So, I know a post like this pops up every now and then, but I thought I'd start a new one, as I haven't seen one recently. Also, after Pontiac's death was announced earlier this week, this is my tribute of sorts. These are my two cars, 1987 and 1996 Pontiac Firebirds. My first car memory occurred when I was with my dad in 1996. He's an auto mechanic, and we stopped at a local Nissan dealership to pick up a part for a car he was working on. Sitting in the parking lot was a brand new 1996 TransAm Ram Air in white. I had never seen one before, and to this day I've never been so awestruck by a car. My dad, a former racer and car nut, learned me on what I was gawking at, and about pony cars in general. From that point, I've been a lifelong Firebird fanboy. When I turned 15, my dad and I were out getting groceries or something, when we passed his buddy's auto body shop. For sale in the lot was a pristine '87 firebird. We stopped to look, and I (half-jokingly) begged for the car. I still had a year to go before I could get my permit and license, but the next night at dinner, my dad slid a set of keys across the table to me. Speechless, I looked at the keys, then to my parents - I couldn't believe it. After dinner, my dad and I went to see the car again, and we drove it back to our house. The power steering was shot and it needed engine work, but I was in love. The car got the work it needed, and I've got a million and one great memories of driving it. Fast forward to 2008, and the old bird's age is starting to show. It's got close to 300K miles, and is in need of some serious work. It sat for a few years while I was in college in the city, and occasionally did daily driver duty for my dad. Now I was moving to the 'burbs with my fiancee' and needed a more reliable car. One day after work, my fiancee' surprised me by telling me we were going somewhere. On the way, she spilled the beans that we were going to look at a car, a '96 Firebird. Despite it's jackass previous owner giving it some unnecessary "upgrades," it was a beauty, and my awesome fiancee' bought the car for me as a wedding present. So now I've got 2 Firebirds, and due to space and the fact that I don't need both at one time, the oldbird's back in stassis lock at my parents' house. The '96, as you can tell, has some TransAm decals and a RamAir hood, though it's a stock Firebird Coupe with the 3800 Series II V6. The car's rear was once totaled in an accident, and the owner had the rear bumper replaced with one from a 98-200 firebird, and replaced the center cap between the taillights with one from a Trans AM. I'm planning on ditching the TA logos and tailpiece when the car undergoes bodywork and paint in the future. Also, I'm saving and planning for an engine swap with a factory fresh L32 (the supercharged V6 found in the '05 Grand Prix GTP) and a new transmission, to turn my baby into a new, faster car. So, that's my car story so far, and planned future. Neither car is perfect, and they both need plenty of work, but I love them just the same. Anyone care to share their own car stories, or project cars?