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Old 01-06-2015, 10:42 AM
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Son surprises his dad by restoring his 1949 pickup for Christmas

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Norman Meal, an 83-year-old retired farmer from Rushville, IN, nearly missed his big Christmas gift when his son, Kyle, first presented it to him. Norman was oblivious and was looking all over the garage floor until Kyle pointed out a satin black pickup with a bow on it parked inside. This wasn't just another case of a child buying a parent a dream vehicle; the '49 GMC sitting there was Norman's very first truck that was restored and ready to drive.

According to Fox 59 WXIN, Norman's father purchased the GMC in 1949, and Norman bought it from him in the mid '50s to use on the farm. However, for about the past 13 years, the truck had been rotting away in the garage of one of Kyle's friends.

As a perfect gift to his dad, Kyle took the pickup to a restoration shop to make the old vehicle roadworthy again. Practically everything was replaced – except for the horn. Thankfully, Kyle filmed his dad's reaction to getting the GMC. Check it out and watch them take a drive in the heartwarming video above.
Video: http://www.autoblog.com/2015/01/05/s...-pickup-video/

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Old 01-06-2015, 10:45 AM
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Re: Son surprises his dad by restoring his 1949 pickup for Christmas

Just last night I watched two very similar videos. Restores some of my faith in humanity.

The one I watched was about a dad who sold his muscle car twenty years ago to make ends meet and the son tracked it down. My girlfriend was confused as to why I woke her up at midnight just to make her cry. lol
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Re: Son surprises his dad by restoring his 1949 pickup for Christmas

^That's awesome, incredible he tracked down a car that many years later.
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Re: Son surprises his dad by restoring his 1949 pickup for Christmas

Very x2 heart-warming!

This is a great story for kids, who have tough time spending their efforts on their cars that are under their parents ownership, to convince their parents that working on cars can be a nice thing! (For them in a long run.)
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