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Gave the best Christmas Present I have ever given Today!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by TinShed, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. TinShed
    Joined: Mar 3, 2011
    Posts: 556


    Today my wife and I gave my father in law our 63 Fairlane for Christmas.

    here is the story, my father in law is a hell of a guy and a car guy. He had a nice 40 ford hot rod he sold to put his oldest boy through collage before I ever met him. He is a man of few words and is the kind of guy who always gives to others rather than get what he wants. He has been around for a few of my builds and helps-watches and looks on. He is the most talented welder I have ever met, he was a welder/fabricator for 40+ years. Retired a couple years ago and is at the age where a full build will never be done. We want him to do car stuff with our family, my boys are 9 and 5 and we do lots of car stuff with my parents. Last fall I picked up a nice original 1 owner 63 Fairlane sedan, I intended to clean it up and flip it at back to the 50's next year. He saw it and loved it in October when I got it. As a joke I told my wife we should give it to him for Christmas, I got the roll of the eyes. Fast forward to a month ago. I bought another car that was on my bucket list of cars, it needs some work to be a driver for this summer so I put the fairlane on here for sale to free up funds for the new project. That night my wife asked if I was serious when I said it would be fun to give it to her dad. The rest is history. I have been married to his daughter for 17 great years and this is is the 2nd time I have seen him get choked up, what a great feeling to pay it forward to a guy who really deserves it!

    Have a Merry Christmas Everybody!
  2. tedster
    Joined: Mar 20, 2005
    Posts: 519


  3. Good for you TinShed. This is one of the best things I have heard about this holiday season.
  4. tlowe
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 157


    WOW, Hats off to you and your wife!

  5. Very touching story! Brought tears to my eyes actually.....Merry Christmas to you and yours! R~R
  6. 50 customcoupe
    Joined: May 8, 2011
    Posts: 412

    50 customcoupe

    TinShed....Great for you, you will never be sorry that you did this !!!!
  7. honeyman
    Joined: May 24, 2010
    Posts: 330

    from Steiner

    GREAT Christmas story...and I'm betting your wife will be keepin' you happy many more years!!!
  8. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,194


    Merry Christmas! Great story, sounds like you all live close by and will be having a great Summer at car events. Bob
  9. dinokruzordinance
    Joined: May 21, 2008
    Posts: 301


    You just hit a Grand Slam and the stadium roared. Good job cousin
  10. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,852

    from Missouri

    Great story. Good job.
    I gave my dad a car once wasn't a cool car but it was safer than the one he was driving.
  11. Fedman
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,163


    That really is the true meaning of Christmas.
    What a great story!
    I love Christmas! :p
  12. TV
    Joined: Aug 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,451


    Good on ya I'm sure he will love it.--TV
  13. safari-wagon
    Joined: Jan 12, 2008
    Posts: 1,457


    You rock!
    Almost makes the Grinch in me twitch...

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  14. kev012
    Joined: Feb 23, 2013
    Posts: 11


    good for you folks, well done, pity my dad isnt here to share your comments
  15. elba
    Joined: Feb 9, 2013
    Posts: 624


    You and Wife sound like great people. MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!
  16. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    Great showing of the TRUE meaning of the season.
  17. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,696


    Ruler ................... Merry Christmas
  18. terryble
    Joined: Sep 25, 2008
    Posts: 541

    from canada

    Made me think about my dad, he's been gone since 1995 but still miss him. he was a very handy guy and always there for me when I was growing up I and I was always there for him when he got old and sick, kind of role reversal. God I miss him especially this time of year all of you that still have your dads give them a big hug at Christmas. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
  19. sasquatch12
    Joined: Nov 6, 2013
    Posts: 38


    Great story, and a great deed!
  20. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,631


    Very nice of you.
  21. BillyM
    Joined: Feb 9, 2010
    Posts: 144


    Great story, thanks for sharing it with us....
  22. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,292

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    What a great, dead sobering story! Cheers to you and the Wife. It's a win-win for everyone as Dad now gets to participate in cruise night with you, the Wife and Grandkids.
  23. thehazguy
    Joined: Aug 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,836


    AWESOME, not too many kids would even think of doing that. Usually wrapped up in themselves. Good job. Now if only my kids would team up and surprise me. Have a Merry Christmas.
  24. Super cool buddy!!!! Car guys rule. Marry Christmas everyone.
  25. Model T1
    Joined: May 11, 2012
    Posts: 3,309

    Model T1

    I'm nearly lost for words. This is one of the nicest things I've heard in a long time. You and your wife are great people. I'm an old guy myself and have no idea what I'd say or do if my kids did something like that. Of course I don't need another old car and my kids aren't into rods or customs.
    As we sit here alone doing nothing special for Christmas you've made me feel great for your kindness.
  26. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,858

    from Indy

    you are the man! what a great gift
  27. good karma...or CARma
  28. spuds
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 403

    from Idaho

    You're A Great Example For Others!!

  29. chevy54man
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 1,683

    from NC

    Good for you! That's an awesome story that brings me to tears......God bless you and your family!~
  30. What a good bastard, let's hope he has many years of fun cruising

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