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thisisausername 06-29-2005 10:00 PM

t-bucket $400 worth it?
I have come across a guy with a t-bucket body willing to sell it for $400 (could proly get him down to 300-350). The frame has steering column, 4 tires (drag radials at rear), radiator, and differential. Condition of the parts is unknown but differential looks fuctional and tires look oldish but barely used. The body, suspension, and steering are rusty but look solid. Radiator looks fine. im guessing this was a drag car, but I don't know how long ago. I'm new to the hotrodder community so I have no idea how good of a deal this is. Is this a good find?

ill post more info when I get it.

crazy larry 06-29-2005 10:11 PM

I was passing through town the other morning, there was a metal bucket body, by itself, in front of a shop. had $300 on it. When i went back through that afternoon, it was gone.

thisisausername 06-29-2005 10:30 PM

any other opinions?
im saving my money now :)...maybe if some other ppl think its good too i'll go over tomorrow and take some pics. Im gonna try to convince him to guarantee me the sale too, if I can cough up the money fast enuf

Nightfire 06-29-2005 10:41 PM

You better jump on it.....NOW! before someone else does


thisisausername 06-29-2005 10:49 PM

wow, I really wish I had the money.... im only 17 but I want this BAD. I LOVE cars, and my friends/family come from an automotive background (dad is ex-mechanic too). If I land this job I could have it in 3 wks...I hope I can get the guy to hold it for me...and that I can get my parents to help.
Even if it doesn't work out I bet I could sell it for more than I bought it for on ebay/here.
anyone here agree that I could sell it for more than I bought it for? Proof on a forum like this would really influence my parents to let me get it.

Nightfire 06-29-2005 11:02 PM

You can pay up the $400 and have a decent start, or be cheap and do what I did and start from basically nothing. Heres my T I got for $90

So like I said, you better jump on it.


Croz 06-29-2005 11:47 PM

You will probably be hard pressed to get him to hold it unless you offer more than he is asking... If he gets enough action on it to need to hold it, why would he want to? Esp. for 3 weeks. I agree that you need to JUMP on it if you want it...

I found my GTO and had it bought in less than week from the test drive. I think it is a little impolite to lead someone along and drag out the process. I understand things can be tight, but I wouldn't make an offer you can't pay up by the next day.

cboy 06-30-2005 06:48 AM


It's difficult for us to tell you this is the right price without seeing the parts or at least some very detailed pics of the parts. If the body is not badly rusted or badly bent up, it is quite likely worth the $ he is asking...expecially if the other items you mentions are included in the sale.

As others have said, however, you really need to be prepared with cash in hand. I never sell anything (except to friends) on words, promises, or small down payments. Just too much chance of getting burned and missing out on a "real" buyer. Unfortunately, there are a lot of "talkers" and "wishers" out there who may want a seller's car real bad, but don't have a chance of coming up with the cash. But they will string along a seller if they can, just to keep their own dream alive.

You might get lucky on this deal but I think you'll find most sellers unwilling to hold a car/parts for anything beyond overnight...and sometimes not even that long. Best bet is to beg, borrow or crash the piggy bank and have the green in you back pocket when you go negotiate on ANY hot rod or parts.

It does sound like an interesting "starter" project, however. So good luck trying to put the deal together.

creativeinteriors 06-30-2005 07:26 AM

It sounds like a pretty good find, but as posted above without pictures its hard to tell.

As I recall 17 is a pretty enthusiastic age and it is nice when the younger guys pick up the hot rod bug, but take a deep breath. Hot rodding a bucket can be very expensive and can really be a labor of love than others dont always appreciate them as much as you if you ever want to sell it. We have a 27 t with a 351 ford with tri power and it appraised at $27,000 to rebulid or replace.

Please make sure you consider these things, how long can you wait to drive it (build length) and how much are you thinking you will spend (Start detailling what you want it to be: Engine, interior, brakes, windshield as an example) They have books entierly on t-bucket builds get to the library or on line and research.

After that you will have a good idea of what you are seeing is worth too. Get this and a budget togther if it still makes sense. I suggest you get that job and start putting some nickles together. If you take some time to reseach the costs of building a t-bucket from the parts you see as a start. The sticker shock that creates so many half built buckets will be alleviated.

From experiance, they can be surprisingly expensive as a hot rod. Engines and drivetrain can cost alot more than a full body car as the crome and detail stuff costs creap up fast. I am not trying to be a wet blanket only suggesting that you make sure you do the leg work before you jump in.

Also this effort will show investors (parents of 17 year olds are skeptical about hot rods, my dad shook his head many times before I realized my homework on a project increased his level of support) that you are learning a greater lesson than just building a car. Budgets, timelines, research.

tm454 06-30-2005 07:46 AM

not a bad price...
to start with thats not a bad price considering what all you will get...If your really interested make the guys an offer and see if he bites!!


Rat Rods Rule!

thisisausername 06-30-2005 02:13 PM

k, im going out to get you guys some pics now, should be up in an hour or so

thisisausername 06-30-2005 02:59 PM

here's some pics of it for you guys to judge
body looks like it's made of fiberglass
didn't get a pic of differential...would you guys be able to identify it if I did?

Nightfire 06-30-2005 03:13 PM

Like I said earlier, I would literally jump on that and dont let go of it untill it was mine.
$400 is a steal!


adtkart 06-30-2005 06:37 PM

Frankly, if it comes with the trailer, it MAY be worth $400. The body appears to be old and had a rough life. Most likely poorly made and falling apart. It looks like one of 80million uncompleted street rod projects that are started every year.

Not to burst your bubble, but I would suggest you wait until you can afford something that is more complete. Someone that has no money, and has to spend everything that they make to try and put together a complete project like that, will tire of it quickly. As was stated earlier, it takes alot of time and money to put one together completely and safely.

OneMoreTime 07-01-2005 09:09 AM

Looks good
However by the time you read this that thing will be long gone..I usually compare to what it would cost to replace all the pieces if I had to..and aof course look to see if I have the skills to do the job..and just how much it woud take to make it "nice"


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