Register now to get rid of these ads!

Features traditional t bucket

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by merles_garage, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. steel rebel
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 3,604

    steel rebel
    Member Emeritus

    Here is your bible. Car Craft April 1957. ebay should have one listed. I wore one out building my roadster and had to buy another.
    Gary
     

    Attached Files:

    Hot Rod Nut likes this.
  2. BLUDICE: I love your bucket...that was a great car...
     
  3. Hotrod kats
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 72

    Hotrod kats
    Member
    from OC

    T is the only ones I love.
     

    Attached Files:

  4. steel rebel
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 3,604

    steel rebel
    Member Emeritus

    Although Falcongeorge's picture of the orange DeBenidictis roadster is better than mine you couldn't go far wrong taking inspiration from it if you want a traditional early to mid '60s style. I added a few others that are more '50 style.
     

    Attached Files:

  5. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    falcongeorge
    Member
    from BC

  6. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    falcongeorge
    Member
    from BC

    I have been hung up on Debenidictus' T since I first saw it in the Hot Rod Oakland roadster show coverage when I was a kid. I have a fetish for 5.60x15s stretched over 6" americans, its a look that really says "mid-sixties" to me. For a while, Bass had the same combo on the front of his coupe while he was mocking it up. Also built the Monogram "Swee' T" kit around the same time, and it pays more than a passing resemblance to his car. I know the car is an "icon", but for my money, "Leg Show" was the car that really screwed it up for T-buckets.
     
  7. perk30
    Joined: Jun 22, 2009
    Posts: 321

    perk30
    Member

    Used to have this T Bucket. Tried to give it a 60's-70's vibe.
    Most fun to drive of any car I ever had.
     

    Attached Files:

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

    need louvers ?
    Member


    You're the only other person I have heard describe 5.60s over 6" Americans as a fetish! Me too! and a big part of early and mid sixties buckets... Oh, and don't forget the 15x8 1/2" on the rear with 8.20 pie crust cheater slicks on the rear!
     
  9. plw
    Joined: Jul 20, 2005
    Posts: 165

    plw
    Member

    My take on traditional
     

    Attached Files:

    charleyw likes this.
  10. steel rebel
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 3,604

    steel rebel
    Member Emeritus

    Dennis is still around. He is the keeper of the history of the Bare Area Roadsters. I sent him this link. We go way back. We grew up in the same neighborhood in Oakland in the '50s. Last time I talked to him he said if you mapquest our old neighborhood a skull and crossbones comes up on the screen. I kept a picture of his roadster above my workbench the whole time I was building mine as inspiration. He told me he drove his T from the Bay Area back to Oklahoma for one of the first Nationals. It had a blower on it at the time. His was one of the last really nice traditional T roadsters before they started getting stupid ugly.

    Gary
     
  11. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,970

    gnichols
    Member
    from Tampa, FL

    The Ivo bucket is my favorite, and so is the Monogram model "Big T" (and the real life clone) for that matter. I think these cars are kinda fad T, but I like them best. IMHO, you can build almost any T style traditional by leaving off the blown motor, the goofy graphics, brass trim and out house shapped window designs. Keep the motor, trans, wheels / tires etc in the same genre as you would with AV8s or 32s... or bob the tail and call it a modified! Or find a modified and add a tail! Gary
     
  12. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,402

    atomickustom
    Member

    There is absolutely no reason you can't build a traditional-style rod out of a T body. Just treat it like a body and a frame rather than a "T-bucket" and you'll do fine. I have seen some really beautiful ones, including some of the ones in this thread.
     
  13. T Buckets are like small block chevys they got a bad name because of what has been done with them.

    I figure that when in doubt choose a cut off year on your parts and don't use anything that was not available after that year. Now you have a place to stop take what is available and make it look as nice as you can with what you got. That is what they were doing back then anyway.
     
  14. Her'es my take, if you want a traditional style and you have'nt started yet, how about a model A roadster. It's a little bigger than a T and you can find a glass one like I did for pretty cheap. If I had stopped building when I took these pictures I'd be in it for under 10 grand. Glass model A roadster bodies were available in the early 60s as were T bucket bodies. Just an alternative thought. Disregard the cowl scoop, it was my grandaughters contribution that was some how "lost" in the garage :D
     

    Attached Files:

  15. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    falcongeorge
    Member
    from BC

    Heres another one. One thing that a lot of guys miss when they look at these, alot of the mid-late sixties T-buckets with slicks are actually running 16" rims on the back. The pontiac powered one in my earlier post has 16's on the back.
    Building a mid-sixties T-bucket is on my "bucket" list.:eek::D transverse leafs, chromed smoothback 9" or early olds, drilled I-beam with buick drums, 289 ford(I have a 32,000 mile '67 289 left over from my Falcon) with twin small-neck afbs on an Edelbrock F-28, the small open element Stellings & Hellings air cleaners, open letter cobra valve covers and T pan, white headers, 16" ET five spokes with 10.5x16 pie crusts(or better yet, 10.5x16 Blue Streaks, if Kelsey tire ever re-issues them) and 15x6 with 5.60x15s on the front. I have a few parts accumulated but too many other projects in front of it. I've also heard its now damn near impossible to register a T-bucket here in BC, about the only way is to buy a Model T title.
     

    Attached Files:

    • 004.jpg
      004.jpg
      File size:
      67.8 KB
      Views:
      746
    • 005.jpg
      005.jpg
      File size:
      72.9 KB
      Views:
      639
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  16. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    falcongeorge
    Member
    from BC

    Heres a modern one that hits the spot. The Webers and Cobra intake are cool, but too rich for my blood. Note the orange autolite wires. Cool beans.
     

    Attached Files:

  17. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,735

    langy
    Member Emeritus

    No Fad T for me !!!


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  18. steel rebel
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 3,604

    steel rebel
    Member Emeritus

    Just took this picture of mine after a nice ride into town.
     

    Attached Files:

  19. I like JimV's....................................
    [​IMG]
     
  20. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?
    Member

    And you sir, just posted my favorite T bucket ever... Pretty sure that's Bud Lakeman's car.
     
  21. themodelking
    Joined: Feb 24, 2012
    Posts: 161

    themodelking
    Member

    want to see some scale t buckets
     
  22. themodelking
    Joined: Feb 24, 2012
    Posts: 161

    themodelking
    Member


    i want to make a scale model of this
     
  23. Mr. Mac
    Joined: May 16, 2005
    Posts: 1,947

    Mr. Mac
    Member

    Just finished this one.
     

    Attached Files:

    Hot Rod Nut likes this.
  24. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    Member
    from florida

    My Sons and I like traditionally styled cars but aren't slaves to every detail being totally authentic. Our cars have the essence of 50's or 60's cars but with some changes to make them a little different.

    My Son Don has a T bucket that is along those lines, it resembles something from the late 50's early 60's but with some modern components like a 306 Ford sb, c4, coil overs, etc. He built it to drive and knew from the day he ordered the first part what it would end up looking like.

    Don

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  25. telecustom
    Joined: Feb 17, 2009
    Posts: 336

    telecustom
    Member
    from Langey, BC

    I'm all about 40's modified when it comes to T RPU's.
    This one was built before 1942.
    It's been around but I can't stop looking at this one.
    [​IMG]
     
  26. tjm73
    Joined: Feb 17, 2006
    Posts: 3,391

    tjm73
    Member

    I really like this! :cool:
     
  27. go-twichy
    Joined: Jul 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,650

    go-twichy
    BANNED

    the one they used in the movie "the choppers" is nice. maybe 63-64?
     
  28. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    mashed
    Member
    from 4077th

    Ivo's "outhouse on wheels"

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    In "Dragstrip Girl"

    [​IMG]
     
  29. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    falcongeorge
    Member
    from BC

    According to the July '64 Car Craft I found those pics in, the car was built by a guy named Chuck Penry. An interesting side note, I'm sure this is the same car that Cal Automotive used in thier T bucket ad that they ran all through the mid-late sixties, so you could call this car the posterchild for mid/late sixties T-buckets.:D
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  30. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?
    Member

    Your right! Lakemen's car was real similar except candy red. Same short wheel base and all and made the mags about the same time. In either case, Perry's is the car that has always turned my crank! Just mixed up the names. And you are absolutely right about the Cal Automotive ads too.
     

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2021 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.