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14-year-old restoring 1986 Fiero

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RIVERDALE (WJRT) -

(07/25/12) - Classic cars come in many shapes, sizes and models - and they're all in the "mature" age group.

But there's no age requirement to be a car enthusiast.

In a Riverdale garage, lessons are being learned as Jerry DiMaria works alongside his daughter Kathryn.

But it's not father teaching daughter - it's just the opposite.

"If I can do it, then I want to do it. I'm very independent," Kathryn DiMaria said.

You might say Kathryn is beyond her years.

At 14, she can't drive, but she already has a car. In fact, she's had it for a while.

"Just before her twelfth birthday, she came to her mom and I and said, 'Hey I have this idea, hear me out. I know you're gonna think this is a little crazy, but listen to the end,'" Jerry DiMaria said.

Kathryn had her eye on a 1986 Fiero in need of restoration. The pre-teen knew very little about cars, and her parents weren't sure they wanted to go along for the ride.

"Her mom and I kinda looked at each other and said 'well let us think about that for a little while.' We talked about it and said 'OK, fair enough,'" Jerry DiMaria said.

Two years later, the car has come a long way, and so has Kathryn.

"I've learned a lot actually because you just have so much hands on experience and so I've learned how to pull an engine, what's in an engine and how to do things myself so I don't have to have someone go out and do it for me," she said.

She hopes to have the Fiero done by her sixteenth birthday, but there's no rush.

"I'm going with the flow, but I'm also going for quality. I'm not rushing anything and I want to get it done right if I'm going to do it all," Kathryn said.

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