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Modified Lancia Astura from 2012 to 2014

This project was more about a man than a car and the result is in May 2014 Octane Magazine. Article by John Simester. Photography by Martyn Goddard. All superb.

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Ronald “Steady” Barker is heading for his 94th year in April 2014 and over the decades he has been involved in the motoring scene and has helped many people.

His career has spanned books, motoring columns and much else. 3D Engineers agreed to help create the “Steady Special” as our tribute to Ronald “Steady” Barker.

The end result was far from this goal and involved three body designs and two bucks with our time given for free and everything else at cost……However, once started we felt obliged to complete and both bucks were delivered on time and to specification. Is it close to the “Steady Special” as originally conceived by Ronald Barker? Probably not as the design had to be altered considerably to take account of issues such as engine packaging.

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Project chronology should have been thus:

  • Scan original chassis.
  • Design body.
  • Create buck.
  • See a gentleman who we really respect see his dream car – a car he designed – come to life.

The actual chronology was:

  • Scan original chassis.
  • Design body.
  • Discover through our own insistence the correct engine dimensions. Find the body needs to be raised by a significant amount.
  • Re-design body at no extra cost.
  • Create buck.
  • Find proposed body builder is no longer going to do the aluminium body and as buck created was very specialist another buck design is required.
  • Create second buck.

After weeks of endeavour the results are superb. Please enjoy the pictures below.

Steady Special bare Lancia Astura chassis

Steady Special bare Lancia Astura chassis

Steady Special classic car chassis 3D laser scanned

Steady Special classic car chassis 3D laser scanned

 

Classic car 3D body surfacing CAD

Classic car 3D body surfacing CAD

Steady Special - Classic car 3D body surfacing

Steady Special – Classic car 3D body surfacing

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The offending part that increased height of bonnet and overall body design

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Steady Special – Working out design height issue

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Steady Barker and his 3D Engineers birthday card signed by all at his TK birthday bash

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"Steady Special" being built on a 3D Engineers egg crate buck

“Steady Special” being built on a 3D Engineers egg crate buck

The "Steady Special" nears completion

The “Steady Special” nears completion