In 1963, my friend and I bought a all metal '23 Ford T-bucket truck roadster and installed a '59 389 CI Tri-power Pontiac engine in it. We ran it like that for about 2 years before we decided to sell the heavy Pontiac engine and replace it with a 283 CI Chevy engine with 2 - 4 barrel WCFB carbs. We had a B-W 4-speed in it but never used 1st gear. It took us a year to find a new repro windshield frame. It had the original '23 T doors and you had to step wide when you got out or suffer a severe burn by the hot exhaust collector.
Even with the little SBC, and the 8.00 x 14 Goodyear "cheater slicks", the bite was so good the driver could see daylight under the left tire when punching it at 60 MPH. That T-bucket truck was "King of the Street" at the midnight outlaw drags for five years. It was a death trap, no seat belts and no roll cage, and with the black primer paint, it would be considered a "rat rod" by todays standards.
Last edited by MouseFink; 11-23-2012 at 08:04 AM.