How to Build a T Bucket Hot Rod Roadster for Under $3000
der-3000-kickin-it-old-skool/ The author, Chester Greenhalgh, tells how
this legendary hot rod "how to" book came into being, why he wrote it, and
how it got to where it is today as a popular 250+ page shop manual that
covers EVERY aspect of building a T-Bucket hot rod on a budget.
T-Bucket Rods - Images
A T-bucket (or Bucket T) is a specific style of hot rod, based on a Ford
Model T of the 1915 to 1927 era, but extensively modified, or alternatively
built with replica components to resemble a Model T.
Convertible T-bucket in a hybrid style: traditional sidepipes and dropped
tube axle, transverse front leaf spring, and non-traditional front disc
brakes and five-spokes.
Since the last Model Ts were built in 1927, most modern T-buckets use
replica fiberglass bodies. By the 1950s, original steel Model T bodies that
had not been completely worn out were becoming increasingly hard to find
and in 1957 the first fiberglass T-Bucket body (based on the 1923 version)
was introduced by the short-lived Diablo Speed Shop in Northern California.
Of the only two or three bodies built by Diablo, one was purchased by
Southern California hot rod builder Buzz Pitzen and became the world's
first fiberglass T-bucket.
T-bucket with early hemi. The aluminum radiator (rather than brass),
rectangular headlights, and five-spokes (rather than motorcycle wheels)
mark this as a later incarnation.
A genuine T-bucket has the two-seater body of a Model T roadster (with or
without the turtle deck or small pickup box), this "bucket"-shaped
bodyshell giving the cars their name. A Model T-style radiator is usually
fitted, and even these can sometimes be barely up to the task of cooling
the large engines fitted. There is never any kind of engine cowling on a
T-bucket. Windshields, when fitted, are vertical glass like the original
Model Ts were being hot-rodded and customized from the 1930s on, but the
T-bucket was specifically created and named by Norm Grabowski in the 1950s.
This car was nicknamed, the Kookie Kar, after appearing in the TV show 77
Sunset Strip, driven by character Gerald "Kookie" Kookson. The exposure it
gained led to numerous copies being built.
Today, T-buckets remain common. They generally feature an enormous engine
for the size and weight of the car, generally a V8, along with tough
drivetrains to handle the power and large rear tires to apply that power to
the road. The front wheels are often much narrower than the rear wheels,
and are often motorcycle wheels.
Most are built purely for street or show use, and the big engines are more
for show than for need — many are more powerful than the vehicles can
actually make use of. Although the body shell is original in appearance,
engines of a wide variety of makes are commonly used. The small-block
Chevrolet is a common choice, since it is relatively small, light, easy to
obtain and to improve, and performs well. Four-cylinder engines are common
also, especially if the car is used regularly. Many install blowers (Superchargers) on their engines, and people
use modern fuel-injected engines.
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V12 TBucket Roadster
I was on the way to ranchero302me's house for dinner, and when I stopped at
the local Circle K on the way, there was a really wicked V12 TBucket
roadster there. It was a 1923 highly customized with a Jaguar V12 engine.
Some guy was pestering me by asking silly questions while I was recording,
asking if it was a Chevy 350 engine. Last I remember Chevy 350s were only
8 cylinders, and not V10 as this guy thought he was seeing. He was wrong
on so many levels. Duh! Annoying.
The owner said "Why put in a V8? Anyone can do a V8!"
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70 Double Blown GTO
My 1970 GTO with two blowers. It's 474ci Pontiac engine with a 8-71 blower
on top of a 6-71 blower. This is from the last day of being double blown.
I'm going to one single 8-71 blower and going racing. The front clip was
removed to make it easier to work on. The reason for the double blowers was
not as a power enhancement like many ASSume. I stacked the blowers to have
a car that stood out in the crowd. Most Pro Street cars were starting to
blend together. If you seen one, you had seen them all. That wasn't the
case with this GTO. Al someone had to say was "The double blower GTO" and
people knew which car. I was told it couldn't be done, so I attempted it
and it worked. It stayed that way for almost 2 years. I knew a twin turbo setup would make more HP. I knew I could
have run a 14-71 blower and made more power. That wasn't the point. I
wanted to be different than the other cars in the parking lot, I did that
now it's time to ove on. For all those people who don't understand why,
I'm not going to try and explain it to you anymore. Get over it. I didn't
expect EVERYONE to love it. But you won't forget it.
Speedway Motors Yellow T-Bucket Assembly
Speedway Motors is your T-Bucket Headquarters! Watch the start-to-finish
final assembly of Speedway Motors yellow '23 T-Bucket display car! This car
may be coming to a show near you!
Here is the price list specific to the T-Bucket seen in this video. It
should give you an idea on the estimated cost to building a similar
T-Bucket. This T-Bucket was assembled early 2010 so part numbers and prices
are subject to change. *Price does not include engine and accessories,
transmission, shifter, driveshaft, tires, paint, powdercoat glass, battery
or cables: http://static.speedwaymotors.com/pdf/DisplayCarPriceList.pdf
1923 Ford T-bucket Hot Rod
I thought you'd like a look at this 1923 Ford T-bucket Hot Rod. It was
originally built in 1994 and it's powered by a 355 SBC with an Dual
Edelbrock four barrel carbs. All the power is funneled through a B&M turbo 350 trans. It only weighs about 1800
lbs, so it's definitely plenty quick. I hope you find it
interesting...thanks for watching! Be sure to check out Ralph's channel at:
Motes & Williams Twin Engine Dragster 3
The Motes and Williams car was `70 & `71 NHRA World Champion in Top Gas. In
1970 it won the Springnationals and World Finals. In 1971 it won the
Springnationals and U.S. Nationals.I hope you enjoy my current Motes &
Williams footage. This was taken Oct 2001, Mike Newkirk at the wheel. RC
Williams and Greg Cook starting the car and me, I'm behind the camera. I
don't remember, but this was one of the first times the car ran since we
restored it. Wish I had my camera with me at John Laubhan's shop during the