If Mark Bonta's '69 Firebird convertible looks like a car costing a lot more than $25,000, you'd be right, sorta. Mark gets into the affordable dreams club by virtue of having bought the car so long ago--1984 in his case. Purloined for the pittance of $3,500, the total build-out cost would be more like $35K in today's dollars. We're going to let it slide anyway, solely on the merit of Bonta's perseverance. You gotta admire a guy who's had the same hot rod--and the same vision for it--for the last 23 years. You see, Bonta wanted to build a Pro Touring car long before there was such a thing as Pro Touring. There are some big-ticket items on Bonta's 'bird, such as the $2,989 receipt for paint and body; the interior work for $1,500; $2,362 for an Art Carr trans/converter combo; and the Intro wheels for $2,150. But the high-dollar stuff is nicely offset by things like homemade traction bars, a used MSD ignition and distributor, a free rearend scored from a friend's donor car, a used carb for $100, and a budget 355 long-block from PAW.