After buying all of the stuff he needed, Andy brought it back to San Jose and installed it on his car and to no avail; it wouldn't work. Taking everything back out of his car, Andy put it all back together outside of his car and it started to work."I then put it all back together in my car again and it [still] wouldn't work," he says. Andy knew there was something wrong. "That's when I got the idea of adding more voltage," says Andy. Sure enough, everything started working perfectly.
"I was still in high school, and a guy came up to me and asked how much I wanted for the Impala," says Andy, who ultimately responded, "it's not for sale." "Later, the guy comes back with $10,000, and I was like 'you can have it!'" After selling the first car that he had fixed up, Andy decided to get a '52 Chevy truck, and restore it the same way. "Same thing happened, a guy came up to me and bought my truck," he says with astonishment. "I was living in the East Side of San Jose, where nobody had money, but these kids were coming up to me with money to buy my cars," he says, still in shock. "I would have to say that with the money I got from building and selling cars, I started my business."
"All of the first hydraulic work that I did was on the East Side of San Jose, only a couple of blocks from Story and King, at my parents' house on Gainesville Ave. That's also where New Style car club was started," says Andy beaming with pride. With a lot of people wanting to get hydraulics on their cars, Andy had cars lined up on the street waiting to get a set up installed. "My mom started to get pissed at me because I had hydraulic fluid everywhere, burn marks on the pavement outside from the torch, so that's when I decided to open up the hydraulic shop," he says. This move would turn out to be a groundbreaking moment in Lowrider history.
"I was making weekly trips to LA and picking up surplus stuff," says Andy. "That's where the bulk of my stuff came from." Andy's Hydraulics opened its doors in 1975 on 1st street in San Jose, and immediately began lifting cars from all over. "What I did was to bring hydraulics to the mass market. I did it so that anyone could go into the shop and buy what you needed; products that weren't available before." Before Andy, if you wanted hydraulics, you first had to figure out what you needed, find all the pieces, and then piece it all together for yourself. "The cylinders and Pesco pumps were from military surplus stores, the hoses were from tractor supply places and so on," he explains. These headaches were partially alleviated when Andy decided to simplify things with his own creation; his own pump cylinders.
"I got the idea of making cylinders one day, and I made a deal with a machine shop to produce a cylinder called the 'D&H Red,'" says Andy. "By the time I was producing the cylinder, we weren't using the Pesco Pumps anymore. We used what are known as 'the Gate Pumps,'" he explains. The reason people call it "the gate pump" is because it is used to lift tailgates on work trucks. Andy went to Fenner-Stone (who made the pump) and had them make a pump specifically tailored to the Lowrider car. "It had a #8 pump head in it to push the D&H Red cylinder," explains Andy. This innovation not only proved to be a more effective design, it also legitimized Lowrider customization in the marketplace as well.
In 1973, Andy and a few of his friends from Overfelt High School founded New Style car club, although the club wasn't official until 1974. Andy became the first president of New Style car club. "Rick and Manuel Garcia took over the club, and still managed to work on my hydraulics shop. I did it as a hobby at first, but it really took off," he recalls. "Then, when Lowrider Magazine started in San Jose, it gave the whole Lowrider movement a big push. Everyone wanted to have their car featured in Lowrider Magazine!" he says with excitement.