Parents Reaction to Son Restoring Their 45 Year Old Ford XA Superbird

Parents Reaction to Son Restoring Their 45 Year Old Ford XA Superbird


In 1973, Tommy’s Dad – who was just a young man at the time – travelled with his father to the city of Melbourne on a mission to buy him his first car The car that peeked out was a brand new, lime green Ford Falcon XA Superbird Hardtop The Superbird became the family car. They daily drove it. As kids, Tommy’s mom used to take them everywhere in it, such as shopping, school sports, relative’s houses – everywhere. Until one night, when Paul lost control of the car, rolling it into a ditch, not far from where they lived. Paul did not have any car insurance to cover the accident damage. And with the car being in such a bad, beaten-up state of disrepair, Paul decided not to fix it. So the decision was made to take it back home Where it sat on their farm for approximately 20 years Tommy loved that car. He recalls one of his fondest memories was sitting on his mom’s lap behind the steering wheel, steering it down their long driveway on the farm. Tommy said: “You can imagine me coming to the shed everyday for 20 years Firstly as a child, then as an adult working on the farm. I’d see the car every day. It was never covered up with a top or anything, so it was visible to anyone who’d visit the shed.” The driving passion to fix the car was always in Tommy. But he had to wait until he was able to do it As it would not be quick or cheap to fix The car sat exposed to the elements for 20 years on the farm Until one day in 2013. Tommy realized, that if he didn’t start the project soon, there would be nothing left of the car to restore. Now, unlike some car restoration stories, where the owners spend all their time for years working on the car, bit by bit, Tommy did not have the skills needed for a restoration like this. His main job in the process was that of a project manager, organizing work to be done, having the car shipped from one location to another, and spending years sourcing all the rare parts needed for the car using Facebook and car enthusiast forums. Tommy ended up joining many groups to enlist people’s help to find the parts needed, as Ford XA Coupé parts are very rare and scarce at the best of times. Tommy left the car in the hands of two professionals. One worked on pulling the cover apart and fully reconditioning the engine and running gear Because of his vast experience with working on 1970’s Fords

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  1. ★★★ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VIDEO / FACT UPDATES ★★★

    1) Do you still have the car as of Oct 2018? – Yes he does, the video & images in this video were put together by Tommy just recently, so yes he still owns it, and as said in this video will be handing it down to his son at the right time.

    2) Why is the steering wheel on the wrong side / Right Hand Drive – Because this is Australia, we have right hand drive cars and we drive on the opposite side of the road to Americans.

    3) Ford is American not Australian how can it be part of Australian History – The Ford Falcon XA is a unique Ford to Australia; Australian made, Australian sold. The Ford Falcon (XA) is a full-size car that was produced by Ford Australia from 1972 to 1973 in Australia. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Falcon_(XA)

    4) You are driving on the wrong side of the road – Yes in Australia the Police let us do that kind of thing, they very relaxed about driving on the wrong side of the road.

    5) Why didn't he let his Dad drive the car – (Tommy Replied) "My Dad, didn't, and still doesn't want to drive the car. He refused to drive it on the day of the reveal and, to this day, still won't drive it. I don't know why. I have told him he can drive the car whenever he wants."

    6) Why didn't he give the car back to his parents? – (Tommy Replied) "As the video states, they never wanted the car back. It was mine to do with it as I pleased. I was given the car when my parents moved into town and had nowhere to keep the car."

    7) "F O R D Logo" – If you forward to 5:10 you will notice an error in the ford emblem on the rear trunk/boot. The F and the O are incorrectly spaced apart compared to the spacing between the other letter. – Reply from Tommy, "The badges on the boot were not evenly spaced when the car was purchased new. Hence why we chose to not get them perfectly spaced out."

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  3. Bagus sekali mobilnya pengen punya mobil kyk gitu tapi sayang tak ada duit ,lagian di Indonesia ngak ada mobil macem itu yakan 😅😅

  4. Congratulations; I think every acción to sabe o restore something that we used and served us, make us more congruent with life and less consumerism.

  5. Tommy + Engineers who restored the car are unsung heroes… ❤️
    Indeed a great present to PARENTS from a great SON 👏🏻💐

    Edit: May Allah bless me to serve my parents like Tommy did, Ameen.

  6. Nowadays people be like everything must be a Profit and then there are some people who make things happen just to have some fun. ❤️

  7. Good Job…!!
    1. To make your Parents Happy
    2. To do something Good…
    We never see The way Your Parents teached their Children, but We see the Result of Their Wisdom…Salut from Jakarta

  8. My first thought was to build an Interceptor but I take that back. Super cool story and the end is a smile maker for sure.

  9. did anyone notice thae title of this video?? a ford falcon superbird?? superbird was trademarked by dodge they are just tossing names onto this car

  10. who are the 4,700 monsters who thumbed down this video?! I guess they don't like seeing parents crying with joy over a family heirloom being saved…

  11. Yep 351 was the biggest Ford V8 in Australia ,not sure what the big V8 from holden was ,most of there cars are a standard transmission I was surprised this was an auto

  12. Our parents spent a good part of their life and savings on us, when we finally grow up and become successful, and we are able to return something valuable to them, the feeling is just something else.
    🙂

  13. He likes to take it out when the weather's nice…so that's everyday then! Beautiful resto, lovely reaction from his dear old dad.Bless them.

  14. Not gonna lie,that dad's reactions did wet my eyes.
    He must have got so many good memories with that car.
    And no one can put a price on those reactions.❤️

  15. Very touching and heartwarming Story…I'm still wiping tears out of my eyes. God Bless Tommy for doing this for his parents, and for the car..and thank you for bringing us this wonderful story.

  16. Such a great story. I remember admiring that model back then. Love within a family is what keeps the world ticking over. How can there be 4,700 dislikes?

  17. I believe it is the same type car used in Mad Max and the Road Warrior. Was sad when it crashed in the Road Warrior(Mad Max 2).

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