Guys Secretly Restore 1983 Ford Mustang For Cancer-Stricken Friend
Bruce Blood and his wife, Linnea, bought a blue ’83 Ford Mustang with a white top six years ago after she fell in love with it. Bruce says that his Mustang GLX convertible was limited and they enjoyed it for about a year before parking it where it sat braving the elements. Linnea parked her car in the garage and maintaining the Mustang just wasn’t something that could be done at the time.
In 2011, Bruce found out he had lymphoma after a diagnosis and went to treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Knowing how much of a hard working man Bruce is, his boss, Dan Pothier, from DJ Auto, knew how much the car meant to the family and offered to let him store it in his barn.
That wasn’t boss man’s main intention, though. He had secretly called up friends so they could secretly restore a very sentimental Fox Body for a dear friend and hard workin’ employee. While the Fox was in need of some love, it still had a pretty decent engine and rear end.
While Blood received his treatments, the guys got together to rebuild this old Stang. When Bruce was able to come back to work, hiding the Mustang wasn’t as easy but they managed by moving it around to the shops around town. Bruce took a trip to Tennessee that sent the guys into high gear, replacing clutches, brakes, brake lines, and valve covers.
Bruce asked to visit the car at one point where Andrew had to lie and say that he had lost the key to the door. After the close call and a lot of work, they surprised Bruce with the car last fall. He swore he had no idea what was going on.
Good for Bruce, he’s only in partial treatments now and is healthier than he was before. We are glad to learn that there are some great people out there, and we wish the best to Bruce and his new spruced up ride.
The men involved in the project: Dick Bushnell of Bushnell Auto Detailing; Dan Garceau of Leominster Transmission; Bob Junior Leach of J&R Truck Service, and Carl Jess of CJ’s Auto Body in Fitchburg.
Source: [Sentinel Land Enterprise]