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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Author: Paul Sakalas

Paul is the editor of OnAllCylinders. When he's not writing, you'll probably find him fixing oil leaks in a Jeep CJ-5 or watching a 1972 Corvette overheat. An avid motorcyclist, he spends the rest of his time synchronizing carburetors and cleaning chain lube off his left pant leg.