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Old 11-11-2008, 06:33 PM
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got a t bucket body

today I got a 23 t bucket body and grill shell for $175. I plan to build it with a 351 c4 from a ford elite, a 51 F-1 front axle and steering box and an 8 inch rear. My dad said he would build me a frame for it. Here is a pic of it from the original owner.

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Old 11-11-2008, 06:49 PM
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Good booty for you..... enjoy.
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Very cool stuff!

If I can recommend scrap the F-1 axle idea they had parallel springs with big pads cast into the axle for the springs, not very easy to swap over to transverse spring and uglier than snot.

Go to swap meets, you have a long time as you are collecting other parts to find the axle. They come up all the time for very cheap. And for that matter pickup a Speedway Catalog and you will see that they are pretty cheap brand new.

You can save money in a hundred different places on that car, don't cheap out on the front axle or brakes!

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Old 11-12-2008, 09:17 AM
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Good snag!!!

Another way to go about building this car is to see if you can find a Total Performance Instruction Manual. They were $25 from them and had the dimensions for building their frame.

As a note, the 351W/C4 combo is a bit longer then the normal 350/350 Chevy so in order to have any sort of drive shaft, you might have to move the engine a bit further forward.

Here's my long gone 351W/C4 version:

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great Project !

We don't see all that many Ford powered TBuckets around here. Good Luck....Build Safe !
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Old 11-12-2008, 04:16 PM
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Very cool stuff!

If I can recommend scrap the F-1 axle idea they had parallel springs with big pads cast into the axle for the springs, not very easy to swap over to transverse spring and uglier than snot.

Go to swap meets, you have a long time as you are collecting other parts to find the axle. They come up all the time for very cheap. And for that matter pickup a Speedway Catalog and you will see that they are pretty cheap brand new.

You can save money in a hundred different places on that car, don't cheap out on the front axle or brakes!

Brian
I had thought on the F-1 axle because I am getting a 51 F-1 parts truck for my F-1. I guess I will save up for a tube axle. The previous owner had the car built somewhat. He fould a good deal on a T sedan body and is going to put that body onto his frame. He had a nice chassis built with a 302 c4 96 stang rear tube axle in the front, 4 wheel disc. I will probaly save up for a tube axle
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