WELCOME Getting Started at The LABAP PUB!


Hi. I live in London Ontario Canada and am a professional mechanic. I have been messing with cars since I was 14. I was born in England and we moved to Canada in '69. Whilst I miss England I love Canada. Sorry rest of the world, I’m sure you are great and all but Canada is perfect for Car guys. The four seasons are perfect for restoring old cars. Spring gives you a deadline, summer is for cruising, fall gives you urgency and great memories and winter gives you time to build. Being next to the greatest automotive supermarket is a bonus! I started out as a machinist because my dad had his own shop and it would have been stupid to not take advantage of it. I became a licensed mechanic in 1997 at the ripe old age of 30. My favorite car is the Ford/Mercury Capri. I have owned 32 of them ranging in years from 1971 to 1984. I still have 6 that I am restoring along with a 1964 Ford Anglia, a 1982 Mustang GT and an 82 Volvo 242 GT. I know, I have an addiction. My problem is that I presently work for BMW and hate it. They are terrible, complicated cars that are physically and mentally demanding without the financial compensation. I was building track day cars for relaxation but realized I’m 15 years from retirement and don’t want to work for someone else anymore. So … Snow is great for learning car control but is hard on the cars. I am good at restoring bodywork but have been farming out paintwork. The problem is I can’t compete with insurance companies for body shops and don’t want to pay for specialty shops to paint the cars I am restoring. I want to build and sell fun reasonably priced daily drivers that people can be proud to own that are different. I will be building a booth in the future but for now I can rent one. Consider me a newbie and have patience. Thanks!


Welcome to the LABAP Pub. Lots of great info on here and a lot of knowledgeable friendly people too. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

I’m not a huge Ford fan but I do really like the old ones. The project I am working on right now, and have been for a LONG time, is a 1940 Ford Coupe :wink::+1:t3:

Kent aka “Genesis”


Thanks. When I was younger I was only Ford but age helped me see that variety is good! Right now I am working on a 77 Capri II. Despite only having 40,000 miles it has been painted several times. I picked it up from a friend cheap. He has done all the welding but lost interest. I am trying to strip it down to bare metal but the paint is thick and resistant. I will post pictures soon


Aloha Y’all!
Hi I’m Woody, and I was born and raised in Hawaii. However, after 58yrs my wife and I decided to move to Austin TX. Unlike Tony, I don’t think we’ll ever move back, too expen$ive, and we’re spoiled here in TX with so much open space…a lot of Hawaii peeps here too!

Anyway, I first found Tony’s training back in 2013, but never really got into it, since I had other things I was doing and thinking about moving…had to get things in order. I was going to fix up an old Chevy Truck I purchased, and did all the mechanical work, but sold it to my neighbor before I started on the body work.
Now I have a 2016 Chevy truck with a scratch on the bed, so I remembered LABAP, and decided to check it out again. I should have continued with learning to paint, but now 5yrs later, I’m starting.

Tony enjoy all your vids and how you plan or accidentally make mistakes so we can learn from them…great tool for training. And it’s great to see YOU doing what you preach…nothing like walking the talk, most only talk the walk!

And rjmcdermott81, love that E30, I had the same year and color, it was a 318is, and I use to road race it at a track in Hawaii, Hawaii Raceway Park! I’m sure Tony knows where I’m talking about. It was a fun car and wanted to do a transplant like you, but ended up getting a 1984 911 however, I sold both cars prior to coming to TX.
I hope to see you around Austin sometime…I’m in Round Rock.

Aloha No!


Hello All,
Willam F. Tillman

Where are you based, Country, City, State?
USA, Los Angeles, California

How did you get started in this trade, or hobby?
My Father was a mechanic, and I followed in his foot steps, first working on Volkswagens.

What is your experience with cars, bikes and everything mechanical?
Mechanic by trade, attended a trade school, worked for several shops, then for myself for awhile.

Why do you love working with your hands?
i was raised on Drag Racing

What are you currently working on?
73 Triumph TR6.

What are your personal goals with this project?
Converting it to the euro spec, and have always been interested in autobody work so I purchased the LABAP course. will post pictures over the weekend.