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My New T Bucket!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JReece, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. captainjunk#2
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    yup RPM make s good parts ive bought brackets a cross member and steering mount from him all good stuff , he s big into T buckets
     
  2. Yeah it scared me ha ha, I knew it was beyond the point of coming back so I was off the gas and on the brakes before it went in. I did drive it an hour back home and also done plenty more burnouts since. Maybe I'm just crazy !
     
  3. JReece
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    Over the weekend, my dad and I fixed a lot. We fixed the column, bolted in a metal plate to floor and through bolted the body to the rails with 6 5/16" Bolts. The body was never bolted down when it was originally built, crazy. It only had one self-tapping screw that hit the frame.

    It was probably best this all happened, so we can fix it right now.

    Also, I fabricated a little box to hold the switches. We are leaving out the old console that was on the floor and re-running the wires under the seat and into this box. Then we will lay in new black carpet.

    Top of switch plate.
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    Back, that will be bolted under the seat
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  4. JReece
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    Here's the switch box painted and in place. And you can see the cool old 8 Track player under the seat! ImageUploadedByTJJ1347244512.340159.jpg


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  5. pasadenahotrod
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    from Texas

    After you get the steering etc repaired, replaced and corrected you need to get some front brakes up there and some shock absorbers all around (none visible in any of your pics). Push down on the front crossmember with your foot and see if there any travel in your suspension and then walk out back and push down in the rear and see what happens.
    It is not uncommon for Ts to have non-working suspensions and it is easily fixed. Shocks are absolutely necessary too.
    Have fun. I did with the T roadster I bought from the original owner/builder who put it together in 1968-69. Sweet car but no suspension. It only took 3-4 hours to have a working suspension and that made it a real car that handled and drove very well.
    Oh, and don't forget the seat belts. No matter what guff you hear you can't control your car if you're not solid behind the controls where you need to be to LIVE.
     
  6. JReece
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    Alright guys, I drove the car today. We bolted the bed back on, hooked back up the steering, did some welding, and finished the interior, it looks great.

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    New carpet in place
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    New scoop on!
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    And we fixed the bent header. Now just to get the paint and body finished.


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  8. JReece
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    Dave, are you happy with the new scoop? :)


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  9. Blow the new scoop mate, have you sorted the front brakes or the lack of them and what about shock absorbers or ain't you worried about being safe on the road?
     
  10. JReece
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    Well the front end is a '54 Chevy, Speedway has a full brake kit for '49-'54 Chevy front end, it's around $500. Don't have all the cash right now, but I don't really plan in driving it that much. The suspension seems to work very well for no shocks though, although I may add some later. Right now I've found an old car I used to own and I might be selling this one to get it. So, for now I want to get it back in the same working condition as when I got it. And we've already fixed a lot of stupid, unsafe things in this car. It's amazing it's lasted this long with all the issues we've had to fix. ;)


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  11. Yes,to find only one self tapping screw holding the body to the frame would of had me going and changing my under wear for sure. Hope you manage to purchase your old car back,you didn't mention what it is. You may find that you miss the open feeling one gets with a T and regret selling it.
     
  12. dave lewis
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    Scoop is cool! Paper element filter inside right?

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  13. JReece
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    I can't mention it, it's not a very HAMB friendly car. Lol


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  14. JReece
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    Thanks, yes sir.


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  15. lsc2bb
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    Getting in on the tail end here. I've always been a fan of T-buckets. Took a ride in one whern I was a kid. It was a ride I have never forgottren; small car, big motor, you know the story. When I was in high school, a buddy of mine had a T-bucket he drove to school (his daily driver); coolest thing in the parking lot, especially when it was sitting next to those brand new, limp-wristed late 1970's muscle cars. Enjoy the car.
     
  16. JReece
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    Love stories like that!


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  17. JReece
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    My Dad's body work this morning.
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  18. JReece
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    Fresh Paint!
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  19. JReece
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    First time striping on a car. ImageUploadedByTJJ1347846760.315744.jpg ImageUploadedByTJJ1347846792.449554.jpg ImageUploadedByTJJ1347846813.495069.jpg ImageUploadedByTJJ1347846831.939107.jpg


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  20. JReece
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    Some better pics.
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  21. JReece
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    Loaded up and leaving town, sold it today. Had a blast with it, and I think it looks pretty killer now.
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