ROTFL @ Jody's Midlife Crisis Red.....She's got quite the sense of humor!!!
I feel your pain...all my girlfriends were driving around in Fieros and Cavaliers or Daddy's truck....I had a '75 in 1990. Tho I did learn how to change a radiator, alternator, several batteries, how to change plugs, wires, rotor, and that if you get water under the distributor cap at the car wash, the car won't start.
I also learned how to change the rear end out...my brother helped with that and showed me all what the posi-traction was and how the gears worked in the pumpkin and on and on. There wasn't much I didn't have to do to that car. I spent lots and lots of Saturday afternoons in the garage with Dad and big Brother. The car rules of our house were if you drive it and break it, you learn how to fix it.
Being involved with them also fostered fantastic memories and a real knack for doing smokey burnouts!!!