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Old 12-18-2011, 09:19 PM   #1
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Celebrated Christmas with my parents today. They knew I was close to finishing up the "semi" restoration on their 81 Scrambler and thought I might be bringing it to their house today. Had to throw them off the trail by telling them it was going to the body shop Saturday for some small rust repair in the front floor boards. Little did they know that I was towing it up to the town they live in and that my wife and daughters where following me in our vehicle.

Dad kept telling mom that I was bringing the jeep with us today. He just knew it. My sister told me that the night before dad had a dream that he was going to get it today.
I unloaded the jeep at my friends work today and left my truck and trailer at his place and drove the jeep over to my parents house. I parked it behind their next door neighbors house so they couldn't see it. Then got in our van and pulled around to their house. Dad looked at mom and said.

"He didn't bring the jeep"

Mom said she has never heard him so disappointed in her life.

So we all opened our presents and saved the last one for mom and dads gift together. It was the empty box that their winch came in. They opened it and mom asked if it was a winch for their jeep. Dad said "It's empty"!


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So, I pulled they key out of my pocket and asked them if they would like to see their new winch? Took them a moment for what I just said to register and finally mom said "IS IT HERE"? I said yes it is. "IS THE JEEP HERE TOO"?
I said yes and its out back. She damn near ripped my dad's arm out of his shoulder dragging him off the couch and around back.

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Dad was so impressed with the final outcome that he had tears in his eyes. They could not believe this was the same jeep they bought 2 months ago. They both are in their 60's and they acted like they where 16 year old kids getting their first vehicle.

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They love it and are planning on doing so many off road activities in it. This was one of the best days of my life, seeing my parents this happy is a true blessing.
Before long my dad is going to become a member of this site. I can't wait to have him as a member and new owner of a great looking Scrambler

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Old 12-18-2011, 09:41 PM   #2
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That is so cool! Thanks for sharing.

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Old 12-18-2011, 09:59 PM   #3
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Good story.. Its alway nice to do something good for the parents.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:53 AM   #4
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Awesome!

Jeeps looks great.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:56 AM   #5
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Sweet Scrambler!
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:53 AM   #6
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That is an awesome story! looking foward to having your Dad on the forum
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:04 AM   #8
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Great story, thanks for sharing. I am sure your Mom and Dad will remember this Christmas for a long time to come.
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This is one of the best stories I have heard in a long, long time. You don't know how happy you've made your parents... Oh... So many memories to be relived and new ones made. Thanks for sharing.

Edit: I read this story again before scooting out to my LJ for work this morning!
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That's cool! Your parents have a great son. I'm sure they are proud.
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Thanks for all the kind words guys. Mom and Dad LOVE their new jeep. One of their neighbors walked up to dad and asked him how much he wanted for the CJ. Dad told him it was not for sale. His neighbor told him, "Give me a price and I'll write you a check"
Dad said "Monty built this jeep for his mom and I, it will never be for sale" Made me feel real good. Dad told me last night that he likes it so much that it will not go to their house in Ruidoso to stay cause he is going to use it as his daily driver. LOL.. This from a 64 year old man. I love it.
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That's awesome man! The rig came out great!

The first time I drove my cj after getting it done I got asked a similar thing. The guy was polite asking what year, etc. He said "How much?"...I responded with "Not for sale"...He repeated as did I. Finally he said "Everything is for sale..." I showed my age a little and said "You ain't got enough money". My buddy about spit out his food because he said my stare was cold. The conversation was over and I ate my chicken nuggets.

My wife told me I would have to get $30k for it or prepared to be divorced if I ever sold it. I haven't decided if she was kidding about the divorced part but the price was serious.
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Great story and nice Jeep. Now I feel bad that I wouldn't even let my Dad drive mine the last time I was there.
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I should have told dad to tell his neighbor you want 45,000 for it. Then we can find two more. He could replace his that he sold and I could have one.
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I should have told dad to tell his neighbor you want 45,000 for it. Then we can find two more. He could replace his that he sold and I could have one.
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Great story nice jeep
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Great story and a beautiful 8...

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