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Old 03-30-2008, 01:43 AM
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T bucket chassis plans.

Hi all, just wanting some advice on where I can buy/find chassis plans for a T bucket. I have been to the CCR website, but I can't find the chassis plans they mention. Maybe I'm missing something?? As I am in Australia, the finished vehicle will be right hand drive, so not sure if US plans can be adapted or have to be mirrored. The plan is to be powered by a Ford Cleveland V8, manual trans and Ford 9" rear. I would dearly love to have Independent suspension all round, but not sure on cost there yet. I think coil overs really do suit the look of a bucket. Time frame ( hah ) is about the 2 to 3 year mark, but again, the ready cash availability will govern that. As i have a pit, overhead lifting block, mig welder and tools in my workshop as well as access to 3 local engineering shops, fabrication shouldn't present too many problems apart from my own disability with a spray gun. Any help or advice would be muchly appreciated.

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We have a WIKI on this site with lots of good t bucket info. http://crankshaftcoalition.com/wiki/...T_Bucket_plans
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Hi Chris,

Ron Young, a long time builder and member of this and other forums, has just released a set of chassis plans for free. They can be downloaded at:
http://www.savefile.com/files/1403255 and Ron is easily found here in the forums if you have questions (he goes by "Youngster").

Also, there's a couple good threads on t-buckets here on hotrodders.com - one of them is three or four pages back in the general rodding section.

www.tbucketeers.com and the national t-bucket alliance web site ( www.nationaltbucketalliance.com ) are also good sources of info.


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I have built 7 or 8 T buckets over the years, the last 2 i uset the CCR plans. the paper copies I made for use in the shop don't have the holes in the right places so measure carefully before drilling the holes... on the last one I used the jag Irs and found it is easier to install the center mount first and weld it in ...then install the IRs before welding in the sppring mounts.. for R H steering find another steering box similar to the corvair... mini truck boxes might work.....Retired Ford engineer
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Thanks everyone.

I'd like to thank everyone for their replies. Unfortunately, as I live in Australia, we have our own rules to play by. Apparently a lot of US chassis and cross member gear doesn't meet our specs. So I got myself a copy of the rules and am looking further into what's allowed and what's not. Again thanks for your input.
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T-Bucket Plans

Hi guys,

We're beginning the process of building another Bucket. Problem is I sent my only set of plans to a friend in the Islands off Panama. (He's in the oil business with Valero.) Haven't heard anything from him and now I need a set. Anyone have some lying around they could e-mail or whatever? Willing to spend some scratch if needed.


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Three years ago I built a CCR chassis using their plans. I did make some modifications. I lengthened the front frame rails by 3 inches. This slight modification worked very well. It had increased room for steering, radiator and also allowed the engine to be mounted 1 1/2 inches farther forward resulting in easy access to the trans mounting to engine bolts and the dipstick clearance between firewall. I also used 2" x 3" 3/16th wall box tube instead of 1 1/2" x 3" box tube. the 3/16 thick is significantly thicker and more rigid for High horsepower applications. It makes for a very stiff frame. The thicker box tube also had a external radius on the corners of the tube that is more esthetically pleasing. When completed, the vehicle drove better was significantly more stable at high speed . The thicker and longer rails did not distract from the overall appeal and aesthetics of the vehicle. The longer frame actually enhanced the ride and handling quality at high speed, (70mph and faster). This vehicle handled so good, Ill bet it would out handle a 911 Porsche on a road course. I used a 4" drop axle from speedway and cross steer arrangement using a Saginaw steering box which is commonly used on manual steer Cj5 jeeps. It was very Neutral steering, just right. very good road feel. This suspension and steering worked great. Rear was a 8" ford 3:00 gear from a ford maverick, Speedway radius rods with coil over shocks and a long panhard bar. . Great choice of gears. Good acceleration with highway cruise-ability.

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