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Video: No Words, No Soundtrack, Just One Man Handcrafting An Entire Etceterini From Scratch

Posted November 23, 2021 5:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Lancia

In the first two parts of a video series on building an Etceterini from scratch, the Meister behind the Gasolini YouTube channel designed and built an entire drivable chassis for the car. Sure, the design's not as complex as an F1 chassis, but with a few plot points on some graph paper, a few straightedge lines, a bit of welding, and some Lancia parts, the builder makes it look like child's play.

Seventeen videos later, the car is yet to be fully bodied. That's no knock on the builder's skills or ability to deliver a finished product, nor does it imply a lot of dithering about. Rather, it's a full-on celebration of the thought processes and the work that goes into transforming graph-paper lines into a fully fleshed-out three-dimensional aluminum-bodied car. It's a labor-intensive process, one done without the aid of CAD or 3D printing or even any power tools, so one could easily see an old-world craftsman beating and joining panels just like this on the original etceterinis.

All of this is done without dialog and without any sort of music except that of the hammer, the rasp, and the torch. We only see Mr. Gasolini's hands and the work they produce and a few captions to provide context. But that's not to say we don't see a personality behind it all. From the discipline and the experience that goes into the work, the creative solutions to challenging problems, and the patience to do it right (not to mention the conscious decision not to obfuscate the work with Instagram handles and loudmouths and "we gotta get this done before SEMA" storylines), we know all we need to know about the craftsman at work.

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