A Hot Rod Surprise! Grandson Brings His Papa's 1957 Bel Air Back To Life

Grandparents deserve nothing but the best. Cameron Dedman of Louisville, KY, wanted to make one of his grandfather Fred's dreams come true for his 81st birthday, and he put everything he had into giving him the absolute best. In Fred's case, this involved a very special car.


During Fred Lamar's younger days, he got around town in his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, driving his children to and fro in the classic sedan. But for the past 30 years, the Bel Air had been sitting in Fred's garage. The paint had faded and rust had moved in. Cameron knew that the Bel Air meant so much to his grandfather, and being handy with cars, Cameron decided to bring the car back to life as a big surprise for Fred.

Over the course of a year, Cameron completed what he calls "a full frame off restoration" on the Bel Air. According to a detailed Facebook post he shared upon completion, the loving grandson "saved up for years to do this," and had sold his own car to help pay for the restoration.

It was all worth it. Watch the video to see the the emotional, heart-lifting moment when Fred sees his "new" car in all its glory, with his extended family surrounding him. The video also includes Cameron explaining some of the detail work, a must-see for car lovers!

Next stop: putting a battery in this beauty and taking it for a spin.

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