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Lot Shots: A Pair of Ford T-Bucket Hot Rods

Ford T-Buckets, Pair Front

(Image/OnAllCylinders – Paul Sakalas)

You get a two-fer this week, as we’re featuring a pair of tough-looking T-buckets.

If you didn’t already know, the iconic T-bucket hot rod gets its name from Henry Ford’s Model T.

The FoMoCo cranked out millions of Model Ts through nearly two decades of production. That meant there were plenty of scrapped Ts lying around for folks to customize as hot-rodding culture exploded after World War II.

While there’s no official recipe for making a T-bucket, you’d be hard pressed to find a more popular formula than a roadster tub, raked stance, and a small block Chevy engine squeezed between the frame rails.

And that’s exactly what we see here.

Both T-buckets feature a Model T roadster body with a pickup bed. Each one has a pair of massive tires out back and an updated passenger space, replete with modern upholstery, controls, and gauges.

Up front, they each rely on the aforementioned small block Chevy for motivation. There are significant differences in the engine builds, though.

The blue one’s got a single carb attached to a Hilborn-style scoop. Exhaust gasses depart through a pair of upswept headers—and we bet the neighbors love those.

Perched atop the black one’s tunnel ram intake manifold is a pair of carburetors. A butterfly street scoop is a not-so-subtle way to swallow a lot of air. The full-length headers end in a short turnout at the door hinges.

Honestly, we don’t know which one we like better. Do you have a favorite?

Ford T-Buckets, Pair, Black Rear

Ford T-Bucket, Black Rear Passenger Side

Ford T-Bucket, Black Rear

Ford T-Bucket, Black, Engine Passenger Side

Ford T-Bucket, Black, Engine Passenger Side

Ford T-Buckets, Pair, Blue and Black

Ford T-Buckets, Blue, Front Passenger Side

Ford T-Buckets, Blue, Rear

Ford T-Bucket, Blue, Engine Driver Side

(All Images/OnAllCylinders – Paul Sakalas)

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5 Comments

  1. What brand bodies are these….it is my dream to build one just like these in the photos and i dont really know where to start in terms of company that makes the kits for these?

  2. YOU CAN CALL OR WRITE CALIFORNIA CUSTOM ROADSTERS IN CHINO CALIFORNIA, ASK FOR JERRY KEIFER. THEY HAVE PLANS YOU CAN BUY OR YOU CAN HAVE THEM BUILD YOUR CAR IN ANY STAGE

    • yes im a fanatic on old cars man these are nice im diabled and im gona try to build me one can you send be some measurements or a catalog if you can thanks

  3. KennethcLinzie says:

    In the late 70’s we built a T with a blown 392 hemi that had zoomies on it, they had 2 Harley Davidson baffels in the tubes to tame the thunder.(well sort of)

  4. Hello, i am interested about t bucket post and window frame with side mirrors. Can u pls send me ur ccr catalog. The window might be custom cuz i bought big boy body from ron pope motorsports. Let me know tho.. thanks

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