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PDI_Dave.jpgHere's my story. The car is going to show up any day at the dealership. People were tracking its journey on Union Pacific and it was about about 500 miles from the dealership when I received a phone call from my uncle. He thought my dad had a stroke. He lives 800 miles away. I called my sister and we left to go and check on dad. They had done some imaging to find the cause of his problems. It wasn't a stroke. It was cancer which had metastasized in his brain. My wife's father had died from this two years prior, and so I knew what we had ahead of us. The doctor gave him a couple months to live. We gathered ourselves together and moved him back to Wyoming.

 

While I was at dad's place in Washington, the sales manager called our school where I am a principal and let our secretary know the car would be unloaded at the dealership on Monday the 11th of December. She told him I had a family emergency and did not know when I would be back. When I received the message, I called the sales manager and he told me they would unload the car sometime before noon on Monday.

 

We got my father moved and settled at my sisters on the weekend. I went back home and hitched the car hauler to get ready to leave early in the morning to retreive the car. It had snowed and we knew they would be salting the interstates in Utah where we were headed. We arrived just after it had been unloaded. They escorted us to the back where "PDI Dave" was keeping the salesman away. We were introduced, and he took me through the process. He told me this was the only car he was doing today and that he would spend the whole day with me if needed. We finished the PDI, and the SVT tech did the reset for the supercharger. I wrote a check, and we loaded the car.

 

First, though I had to drive it on the back road behind the dealership. The boost was definitely working. The service guys had noticed my test drive(s) and about six of them met me where we were loading the car. Most of these guys were probably in their twenties and they were drooling. I told them if they saved there money and really wanted a car like this it could be a reality. One of them said, "We're just glad to see someone like you get this car who's going to drive it rather than some old rich guy who's just going to keep it in the garage."

 

As we left the dealership in my 1995 F150 Centurian with 140,000 miles on it with the 2007 Shelby (8.1 miles) I was flooded with emotions. It was the first time in my 41 years that I had something so awesome and so terrible happen in the same week. I couldn't seem to find any middle ground. I was either elated or sad.

 

My sister lives 300 miles on the other side of Wyoming, and of course the initial plan was to spend weekends getting to know the Shelby. However, now the weekends are dedicated to my father, and this time is way more precious than any material object. Maybe we can get a weekend where there will be no snow. I'll drive the Shelby across Wyoming in the winter and give him the ride of his life.

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post-4088-1166547416_thumb.jpgHere's my story. The car is going to show up any day at the dealership. People were tracking its journey on Union Pacific and it was about about 500 miles from the dealership when I received a phone call from my uncle. He thought my dad had a stroke. He lives 800 miles away. I called my sister and we left to go and check on dad. They had done some imaging to find the cause of his problems. It wasn't a stroke. It was cancer which had metastasized in his brain. My wife's father had died from this two years prior, and so I knew what we had ahead of us. The doctor gave him a couple months to live. We gathered ourselves together and moved him back to Wyoming.

 

While I was at dad's place in Washington, the sales manager called our school where I am a principal and let our secretary know the car would be unloaded at the dealership on Monday the 11th of December. She told him I had a family emergency and did not know when I would be back. When I received the message, I called the sales manager and he told me they would unload the car sometime before noon on Monday.

 

We got my father moved and settled at my sisters on the weekend. I went back home and hitched the car hauler to get ready to leave early in the morning to retreive the car. It had snowed and we knew they would be salting the interstates in Utah where we were headed. We arrived just after it had been unloaded. They escorted us to the back where "PDI Dave" was keeping the salesman away. We were introduced, and he took me through the process. He told me this was the only car he was doing today and that he would spend the whole day with me if needed. We finished the PDI, and the SVT tech did the reset for the supercharger. I wrote a check, and we loaded the car.

 

First, though I had to drive it on the back road behind the dealership. The boost was definitely working. The service guys had noticed my test drive(s) and about six of them met me where we were loading the car. Most of these guys were probably in their twenties and they were drooling. I told them if they saved there money and really wanted a car like this it could be a reality. One of them said, "We're just glad to see someone like you get this car who's going to drive it rather than some old rich guy who's just going to keep it in the garage."

 

As we left the dealership in my 1995 F150 Centurian with 140,000 miles on it with the 2007 Shelby (8.1 miles) I was flooded with emotions. It was the first time in my 41 years that I had something so awesome and so terrible happen in the same week. I couldn't seem to find any middle ground. I was either elated or sad.

 

My sister lives 300 miles on the other side of Wyoming, and of course the initial plan was to spend weekends getting to know the Shelby. However, now the weekends are dedicated to my father, and this time is way more precious than any material object. Maybe we can get a weekend where there will be no snow. I'll drive the Shelby across Wyoming in the winter and give him the ride of his life.

 

 

So sorry to hear the news of your Dad. I agree that the material items tend to and should take a back seat at these times. Dont worry, youll have many happy days ahead with the car. Make sure you enjoy the days you have left with your Dad. God bless.

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post-4088-1166547416_thumb.jpgHere's my story. The car is going to show up any day at the dealership. People were tracking its journey on Union Pacific and it was about about 500 miles from the dealership when I received a phone call from my uncle. He thought my dad had a stroke. He lives 800 miles away. I called my sister and we left to go and check on dad. They had done some imaging to find the cause of his problems. It wasn't a stroke. It was cancer which had metastasized in his brain. My wife's father had died from this two years prior, and so I knew what we had ahead of us. The doctor gave him a couple months to live. We gathered ourselves together and moved him back to Wyoming.

 

While I was at dad's place in Washington, the sales manager called our school where I am a principal and let our secretary know the car would be unloaded at the dealership on Monday the 11th of December. She told him I had a family emergency and did not know when I would be back. When I received the message, I called the sales manager and he told me they would unload the car sometime before noon on Monday.

 

We got my father moved and settled at my sisters on the weekend. I went back home and hitched the car hauler to get ready to leave early in the morning to retreive the car. It had snowed and we knew they would be salting the interstates in Utah where we were headed. We arrived just after it had been unloaded. They escorted us to the back where "PDI Dave" was keeping the salesman away. We were introduced, and he took me through the process. He told me this was the only car he was doing today and that he would spend the whole day with me if needed. We finished the PDI, and the SVT tech did the reset for the supercharger. I wrote a check, and we loaded the car.

 

First, though I had to drive it on the back road behind the dealership. The boost was definitely working. The service guys had noticed my test drive(s) and about six of them met me where we were loading the car. Most of these guys were probably in their twenties and they were drooling. I told them if they saved there money and really wanted a car like this it could be a reality. One of them said, "We're just glad to see someone like you get this car who's going to drive it rather than some old rich guy who's just going to keep it in the garage."

 

As we left the dealership in my 1995 F150 Centurian with 140,000 miles on it with the 2007 Shelby (8.1 miles) I was flooded with emotions. It was the first time in my 41 years that I had something so awesome and so terrible happen in the same week. I couldn't seem to find any middle ground. I was either elated or sad.

 

My sister lives 300 miles on the other side of Wyoming, and of course the initial plan was to spend weekends getting to know the Shelby. However, now the weekends are dedicated to my father, and this time is way more precious than any material object. Maybe we can get a weekend where there will be no snow. I'll drive the Shelby across Wyoming in the winter and give him the ride of his life.

 

 

 

So Sorry to hear about your dad,

 

I can somewhat relate to your story.......

All of us know that life is shorter that we want... but do enjoy your time with your dad.

My dad past away before I could give him the ride in my Shelby. But he knew it was on order.

He was a FORD MAN all my life and I will never forget the day he picked me up in grade school with his brand new BOSS 429!!!! Enjoy your time with family, no one knows when they will leave our ring !!!!

 

GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAIMLY!

Focuse on all the GREAT TIMES!!!!

 

MTNTOM

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Thanks for your supporting comments. I know I haven't posted much with this forum. However, I have visited this place regularly enough to get to know many of you through your posts. In some strange way you are like extended family or another set of coworkers/colleagues. Thanks again for your helpful comments.

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Sorry to hear about your dad. I got a lump in my throat, really. My father turns 58 in December and that's why I made it a point that he go with me to pick up my Shelby in November and we drive it back from Indiana to Missouri. His health is good, but it was something like your story that makes one realize life is so important and to cherish it every moment possible. We didn't necessarily have as close a relationship as a father/son maybe should have while I was growing up, but he has always been there for me.

 

I hope a warm front moves through so you can take your dad cruising and build an incredible memory that will last you a lifetime.

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qchaser1

 

I am very sorry to hear about your father, go and spend as much time as you can with him, cherish your memories of your time together when you were a child, love him.

 

I'm sorry for the somber tone of this post, I only wish that I had the chance to have known my father, he died when I was only 3 years old.

 

God BLess.

 

DLW

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post-4088-1166547416_thumb.jpgHere's my story. ..... across Wyoming in the winter and give him the ride of his life.

 

 

Hi gchaser,

 

My thoughts and sympathies are with you, I lost my dad 18 years ago, he was only 53 at the time, and I was just turning 30. Even though I knew it was terminal. there were many things I wanted to say to him, but somehow they never got said... don't make my mistake, you are obviously a decent guy, tell him how he made a difference to you, tell him you'll miss him, and tell him you love him. Maybe you might even paint his initials on the shelby somewhere, and show it to him, then when he is gone and you are out crusing, he'll be crusing along with you!!!

 

Take good care!!!

 

John

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gchaser1 - Very sorry to hear about your fathers condition. I agree 100% with Johnnyvax's statements. I lost my wife and father in the same year- five years ago, I know what you are going through. Be strong and converse with your father, the car will always be there. Wishing you and your family HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Jeff

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Hi gchaser,

 

My thoughts and sympathies are with you, I lost my dad 18 years ago, he was only 53 at the time, and I was just turning 30. Even though I knew it was terminal. there were many things I wanted to say to him, but somehow they never got said... don't make my mistake, you are obviously a decent guy, tell him how he made a difference to you, tell him you'll miss him, and tell him you love him. Maybe you might even paint his initials on the shelby somewhere, and show it to him, then when he is gone and you are out crusing, he'll be crusing along with you!!!

 

Take good care!!!

 

John

 

 

Thank you johnnyvax. Your life experiences have given you some great insight. I will do what you suggested. I really love the initials idea. +1000

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Thank you all again for your thoughts and support. In reflecting on this matter, it helps to know everybody has or will go through the circumstances surrounding the death of a loved one. It's one of those events in which all humans have or will have experienced. Knowing my father's situation is terminal has afforded our family the opportunities to say and do many of the things we wouldn't have been able to do if his death were sudden. For those of you who have experienced this event, I'm sorry for your losses, and I appreciate your comments and suggestions. They will help my father's last days be even more valuable and meaningful.

 

May God bless each and everyone of you.

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gchaser1,

So very sorry to hear about your father and to hear your Shelby arrival was bitter-sweet. I lost my Dad to a heart-attack almost twenty years ago when I was just 32; I'd give anythng to be able to take him for one ride in my Shelby--he wasn't really a "car guy" and he was absolutely the slowest driver in Wyoming, but I'm sure he'd get a kick out of this car. I hope you get that chance to take your Dad on the "ride of his life."

God Bless you and your family.

Tony

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Hi gchaser1

 

Thanks for sharing this, very sorry to hear about your Dad. I dont doubt that all of us will hug our loved ones a little tighter and appreciate the really important things more. My condolences and best wishes to you and your family. Hoping for fair weather so you and Dad can have ride and lets all be careful out there.

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As with everyone else here my thoughts are with you. I truly understand the idea of bittersweet feelings. It was 16 years ago today that I lost my mother in a car accident. The sweet part was that just hours before my daughter Kimberley was born. I hope it helps to know that even with the tragedy it has been 16 wonderful years due to my family. Stay strong as a family and enjoy the time you have left with each. I certainly hope you are able to give your father that ride. Iwas able to take a nice long drive with my daughter in the Shelby today. We had fun and we talked about my mother.

 

Live Strong!

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gchaser1,

So very sorry to hear about your father and to hear your Shelby arrival was bitter-sweet. I lost my Dad to a heart-attack almost twenty years ago when I was just 32; I'd give anythng to be able to take him for one ride in my Shelby--he wasn't really a "car guy" and he was absolutely the slowest driver in Wyoming, but I'm sure he'd get a kick out of this car. I hope you get that chance to take your Dad on the "ride of his life."

God Bless you and your family.

Tony

 

 

 

Thanks Tony,

I hope you're not too buried under the snow. It looks like you guys got dumped on big time. Got Snowmachines?

 

 

Hi gchaser1

 

Thanks for sharing this, very sorry to hear about your Dad. I dont doubt that all of us will hug our loved ones a little tighter and appreciate the really important things more. My condolences and best wishes to you and your family. Hoping for fair weather so you and Dad can have ride and lets all be careful out there.

 

 

Thanks for your comments.

 

As with everyone else here my thoughts are with you. I truly understand the idea of bittersweet feelings. It was 16 years ago today that I lost my mother in a car accident. The sweet part was that just hours before my daughter Kimberley was born. I hope it helps to know that even with the tragedy it has been 16 wonderful years due to my family. Stay strong as a family and enjoy the time you have left with each. I certainly hope you are able to give your father that ride. Iwas able to take a nice long drive with my daughter in the Shelby today. We had fun and we talked about my mother.

 

Live Strong!

 

Thank you for your thoughts. I'm sure your daughter treasured the moment and the conversation - especially in the Shelby.

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