Ok! Let me quickly start off…
Hey My name is Tony Bandalos.
I grew up in Honolulu Hawaii and currently in Dallas TX. (and planning to move back to Hawaii soon).
…and I guess you can say that I painted my first car when I was 15 years old. It was a 1989 Honda Accord 2 door. It was my stepfathers and the deal was, if I painted it and sold it, he would give me half of the sale price. I said COOL!
I sort of grew up in the automotive field. My biological father was a auto mechanic/bodyman. As I kid (8-12) I remember hanging out at the shop at times watching him work on cars…
My parents were divorced so I didn’t spend much time at the shop until I was about 13 years old. My first real project was a 50cc moped that I painted when I was 13. That happened after my father found out that I was slaving away with a paper route for about $250. a month… he said “Tony, let me show you how to flip scooters for profit”. I guess he seen that I had some ambition to make some money in life.
Soon after in my early teens, I was making about 1,000-1,500 a month flipping scooters and small motorcycles after partly restoring them and cleaning them up.
Soon later I got into cars, the rest was history.
I created this site because of my passion for cars. I want to help people save, learn, and to gain the skill-set and have ability to customize and restore their vehicles and projects without the costly expense of a body shop.
I have many projects that I will be sharing with you all soon! Currently finishing up a Mini Japanese Truck (1989 Daihatsu Hi-Jet).
A goal for me is to have 1000 users on this forum by the end of the year (or more), to create a thriving community of cool people who are considerate and encouraging to other users. A community where we help each other and pass it forward.
I thank you for checking out this site/forum/pub and hope to see your story here soon. I encourage all of you to participate and take part of this autonaut community.
Here’s my “My Story Video” Feel free to post your’s if you have one, if not, make one!