Grandson sells his car to restore grandpa’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air, his reaction was ‘so dramatic’
- A doting grandson in Kentucky had been secretly working to restore his grandpa’s beloved car. Little did he expect to see him almost pass out at the mere sight of the special birthday gift!
For over a year, Cam Dedman, of Louisville, was using all his spare time to restore and build his grandfather’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air, which has been sitting in the garage since 1976.
“He’s my best friend and truly deserves it,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“This was so hard to complete let alone do it with out [sic] him knowing. I saved up for years to do this even sold my personal car to help fund parts for the car. It all is worth it though for my Grandpa!”
Dedman did all this hard work to plan the memorable surprise for his beloved grandpa’s 81st birthday.
Dedman and his grandpa, Fred Lamar, used to talk about restoring the car. But they never got a chance to do it together because Dedman would tell him he is “really busy now.”
In January this year, the car was finally ready to be brought out of the garage for his grandfather to see.
Dedman blindfolded his grandparents and drove them in his car before stopping at his sister’s house to unveil the surprise.
Once the blindfolds were removed, and Lamar saw the ruby-red car standing on the road, he simply couldn’t believe his eyes—it was a reaction they will never forget!
“I didn’t expect his reaction to be so dramatic,” Dedman told InsideEdition. “Honestly, he almost passed out. I had to hold him up. His legs gave out. He said, ‘There’s no way that is my car.’”
“That was their family car,” Dedman said. “They drove it every day until 1976. Their kids, my mom, rode in it.”
It was the best birthday present that Lamar had ever had.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” Lamar told TODAY. “He’s one special grandson, I’ll tell you.”
Dedman thanked the social media users who had been following the entire build process on his Instagram, @cambo_built. “[I] want to thank you all for such positive feedback. Im [sic] so grateful that it has inspired so many others and spread kindness around this world!!” he wrote.
Watch the lovely surprise in the video below: