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07-20-2007 01:08 PM
JamieK Wasn't someone on this forum building a ultra cheap T-bucket using a Ford truck/van frame and running gear. It may have been last year, but there were tons of pics of it in his project journal.


D'oh, it was cboy's journal. And it was a 32. Anyway, some great ideas and it will show you the process of building a car.

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...age=5&reverse=

Page 40

Jamie
07-19-2007 08:52 PM
marlene kit car
Kit car

Hotrodman is right. I just finished a Marlene kit car (looks like a 1936 Mercedes). It took 2000 hours me working alone and 15 months of basically daily work. I figure if I only paid myself $10.00 per hour that's 20 grand! Soon after I got started I saw them practically every day on ebay with only 4 or 5 thousand miles for 5 to 10,000 dollars. The highest I ever saw was $18,000.00. All with only a few thousand miles! And all of these were factory built that cost 35 to $40,000.00 back in the 1980's!
Mine cost me a LOT more than the $20,000 in slave wages.
BUY! Don't build unless you are crazy like me or just like to waste your tilme and money.
06-11-2006 08:22 PM
RPM Come join in on the National T Bucket BBs. I am building my 3rd bucket now. They are a blast to build and drive. I built my 1st one for about $5000 and just sold it for $10,000. Now I have the money to build a blown motor in a bucket

http://www.nationaltbucketalliance.com/bb/
06-10-2006 05:09 PM
rockdaddy I have about $6500 in my 32 chevy , all home made ,glass!!!
08-14-2004 01:04 AM
jw_j2002 hey guys i just got a t-bucket kit, havent paid for it yet a friend of mine is selling it to me to where i pay for it if i decide to keep it, it has an s-10 rear end, and a removable gate, insert on the body along with a wood floor, and a funky looking front end, i have on problem i cant figure out how im supposed to do the stearing on it, im not to where i have decided on the motor but i need it road worthy by october so i can cart it to the school and paint it, motor can come along later im debating between a dodge 360 and an lt1 i can get at the junk yard for a few hundred ill post pics of the front end once i get some
08-12-2004 10:32 AM
dubie T buckets are WAY cool!! I have always wanted to build one to but never knew how to go about it. But there are alot of great sites out there that cater to the rat rod scheme of things. I did my 67 GMC in the rat rod style with the suede clack paint, flames, piston head shifter, flatbed, dual smoke stack exhaust etc... and i couldn't be happier with the look. The most expensive part of this build up was the engine. It cost me $3000 to build my 350 and about $2000 in other parts to finish it up. So I refer to it as a low buck build up.
Some sites to check out would be
www.ruffrodders.com
www.olskoolrodz.com
www.ratfink.org
08-08-2004 11:32 PM
hotrods4life14
kit car

Hey I'm also thinking of getting a t-bucket from total performance.
I live 10 miles from where the shop is located. A t-bucket isn't my favorite car but it would be easy to build and cheap also. It would also be my first hot rod and my first car. What I really want is a '46 Ford. Any other information on t-buckets or '46 Fords would be appreciated. Or if anybody knows of any alternatives.
08-07-2004 06:17 PM
Nightfire anything works for ME!!!!! can you tell I'm desperate? If you get a whole car like that it's great cause everything comes with it such as small little things that you wouldn't think about but would have to buy later on.
All you do is take of the cab and bed and keep steering column, gauges, shifter, etc. and mount a t-bucket body you found in the weeds on it There ya go! Rod for under $500 you see where I'm goin here?

Mike
08-07-2004 02:00 PM
OneMoreTime
ideas

On the way home this moring I saw a Ford ranger pickup for sale for 100.oo bucks..woudl make a good start for someone..take off the old cab and body and put something sporty on it..

the idea works for me..dunno if it works for anyone else..least a fellow would get home with all the major components as well as a lot of small items one would need..

08-07-2004 12:55 PM
Nightfire Hey <>< <>< <>< (like your username....3 fish right?) thanks for the advice.
I'm not too sure how to go about building it safe and if I'm gonna build it at all cause I'm also looking at buyin a '51 chevy. I guess if I get a donor chasis and keep the stock steering setup and axles the whole geometry is goin to be right, right?

BTW, "Jesus is the way" reminds me of a Stryper song

Mike
08-07-2004 01:17 AM
<>< <>< <><
Kit Car

Hi, I too am looking at building a bucket car in the ssame manner as you. No show car just a beater to have fun with. In my opinion this is the first thing you need to consider, if I understand what you are trying to do. If you are thinking of using alot of salvage parts and enginering (rigging) everything yourself, you can sure do that. However, you really need to think about what you are doing, and have a strong understanding of the geometry and design of what you are building. Its worth doing it the right way, without rushing, or your first ride could be your last. There is a reason why cars are crash tested and then inspected. If you go hacking into just anything without understanding what the proper function of this piece or that brace does your going to flex and flop all over the road. Anytihng is possible with determination, common sense, and the willingness to finnish the job, but like I said its worth doing right (SAFE) if its to be at all.

"Jesus is the way"
Have fun
07-24-2004 07:49 PM
crazy larry UNLESS that nash is totally shot, it's probably worth two t- buckets right now to a nash person....

the chevy luvs had fourbangers, and rwd.
an s10 would be a good donor.

Beenaway has a great point. CASH TALKS. you walk up to mr. brokeandwantstosellhisproject with a chunk of chingle, you'll be surprised how quick a tune will change at the site of a little cashola.

do you read rod and custom?
07-24-2004 07:45 PM
OneMoreTime
Nash Metro

I remember one from the late 60's that ran as an altered..Darn if I can remember just who the guys were..

Anyway Mike says here you are 16..soooo work on accumulating tools and skills..learning to weld and fabricate for example..Get a good wrench set..If you are the guy that knows how and does a good job people will come around and ask you to do it..

That Nash metro could be a good first project to just restore and get running..

See to build a car on a budget requires sweat..either yours..or pay some guy for his..It is the way of the world..

Being able to do some shopping around..My chassis cost the price of a title transfer as the car had an under-hood fire and was totaled..I get around to swap meets and such with my shopping list..Never know..Might find just the thing I need..And it takes some time to build a car..


Just do a good job of it...GRINNN. And stay in school..!!
07-24-2004 07:01 PM
Nightfire Looks like a fun project OneMoreTime.

I found a 1955 Nash Metropolitan today for $400 dollars. They're very short and small cars, perfect for a t-bucket frame.
Question is if I wanna spend that much for a frame and if I do get it if I woulnd't want to keep it as a Nash.

Mike
07-21-2004 02:04 PM
OneMoreTime
Take A Look

Look at my project journal..I am doing basically what you are thinking of..
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