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Hot Rod mag's next project car a T-Bucket -- I'm renewing!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Goober, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Thanks to the world of Facebook, we understand via Dave Freiburger that the next order of business after running the Hemi "Crusher" at Las Vegas this weekend is their new Hot Rod mag project car: a T-Bucket.


    I've been letting that HRM super renewal offer gather dust too long. It's going in the mail today. Will be very interesting to see just how sick they can make one of these little budget rods.
  2. 73super
    Joined: Dec 14, 2007
    Posts: 778


    Yeah.. was wondering.. what ever happened to the T-bucket? Have people stopped building them? They were sure the hot ticket in the 50's, 60's, and even 70's.. but they seemed to drop off after that. I can't remember the last time I saw one.

    Good to see that it's a feature. Maybe we'll see more in the future?
  3. gsport
    Joined: Jul 16, 2009
    Posts: 678


    i've always like t-buckets... this'll be fun to watch
  4. FiddyFour
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 9,008


    as cool as that should and could be, there is nothing that would make me subscribe to HRM again. 99% of HRMs content is non hot rod... kinda like the NHRA, or the No Hot Rods Association

  5. ratbucket47
    Joined: Mar 3, 2009
    Posts: 12

    from UBE, PA

    i love mine...its a blast to drive! can be a handful if you're not careful lol

  6. Mayor of G-Vegas
    Joined: Nov 10, 2010
    Posts: 507

    Mayor of G-Vegas

    Good lookin' "T" you got there Ratbucket47
  7. ThePontiacKid
    Joined: Feb 10, 2011
    Posts: 63

    from VA

    Can't wait to see what direction they go with it.
  8. A good friend of mine has started building one, he hopes to have it drivable by late summer if he can get time to work on it between customers cars. Not finished, but at least moving under its own power. His is the real thing made with 1925 steel provided by Henry's plant.
  9. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,975


    I always try to stick up for Hot Rod. You sure aren't going to see a whole magazine full of pre-48 traditional cars, but if you keep an open mind I promise you will find something you like.

  10. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Good to see that! One of my favorite articles ever was by Rob Fortier when he was a noob at Street Rodder called "Low Buck Bucket" March '96. I hope to have another going soon... Just dragged home a mid sixties Kellison body I found!
  11. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


    I noticed that as well on my FaceBook page. Part of me is excited because this is finally something different than what they've been doing. Don't get me wrong, I love most cars, especially when they're domestic but moderation is very important when it comes to making a car look good. HRM isn't exactly known for that.

    I'm seriously concerned though because he also built a r*t r*d motor as he called it.. which was a white SBC with kinda raspberry red accents and a tunnel ram. For all I know, he could be planning on an automatic transmission with IRS and IFS. If anything, I would much rather see a T-bucket build in their alter ego magazine, Hot Rod Deluxe..

    But that's just my two cents.
  12. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    T Buckets are still being built everywhere. Several manufacturers, parts suppliers, well almost nothing but bucket stuff.
  13. With their recent Leaf Blower "supercharger" article, I've given up hope on HRM.
  14. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,049


    I've had a continuous subscription for most of the past 51 years so I'll be able to follow along. Maybe dig out the steel 37 body and the Desoto Hemi and see if they can become a car.
    My wife used to sneak my last T bucket out and drive around town in it when I was at work.
  15. Keep
    Joined: May 10, 2008
    Posts: 662


    HAHAHA I have a funny feeling my wife will do the same, well once its done!
  16. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 5,437

    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

    Hey Goober, how's this for prices? I took thas at GNRS this year. The sign may be a little old, though. HaHaha

  17. MikeRose
    Joined: Oct 7, 2004
    Posts: 1,577

    from Yuma, AZ

    Just subscribed to this magazine, again. $20 got me 3 years and a clock. Hope to see this build up and others like it. I like T buckets, when done right.
  18. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,461


    Hopefully they dont build some horrendous contraption like that "32" Summit did about fifteen years ago.
  19. moonman29
    Joined: Apr 2, 2010
    Posts: 169


    Well im glad to see that and I am also in the process of gathering parts for my bucket build. I got a glass body, 46 Merc banjo rear with juice breaks, a few front I-beams with short unsplit bones, round back spindles, 46 juice breaks for the front and choice of engines, either a 392 or one of 8 v8 flatties I picked up a couple of weeks ago. I will soon star working on the frame. and im also trying to get an old 4-71 for one of the flatties. Still need some parts but I have enough now to start work on it soon.
  20. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,380


    I loved the old Street Rodder magazine "Budget Bucket" series. The stance and proportions were dead on. Hopefully they'll do something as good.

    Anybody know if there's a reprint of that series available?
  21. rusty76
    Joined: Jun 8, 2009
    Posts: 882

    from Midway NC

    I like Hot Rod for the most part but sometimes they just miss the mark. It's like they try to have one too many masters. Some stuff is like "wow I like this" or "How cool." Then the next month it'll be just boring on boring. As far as the T goes I hope it doesn't go the way the hot rod factory five coupe did. I didn't care for that build at all.
  22. ScottV
    Joined: Jul 18, 2009
    Posts: 819


    After high school and before the U.S. Air Force, I went to school for Diesel Mechanics and Tractor Trailer repair at the Ohio Diesel Technical Institute (it's called something else now) and there was an instructor there that had a T-bucket with a HUGE FE Ford, and 5.14 gears. Man that things was crazy quick. Before that I never even thought about T's but since I have been a closet fan.
  23. paintcan54
    Joined: Oct 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,100


    I have a T bucket, just pure fun to drive, the wife and I go in it more then any of the 2 other hot rods we have. Nothing better then a nice drive out in the country on a summer eveing.
  24. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,019

    from Tampa, FL

    I hope they use a chassis like the new Speedway "low boy" version. Gary
  25. Kramer
    Joined: Mar 19, 2007
    Posts: 911


    X 2 I would love to get it also.
  26. rusty bill
    Joined: Oct 7, 2010
    Posts: 238

    rusty bill

    I started mine in 1959-now I need to finish it!
  27. Those were the days, Tom. Thanks.:)

  28. doubletubtrouble
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 129


    That's cool hot rod is starting to get back to its roots
  29. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,220

    A Boner

    Freibuger rules.........for the price of a subscription, how can you go wrong.

    Go to any magazine rack...........5,000 magazines for the women, and 67 magazines for men........ Guys are a bunch of cheap *&^&^$#.

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