EL CAJON, Calif. - The man San Diegans call the Highwayman has been reunited with his beloved Beulah.
Beulah is a 1955 Ford station wagon the Highwayman, legally known as Tom Weller, has used for almost 50 years to help stranded motorists along San Diego roadways.
Weller estimated he has helped upwards of 30,000 people during his time as the Highwayman. He has changed tires, replaced batteries and even given people free gas. Weller never asks for anything in return; he only asks people to pay it forward.
The Highwayman said his mission hit a pothole in 2011 when another driver cut him off. Weller rear-ended another car and Beulah was wrecked. He didn't have the money to fix her.
Since then, he has used his backup Mercury, which looks like a distant cousin of the "Ghostbusters" Ecto-1 vehicle.
"It's got a lot of stories to tell on its own," said Weller.
On Friday, Beulah was returned to him.
Four months ago, Vista resident Rick Moore heard Weller's story on the Mike Slater radio show on AM 760. He immediately called in and offered to fix Beulah free of charge.
True to his word, Moore spent more than $18,000 of his own money to fix the 1955 Ford.
"I can't believe that he'd done that much for me," said an emotional Weller.
Moore delivered Beulah to the Highwayman's El Cajon home Friday.
"This is my angel," Weller said as he hugged Moore. "Thank you so much Rick."
Beulah has a new paint job, a repaired engine and suspension and her wires have been repaired. Weller still has to get all of his tools and test-drive his trusty sidekick before taking her out. He'll continue to use his Mercury until then.
Weller expects the Highwayman will have Beulah ready for full duty in a couple of months.
Tom Weller, the man San Diegans call the Highwayman, has been reunited with his beloved Beulah, and it's all because of a promise made by a generous Vista man.