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Teen Girl Rebuilds Car from Scratch

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Fourteen-year-old Kathryn DiMaria can't get her driver's license for another two years, but that hasn't stopped her from building the car of her dreams. At age 12, Kathryn convinced her parents to let her buy and begin restoring a 1986 Pontiac Fiero with $450 in babysitting money. Over the past two years, she has painstakingly restored every part of her Fiero by hand, quickly learning advanced mechanical skills such as welding, grinding, upholstering, sandblasting -- even how to rebuild an engine. With dad Jerry as her loyal project partner, and plenty of automotive know-how from Uncle Bob, Kathryn has embarked on an epic journey that is shattering gender stereotypes, inspiring thousands, and opening doors she never imagined. Watch and learn how Kathryn's project earned her an invitation from General Motors to attend the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and hang out with two female engineers from the original Fiero team. To visit Kathryn's online Fiero forum, click here: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/085309.html To check out Kathryn's welding art, click here: http://www.etsy.com/people/kathryndimaria?ref=owner_profile_leftnav PRODIGIES is a bi-weekly series showcasing the youngest, brightest, most talented phenoms from across the globe as they challenge themselves to reach new heights and the stories behind them. Created and produced by @radical.media, THNKR gives you extraordinary access to the people, stories, and ideas that are transforming our world. Follow THNKR on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thnkr Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thnkrtv Check out our Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/thnkr/ SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thnkrtv
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herpderpmonkey (5 years ago)
watching youtube...
dialefa1 (5 years ago)
im daydreaming all the time...
Eric X (5 years ago)
It's a nice car, I like it. Satin black, blacked out tail lights, hid lights, awesome!
MagZ1905 (5 years ago)
I can change the wheels on my car....so yeah!
thebeautifulbuzzard (5 years ago)
This young lady just makes me have the biggest shit eating grin watching her
TheLautik (5 years ago)
"back to kitchen" :D nope just kidding :D this is AMAZING !"
PlebScrubber (5 years ago)
this story was shown before and her father was doing most the work on the car look it up
Green Simplicity (5 years ago)
I hope someone would guide her to learn about electric vehicle then moving forward from convention system to unconvention teslas impulse technogies overunity stuffs.
Nerfern (5 years ago)
I could not work on a engine without OHC :P fucking pulling the camshaft from the middle of the engine is just weird
thalia88beachbabe (5 years ago)
There is no greater compensation on the thought of you going to be free
Come With Me (5 years ago)
wish i could do that when i was 12
Zack Silvas (5 years ago)
i wanna see you
jonamuk7 (5 years ago)
and I'm just sitting here wasting my life
Aslesha Salkar (5 years ago)
I really want to see the car when it's finished. Please put the finishing model on here.
Onefistfury (5 years ago)
You think this is impressive try making dead comeback to life
Andromeda (5 years ago)
CHRISTOPHER (5 years ago)
Shes for sure building a custom stove.
joe power (5 years ago)
my ream car 1960s chevy camero
zyadcvnhgb (5 years ago)
I like that weld, that's a nice weld.
Thelu10ant (5 years ago)
8:34 go akron!!!!
Lua Rodriguez (5 years ago)
She is awesome!!!!!!
Stephen Salazar (5 years ago)
Like a boss
David S (5 years ago)
by that time "car fixing" will be a thing of the past. I cannot see a future for gasoline cars post-2025
Patrick Roe (5 years ago)
"Flint, Michigan. It's a great place to be...to work on a car." LOL
TheEngine61 (5 years ago)
looks like he knows alot about that
Ro Lari (5 years ago)
she's 16! what were you doing at 16?
w41duvernay (5 years ago)
Should have yanked out the crappy 2.8L v6 or swapped in the 4t60 tranny to make it better.
Dan Benkert (5 years ago)
This is fantastic and inspiring !!!!
kenkko asagi (5 years ago)
If you don't wanna sand, use paint stripper
Boosted Bradley (5 years ago)
when does she turn 15?
kiwiHVGuy (5 years ago)
I agree. Some people are just fucking sexist assholes, they need to shut up and learn some respect.
mlsargent51 (5 years ago)
True automotive technician.. 1 that can't stand doing the body work! :) Great work, hope it all goes well!
Dave Scott (5 years ago)
Awesome girl with amazing drive, great parents and great work!!!
Thomas Peoples (5 years ago)
CHKNSTU (5 years ago)
they know the engines in those fieros caught on fire right?
mmmskateboards (5 years ago)
No straight edges on a Fiero? Have you looked at one? It's a wedge. Either way she's doing it pretty right.
Unmannedair (5 years ago)
She should try designing a plane. It is great fun.
Travis Hofstetter (5 years ago)
this is an amazing story.
MKYRR (5 years ago)
I mean sure it's awesome she's doing this, but i think the yellow gauge cluster looks really ricey. I hope at least it's a 5 speed or in my opinion it's a waste of time. Oh while you're at it drop a LS1 in the rear.
whenever she gets married, the roles will change he will go back in the kitchen while she fixes cars
Marcopolo Alcapone (5 years ago)
what...u 16 n u Free...I'm 27 n still under pressure...
WhipLash Raids (5 years ago)
I zoned out wen she sed she watches twighlight
Jaime Fontes. (5 years ago)
I really don't understand what the big deal is.
Kevin (5 years ago)
Doing what she did requires massive amounts of time, money, and knowledge. From what I viewed, she had great resources(an uncle who could supply her with tools and such and her father already seemed very knowledgeable with car restoration.(enough to find and appraise a fiero himself) I'd say to start, read up on cars-Find a good automotive encyclopedia/ use the internet-go to car shows and link up with people there and discuss with your parents. It's not as hard as it looks. Give it a shot!
thesmoothone (5 years ago)
man up
mkieffer92 (5 years ago)
she spent 2,000? Plus the 30 grand in tools her dad has...plus a shop
Jude Glazer (5 years ago)
There are these prodigies who do so much, and then there's me. Sitting on my bed, procrastinating.
carloscano3 (5 years ago)
i think thats why she wants it done by the time she can.....
2low2rl (5 years ago)
"I'm rebuilding a Pontiac fiero." ...why? lol
reubenkinara (5 years ago)
How did she start? o.O
cxbra (5 years ago)
Thats fucking cool to see.. You can tell that her dad is obviously a car builder and is probably building half of that Fiero but that little girl was killing it.
Sakib Islam (5 years ago)
Talented, yes. Prodigy, no.
Sakib Islam (5 years ago)
Talented, yes. Prodigy, no
Pax Humana (5 years ago)
I am so damn tired of the argument that we are not encouraging women to go into fields that are generally seen as work by men. There are plenty of men in modern times, as well as in the past, that did work that was traditionally seen as work by women, yet they defied the stereotypes of their fields. How about you just shut the hell up, work your ass off, and make something good out of your life and tell the haters and naysayers to go politely piss up a rope? Respect is made by effort, period.
Akash (5 years ago)
Still a better video than twilight though ;)
WeirdAlSuperFan (5 years ago)
haha that CMU jacket. she's not dreaming big enough.
LeighhMakeup (5 years ago)
Wow. I wish my mind worked like that.
Rasmunsen009 (5 years ago)
this kid is amazing
Joey Levenson (5 years ago)
What a smart kid!
william C (5 years ago)
All that...But she can't drive !!
Yoel W. (5 years ago)
good way to treat your friends :)
Christian Alberto (5 years ago)
my dad has been working on cars since he was 9
Zhōu yǔ Qiáo (5 years ago)
James Bond (5 years ago)
nothings hard, she does this because she likes doing it :)
irreprehensible (5 years ago)
and Im 32.... DAMN
ljguy300 (5 years ago)
looser lmao loser
Rogemama (5 years ago)
Twilight reference... The remaining 6 or so minutes of this video are now a mystery.
Dvir Suliman (5 years ago)
build a royal roise
Groud Frank (5 years ago)
LOL,, I'm almost 24 and can't even drive yet xD What am I doing with my life?! xD
James Hastings (5 years ago)
Been fixing up a 1976 Dodge Aspen Wagon for a year or so, now. Just gotta fix up the interior and swap out the engine and trannie. 1 month to go.
Ryan Shannon (5 years ago)
Good attitude! Glad you are not putting yourself down or calling yourself a loser!
Ryan Shannon (5 years ago)
You are a loser if you call yourself a loser.
yo mero (5 years ago)
there are so many cars and chose a fiero?
pilotpig (5 years ago)
monkeyman522 (5 years ago)
I commend her efforts, I only wish she had picked a better car. The Fiero was a real turd mobile.
lckeeper1 (5 years ago)
Great piece! Truly an inspiration to see someone so young (boy or girl) finding a passion and really diving head first into it! Best of luck and continued success!
jon4miamiheat (5 years ago)
i want to see the car when its done
Napa120 (5 years ago)
I'm 18 and I have a 1973 charger I'm building from scratch... buying parts and restoring them is pretty fun
Juffin doo (5 years ago)
stop the goddamn kitchen jokes you guys, you've just got to accept that 14 year old girl knows more than you about cars.
Tiwaking Tiwaking (5 years ago)
Pas De MD (5 years ago)
Wow this is great! Thanks for doing this story and congratulations to Kathryn.
Laz N (5 years ago)
her parents should get that girl an old alfa romeo giulia gtv to rebuild all this hard work put to a shitty car like the fiero for nothing
Eric Lopez (5 years ago)
Why did she get obe with a beat up chassis?
William Fulton (5 years ago)
Amazing young lady and a smart business woman. Well done,
Switchback (5 years ago)
You even spelled loser wrong
joe p. 110110 (5 years ago)
yea i just work an bought my car
FLPhotoCatcher (5 years ago)
It's not so much "society making this career field seem like its just for guys", it's in the nature of males and females. Scientific studies have shown that, before society shapes a person, male babies naturally prefer playing with more mechanical toys, whereas female babies do not, for the most part. With that in mind, I think it's good when girls are encouraged to explore fields not thought of as 'woman's work'.
Ed Eddy (5 years ago)
Twilight again noooooo
Jaffa* (5 years ago)
stay away from drugs don't alter that brain...
Jackson Dasilva (5 years ago)
make sure you always wear a mask when sanding...it's bad for the lungs!!
hhm911 (5 years ago)
Respect !!
rasmuspanfuer (5 years ago)
she is 14 years...
TNFL Raven (5 years ago)
could you do this at the age of 14?
smukase (5 years ago)
why? no one on this earth was meant to be exactly the same so you should have no reason to be like her or do what she does because it's amazing. find out what you love to do and you'll also excel at it :)
Guy (5 years ago)
Good lord she looks like a cave-woman though.
Derp Derpson (5 years ago)
she probably welded her braces aswell
Paul Allen (5 years ago)
loser* and yes you are
m .jaramillo (5 years ago)
She needs to be in the kitchen cooking. Learning how to raise kids. Females have too much freedom. Women's brains should be sent back to the stone age.
shimaki591 (5 years ago)
Her dad is really awesome
Devin G (5 years ago)
She's following her dreams? And nothing can stop her but people like you, who question her and fail and look stupid.

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