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Best Fiberglass T-Bucket Body

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by benford1, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. benford1
    Joined: Dec 26, 2007
    Posts: 19


    I am in the process of finishing my '29 roadster and would like to start working with my son by doing some MIG and Tig work, engine building, etc.

    I do my own bodywork and painting (since 14 years old and now 55 years young), but I would like to start him off on something "fresh" instead of putting in panels, cleaning up old part, and basically becoming discouraged.

    I figured that a good '23 glass body would give him a fresh canvas to start with. After this, we start a "real" project.

  2. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    I think that you are on the right track for several reasons. First off, you want to work with your son on a car for him-that is all that needs to be said-VERY COOL!!

    I think you are right, you might not want a project that is way too involved for his first, he could lose interest if you start with a pile of sheetmetal. And there is not a thing in the world wrong with a nicely built glass car, regardless of what some "internet builders/critics" will say. If you use the right parts, and stick to an era that you like for the car, it will come out GREAT.

    And, building a car from a glass body is not a free ride anyways. The chassis fabrication is the same as any other car, glass or steel. And there is plenty of work involved with wooding the glass body.

    So go for it, it would be a great first project. And the skills he learns on this can be used over & over-post your progress please- and
    Good Luck!!

    PS-not to hijack, but here's a couple pics of t's, my dads(black) & brothers(blue). Maybe these will give your son an idea or two-Dan

  3. benford1
    Joined: Dec 26, 2007
    Posts: 19


    The cars look great. This is the way he wants to go. Thanks
  4. swade41
    Joined: Apr 6, 2004
    Posts: 7,481

    from buffalo,ny

    There are a bunch of mfgs. out there now, some finished nice, some a little ruff, some with floors, some without, some stretched, some not. I guess it would depend on location and price and how much finish work you want to
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  5. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 14,495


    I'm building a T Bucket now and I'm in the process of putting the bucks away for my body. I'm going with Total Performance, but that is because their body is made for their frame that I used. In your case, you have a lot of options. Try California Custom Roadster. They have a nice standard body, as well as one with an 8" stretch for more leg room. There is also Spirit Industries. They have a nice body and I have heard great things about them.

    It's great that your building this with your son. This is my first early hot rod build and I have learned a lot so far. If you click the link in my sinature, you can see where I'm at. In either case, good luck and I hope to maybe see you on the street.
  6. autoartistry
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 164


    Just recently built a 23 T from Spirit Cars in Arkansas.I have built a few T's and this one so far was the best quality.
    Joined: Nov 24, 2007
    Posts: 425

    I've painted a couple from CCR. I have extensive experience in 'glass, having worked on old, new, primitive, made my own prototypes and molds, repaired all kinds, and had to paint over some really bad 'glass parts.

    The CCR wasn't perfect, (none are!) but was really good stuff!....minimal prep or problems.

    BTW, I believe T-buckets are the "choppers" of the hot rod world. Minimal amount of git-er-done!
  8. joeybsyc
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
    Posts: 793

    from PA

    I generally dislike "most" T-Buckets, but those 2 are both killer looking cars! I'd be proud to own either one.
  9. BenD
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,587

    Alliance Member

    I highly recommend "Spirit" in Mt. Home Arkansas. Good people, good product and he's a Hamber.
  10. Kenneth S
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,522

    Kenneth S

    If you or your son got long legs get the body with the extra length.
  11. streetfreakmustang
    Joined: Nov 30, 2006
    Posts: 307

    from Ohio

    Make sure you buy the windshield post frame from the same company that made the body. Many of the T- molds are molds from other companies who in turn copied theirs from another company who copied theirs from another. You get the message.

    One of the mags did an article several years back and the body was an inch wider or shorter, can't remember, than the windshield frame. Also the top of the body did not match the frame either.
  12. youngster
    Joined: Feb 26, 2006
    Posts: 534

    Member Emeritus
    from Minnesota

    I've used bodies from several manufactures. They all have their plus' and minus'. By the time you install the wood and paint them, the sweat equity is about the same.
  13. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,413


    Zipper Motors makes a very nice '27 roadster body. Great seating position, super workmanship. He doesn't give them away, but you will get what you pay for.

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