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John Steers: Fiberglass Car Pioneer

Posted March 23, 2011 8:30 AM by dstrohl

John Steers' first car, built over a period of three months, started as a Ford Model A. He moved the engine and transmission to the rear and set up the driver's seat ahead of the drivetrain, with his feet over the front axle. He constructed the body of hoops and stringers, covered in doped fabric.

In 1954, John set to work on his next car, based on the running gear from a 1937 Ford, installed in a tube frame that John designed and welded himself. After getting the basic chassis running, he couldn't wait to get it on the road, so he ran it on the street for a while sans body. Eventually, he decided to form his own fiberglass body over the chassis, so he made a form of chicken wire and plaster (photo), took a single sheet of fiberglass and laid it over the form, making sure the sides were straight so he could pop the body shell off the form.

John son, Steve, claims the car could reach 100-mph.

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