I clearly remember when and where I first discovered the goonzquad brothers on YouTube. I was sitting on the couch at home after a long day of work, and I was browsing through YouTube via Apple TV. The date was October 14, 2018 – A day after binging on many other car videos for three hours straight. Apparently YouTube thought that I wanted to see car videos on this day as well, and they presented me with a video suggestion for a rebuild a wrecked Corvette Z06.
Keep in mind that I have absolutely no interest in rebuilding cars. I’m definitely a car guy, but my video preference tends to lean towards car reviews and spirited driving. I’ve never once had the urge to rebuild a wrecked car, but I clicked on the video anyway since I’m a big fan of C7 Corvettes (especially after driving one cross country from San Diego to Washington DC).
Little did I know that this was the start of something big. Not only for me (as it’s always fun to find interesting new content on YouTube), But for the goonzquad brothers as well. Granted, they already had over 400,000 subscribers by the time that I discovered them. But compared to where they’re at now, that was long before they got big.
The goonzquad brothers don’t reveal very much personal information, but here’s what we know:
- The goonzquad brothers still live at home with their parents (and entire family) in Chattanooga Tennessee
- They actually have an older brother (Alex) who is in the home construction business, but didn’t want to be a part of the goonzquad YouTube channel. Which is a shame because the boys have mentioned several times that he’s into cars. You could also see him wrenching on his own cars in the background in some videos.
- They also have a sister, who helps out with administrative things like merchandise and camera work (sometimes).
- The goonzquad PO Box address is: P.O. Box 37, Rossville,GA 30741. they love receiving gifts from their fans, and they open every package at the end of the videos they upload on Sunday.
- The official goonzquad email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The older goonzquad brother’s name is Billy. The younger brother (the one with the blonde hair) is Simon.
- Speaking of Billy, he’s a married man. The wedding was in Chattanooga, June 2019. His birthday is sometime during the third week of June (I’m not sure of the exact date since they made only one brief mention of his birthday during that time period).
- These two boys actually started out making videos of home renovation projects and we’re planning on going into that business with their older brother. However, they had a deeper interest in cars and decided to start a YouTube channel focused around that. I’d say it was the right decision.
- Their parents are immigrants from eastern Europe.
- The boys have also mentioned several times that they do help the family out financially. As far as what’s been revealed on the YouTube channel, both parents are retired now. Their father used to be a long haul truck driver (as evidenced by the broken down semi truck that had been parked in the yard since the beginning of the channel).
- Billy attended a technical school, which is where he learned a lot about auto body repair. The rest, he learned by himself along the way with each new project car. He’s come along way since the beginning, don’t you think?
- The younger brother isn’t as skilled as Billy in that regard, but his primary role in the goonzquad channel is cameraman and video editor. Of course he does help out with the builds as well (whenever and however he can), and he’s learned a lot since the beginning as well.
- The goonzquad YouTube channel is growing at a rate of 3700 subscribers a day (as per SocialBlade). They are projected to hit 2 million subscribers by December 2019.
- The goonzquad merchandise store is a very big part of their monthly revenue. Much like how TJ Hunt does it, the boys spend a lot of time creating and promoting their own merchandise and it’s become a very important part of their business. Heck, I’m not normally the type of person who would buy t-shirts or hats with automotive YouTuber logos on it, but I do get tempted to pick up a squad T-shirt every now and then.
- Neither of the two boys went to college. Although Billy did spend a short amount of time at a technical school, both started working immediately after high school.
- Even though they lack a formal education on rebuilding cars, they’ve been very successful and have had very few mistakes along the way. The biggest mistake was having to repaint the Camaro ZL1 three times due to not letting the paint cure long enough before polishing. For the record, I’m going to bet that they are going to have some problems with their carbon fiber repair the Dodge Viper once that car is finished and they start driving it. I know absolutely nothing about carbon fiber repair, but the way they did it looked sketchy.
All the vehicles that have then rebuilt on the goonzquad YouTube channel though the end of 2019:
- Jeep Rubicon
- 2017 Ford F-150
- 2013 Subaru WRX
- 2015 Ford Mustang GT: The car that started it all. They bought it with minor front end damage, which involved replacing the passenger front fender, the front bumper, in the hood. Some minor framework was needed as well
- 2017 Corvette Z06: Very similar in damage to the mustang GT, though a lot more complicated since it was a much more expensive car and parts were harder to find.
- 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat: The most significant damage was in the rear passenger side quarter panel (which ultimately needed to be replaced). Minor front damage as well requiring a new fender and front bumper.
- 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: This car is unique in that all of the damage was sustained by falling off the back of the trailer during the delivery process. The most significant damage was in the rear, as the bumper was pushed upwards as it fell off the trailer. There was minor front end damage as well, but overall it was a relatively easy fix. Until they tried to paint it that is. They ended up re-painting this car three times due to inexperience with the kind of paint that they were using. But in true goonzsquad form, the brothers took it all in stride and happily learned from their mistakes.
- DF Goblin kit car: This build was a partnership with the DF kit car company based out of Dallas Texas. This kit car came with everything that they needed except for an engine – which they eventually obtained from purchasing a totaled Chevy Cobalt SS. As a matter fact, they ended up having to purchase two to get all the parts they needed for the build.
- 2016 Dodge Viper T/A: I consider this build to be one of the greatest and most challenging for the goonzquad brothers. Damage to the car was not very significant, but it was challenging because most of it was carbon fiber and they had zero experience doing that kind of repair. They learned a lot in the rebuild process for this Viper, And unfortunately I suspect they will have problems with their carbon fiber repairs in the future. The way they did it didn’t look very…legit.
- 2013 Nissan 370Z (widebody): To be honest, I still don’t know why they decided to purchase this beat up old 370Z. Compared to some of their other builds, it just seemed like a cheap and ugly (and somewhat unnecessary) project for them. I was never a big fan of this car.
- 2015 Lamborghini Huracan: This is the build that started getting the goonzquad brothers noticed in the car world both on and off YouTube. Taking on the challenge of rebuilding a wrecked Lamborghini is daunting even for the most experienced automotive professionals, but they took on the challenge and learned a heck of a lot along the way. The good thing for the boys was that this car had only slight front end and rear quarter panel damage, and was a relatively easy fix. However, it was unlike any other rebuild they had done before since Lamborghini’s are NOT built like other cars. Parts are hard to find as well. In the end, they had to spend $38,000 purchasing a severely burned parts car to get all the pieces they needed to complete the project.
- 2009 Honda S2000: This is another car that had me scratching my head during the introduction video for it. I’m not sure why they went from a Lamborghini all the way back down to a lowly Honda S2000, but they did and what’s done is done. However, this ended up being one of the most interesting builds because they quickly discovered that the car had a blown head gasket and the engine was going to require a complete rebuild. However, why rebuild engine when you can simply find another one to replace it with? That’s exactly what they did, by purchasing a totaled car with a fully intact motor. This was the first engine swap ever done on the goonzquad YouTube channel, and the brothers did an amazing job with it. Even though neither of them had ever done anything like this before!
- 2015 Ferrari 458 Spider: This car was damaged in a very similar way that the Huracan was, so it was somewhat of an easy build right from the get-go. However, the previous owner had an aftermarket exhaust and audio system in it (which was sloppily removed after the accident) – which gave them a bit of a challenge.
- 19’ Mariah ski boat: Arguably one of the most head-scratching builds that the goonzquad brothers have ever done. They purchased it for $1800 from Copart in Nashville, TN – which, by the sounds of it, was kind of an impulse buy. In the kickoff video for the series, Billy mentioned that he placed a bid on it even though he didn’t expect to win. Long story short, they got it, and it actually provided for some interesting content. The trailer was completely trashed, but the boat was solid (other than being in dire need of of cosmetic updates).
- 2019 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 4WD Crew Cab: Purchased to be the new goonzquad shop truck, this was easily their smartest acquisition of 2019. The truck had minor front end frame (and suspension) damage, but they were able to get it for half of its $72000 sticker price. The fact that it was less than a year old with 50,000 miles on it likely drove down the price as well – but it was still an epic buy IMHO.
A brief timeline of the growth of the goonzquad YouTube channel through late 2019:
December 15, 2015: they uploaded their first video, which had absolutely nothing to do with cars at all.
May 28, 2016: their first viral video. It was actually a short clip of a camper fire, and again – it had nothing to do with rebuilding wrecked cars.
November 28, 2017: the first video showing the goonzquad brothers doing home renovations. This was significant in the fact that it could’ve been the start of an entire YouTube channel based on this kind of content. As I already mentioned, their older brother was already in this business and the brothers were poised to follow closely along. Thankfully for all of us car people, they chose a different path…
February 2, 2018: the first car rebuild video after the home renovation project, which ultimately formed the goonzquad YouTube channel as we know it today. Note that this was NOT their first car build – but it was the first “big” automotive project for the goonzquad brothers, and the first video series which got a lot of attention.
May 28, 2018: the completion of the rebuild of the Subaru WRX. This was a significant video in the sense that it showed the brothers that there was a huge market for this kind of content, and they needed to do more of it. A lot more. Yes, their Jeep rebuild was a major success, but it wasn’t until they finished the WRX that they realized how many more people were interested in sports car rebuilds than trucks.
July 24, 2018: the start of the C7 Corvette ZO6 rebuild. Some will say that it was the 2017 Mustang GT rebuild which catapulted the goonzquad YouTube channel into the stratosphere of success, but YouTube didn’t start recommending videos from the goonzquad brothers to me until the start of the C7 build. As a matter fact, I noticed a significant growth in their subscriber base during the six-month period of that build. There were definitely a lot of other people interested as well, and therefore I proclaim it to be one of the most important cars for the growth and success of their channel. Oddly enough, it was one of the first cars they sold when they needed to reshuffle and raise more capital for new builds.
March, 17 2019: the 2015 Lamborghini Hurican rebuild begins. A very significant build indeed considering that it was the first wrecked Huracan rebuild on YouTube. At least the first of this caliber. And again, it ended up being a significant project for the goonzquad brothers, as their subscriber count grew by 100,000 during the course of the project.
August 8, 2019: construction of the commercial shop begins. One of the biggest challenges facing the goonzquad brothers (and their massive growth in 2019) has been running out of space at home in their two-car shop. On August 8, 2019, it was revealed that they had purchased a 1-acre commercial lot in Chattanooga. A large (and fully-equipped) garage will built on this lot and will become the massive (and much needed) new home for the channel.
There are three main reasons why I’m so fascinated with the goonzquad brothers and their YouTube channel:
I’ve often sat and wondered what it is about the goonzquad brothers which makes me click on every single video they upload. The content of their videos aren’t normally my cup of tea, but for some reason or another I feel like I’m totally missing out if I skip one and fall behind.
Perhaps the fear of missing out is one reason? The way they structure their videos in a very neat and organized fashion (categorized by cars) makes it super easy to follow along. It’s very addictive as well. Let that be a lesson for all of you wannabe automotive YouTubers out there: make it easy for your subscribers to follow along, and you’ll hook them for life.
By the way, if you’re looking for more tips on how to get started making car videos on YouTube, check out the article that I wrote about doing automotive reviews.
Anyway, I’ve got a lot of vague ideas in regards to why I like watching the goonzquad brother so much. However, there are three very cut and dry reasons I can think of immediately:
- First, I love cars. Yeah, even though rebuilding wrecked cars isn’t exactly how I like to spend my own time, it’s still pretty neat to watch and I would admit that I’ve learned quite a bit by watching these guys do what they do.
- Second, they are completely fearless, and not afraid to try anything. From repairing carbon fiber to replacing and fixing engines, they’re not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty. Even if they have no idea what they’re doing and they’ve got to learn along the way.
- Finally, it’s amazing to watch these boys grow and have so much success at such an early age. At the time of this writing, they’re not even 20 years old and they’ve got a YouTube channel with millions of subscribers. That’s what I call massive success.