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Heather: I inherited the passion for cars from my dad. He made cars fun. He enjoyed driving fast and I loved to ride with him. My father was also very practical and wanted me to have an understanding of how cars worked. He always did basic work on our vehicles at home and my brother and I often helped. I have a lot appreciation for cars because of my father.
How does it make you feel to help these owners finish their abandoned projects?
Heather: I am so grateful that I am able to help so many people and bring happiness into their lives. Everyone has a unique story and memories associated with their car and it feels really good to help them achieve something so important to them.
What’s the most common mistake you see car owners making while trying to restore their cars?
Heather: I don’t think the owners are making any specific mistakes other than thinking they can get the car done on their own. Restoring a car is a very large project and often way too expensive for the owner to outsource. They usually quickly realize that the project is much more complicated than they anticipated and the car just sits unfinished collecting dust. It becomes a daunting task; luckily Garage Squad comes to the rescue.
What are you most excited for viewers to see this season?
Heather: We really stepped up the game by taking on vehicles that needed a lot more work done than last season. There is a lot of sweat and long hours that goes into rebuilding each and every one and I know the viewers will appreciate it.
How would you describe working with the Garage Squad crew?
Heather: Working with the Garage Squad guys is like being in 6th grade all over again. A lot of joking around, but we learn a lot too. I have a lot of respect for the guys, how hard they work and how much knowledge they have about all types of cars. Everyone brings their own expertise to each project and we couldn’t get the job don’t without all hands on deck.
Describe the worst car you’ve ever had to repair.
Heather: I would say the worst car this season is the 442 Olds. That car just had a stench that wouldn’t quit even when we painted the stripped interior. There’s something to be said for a plethora of decaying rodents in an area with limited ventilation. I think everyone in there would agree that was nasty!
What’s usually the biggest challenge during the makeover process?
Heather: We have a limited amount of time to assess the car, order parts and get the car running again. As life goes, a lot of unforeseen problems pop up and take us off track. Often we have to source parts at the last minute and have to hold out on making progress on other areas of the car until that part comes in --- that can be stressful.
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What’s your go-to song while driving?
Heather: If I'm on a mission then Gold Guns Girls by Metric.
When did you learn to change a tire?
Heather: My dad taught me as soon as I got my driver’s license at 15. He didn’t want me to be stranded.
What’s on your key ring?
Heather: Just the essential keys, I like to keep it simple and compact.
What is your favorite food?
Heather: I love to cook healthy cuisine; fresh vegetables and steamed fish is my go to meal.
If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Heather: No vanity plate for me, I prefer to be discrete like a bat mobile.