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Old 08-26-2004, 09:53 PM
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stretched t bucket

Hello,
My name is Tim "munster" and I am getting out of the race cars and going to build another t bucket.Now here is the million dollar question. Does anybody know how to stretch a t bucket that will seat four people. I do not think it is a real big problem but I want to be safe.If it splits in two going down the road, wifey will be perturbed.

Ps. This is the first time on a forum so please bear with me.
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Old 08-26-2004, 10:28 PM
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I suggest going to www.nationaltbucketalliance.com/ntbabbs

Ask these guys, there are a few on there, the body is called a touring T, and they are available... Now, for the frame I would think that as long as you use some strong 1/4 inch think square tube for the rails you'll be fine.... maybe add an X shaped crossmember.

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I Now, for the frame I would think that as long as you use some strong 1/4 inch think square tube for the rails you'll be fine.
1/4 inch would be very stout. Aren't most frame rails 1/8" or 3/16" rectangular tube?
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Most of the guys use 3/16, but if he is talking about adding about 3 feet to the length, I would go with 1/4! Just my opinion though...
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Most of the guys use 3/16, but if he is talking about adding about 3 feet to the length, I would go with 1/4! Just my opinion though...
The strength comes mainly from the shape of the tube, not the thickness. 3/16" would be plenty for a relatively light car like a T.
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2x4" .120 wall is Plenty for a glass "T" touring.
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2x4" .120 wall is Plenty for a glass "T" touring.
Yep, it's the shape that counts. In fact, splicing thick sections to thin sections establishes stress risers at the joint that can actually induce cracks. Much better to use the same thickness steel in frame modifications.
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