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08-27-2012 05:49 PM
Originally Posted by Coachfhs View Post
anyone know anywhere except speedway to buy a top frame for my bucket
WINTEC/Coolflex, I just received my entire kit, frame, headboard and top, in the light tan color. Talk to Jim Wilko, tell him Larry from Texas referred ya, I about wore him out.
08-27-2012 07:36 AM
new buckethead

another thing... cert of origin .... if u buy parts u most like will not get one..a whole kit u will.. this gives u a vin number that dmv likes.. buying a started project is the best for cost, but sometimes u will need to ripe it apart and start over for they screwed up... building from scratch= KEEP ALL RECEIPT'S.. and put them in a 3 ring binder.. u need to prove things.. engine/trans= get vin from car they came from on the receipt.
the old term is vital.. CYA.. cover your *****. go to dmv or ck online and printout the spec's u need.. blinkers, wiper, fenders, etc....
08-26-2012 04:46 PM
tex smith books

Tex Smith is selling his hotrod books for $ 10 postpaid. Only the ones he has stored in his garage.
08-26-2012 04:37 PM
GT23T You can get plans here -> How to Build a T-Bucket Hot Rod Roadster for Under $3000 the easy way
08-26-2012 01:19 PM
Originally Posted by Old Fool View Post
A neighbor of mine is interested in building his first street rod.

He saw a few t-buckets at Good Guys this last weekend and had the bug bite him

He is looking into kits to get started on his first build.
I have no background in this type rod, always been a muscle car guy.

Any info you can share for me to pass along would be appreciated.

I do know he took home a Speedway catalogue and is giving it a good look over.

check this wiki page it should help your friend out.
08-26-2012 12:37 PM
No henry parts?

I've used original Henry Ford parts, as much as possible, and have bought antique bows from unknown makes cheap at swap meets. replaced wood and made my own tops.
08-26-2012 12:20 PM
tbucket top

anyone know anywhere except speedway to buy a top frame for my bucket
08-26-2012 12:16 PM
Originally Posted by 2old2fast View Post
TP is no longer , sold out to Speedway a couple yrs. ago. Wintech is some of the old TP crew , but different products .

Yep. If you want to chit chat with one of TP's past employees/builders, Jim Wilko at Wintec/Coolflex loves to talk. I just bought a new top for mine, he was very helpful, even spent time with me on installation tips.
08-26-2012 11:20 AM
2old2fast TP is no longer , sold out to Speedway a couple yrs. ago. Wintech is some of the old TP crew , but different products .

08-26-2012 10:56 AM
cucumber1949 I looked extensively at these providers when I was starting to build mine. Visited Total Performance and Spirit. I went with the Spirit frame and body. The TP frame was not as beefy and their body did not have as many options IMO. You can purchase a kit from either (minus the drivetrain and paint). I did not opt for the kit although I did purchase some of their suspension components. From there you can add whatever you like to make it uniquely yours. I used Painless wiring, Wilwood brakes, Weld wheels, Ididit steering column, Flaming River steering box, custom interior, custom windshild frame, custom lighting - you get the idea.

Since then, both companies have morphed somewhat - TP seems to be selling their products through other established retail outlets, and Spirit has increased their offerings beyond T-Buckets. TP cars are common and easily identifiable.
08-25-2012 08:27 PM
seltec8 You will be able to see 150+ Ts and at least 2 vendors at the Gold Dust West Casino in Carson City, Nevada from June 20-22, 2013. Information is on the NTBA website as listed above and more will be coming. Two more companies are okie street rods and Lucky 7.
08-25-2012 05:19 PM
68NovaSS My only experience with T-Buckets is with Total Performance. Mine is mid '70's, no cracks or spider webs and I see a few projects still around for sale.

My steering passes through the bottom of the firewall, makes for more leg and pedal room, if you're tall, you may have issues with a straight up and down column setup.

For the 1700 or so pounds they weigh, no, they don't need a lot of power to get your heart rate up, add the short wheel base it's even more exciting. I have a BBC/Tunnel Ram/T-400 in mine, gives me miles of smiles.
08-25-2012 04:51 PM
Originally Posted by 2old2fast View Post
Ya' know , I'll tell you what , my T bucket body was built in 1968 & has yet to have a dent or rust ....... Steel ???? why???

You know, I had to chuckle when I read your response.

Keep on keepin' on.

Jay K.

ps. Ed Roth liked the fiberglass too.
08-23-2012 03:13 PM
Old Fool Hey guys, thanks for all the replies.

I am going to email him the link to this thread and maybe he will Join and get into the discussion first hand.
The size of the 23 isnt that much of a problem for him,as he is less than 6ft, slim trim mid 40's. Not built anything like this old fool, big, fat, and old
08-23-2012 12:52 PM
ssimpala I'm currently gathering up parts for a '27 T bucket and been searching the different sites. Got to agree with all the folks here about different sites and suppliers. Good luck on your build.
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