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Old 11-08-2003, 11:18 PM
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23 T Bucket ?

Anyone know much about T-BUCKET's out there? Was check'in them out in one of (Total Performance's) catalog's that i have,were you can get the whole kit or just buy as you build.I think they look kind of cool and would like to know if they are worth the time or money to build.

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Old 11-09-2003, 07:11 AM
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I'm in the process of building a 23 t now. I just bought a basic kit, frame, rear end, bucket etc. Parts are pretty easy to get and I've always loved the look of t-buckets. I think they're a great project.

Do a little more research on the internet, you'll find there are lots of kits and parts available.
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Old 11-09-2003, 10:38 AM
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I have never owned or even ridden in one. I have spoken to alot of owners, and previous owners. They tell me that they ride rough because of the power and light weight. They are a stepping block for other projects. I have a 26 T Touring that will likely be in the same category, as it is basically a 4 door T-Bucket. It is all metal and still light enough for my son and I to pick up the body and carry it around with no problems. It may not ride like a Caddy when done, but I don't like Caddys anyway. LOL
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Old 11-09-2003, 10:42 AM
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I've got a tbucket. I bought it after it had been sittting for 25 years, my biggest complaint is it's too darn small, the guy built it to fit himself. Keep this in mind if you're fairly tall, they're not the most comfortable cars to drive and a good fit will count a lot in that way. The fun part is they go like a raped ape with a little bit of horsepower, thumbsups from a lot of folks, easy to work on, and a fairly inexpensive start to rodding compared to most street rods. Good luck in your venture. I'm selling mine, I'll take 6 grand. Dan
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Yea im think'in long and hard about a T-Bucket because i really think there cool,but i have to say that when travelling thru OHIO once there was a dude sittin under an underpass waiting for the rain quit or something because he looked soaked without side window's or a top.(so i guess there are some bad point's to)
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I have seen quite a few with tops on them, but never seen one with roll up windows. I guess you have to carry a rain coat.
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Old 11-09-2003, 09:01 PM
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I have the same problem. No windows, only 1 door, but I have a roof over my head. It keeps the hat from going bye bye and the sun off the bald spot.
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Old 11-12-2003, 02:24 PM
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my very first car was one. a t bucket pick up that is. i think the most expensive thing about them is you have to pay to get an all custom interior. you can buy dingers for 6K then do it. they are pretty cheap to buy. you can get them all day long for under 12K for real nice ones too.

hey dinger, is that frame in your album the frame of your bucket? if it is, you (adtkart) REALLY ought to by his.
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Old 11-13-2003, 12:05 AM
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No, the frame is for the 36 Ford 5w coupe I'm building. When I can get a few hours to mess with the album (wife and stepdaughter online mostly) I have about 25 pics to download. Also a few more of the bucket. Dan
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T-buckets can be most excellent hotrods!

As I have said many times in the past, T-buckets are not necessarily the best project for the beginner rodder. If a guy pays attention to what he's doing and uses his head he can build/buy/rebuild a T-bucket that is good handling, comfortable riding and great looking and not spend a fortune doing it!
The rain and storm issue is moot, if you're a roadster-rider you won't care about the wet (it dries) and if you're not a roadster-rider don't try to be! No one wants to hear a guy with a topless car whining about the weather. GEEZ!
These wonderful little cars usually weigh in at 2000 lbs. or less. So with a stock any-make V8 they are interstellar rocketships, with a stock any-make L- or V-6 they are our universe rocketships, and with a stock or HOT L4 they are our solar system rocketships!
Get my drift?
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Old 11-14-2003, 01:00 PM
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I was in the same situation over the summer. I love the T-buckets and have been going to shows for years and admiring them. This summer I seriously considered putting one together myself and looked into kits, but they are really expensive as kits. I was told by one of the guys as Total Performance that 15k (without the engine) will get you a complete car, but to make a really nice one is quite a bit more. The completed cars on their website are in the high 20's.

You can buy used for a lot cheaper. In fact, when it comes right down to it, I think it is much, much cooler to own a non-kit version of a t-bucket style hotrod. I finally decided that I'd rather have a non-kit car that has original parts, and it turned out to be a whole lot cheaper than I thought. Got it off of ebay from a guy in SanDiego and had it shipped cross-country

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Old 11-14-2003, 04:22 PM
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I like it!!!
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my very first car was one. a t bucket pick up that is. i think the most expensive thing about them is you have to pay to get an all custom interior. you can buy dingers for 6K then do it. they are pretty cheap to buy. you can get them all day long for under 12K for real nice ones too.

hey dinger, is that frame in your album the frame of your bucket? if it is, you (adtkart) REALLY ought to by his.
That is a nice looking frame! I don't think my Touring would sit on it very good. An awfull lot of sag in the thing for my car. I kind of like the Vette IRS and dropped axle for mine anyway.
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Old 11-16-2003, 06:57 AM
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I agree that weather is always a big consideration. I don't trailer the car (yet!), so I won't head out if there is any chance of rain.

I will also add that it is a bit of a squeeze in a T-bucket style car for a bigger person. I'm 6'3 and after about an hour, I need a GOOD stretch!
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I've thought a few times about stretching the body on mine about a foot, you definetely need a stretch after an hour. dan
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