offer Alex 💪💪

  • goordy23
    goordy23 14 days ago

    Alex, so glad you have gone out on your own to give you the freedom you need. Project MX5 was the driver behind me buying an mx5 as a track car back afew years ago, would love to have part of Phil to proudly exhibit on my wall!

  • Matthew Davie
    Matthew Davie 15 days ago

    We need more Phil, more mods! Great video as always!

  • Sam Wylam
    Sam Wylam 15 days ago

    Love the project Alex! Phil's looking great!

  • Bernie Taylor
    Bernie Taylor 13 days ago

    Thanks for all you've done for the MX-5 and car modifying community. It helped more people than you can imagine. And inspired me to get my own mx5.
    I'm now my 4th mx5 in about 6 months.
    I look forward to seeing how you'll take Phil from rustbucket to track star.
    Best of luck with the channel

  • bofooit gojo
    bofooit gojo 9 days ago

    nice work! it'd be interesting to keep track of the car's weight as it transitions into full track weapon

  • Niyaaz Dollie
    Niyaaz Dollie 14 days ago

    Loving the channel mate, can't wait to see whats planned for the future

  • Beyond Reality [CD10]
    Beyond Reality [CD10] 16 days ago +4

    Seeing anyone cut through genuinely great paintwork makes my heart and soul suffer.

  • Cassie
    Cassie 7 days ago

    Loving the new channel alex! looking forward to seeing what you get up to

  • Aaron Hunter
    Aaron Hunter 15 days ago +2

    Loving the new content Alex! keep up the great work!

  • Marcus Andreasson
    Marcus Andreasson 15 days ago

    So excited for what’s to come from this channel, amazing start!

  • Ismail Shahzad
    Ismail Shahzad 15 days ago +5

    "I should open my own bodyshop" exactly what i thought while sanding my car for paint and ending up with a botched paintjob 🥲.

    • yaliso gioouy
      yaliso gioouy 12 days ago +1

      Can't wait to see the fun content you have install for us Alex!!

  • Gurgena
    Gurgena 15 days ago +1

    glad to see you doing your own shit , love you bud keep up the good work ❤️

  • Ollie Thurbon
    Ollie Thurbon 15 days ago

    Loving the new channel and content Alex, keep up the good work. Would love to own a piece of Phil! 😯

  • Tastes Like Petrol
    Tastes Like Petrol 13 days ago

    Great "first" episode. Im looking forward to more, especially with Phil.

  • Daniel Barrett
    Daniel Barrett 14 days ago

    Great to see a video of phil having work done the hood vents look great can't wait to see it as a track car and congratulations on the new channel

  • Connor Smith
    Connor Smith 16 days ago +3

    Big fan of this channel, I personally think TheXvid is overrun with people competently working on their cars so this is a real breath of fresh air.

  • Will K
    Will K 15 days ago +4

    Congrats on the new channel! Looking forward to seeing what you get up to 👀

  • Harry Myers
    Harry Myers 12 days ago

    Great first video Alex! I'm moving out soon and means I'll have space for my first project car - would love part of Phil's soul to help further my inspiration. Keep up the good work

  • T0nit0
    T0nit0 12 days ago

    Sehr gute Episode! Natürlich würde ich gerne ein Stück von Phil gewinnen. :)
    Mach weiter so! Ich freue mich auf jedes neue Video. :)

  • Frosticated
    Frosticated 15 days ago

    Love your videos Alex, can, amazing work as always!

  • B B
    B B 16 days ago +4

    As expected top quality content and banter, love the track focused route, look forward to future videos 👍

  • Will Dunn
    Will Dunn 15 days ago

    This was really enjoyable to watch. Looking forward to more

  • João Merege
    João Merege 12 days ago

    Great content!! Hope we get to see a lot more!
    Well done!

  • LukeTheJoker
    LukeTheJoker 15 days ago

    That thing already sounds so good up high, can't wait to hear it with the new pipes.

  • Russell Smith
    Russell Smith 15 days ago +1

    I don't want a piece of Phil, but I'm so glad you've gone out on your own with TheXvid and we now get the stuff you're passionate about and it shows. So glad I'm here from the start to watch the journey. 👍👍

  • DragonSPQR
    DragonSPQR 16 days ago +10

    This was always my favorite content on CT and so glad to see it again. Keep up the great work!

  • Matthew Sarll
    Matthew Sarll 12 days ago

    Love the Phil updates! Sad about his paintwork :(. Would love his bonnet vent cut out to stick on my garage wall

  • Hayden Lawrence
    Hayden Lawrence 14 days ago

    Surprisingly very entertaining for a new channel! Keep it up Alex!

  • Will wager
    Will wager 13 days ago

    Poor phils stripe! Looks great though, can't wait to see it in the race! Hope there isn't any rescue missions to get him back from the track

  • Rasmus Skjold
    Rasmus Skjold 15 days ago

    Love the direction that you are taking Phill in, cant wait to see IRL someday !

  • jamie robinson
    jamie robinson 16 days ago +5

    Glad to see you doing your own thing Alex, wish you all the best with your channel and hope to see more of the guys too

  • Iluvatar
    Iluvatar 9 days ago

    This channel is a banger so far. Really looking forward to seeing what the future will bring!

  • Self Made Documentary
    Self Made Documentary 14 days ago

    can't wait to see all the new content you are about to do. Also, quadlock is an amazing sponsor to have such great products. I'll be using the code to buy some more goodies.

  • Wannes Van Houdt
    Wannes Van Houdt 15 days ago +1

    That piece of the bonnet with the stripes is so cool! 😃 I'd love to win that 😍

  • Marc Hard
    Marc Hard 9 days ago

    I would love to have this historic piece :D
    Keep up the great work :)

  • Lewis 27
    Lewis 27 16 days ago +3

    Happy to see some more phill content, I remember when project mx5 first started and it’s fantastic to see how far it’s come

  • Griffin Chalfa
    Griffin Chalfa 14 days ago +1

    Keep up the great work Alex

  • Mattias Lindgren
    Mattias Lindgren 13 days ago

    Watching you put the bonnet vents reminds me of every car guy going 'How hard can it be?' 😂 cracking watch and ready for Alex Vs Socket - The Rematch 💪🏻😂

  • Aaron Davies
    Aaron Davies 13 days ago

    Props to you cutting the bonnet, I can’t even cut paper straight 😂