Michigan man gets the surprise of a lifetime at the Frankenmuth AutoFest

Published: Sep. 8, 2018 at 11:31 PM EDT
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(9/82018) - It was a surprise almost a year in the making, for one classic car owner.

Family and friends helped restore a 67 Chevy, unveiling it during Frankenmuth Auto Fest Saturday.

“Absolutely astonished, shocked and awed,” Jamey Carey said.

Carey went out to the Frankenmuth AutoFest to enjoy looking at some classic cars with his family and friends.

He felt like he was going to be missing out because his 67 Chevelle 300 was in the shop.

"It was in pretty rough shape. It was something I could drive and not worry about it,” Carey said.

His classic car wasn't the only who saw some rough years.

Doctor’s diagnosed Carey with a lung disease six years ago and is in need of a transplant.

"So, I received my call and was blessed to getting a double lung transplant."

Carey is nearing his two year anniversary since the lifesaving surgery.

His loved ones wanted to make sure Carey's ride was ready for the big day.

"He knew the car was getting painted. He just didn't know that he was getting new wheels, tires and all kinds of other good things to go along with it,” David Fallon said.

His friends and family schemed for a year, telling Carey his car was falling behind schedule, but what was old is now new.

"Now it's absolutely gorgeous."

"They did a heck of a job keeping me out of the loop on this one,” Carey said.

After seeing all the work, Carey couldn't tell what day was his favorite.

The day he received his new lungs or seeing his ride all tuned up.

"I am a whole new person now, and a whole new life and this care is definitely going to make it even more special,” Carey said.

Carey is hoping his ride will also bring more awareness to the need of signing up to be an organ donor.

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