A longtime family friend, Dave, would occasionally stop by and help Greg. He was a mechanic his whole life and formally a trade school automotive teacher, and he always pushed him to be better. All the kids at school would laugh at him and make fun of him, telling him he was wasting his time and the truck would never hit the road. Eventually, he got sick of working outside and his grandparents let Greg take over their two bay garage in South Barre. It was full of junk for years and made enough room to work on it. It became the new hangout and every day they would work on it after school. They’d drive his grandparents crazy being there long nights and weekends. He still hears his grandmother yelling at him out the window saying “GO HOME! Your grandfather doesn’t like it!”
They ended up finishing the truck and it was a great success. Greg worked for another friend, Mike, who had a detail shop in Worcester and would also stop by and help with the project. Eventually Mike helped him paint it. Greg had an obsession with the color black, so that’s the color it became. When the truck was finished, everyone wanted to ride in it or go 4 wheeling after school. Eventually Greg’s dream came true and the Land Cruiser was issued in the Senior yearbook in multiple places, including the Student Rides!