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.

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

100 thoughts on “Parents Reaction to Son Restoring Their 45 Year Old Ford XA Superbird”


    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. –

    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."

  2. Great job done dude … the tears and smile on the faces of your parents is PRICELESS. Thumbs up dear. You conquered the world. ???????????

  3. Tommy, you sir, and all the folks who made this possible, did a beautiful job. It's fascinating to me how good it feels to see things from the past restored. Guess it's just another way of looking at the fact that you don't know what you got till it's gone. Crazy how we don't hang on to things that we know are going to be super valuable to us, guess it's just part of life, but it makes me think about what is truly happiness….. ☮️ Wheelchair John in Idaho USA ?

  4. $100k + car. Seeing dad and mom and their reaction has no price it was done out if love. My dad had a blue Volkswagen beetle I wanted to do the same but he passed away. never got the chance to show him ?.

  5. I know I'm from the states but that's cool af no doubt about it! Superbird you mean a Falcon. Has Chevelle body style but it's a ford.

  6. ““Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.””
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:2-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    It will certainly be well with this man and he will certainly eat the good of the land.

  7. Interesting formatting. It's a touching story but it feels like I'm watching this at school. Also, I like how the FAQ is in the comments.

  8. There was only one reason why the son decided to restore the car, and that was “Sentimental Value” the vehicle was special for his parents because it was the family car. It witnessed how their family grew over the years.Notice how dAd cried when he saw it again. For the sOn the car was a gift for him, he met an accident unfortunately which damaged the car, and restoring it would become the only logical decision needed to show his parents that he treasured the gift given to him.

  9. I love to see families having their own traditions passing to their next generations. This is what make families united and happy.

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