California Custom Roadsters T-Bucket Chassis Plans
New Revised Digital Edition Now Available
The California Custom Roadsters T-Bucket Chassis Plans are for scratch building the famous Bill Keifer Chassis, the most practical chassis for show and go for almost 40 years.
Most chassis builders in the street rod industry have patterned their frames and front end design after CCR’s ’15-’25 “T” Chassis. This chassis has been proven and debugged through decades of production and use on hundreds of top cars. It is for the ’23 T-Bucket style roadster or any compatible design of custom car (such as Austin Bantam, Fiat Topolino, etc.) And it’s set up for use with any Chevy V8 (283-454) with either a conventional or Jaguar rearend.
The New Revised Digital Edition CCR T-Bucket Plans are now made up of 6 Unique Plan Sets:
- SET 1 — BUILDING FRAME & ATTACHING PARTS
- SET 2 — FRONT END
- SET 3 — MOUNTING THE JAGUAR REAREND
- SET 4 — MOUNTING A CONVENTIONAL REAREND
- SET 5 — STEERING AND MOTOR MOUNTS
- SET 6 — New Addition: MOUNTING COIL OVER SHOCKS
The California Custom Roadsters Plan Sets also include:
- full-size patterns
- perspective drawings
- critical dimensions
- detailed step-by-step instructions
You get everything you need to know for building your own chassis.
The smallest details are covered:
- various ways to do cutting
- where and when to make welds
- set-ups for front end angles
Everything is carefully worked out from the knowledge CCR has gained during many years of producing this popular chassis.
The data is clearly detailed for those who are new to car building and modifying.
The professional builder will find new techniques, short cuts and layouts to apply to his current building and production skills.
The expensive part of chassis building is the labor. By doing the labor yourself, you can build a top quality custom car for a much lower cost.
The 6 Plan Sets will show you how to build your chassis in separate steps.
Because the material costs are just a small fraction of the value of the finished parts, you should be able to cash out anywhere during the construction process, if for some reason you are unable to complete the project.
If you want to replace the steering, front end or some other portion of an existing car then you can just refer to the Plan Set that applies.
These plans are for CCR’s standard production chassis.
Innovative scratch builders can alter the dimensions to suit their special projects.
A good street rod can be built relatively inexpensively or you can spend mega bucks.
What makes a good rod is not the amount of money you spend, but the quality of workmanship, and the overall sense of design which is built into the car at each step of construction.
California Custom Roadsters has built probably more T-bucket roadsters than just about anyone in the industry.
With their sneaky-look, raked tops, and trick CCR accessories, these cars are consistent trophy winners.
With a Chevy 283 or 454 engine set back for better bite, some Indy-style tires and a curb weight of only 1600 to 1800 lbs., these cars have outstanding performance (a stock Corvette with 454 engine weighs close to 3500 lbs.)
Many scratch builders aren’t that interested in hot performance and build quiet, conservative cars with small engines.
When you use CCR’s data to build or modify these cars, you’ll know that the set-ups have been well engineered and proven over many years of street rod building experience.
CCR’s 1915 – ’25 “T” Chassis became a production item in 1967.
Changes have been made from time to time when experience showed the possibilities for improvement in production or street performance.
- The chassis has been used on hundreds and hundreds of cars combining top performance and great looks.
- The chassis has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. The bare frame weighs about 133 lbs.
- It is relatively easy and economical to build in comparison to the more complex, trusswork type chassis, or to a monocoque body/chassis layout.
- The round front cross-member adds greater anti-twist strength to the chassis, it’s easy to assemble, and has a clean, simple look.
- The frame rails kick up at the rear to keep the car lower to the ground.
- CCR’s “ole reliable” front end has been used for years on midget racers and sprint cars. It looks real good on show cars and boulevard cruisers. It’s economical, good running, easy to build and maintain. When used with lightweight wheels and tires, your unsprung weight is low, even though it’s not an independent front suspension.
- Motorcycle wheels are available that will fit the ’37 – ’48 Ford spindles. Or you can use heavier wheels and tires like on a track roadster. The long radius rods impart a minimum change in caster and twist to the front springs. This helps the car run smooth and true, without constant maintenance.
- CCR’s Jaguar rearend installation is very popular; the inboard disk brakes and independent suspension really make the car handle nicely. The weight is at the center line of the car and there’s a minimum of unsprung weight. It also looks really neat to see those rear axles and U-joints turning as the car leaves the scene.
- CCR’s conventional rearend set-up is also an excellent way to go. It’s much less expensive than the Jag, and it’s easier to set up the low pressure hydraulics for the drum brakes. With transverse leaf springs modified to 1 3/4″ wide, and CCR’s installation details, you can have a very neat, good running, and low cost rearend.
- CCR modifies Corvair units for their steering system, because they look good, they’re lightweight, low-cost, and parts are easy to get (over one million Corvairs were sold). You don’t have to notch the body of the car or make holes in the side. Everything runs parallel to the frame. There is good leg room to get in and out of the car.
- CCR’s motor mount system is simple, and it works well. Throughout the plan sets, full size patterns and step-by-step procedures clearly show the techniques for building or modifying your car.
After you have fabricated your parts and assembled them all together they should look like the completed chassis pictured here. This is exactly the same top quality chassis that CCR manufactures in its shop. Work carefully and in no time you will have a rugged chassis that has been developed and perfected through years of street rodding experience. This chassis is engineered to work right, to be trouble free and to give you the ride you want.
This new digital edition of the California Custom Roadsters T-Bucket Chassis Plans also includes the CCR part numbers for most all of the brackets and parts welded and attached to the frame and axles. That way, the home builder can choose what’s best: to either fabricate the part or have CCR provide it.
In addition, we’ve included a copy of the latest CCR T-Bucket brochure and directions on how to properly print full-size parts templates on your home printer.
Forever, the CCR Plan Sets sold for $5 each or $20 for all 5 Plan Sets. Now, through special arrangement with CCR, you can get all 6 Plan Sets in this new digital edition for only $14.99. Even if you have the old printed plans, it’s worth it for the parts information and new Coil-Over Rear Suspension Plan Set.