Leg Show T-Bucket and Danny Eichstedt Blow Traditional Hot Rod Minds, Part 1

Dan Eichstedt Leg Show T-Bucket Rod Custom January 1971

Hot rod builder/editor/author/archeologist Pat Ganahl called it the best rod magazine cover ever produced: the eye-grabbing January, 1971 Rod & Custom featuring Danny Eichstedt’s Leg Show T-Bucket. Calling it a “mind blower” for the street, the R&C story pointed out the irony of how such a radical departure from ‘traditional’ hot rodding was winning shows,… [Read More]

Indianapolis 500 Inspired T-Bucket Hot Rods: Chauvin Emmons’ Legacy

Chauvin Emmons Indianapolis 500 T-Bucket roadster

The Indianapolis 500 is known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” for good reason. But, I’m not talking about the pre-, during- and post-race revelry that occurs in the parking lots. And it’s not known as the Greatest Spectacle for what starts happening on the streets leading to the track at the crack of dawn… [Read More]

Frank and Linda Mazi’s Wheelstanding, 10-second, Street-Driven T-Bucket

Frank and Linda Mazi wheelstanding T-Bucket hot rod

You may have seen this wheelstanding T-Bucket before. The photo has been widely circulated to dispel the myth that you can’t get a T-Bucket to hook up traction-wise and because it’s sporting full street equipment and also because if you look closely you’ll notice a cigarette nonchalantly hanging from the lip of the T’s builder… [Read More]

How Harry Willett’s “Phoenix” 1923 T Became a Show Car

Harry Willett 1923 T-Bucket Phoenix show car

In the late ’60s, Harry Willett was service director for Chicago’s largest Buick dealer and at night in his home garage he was applying stunning paint jobs to most of the funny cars being built in Chicagoland at the time. He’d also built a wicked fast little T-Bucket street rod that was powered by a… [Read More]

History: Bill Keifer of California Custom Roadsters, interviewed by Eric Geisert of STREET RODDER magazine

Bill Keifer of CCR T-Buckets

We’re very proud to be partnered with the legendary T-Bucket building shop, California Custom Roadsters (CCR), in the marketing of the new digital version of their time-tested T-Bucket frame and suspension plans. First introduced in 1973, literally thousands of T-Buckets have been built using the CCR plans. This would not have happened had it not… [Read More]

Review of the Famous California Custom Roadster, CCR, T-Bucket Frame Plans

California Custom Roadsters CCR T-Bucket Plans

The single most enduring package of information relating to T-buckets and their ongoing popularity is the T-bucket plans of California Custom Roadsters. Read this review from 35 years ago to discover why …

California Custom Roadsters T-Bucket Chassis Plans Digital Edition is 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… [Read More]

2011 T-Bucket Nationals Report, Part 11

Fred Cossell T-Bucket 5a

Seeing Fred Cossell’s dramatically panel painted T-Bucket is like going back in time to a major car show of the 70s when “Fad T’s” were in their heyday, winning America’s Most Beautiful Roadster awards with some regularity. Fred’s Indy-based roadster has all the winning elements: chromed rear axle and high arch spring as well as… [Read More]

The Bird T-Bucket Kit Plans

Bird Engineering T-Bucket Kit

Back in the 60s every red-blooded American boy had three things on his mind: girls, sports and hot rods! To feed that insatiable interest, along came a new hot rod supplier — not from southern California, but from the small Midwestern town of Fremont, Nebraska. Who could resist the urge created by the 1965 Bird… [Read More]

Speed Scene Live airs T-Bucket report

Bob Beck Great American Auto Scene 7

Legendary hot rod and racing announcer Bob Beck has a regular feature on Speed Scene Live. It’s called the Great American Auto Scene (G.A.A.S.) and Bob’s report on the history and significance of T-Buckets begins at about the 27 minute mark of the show. Here’s the link where you can watch it …