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Projects Hi everyone. Putting dad's T-Bucket back on the road

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by TBucket6, Aug 18, 2021.

  1. TBucket6
    Joined: May 22, 2021
    Posts: 4

    TBucket6
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    from KnoxVegas

    Johnny was 10 year old in '52. An older kid across the street had a T-Bucket...most likely a flatty-powered-built-from-the-local-wrecking-yard jewel that started young Johnny down the Hot Rod road that we're all on today.


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    His first ride was a '56 Chevy convertible. As a freshman at Auburn, he talked (coerced?) my grandfather into buying him one of, if not THE first Impala Super Sports in the area from Valley Chevrolet...a 348, 3x2, four speed, coupe. They traded the '56 in on it. My grandfather said "...you could drop the clutch in fourth gear and spin the tires all the way up the street. The bag boys at the grocery store would fight to carry the groceries out for your grandmother just to see the car with the stick in the floor…"

    During his time in the Air Force in the '60s, Johnny owned a string of big-block Corvettes that began with a '65 396 and included a '68 427/400 and ended with two '72s that were stolen in a week's time. Later on had a Gen3 IROC and a C4. But his love of that first ol' T-Bucket started it all.

    That first love came back into his life in the mid '90s... he happened upon a well-built turtle deck kit that was for sale. "Guy won it in a poker game" he told me. It was a repop frame/glass bucket outfitted with a chrome, dropped axle and 18” spokes up front. Out back it had 14x10 slotted "mags" sporting L-60-14 rubber. Power was from a "late" Chevy six banger that was hopped up with some compression, a hot cam, roller rockers, and dual valve springs. Induction is through dual Holley two barrels. A six into two header/sidepipe setup uses two glasspacks and turnouts in front of the left rear tire. An aluminum flywheel/clutch fed the power through a close-ratio Muncie driving a '55 Chevy rear axle outfitted with wheelie bars. The fiberglass body features the turtle deck rear and a cut down windshield that leans back just a hair. The saddle interior features Stewart Warner gages in the dash and a Hurst Competition Plus shifter with bench seat style stick.

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    He loved the little car and drove it whenever he could...he probably spent more time cleaning it than driving it! He said "he loved it most because it was like driving a one car parade! Everyone looks and smiles, waves, gives you a thumbs up... it draws a crowd wherever you stop."

    Johnny passed away four years ago and, after an ugly court battle over his stuff, I got the T-Bucket. She's been sitting in a garage in his suburban Maryland home since early 2016. My son and I fetched it home to Tennessee in April of this year beginning our journey of putting Dad's T back on the road. I'm a muscle car / sports car kind of guy so this is new to me. Stay tuned for progress and help as we go along? Thanks!

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  2. Great you won out - that looks like a nice one to cruise around in - have fun !
     
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  3. A bucket with a 6 NICE !
     
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  4. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
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    That’s a stand out little rig, especially with the 6! Do the maintenance, make her stop and go, Enjoy. Oh, and share your progress for the rest of us.
     
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  5. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
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    Blues4U
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    from So Cal

  6. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
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    flatheadpete
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    from Burton, MI

    Wish I still had my 6 powered Beater. Nice car!
     
  7. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
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    If you get a chance you can check out the NTBA (National T Bucket Assn.) site. Lots of great info on there, also.
     
  8. Big mike 1968
    Joined: Jul 17, 2021
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    Big mike 1968
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    Love that T with it's 6 power. very cool. Glad you have that keepsake.
     
  9. TBucket6
    Joined: May 22, 2021
    Posts: 4

    TBucket6
    Member
    from KnoxVegas

    Had two vehicles to bring back from Dads house...The T and a Yukon SUV. Rented a UHaul pickup and trailered it up.

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    The Bucket had it's own custom trailer. A single axle modified to hold the T's footprint. The lower half of the trailer is enclosed with aluminum treadplate and the upper half was rigged like a covered wagon with hoops of steel and a custom cover. The allowed hauling the little car to shows and such without covering it in road debris. The cover has gone missing so we blue tarped it home for now.

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  10. TBucket6
    Joined: May 22, 2021
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    TBucket6
    Member
    from KnoxVegas

    Got it home, unloaded, and cleaned up. Popped in a new battery but she wouldn't start. Fuel pump was dead (Carter electric). Pump replaced and she started....leaking fuel at the carbs. New kits ordered and carbs were rebuilt.
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  11. 19Eddy30
    Joined: Mar 27, 2011
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    19Eddy30
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    from VA

    1st pic looks like a Model car well detail setting in grass,:rolleyes:
     
  12. TBucket6
    Joined: May 22, 2021
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    TBucket6
    Member
    from KnoxVegas

    It may be...I grabbed the picture off the internet for illustration (flat head T-bucket)...
     

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