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Building a T Bucket and rather excited. I thought I would post some details here in the hopes that perhaps I could get some advice when the time comes. I'm gonna go with an old meets new concept like the Phantom.


I picked up my kit over the border in Niagara Falls, NY with no problems whatsoever.





It was a beautiful day to drive.

Over the weekend I did a mock up but couldn't go much further because I am still waiting for my drive line to arrive.



I have just bought an all aluminum 4.6 DOHC, along with a transmission and aluminum IRS from a 1994 Lincoln MK8.

 

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A few years a go I saw a T bucket at the UVU College car show with neat looking tubular A arms for the Ford Irs, The guy said he was going to build kits but I have never seen anything since, nothing at last May UVU show and swap meet.
CTM engineering builds an installation kit to put the irs in early mustangs, I don't know if that can be made to work in a T bucket.
http://mustangirs.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=29
the truck kits have the springs too wide for looks in a T bucket
http://team321.com/truckirs/TEAM321TruckIRSInstall.html
 

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Please keep a thread going on your progress. Those cars are about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on. The engine choice is great - As far as using that Lincoln IRS - it's the same unit a '90s T-Bird used and you may find that it is too big and clunky under a 'bucket without a bunch of work. A Jag, 'vette or even a Heidt's 9" adaptation might work better - but of course, that's your decision:D.

The '40s roadster racing video is frightening - roll bars??? Water pipe and what looked like steel bar. Safety harnesses and helmets - nahhhhh:pain:

Dave W
 

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I will give you one bit of advise from my build 10 years ago. Blue Locktite everything. I spent the first few ride going out looking for parts that vibrated off. These cars due to their size and their design tend to vibrate things loose.

You will love it when you finish it.
 

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The last 2 T bucket chassis I built I used the CCR plans, $ 20 at the time. You get patterns and numbers. I used the optical laser pattern plasma at the College and the parts were distorted for the Jag parts. I cut up the Jag cage and use them for drill templates. the Jag tie bars were on 2 pages. For the next jag I will use the CCr plans as a guide and carefully make my patterns using the dimensions they give and the cage pieces. If you google FREE T bucket plans you should find Ron's 23 pages of instructions,
http://freetbucketplans.com/
 

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Thanks a lot for the all the encouragement and advise so far everyone. All great things to consider.
 

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We have no idea whee you live, but old not in the catalog parts show up at swap meets and prices vary, get there early with a wagon and CASH. That is a different rat rod out of Salt lake City, I think It is running a packard straight 8, I've seen it a couple times, UVU college show last May.
 

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Hell yes I want to see this car built, very cool! Keep up the good work Sean!

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Good Swap Meets with old parts aren't very popular here in the great white north. Can you recommend any in Kansas or the Chicago area? I visit these places from time to time.
 

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Sorry been a little busy. I finally got the motor, tranny, and harness out of the 1993 Lincoln. Should arrive next week with the IRS rear end. Then I'll be ready for a mock up and frame design. Yahoo!
 

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Sean - just make sure you 'fit' inside of something as channeled as that. If you do, i.e. not over 5'7"-8" feet tall, that's a beautiful car to think about.
 

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The drive train arrived this week. It came with the whole front end, so I spent most of today getting rid of it. The metal salvagers are gonna be happy. Also got rid of the A/C and Power Steering pumps. I am having a challenge with the passenger side exhaust bolts however and only got top half of the harnesses.

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I still have to clean off all the grease and grime from 20 years of use. Decided to see how the mock up frame fits. So far all good.
 

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More mocking up of the frame. It seems that my the standard 20 inch inside dimension is not enough to clear the starter. I have to make it 22 inches.



Coming close to having all the measurements of the rear end which I will post for the groups reference.
 

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After quite a bit for research, I think the setup below is how I'll start building the IRS frame. I have divided up the pieces into 3 categories. These are frame (grey), cage (green), and sway arms (red). After a few more measurements, I'll be able to start stripping rear end and build a jig.

 
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