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Working On A Surprise For My Dad Before He Goes In The Hospital Monday

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#1 chris m OFFLINE  

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Posted June 21, 2013 - 12:53 AM

We just found out less than a week ago that my Dads surgery for a Heart valve replacement has been scheduled for Tuesday. I am driving him to Boston on Monday and will be staying with him.


So... I decided to restore the Custom 10XL as a surprise, I have been working on it the last few days non stop, today alone I spent 17 hours on it.


I was just going to get this one mechanically sound, but I just decided to do this so he has something to look forward to when he gets out of the Hospital. I am kind of worried because he also has two arteries completely blocked and they decided against taking care of them at this time, he had a 5 way bypass already about 10 or so years ago. So I am a little worried. Anyway  I don't want to go on about that right now.


So here is the progress thus far, my goal is to be done by Saturday night.


Before shots


I couldn't get the steering wheel off and didn't have time to mess around with it ( tight schedule) It made it a little more involved not having the dash off.


a couple shots after all the paper and tape was removed.


I decided to do the rims two tone, I really like the look! I also did the paint a little different I decided to go off white in stead of the typical gloss, I also went with a brighter yellow as it is one of my Dads favorite colors.And if you noticed I stole the tires from my MF12 and put them on this, the others just looked so small.


I didn't get any pictures before I came in a little while ago, but The grill is done and I painted the dash. I am hoping all the paint will be dry enough by Saturday so I can assemble it. Then I'll trailer it to Dads on Sunday morning.


Ok I must go get cleaned up, have a lot to do tomorrow ( later today). Thanks for looking and I'll update later.

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Posted June 21, 2013 - 04:48 AM

I hope your Dad will get well soon. Good idea, to make him a gift  :thumbs:

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Posted June 21, 2013 - 05:08 AM

Chris, the tractor looks great. My FIL had a quad bypass when he was in his 40's and then 6 done when he was in his early 60's. He's 84 now and has other health issue but his heart isn't an issue. So it's not uncommon to have 2 rounds of bypass surgery and a long life afterwards. They have also made improvements in surgical techniques and treatment since my FIL had his last issues 20 years ago.


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Posted June 21, 2013 - 05:50 AM

Chris, best wishes for you Dad's surgery! Hope all goes well!

The tractor looks great, way to go!

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Posted June 21, 2013 - 05:54 AM

Very nice. Best wishes for a fast recovery of your Dads surgery.
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Posted June 21, 2013 - 06:25 AM

We'll all be praying for your Dad's surgery.


I know he will love that tractor!

Ben W.

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Posted June 21, 2013 - 06:29 AM

WOW! That looks great. I know he will love it and enjoy using it as he recovers. Prayers for your father and you. Roger.

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Posted June 21, 2013 - 06:33 AM

Lookin' good, Chris !  I'm sure your dad will enjoy it after his recovery.  My wife and I will keep him in our prayers and thoughts.As others have stated, everything should be alright. Today's medical  advancements are so good that they would've been considered impossible years ago.  He's going to love that rig !  :thumbs:

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Posted June 21, 2013 - 06:44 AM

Prayers for your dad to make it through with full recovery..


Tractor looks great.



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Posted June 21, 2013 - 07:10 AM

Pulling for your Dad, hope the surgery is an easy one.
The tractor looks great, wish I had your talent. Amazing.
Love the 2 tone rims too.

Just don't wear yourself out, get some sleep if you can
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Posted June 21, 2013 - 07:41 AM

Chris, that is quite a project in such a short of time.  I'm sure your Dad will be quite surprised! :thumbs:   Wishing your dad all the best on Tuesday.  Keep us updated on his progress.

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Posted June 21, 2013 - 07:50 AM

Will put ur dad in our prayers! Nice job on tractor, vary nice gift!

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Posted June 21, 2013 - 08:00 AM

Way cool, nice job and sentiment, Chris.
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Posted June 21, 2013 - 08:05 AM

WOW, Chris you did an outstanding job on the tractor which I'm sure your dad will love, and give him more will power to get thru the operation to use the tractor, that was a very nice idea of yours to redo his tractor.




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Posted June 21, 2013 - 08:05 AM

Best Wishes and a speedy recovery for your Dad. I'm also worried about you. Take care of yourself so that you can help him. Good Luck, Rick

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