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Pleasant surprise!

By 007_SuperCoupe

My dad surprised me this last weekend. Of our family, I'm the car nut. My dad builds houses...not cars. In fact, his mechanical ability can be summed up in a story of how he was performing a tune-up on a riding mower...and forgot to put oil back in the engine...but that's a story for another time.

So I'm the car guy of the family. I've been tinkering with my '92 Thunderbird Supercoupe for a few years now trying to improve on Ford's design. All the while, I've thought about how much fun it would be to build a kit car...you know, my dad, me and my sons. I'd like it to be a family project car (as my wife wants to help out as well...) I've got 4 young kids, so I know that unless I win the lottery...I'm not financing it. So now that my parents no longer have kids at home, I thought I'd start dropping hints that it would be a fun thing to do. This was probably a year and a half ago. Almost a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer and I suspect that's what has motivated my dad.

So back to the story now...this last weekend we were home visiting my parents and my dad mentioned building a kit car. It was a very casual inquiry and I interpreted it as nothing more than a thought of "yeah that would be cool to do." He did sound as though he had given it some thought...but not too much thought. I mentioned to my wife that I thought he might be serious about it. She also expressed her doubts since my dad is really not into cars at all...at least not more than saying, "That's a cool car." The weekend continued and I really didn't give it too much more thought. Well, Sunday morning before we left he again brought up the topic about building a kit car...he even took it a step further saying he has some money right now that he could spend on getting some parts for it. This totally took me by surprise. He said that the main kit would be a couple years off before he'd be able to purchase it, but that we could start buying parts for it now...like engine, tranny, etc. Basically he agreed that we could start purchasing the parts we want to put on the car.

Now on to the really cool part...the car he wants to build. He has selected the '65 Cobra Mk3 kit from Factory Five Racing (pictured above) as the kit car he would like to build. He told me his motivation is something that we can build as a family and keep it in the family for future generations to enjoy. I also think it has a bit to do with the fact that his only son has been diagnosed with cancer. It's a realization that life is short so don't take it for granted. I'm the car nut and I think he just wants to do something that we can both enjoy and spend some time together. Life is definitely too short to not have fun along the way.

That was my surprise this weekend. I didn't give my dad enough credit for being serious about this. But once he starts showing money, that means he's serious. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about this. For a long time I've wanted to do something with my dad...Now we can get down to business!

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