INTRODUCTION: This will be the build thread documenting my 1923 Ford T bucket, which I began building in March 2012. The gathering of parts dates back to 2009 or 2010, though; so I have been at this one for awhile. I have titled it the "Belly Button Bucket" because I'm using parts which seem to be in every T bucket build from the mid 1960's - present: fiberglass body, "kit" frame (more on that later), and the infamous 350/350/9" combo for drivetrain (more on that later as well). However, despite the "boring" parts selection, it is a traditionally inspired hot rod build. As far as format goes, I'm going to try to cover each sub-assembly from beginning to present per posting, adding to each as I continue to complete them (i.e. body, frame, suspension, engine, trans, etc). This is not a normal thread format showing chronological progress of the build as a whole, although several pages into this thread, I did some chronological updates to string you guys along! LOL. My goal is to continually update this thread with as much detail as possible to serve as a reference manual for me or anyone else interested in this build: all relevant part numbers, sources of each part, what I modified and how, and any relevant sketches/calculations will be published. If I could go back and start over - and in some areas I did - I would have used exclusively early Ford parts for the rolling chassis and an early SBC/T10, but when I started this build, my goal was to have each component newly manufactured wherever possible. The reason I wanted everything new is somewhat rational. Somewhat. I figured a rough estimate of what I would have invested in an "all new" build and compared that to what a new car would cost - which put me in the price range of the average economy car. I wasn't interested in purchasing a new car for a number of reasons: They have no style or soul. Everyone else has one... everyone else has a "belly button", too, apparently, but whatevs. They cost a lot of money for what you get. So, I figured if I had no interest in purchasing a new vehicle, maybe-just maybe, I could build one.... I started by sketching a top view of how I wanted it to look: I ended up going a couple different directions as the build progressed. Below shows when I first had everything mocked up, which I later decided to change up a bit. How it looked the last time it was all together: About me: My name is Tim Connelly, and I am a self taught hot rod enthusiast. I do have an "engineering" background, but most of what is displayed here I learned from reading books, magazines, and other build threads on this website..... Engineering is in quotes because thus far in my "professional" career, things have been a complete joke. This is my first ground up build, and it is something I do as a hobby to escape my joke of a professional career. I decided to begin documenting the build on here while job shopping during a brief stint of unemployment... I had wayyyy too much free time on my hands. Usually, I am just a casual observer with an occasional post over on Chip's (need louvers ?) thread (http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/the-bucket-of-ugly-a-de-uglifying-thread.824491/). Influences for this build: Norm Grabowski's "Lightning Bug": Norm Grabowski's "Kookie" car (The Lightning Bug revamped): Norm Grabowski lining up next to Tommy Ivo's T bucket: Ed Roth's "Tweedy Pie", which was originally built by Bob Johnston (I especially love the interior): Mark Skipper's T (no idea who the chick is, but she's a great addition to the picture): The goal for this project is to finish the car to the highest level I am capable of achieving given the limited space and resources available to me at this time. So far, it has been the greatest lesson of patience and determination my life has had to offer. I know quite a bit of this info was already posted on "the bucket of ugly" thread, so I apologize for the double posts. I just wanted to document what I've done to hopefully help someone else interested in building a bucket. Thanks to any and all who follow along!