12 year olds and cars - Kathryn's Fiero (Page 1/175)
michhiker28 APR 18, 04:37 PM
So we have been working on the car now for about 3 months, but as I have been prowling the forum I realized I should probably post the story, and some of you might be interseted in it.

A few months ago our 12 year old DAUGHTER came in and said, "Dad, Mom, can we talk for a minute?" We agreed, and she presented us with something she had been thinking about. She said that she would like to buy a car with her babysitting money. We were like, you are only 12.

Now I should tell you that she is 12 going on 22, but she presented these arguements to us.
1. She would like to buy a fiero because she saw one at a show and thinks they are cool (we are corvette people, so she has been around a few shows). Fair enough I like GM products and remember the Fiero fondly from my youth.
2. She makes the arguement that it gets reasonably good gas milage
3. It is relatively inexpensive, so she would be able to afford it.
4. She could completely restore it in the 4 years until she turns 16
5. She would learn about how cars work, it would be a cheap education for the money
6. She would only have the capacity to take one friend along with her, so there would be less distraction
7. She wants a manual so she would learn how to drive stick
8. When it is done it would be a cool historic sports car
9. She would pay for it all herself.

Hmmmmm, the wife and I look at each other, and go ok. So the search was on. In the end we found a good deal on an 86 SE 2.8 and 4 speed. Lots of miles, but solid chassis and a few spare parts. So she has been stripping it out and working on repair, replace, fix, etc. for a few months. The interior is out and she has started on refinishing the wheels.

I just thought a few of you might be interested in this....if so let me know, and let me know how to post pics and I can put up some of her progress and her doing the work.

Is it just me, or do I have a really cool daughter?

mptighe APR 18, 04:44 PM

Originally posted by michhiker28:
Is it just me, or do I have a really cool daughter?

Welcome to the forum! You can say that again, I'm going to make my 12 year old daughter sit and read this thread
donnie072003 APR 18, 04:48 PM
I have to admit that is a cool story. I use MYFIERO.com for image posting but many use the button at the bottom of the page (Pennocks image hoster) for pics.
GADJet APR 18, 04:59 PM
Cool daughter check, cool wife check, fond memories that will last a lifetime = priceless.

My daughter and I work on my err.... her car together. She is 5.

Super cool story and super cool family. Please post pics. We would love to see them. I use www.photobucket.com but others here will tell you no dont do that. But it is what I use.

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katatak APR 18, 05:22 PM
Great story - Welcome to the madness. My youngest son started on his first Fiero when he was 14 - helped do most the work - paid for most the parts. He is now 17 - been driving his Fiero for 2 years now and is completely self reliant when it comes to his Fiero. Your Daughter has started down the right path - sounds like she has great parents!


rourke_87_T-Top APR 18, 05:31 PM
get her some teddy bear rims.
Tony Kania APR 18, 05:54 PM

Originally posted by michhiker28:

Is it just me, or do I have a really cool daughter?


Definately a cool daughter.

pontiackid86 APR 18, 07:20 PM
Hell at 12 i dident even know what a transmission was let alone stick and auto.
Gall757 APR 18, 08:32 PM
Hulki U. My-BFF APR 18, 08:32 PM
Wow, you have one awesome daughter there. My 15 year old daughter and I have been working on restoring an '84 for her for the last year. We still have a decent amount of work to do, but it is getting there. Welcome!