1971 Chevy Camaro
Brian Sposato and Frank Grelo have been friends since kindergarten. They went through high school together where they acquired their interest in American muscle cars. The years flew by; both guys got married and had children. Both, however, fell victim to divorce, leaving them emotionally and financially troubled. Luckily, they had each other to coach them through it, using the wrenching as therapy. Frank got this '71 Camaro that they spent countless nights and some 900 cans of Bud Light wrenching their sorrows away on. Over the last five years they probably saved money by working on this car rather than going to a shrink, so they named it the Quarter-Mile Counselor.

In June of this year, Brian died. He was the one who sent us the letter describing how much this car helped him and his best friend, Frank, get through some hard times. Then Frank picked up the correspondence. His right-hand man and best friend can't help him put the finishing touches on his car, but luckily his son and daughter, Frankie and Summer, have stepped in to help out. With only 11 years between the two, we're sure Brian's help and sense humor will be missed.

Frank Grelo, 41; Brian Sposato, 41 • Finleyville, PA
Type: 361ci small-block Chevy
Oiling: Melling pump
Rotating assembly: steel crank, Venolia rods, forged pistons
Cylinder heads: Dart
Camshaft: COMP Cams
Induction: Holley Pro Dominator intake, Demon carbs
Ignition: GMPP HEI
Cooling: aluminum radiator, electric fan
Fuel system: Holley pump and Earl's lines
Exhaust: Hedman, custom mufflers
Transmission/shifter: TH350, 3,500-stall converter, Hurst shifter
Rear axle: GM 12-bolt, Strange axles, spool, 5.38 gear
Front suspension: factory rebuilt
Rear suspension: wheelbase moved forward 1 inch
Brakes: disc/drum
Body: steel body, shaved emblems, filled marker lights, custom hood
Paint: orange by Frank Grelo
Wheels: Centerline
Tires: Mickey Thompson