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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jtbloye, Mar 4, 2009.

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  1. jtbloye
    Joined: Mar 4, 2009
    Posts: 30


    I would like to bulid a tbucket i have a 97 ford ranger chasis I would like to know if i could mount a glass body on this chasis without a lot of mods? if anybody, out there has done anything like this, what kind of problems did you have. I had one guy tell me if i did this they would laugh me out of the park I real do not care if this car is not a show winner im just buliding to have fun with my son
  2. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


    sounds doable.these guys here are a bit rough on that concept though.good luck.
  3. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,526

    from California

    Buy a cheap bucket chassis. Speedway.
  4. chappys4life
    Joined: Sep 10, 2008
    Posts: 460

    from Austin, TX

    yeah sell the ranger chassis and do a real t.

  5. Gregg Pellicer
    Joined: Aug 20, 2004
    Posts: 1,347

    Gregg Pellicer

    If you put a T Bucket body on that frame you will have a TURD.Nothing about it will look right and people will laugh at it.There is nothing wrong with using the truck you have for the running gear.T bucket frames are cheap and easy to build or buy.You should also spend money on a straight/dropped axle.You said you want to do this with your son.I have teenage boy's. Trust me on this they know a turd when they see one and your son probably does also.You put a T Bucket body on a truck frame not only will he not ride in it he will pretend he doesnt know you .Not trying to bust your ball's you can bolt pretty much anything to anything.But that dont make it right:D Gregg
  6. George G
    Joined: Jun 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,274

    George G

    Yes! X 2
  7. Irish Dan
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,231

    Irish Dan

    I gotta go with Gregg on this one. Build a T;...not a poor excuse for one! Everything you'll need is relatively cheap, so go for it!
  8. New Old Fart
    Joined: Nov 19, 2008
    Posts: 147

    New Old Fart

    Build what you want, but I hope you have some mighty broad shoulders to put up with the crap you're gonna get here.
    Check into some of the T bucket forums and do it right.
    Make your kid proud to be involved with it, not ridiculed.
  9. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,526

    from California

    I think this guy just needed a drama fix.
  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,155


    It's to easy to build a T Bucket right and not all that expensive if you do a bit of parts hunting. At today's prices it takes around 100 bucks worth of rectangular steel tubing to build a frame for a T.
    The Ranger rear end would work and you might be able to use a few other parts, even the engine and trans if it is a two wheel drive.

    As the guys said, there is a wealth of info on building T buckets on the net. A search here will produce quite a bit of useful info.
  11. silversink
    Joined: May 3, 2008
    Posts: 917


    And now you know. Build it .enjoy it just dont listen the do it right will learn ther are people who will agree and a lot that wont. Its your dime your playing with so do what you want and how you want it.
  12. I would think that if you measure the chassis, you will find that it will stick out beyond the outside of the body. That is not a good start.
    Now, normally, I would say it's yours, do what you want with it, but I think in this case, you'll get half way done and go "what the hell was smokin'?"
  13. It's your ride do as you want, but as stated earlier I hope you have very broad shoulders for the comments that you will get. If you are intending to build it with your son I say do it right and build or buy a frame and use what you can for parts off of the ranger. You could also sell off the left over parts such as ther front suspension and stuff to help fund the build. Good luck, make it a good experiance with the kid.
  14. Kenneth S
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,527

    Kenneth S

    The frame is too wide, and bulky for a bucket, don't do it!
  15. RichG
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,919


    T frames are cheap, use the ranger for all the drivetrain and miscellaneous, then ditch the rest. Putting a T body on that frame is gonna leave you with something you're not going to want to own...
  16. Johnny1290
    Joined: Apr 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,834


    It would be the ugliest pile on earth. But as long as you like it! build it for yourself! :rolleyes:;)
  17. I'm really glad you asked FIRST. For a first post you really asked a good question. Now take the positive advise about building your car on a real t-Bucket frame. Your Ranger chassis should go to a new home, not under a bucket.
  18. Outlaw Bender
    Joined: Sep 6, 2007
    Posts: 298

    Outlaw Bender

    Probably it will look something like this.:eek:
    This one was based on an Olds Cutlass frame.
    So i suggest don't even think of it. Please!
  19. BoomBoom
    Joined: Jun 17, 2002
    Posts: 875


    Found this on Craigs list.......Nice.......

    Attached Files:

  20. Redstar
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 30


    kick ass I know

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  21. metalmike13
    Joined: May 13, 2006
    Posts: 355

    from Glass City

    I have a 23 T frame for sale if you're interested. I have it listed in the classifieds!
  22. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Use a Model A chassis. You can find them pretty easy.
  23. falfas55
    Joined: Apr 21, 2004
    Posts: 288


    Don't be cheap and do it the right way. You'll be proud you did.Just my 2 cents.
  24. madmak95
    Joined: May 12, 2005
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  25. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Don't throw your money away like that.
    If you have a Ranger chassis stick a 47-55 1st Chevy truck body and bed on it and have a real vehicle.
    A Tbucket body on any chassis other than a T/A or 2X3 or 2X4 box tubing built chassis with an Ibeam or tubular front axle, yada junk. Never acceptable, in fact laughable.

    The T bucket is easy to build, relatively cheap if you shop around for your stuff, and a lot of fun to build and drive. Do it right and love it.
  26. Outlaw Bender
    Joined: Sep 6, 2007
    Posts: 298

    Outlaw Bender

    That must be a phoneboot cup'e with that rare porch option.:rolleyes:
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