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Hot Rods How about some love for the T-Bucket?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, May 9, 2021.

  1. Many hot rodders started out with a T-Bucket and I recall a time when I attended shows where half of the cars there were T-buckets, over the years as family's increased in size the need for more room saw many of them be parked and gather dust.

    There has always been some that didn't abandon their beloved T' s for the more comfortable and rain proof enclosed cars, Dana Barlow comes to mind but there certainly are others. Springfield, Illinois.

    There seems to be a resurgence in the traditional building styled T bucket and there is no denying the importance the T-Bucket has played in hot rodding throughout the years. HRP

    Here is a video of T-Bucket's in Springfield, Illinois.

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  2. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,555

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    I always liked T-buckets, I helped build a few for others over the years. My own hot rod,I built in 1959 an still have, very often is called a "T-bucket". I don't mind that,it dose have a T-bucket look. My hot rod is really a bobtailed *1928 Model A Roadster. With very T-bucket influence,some from Norm's Cookie Car,an other rods in the mag.s in the mid 1950s when I was dreamimg up my own hot rod. Bobtail 28 roadster DB's.jpg
    Drove my 28 to high school 60 to 62.Miami Sr High.

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  3. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,343


    Just last week I talked to the new neighbor at the house I have in LA and he asked about where to buy a T Bucket and chassis parts. He's a really nice young guy who seems to have his sh!t together. I suggested that he save his money and try to buy an old T bucket that was already titled since it's so hard to title special constructions in California. He really hadn't thought of that. I told him I would be available to help him any way I can, including going to look at candidates. I think we may have another young hot rodder joining the ranks soon, he's pretty stoked.
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  4. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,555

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    This T-bucket is a 1923"T" .
    My son Lance an I built it for him,together when he said he wanted a hot rod! This was his ideas,an we can see some influence from his Dad's hot rod also. He named it "Pandora" Yes it can out run my own Bobtailed A;bucket !


    The parts for "T" build were found in 2 projects,that were sold as piles of parts,buy all or nothing type sales for low $. Other then rims n tires that were part of one pile,the "T" was all done with a early 1960s vib. When not able to sell off drag car rims n tires,Lance desided to use them vs blowing big $ on new rim n tire set, he thought he wanted at first!.
    Every thing was done in our garage,engine,fab'd frame,all paint an we did our own upholstrey also,Dad n Son build that was lot of fun.

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  5. Good man, helping a newcomer getting his feet wet in a hobby we all love. HRP
  6. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 22,270

    Staff Member

    keep in mind that fat tired, fad t buckets are a 70's thing and off topic here... 65 and older build styles please
  7. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 985

    3W JOHN

    I started building my T when I was 13 years old, I sold it a few years ago I just am not a flexible now as I was then.

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  8. bobkatrods
    Joined: Sep 22, 2008
    Posts: 696

    from aledo tx

    Built one years ago, practical? Not really, fun to drive? Hell yes
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  9. Heck, even Clint Eastwood thought they were cool back in the day. HRP

  10. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 1,562


    Interesting video. No two alike, that's for sure. Even one in camouflage!:D

    Long live T Buckets...Hip, Hip, Hooray!

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  11. Vintage BIRD Automotive T roadster advertisement. HRP


  12. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,712

    Jalopy Joker

  13. I have always loved T buckets ever since I was a kid. Simple honest hot rods. They just look like pure fun.:D
  14. Driver50x
    Joined: May 5, 2014
    Posts: 165


    I was shooting for an early 1960’s look when I built mine a few years ago. This thing is an absolute blast to drive. I drive it almost daily when I am at home. I built it from the ground up, in a one car garage with a dirt floor. I plan on driving it from Florida up to Michigan and back in a couple of months.

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  15. Just sold my T about a month ago. Very fun to drive but hard on my back... 20210224_152116.jpg
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  16. nobux
    Joined: Oct 19, 2002
    Posts: 643


    I posted a picture of mine in the Torq Thrust thread, but here it is again. Totally impractical, but totally fun! 44112936_10215035998271666_697465064956887040_n.jpg
  17. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 3,620

    from illinois

    Say what you like , this is a great looking car !
    Royal shifters car is an other !
    Tommy Ivo's is another !
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  18. How about this from back in the day in Australia. Swifty here on the HAMB still owns it. Folk lore says it may have been the first Hot Rod down under. [​IMG]
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  19. Very cool, thanks Mark. HRP
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  20. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 12,581


    Here's a few. FB_IMG_1620494160531.jpg FB_IMG_1620489675928.jpg FB_IMG_1620232785264.jpg FB_IMG_1619716261845.jpg FB_IMG_1619526748042.jpg FB_IMG_1619459668451.jpg
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  21. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 8,122


    I was building a T-bucket back in 1965/6, plans/ ideas from CarCraft magazine. Built a 2x4 steel frame, I used model A front end, split wishbone, axel spring suicide style, Chevy rear end with a T spring, split wishbones, Speedway fiberglass body. Had purchased a 57 chevy 283 with power glide and rear for the drive line. Got it to be a roller with many details missing yet and sold it pretty for good money at that time to pay for my first daughters( next month 55 years old) baby doctor and the hospital bill. No insurance. I had pictures of this T and other of cars back in the day, my Ahole nephew helped himself to these and other old family racing pictures when my Mother passed, back then I never thought much about pictures and thankfully he did not take everything so I found some to post in my albums. I like T buckets, a Hot Rod for sure IMO. My first finished prewar rod was a 29 Highboy roadster, then a 32 3 window, my koolest Hot Rod. Again HotRodPrimer wakes up a old and good memory for me to share. Thanks ! Buddy
  22. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,434

    from Michigan

    T Bucket T Bucket T Bucket T...

    Good power/weight ratio.

    I'll be very tempted to build one if I can find a good body. Maybe a Dodge just to be different. A "D bucket".

    They are small, though. A couple additional inches of legroom would be good. Especially if the seat is way low. I sometimes wonder if extending the cowl and moving the firewall forward could work.
  23. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,814

    from Colorado


    The late Bob McCoy did this art for me years ago. Like many here, driving a T is a pain in the back. Had my seats redone with a built in lumbar support. Fun to drive again!
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    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 2,252

    from IDAHO

    Popular Enough For A Tune..... hqdefault.jpg
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  25. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,861

    from kansas

    I wish I could find a cheap fiberglass body close by, if so I'd build one.

    Slowly just started to gather a few parts here and there for one someday. Got a old mustang 8 inch, picked up stands and headlights.

    I'd have a frame built already but don't know what engine or wheelbase I'll run yet.

    Honestly would love to get a ford 302 and add some compression and a good old school solid lifter cam.

    So now I need a body and a 302 !!
  26. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 1,562


    Taste and preferences vary, of course, but to me the proportion and stance of the T in this Bird Automotive ad are on the money. Nice stance and just a nice, simple, basic hot rod. With some scrounging and fabrication ability I'd say that it could be built today for $5000-7000.

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  27. Check out Speedway Motors, T body for $599 is pretty reasonable in this day and time. HRP


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