How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000

The most complete T-Bucket

Hot Rod how-to ever written!

250+ pages, 400+ photos, templates, diagrams and illustrations reveal every detail of how to easily build a T-Bucket roadster from everyday materials and junkyard parts … or new ones, if you insist.

Chester Greenhalgh's $3000 T-Bucket Roadster

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Now, you can find the answers to all of your T-Bucket questions!

Quickly and easily learn how to build it yourself and save thousands of dollars compared to a T-Bucket kit car or searching all over for a T-Bucket “For Sale” — while customizing it to your own tastes. All T-Bucket parts and dimensions are covered in specific detail.

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Hot rod, street rod, street machine or rat rod. T-Bucket or Bucket-T. No matter what you call it, this is how you build it! T-Bucket hot rods are based on the Ford Model T roadster, of which millions were built. What’s really great, though, is that the Model T roadster body still continues in production today in durable, economic fiberglass from many manufacturers around the world.

The legendary hot rod “how to” manual, “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000” was previously available only as a rare, out-of-print “collectors item” that sold for anywhere from $100 to $200 or more. It was heralded by Rod Action magazine as “the most complete book of its kind ever written and even if you never plan on building a T-Bucket, this book deserves a place in your library!

Now, you can download the new eBook version immediately!You will easily save more than one hundred times (100x) your eBook investment!

Even if you

don’t plan to

build a

T-Bucket …

If you’ve decided to buy one already built
by somebody else …
this will be your Owner’s Manual
and will help you get the best deal!

How to build a true low buck hot rod!

Original ad for How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000 In 1986, professional T-Bucket builder Chester Greenhalgh unleashed on the hot rod world the now legendary shop manual, “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000″. Using the same self-sufficient, scratch-building expertise he employed for his many T-Bucket customers at Chet’s Car Craft in Naples, Florida, the book was self-published — and with a tiny marketing budget, quickly sold out. Never before had such a comprehensive hot rod building book been published!

A conventional book publisher then introduced an edited version of Chester’s copyrighted work to a mass audience as “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster on a Budget”, which also sold out and became a much-desired hot rodder classic, with many people paying more than ten times the original price! Don’t believe it? Then, check this out>

Now, thanks to Chester and digital technology, you can immediately download your own personal copy of this legendary hot rod “how to” manual — all 250+ pages chock-full of valuable T-bucket building information, with 400+ construction photographs, diagrams, illustrations, charts and templates!

Just what does this book reveal about T-Bucket hot rod building that’s caused so much excitement?

See for yourself!

Take a look at this extensive, “eye popping” 250+ pages of solid information and you’ll immediately know why T-bucket and hot rod builders around the world have been happy to pay from $100 to $200 or more for this unique, valuable information.

Here’s exactly what you’ll learn to save you money, save you time, and scratch build your own truly custom T-Bucket hot rod! You are no longer limited by T-Bucket “kits” and T-Buckets for sale — and now this legendary, money-saving tool can be yours!

Table of Contents

250+ pages, 400+ photos, templates, diagrams and illustrations reveal every detail of how to easily build your very own T-Bucket roadster:

  • Frame: Complete detailed T-bucket frame plans with dimensions and templates, including front and rear spring perches, steering bracket, radius rod brackets, shock and body mounts. Best and easiest ways to cut, weld and triangulate the frame, prepare, prime and paint finish. Includes complete Bill of Materials and suggested bargain sources. By the way, this is where 90% of other T-bucket plan sets END!
  • Body: What is really cool is that the first fiberglass T-Bucket bodies were introduced in 1957 for $149. If they had kept pace with inflation, today you would have to pay $1127 for one. Fortunately, most T-Bucket bodies today cost about half that amount! How to get the best deal on your body. Wood reinforcement for the fiberglass body. The cheap and simple technique that will make people think you have a STEEL T-bucket body. Installing the floor and transmission cover. Cutting the body for bellhousing clearance and to channel body over frame. Working with fiberglass. Seat riser construction, windshield bracket reinforcement, and hidden tool compartment.
  • Pickup Box: Instead of buying a fiberglass T-bucket pickup box, how to build your own from junkyard parts and make it strong enough to sit on, actually haul stuff, or maybe even use as a rumble seat for the kids!?
  • Bodywork: Removing mold release from your fiberglass T-bucket body, sanding and “On the eighth day, God created Bondo.” How to set up your Bondo table, how to use a body file and finish sand. Working with Feather Fill.
  • Painting: A professional’s tips for garage painting your T-bucket. Lacquer, enamel, acrylic, urethane, or water-based paints? Tips on how to incorporate different color panels over a base color, fading in colors, striping, etc. for a truly professional custom paint job. How toothpaste fits into the picture and why you should avoid drugstore striping tape.
  • Springs: Front and rear transverse Ford-type springs. Don’t have to be Ford, though. How to rebuild and refinish old springs. Spring lubrication methods. Templates for spring alignment strap and spring perch bottom plates. Build a low-buck, shiny spring perch cover from roof flashing. Alternative cheap or free spring sources for your T-bucket hot rod; where to look and what to look for.
  • Front Axle: Low cost T-bucket front axle options: early Ford, old pickup trucks, Econoline. How to make that dual semi-elliptic truck axle look good with a transverse spring (including how to Bondo a front axle). Low cost disc brakes. How to build the poor man’s four bar and make your own low-cost friction shocks. Eliminate the rare, costly Corvair steering box, with other GM and Ford choices, including the school bus box that will feel like power steering! Templates for batwings (radius rod brackets), spring hangers, shackles, steering arms, and shock mounts. Drag link construction. Front end alignment.
  • Rear Axle: How to prepare inexpensive GM 10 and 12 bolt rear ends, and give them some flash. Rear batwing templates. Junkyard tie rod ends as an alternative to expensive heim joints in your T-bucket construction (important when you’re using 15 of them in the overall build). Building and attaching rear spring hangers. Adjusting pinion angle. Rear shackle alignment.
  • Rear Radius Rods: The T-bucket hot rodder’s truly low cost radius rod solution. It’s been used for years. With gussets template and info on radius rod adjustment.
  • Steering Column: Build your own using a chrome exhaust pipe extension, a cheap bearing and old radiator hose scraps. Steering column floor support template. How to find and refurbish the lowest of low-buck T-bucket custom steering wheels.
  • Firewall: Easiest way to make your T-bucket firewall template. Variety of materials, what to avoid using. How to attach the firewall and how to shorten transmission dipstick for clearance, if necessary.
  • Engine: What to do before you pull the engine from your donor car, how to clean it up, how to paint it, and how to get the most from your chrome dress up bucks. How to build your T-bucket motor mounts, including templates. Fan spacers for most efficient cooling. How to build your transmission mount, with templates.
  • Brakes: How to adapt intermediate GM disc brakes to early Ford and Econoline axles, including templates for building your own adapters and saving even more money. Building an integral brake pedal/master cylinder assembly that removes from the frame of your T-bucket in one piece for easier servicing. Diagram and instructions for laying out your brake lines, including proportioning valve, and how to plumb them. The poor boy’s Coke bottle method for brake bleeding. Installing a junkyard find emergency brake. And, for the really bucks-down builder: how to turn your own rotors, the cheap way.
  • Radiator, Mounts and Shell: Page and a half of $50 or less junkyard or low-cost parts store alternatives to the high dollar ($350+) T-bucket radiator dilemma. Templates for brackets to mount radiator to chassis. A unique alternative to the model T radiator shell. Mounting the shell to the radiator. Low cost, hardware store grille filler. How to build your own decorative radiator cap from a 2″ chrome exhaust extension and a busted, swap-meet moto-meter. Hazards to avoid like lightweight racing fans (72 stitches and a hand that will never hold a Coke again — true story about a friend). This information is so cool (pun intended), money-saving and informative that you’ll want to download your FREE CHAPTER by clicking here>
  • Battery Box: Using bedrail to build an out-of-the-way, underframe battery box for your T-bucket so you don’t use up all your pickup bed space; plus a low-buck hardware store louvered soffet to cover up that “el-cheapo” battery.
  • Driveshaft: Dune buggy proven, do-it-yourself driveshaft shortening method that’ll save big bucks for any T-bucket builder. Super special bonus: bathtub balancing your driveshaft!
  • Fuel System: How to plumb your T-bucket fuel system, gas tank alternatives and how to build your fuel tank mounting brackets.
  • Headlights and Taillights: Best sources for cheap T-bucket hot rod headlights. Save by building your own headlight brackets. Super-cheap, off-the-shelf, buy-’em-anywhere taillights and how to build simple mounting brackets for them.
  • Dashboard: Easy technique for building your own custom wood dash, with deep wood grain finish. How to cut holes for instruments, turn signal indicators and bright headlight indicator. Best of all, wire this custom dash outside of your T-bucket to avoid standing on your head and take it out for servicing by loosening two screws.
  • Electrical System: This chapter alone will save you 90% off the purchase price of a specialty T-bucket wiring harness and you can avoid ten times the headaches. If you’re using a small block Chevy, you don’t even need to look at the schematics because complete simple, step-by-step wiring instructions are given. Ford wiring diagram included just in case you’re a rugged individual. No need to spend big bucks for a wiring harness. Simple wiring components readily available at Radio Shack or your local auto parts store. Where to locate cheap gauges and suggestions for cool junkyard speedometers.
  • Gas Pedal: You gotta have something to stomp on to go fast. So, how to adapt a junkyard gas pedal to your T-bucket, along with routing the throttle cable.
  • Gear Shifter: Again, save big bucks by building your own nostalgic, long-arm T-bucket floor shifter for your Turbo-Hydro 350 or 400. Where to locate cheap, long shift arms and unique, cheap shift knobs. Plus, if you’re lazy, how to hook up a Ford Mustang shifter instead (p.s., doesn’t even have to be a Mustang — Pinto will do).
  • Upholstery: Poor man’s quick and easy T-bucket upholstery for the interior side panels, seat bottom and back, seat riser panel, floor and firewall. And, if you decide to turn the upholstery over to a pro, the techniques and prep covered will save you a couple hundred dollars. Chester’s unique pickup bed cover construction, which can double as a “rumble seat” if you’re just cruising the fairgrounds at 5 mph.
  • Windshield: Again, save big bucks by constructing your own custom T-bucket windshield frame that can be polished to a chrome-like finish. Make your own windshield support rods and give them a low-buck chrome effect. Rear view mirror and windshield wiper considerations included.
  • Suppliers: A few sources for some of the T-bucket build components you either can’t find in a junkyard, make yourself, or purchase locally.
  • Epilogue, Titling your T-Bucket: Not legal advice, but some words of experience on how to most quickly and economically figure out this vital step to getting your T-bucket on the road.

Quite simply, it couldn’t be any more comprehensive! EVERY detail of T-Bucket construction is covered.

This will absolutely be your best hot rod investment! Only $18.99.

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Great News if You Want to Build a Traditional T-Bucket!

Chester Greenhalgh's Traditional T-Bucket

This nostalgic T-Bucket was built by Chester with a uniquely designed steel pickup box, which he shows you how to make from junkyard parts in the book. This pickup box has another unique feature that you’ll have to buy the book to learn about. Most people think the fiberglass body is STEEL because of two sneaky features Chester incorporates in his T-Buckets and which you can easily duplicate.

While you can use the valuable information in the eBook to build a 60’s era T-Bucket, a “Fad-T”, a “Kookie” T, etc. you can also build a traditional T-bucket just like Chester’s flathead powered T shown above which, aside from the fiberglass body, used no parts newer than 1952!

Special Offer #1:

If you order in the next 15 minutes, we will include as
BONUS CONTENT:the story behind and pictures of Chester’s Traditional Flathead T-Bucket!

We’ve said a lot so far about Chester’s legendary book. But, you’ll really know that it’s a “must have” after hearing from some of the many enthusiastic purchasers.

What purchasers have to say, Part I:

Anybody who wants to build, buy, or dream of a T-Bucket should have (this) book. It is by far the best printed word on our drivers and dreams.

The book contains a TON of good information …

I built a T and enjoyed it for years thanks to the book.

I have an original copy of Chesters book that I have owned for at least 20 years. … Mine is dog eared and worn and I refer to it more times than I would ever care to admit. This book has built at least 5 T-Buckets over the years for me and friends. I would never sell mine at any price but I am glad to hear that old Chester is doing well … Over the years I would hit a spot on a build and just not be sure what to do next. Without a doubt Chester has pulled me through some of those tough spots with his ‘Common Sense’ approach.

Got some cool (stuff) in it like how to make a windshield frame out of EMT!!

It’s a little gold mine of how to build a car start to finish. If you want to spend more it’s in there too.

So, I ordered my first eBook. And, I have to say the book is awesome. The Craziest part is the book has been out of print for almost 16 years and it’s pretty much the bible of … building not just a T-Bucket but any hotrod.

A Tale of Two T-Bucket Books …



Chester wrote them both, but the original’s still the best and here’s why:

  • Old School’s The Best! The original “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000″ was self-published by Chester. In the 1980’s, self-publishing meant laboriously typewritten copy (with no spell checker and automatic correction), Instamatic black and white photos that had to be screened for offset printing, which was done on conventional 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper, and then spiral bound with a nice color cover.
  • The later version, “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster on a Budget” was a nicely done trade paperback with typeset copy and perfect binding, which looks good on your bookshelf but won’t let pages lay flat on your shop table for easy reference. The new eBook is scanned from Chester’s original material, including photographs, and it’s just like you had one of the coveted original copies of the book, but you didn’t have to pay the big bucks on eBay or Amazon! Think we’re kidding about people still paying ridiculous prices for Chester’s hard copy books? Then click here>
  • More and more photographs! The original “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000″ actually contains over 70 more photographs than the paperback version! In total, over 400 photos, templates, diagrams and illustrations that will save you time, trouble and money! If you already own the paperback, you’ll have numerous “aha” moments when you finally see the original photos that were left out in order to keep the paperback to a certain size. The additional insight and knowledge provided by these original photos will make your T-Bucket construction project go much quicker and easier.
  • You get the unedited, complete version! As noted, Chester has a great, although sometimes offbeat, sense of humor. When it came time for the mass market paperback unfortunately some of that was lost. Nothing’s held back in the official, Chester-authorized “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000″ eBook rerelease!
  • More pages and BONUS CONTENT! As noted, the paperback “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster on a Budget” was edited to fit a certain size and page count. It contained 144 pages. By comparison, Chester’s original “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000″ contained 242 pages. And, the eBook version now includes bonus content that makes it a whopping 250+ pages! Click here to download a FREE Chapter NOW>
  • You can get all this now for one incredibly low price! After you click on the Add to Cart button below you will safely and quickly check out through PayPal. You don’t even have to have a PayPal account. Just look for the “Don’t have a PayPal account?” on the checkout page and click on the link to purchase without having a PayPay account. The price today is half what original purchasers of Chester’s “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000″ paid in the 80’s (plus no shipping charge) and as little as 5% of what people have been paying for this valuable information from eBay and Amazon! It’s the best hot rod information and entertainment value going! Click on the Add to Cart button and get ready to download all 250+ pages immediately.

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What purchasers have to say, Part II:

I’ve already gotten my money’s worth, just from this phrase: “Everybody says they’re an expert arc welder, but most of them look like they’re stacking chickenshit with chopsticks when they try to do it.” That’s 10 bucks, right there.

I downloaded the free chapter and then the full meal deal. The more info I have, the better I hope to do with my build. Thanks for making it available online instead of snail mail.

When I bought my first copy from an ad in the back of a car magazine, I about wore the darn thing out reading and day dreaming about building a cheap T-bucket, always enjoyed that book…

I’m probably the only one … in the known universe to go the Library of Congress … and Xeroxed the whole book. Sorry, Chester but I could not find the book when I needed it—-I leafed thru it at a bookstore once and thought “this is a really good book,” but, being the cheapskate that I am, I didn’t buy it at the time. Then, when I needed it, I couldn’t find it … This was around 1995-97 … This shows you how well the book is written—that I would go to such extremes to find it. I thought the way things were explained was great and how you went into detail. I found the electrical section to be especially helpful. All books and magazines dealing with cars should be written this way! p.s. I’m probably the first and only patron of the Library of Congress to touch that particular copy of the book. Now that I know where to get a copy, I will buy one since I’ve lost most of the Xeroxed pages anyway.

Just bought it. Cool stuff – I might even build a T-bucket just to do it.

It’s equal parts interesting, nostalgic and funny. You know you’re in for a good read when the acknowledgments start like this: ‘I wrote, published, and sold this book despite the ridicule, harassment, and constant nagging of my wife (now ex-wife) and her entire family . . .’

The thing I liked about this book is, it covers every freaking thing it takes to build a T. Most just cover the basics. It’s all those little things that will get ya when you build something.

Chester’s Alive!

The author: Chester Greenhalgh

T-Bucket Hot Rod Builder Chester Greenhalgh
Not long after the 1990 release of “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster on a Budget” Chester Greenhalgh seemed to disappear from the hot rod scene. There were various rumors and theories discussed among T-Bucket aficionados and posted on various Internet news groups. With both versions of Chester’s books quickly going out of print, the secondary market for them started going through the roof! Commanding prices more than ten times the original publication price, rodders wondered why Chester wasn’t introducing a new or reprint version to meet the growing demand for his T-Bucket building expertise. To make a long story short, Chester left the hot rod world for a career building golf courses that took him all over the country and then south of the border.

As a special eBook bonus, you’ll be able to read Chester’s own account of why he left rod building, where he is now, and his future book plans–which will undoubtedly cause more excitement for budget-minded hot rodders everywhere.

Born in Nevada, and starting with a channeled Model A at age 13, Chester Greenhalgh (pronounced Greenhelj) graduated at the top of his Army Mechanics School and his intellect and innate mechanical skills took him to the Northwest and then to the Southeast where he eventually opened Chet’s Car Craft in Naples, Florida.

Chet's Car Craft, the Home of T-Bucket Hot Rods

There, he not only painted cars but began building T-bucket roadsters on a working-man’s budget. Chester evolved scrounging to a fine art in his hot rod building for himself and his customers. He then began a journey to meticulously photograph and record literally every step involved in T-bucket construction, which resulted in his self-published “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000″ in 1986. No other book in hot rod history had ever taken such a detailed, comprehensive approach to rod building. Chester achieved his objective: a book that enables an average mechanically inclined person to duplicate a professionally built T-Bucket roadster in a home garage on a beer budget.

How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000 author Chester Greenhalgh

Most authors appear in a serious photo wearing a cheap suit. But, not Chester! While you will be absolutely blown away by the detail in this comprehensive shop manual, you’ll also find yourself frequently laughing at Chester’s offbeat sense of humor relating to the hot rod building world. If you’re ready to kick back for some quality reading before you get to some quality building, get ready to claim your own copy now!

Special Offer #2:

Order in the next 15 minutes, you’ll get the story of why Chester left hot rod building, where he is now and what he’s working on for an encore … AT NO EXTRA COST!


It’s NOT paint by numbers!

While “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000″ contains 250+ pages of detailed construction information, it’s not merely a blueprint to duplicate one particular T-bucket.

Rather, it shows you many variations that are possible in virtually all elements of the build which will allow you to construct your very own truly custom T-Bucket hot rod. If you haven’t already, click here to download a FREE Chapter NOW>

Dear Fellow Hot Rodder,

I want to let you know that my book isn’t just for T-Bucket builders!

Of course you can use it to build any kind of T-Bucket: pickup, turtle deck, bobtail, C-cab, ‘15-T, ‘23-T, or ‘27-T.

However, you can just as easily use my practical manual to build your Austin Bantam, Fiat Topolino, Model-A Ford, or whatever hot rod or rat rod you choose, just by making some simple chassis adjustments.

You’ll be glad to find that most of the content is designed to be transferable to any budget hot rod building project you may have!


Somewhere in Mexico

What purchasers have to say, Part III:

I love it when the original authors get rewarded and their readers do, too. I just ordered a copy.

This particular book is not like others … this is nothing but how to step-by-step put one together with an emphasis on not buying parts but making them yourself or, if you have to, where to and what to buy that is cheap and still safe.

Just got my eBook, well worth the price!

I’m an advanced rodder and like other advanced rodders rarely need a how to book. But in the blurb about the book it was mentioned that there was a cheap way to make a good looking windscreen frame. So I bought the book primarily for that info which I may find very helpful. For a novice/intermediate rodder it should be a very helpful book … I had another look at it this morning and I’m inclined to think it is quite a good book. There are various patterns and templates included, even patterns for the mounting brackets for disc brakes on a beam axle.

I’d like to say thank you for making the book available as an eBook as I wouldn’t have been able to get a copy otherwise.

So, just what is this eBook thing?

Instead of ordering the book printed on paper, having to pay shipping and, worst of all, waiting who knows how long for it to arrive — order your eBook and be reading, enjoying and using it in a shade over 5 minutes.

Click the “Add to Cart” button and you’ll be securely directed to PayPal to make your payment. You don’t even have to have a PayPal account. Just look for the “Don’t have a PayPal account?” and click on the link to purchase without having a PayPay account. (For more on how to pay without a PayPal account, click here>)Oh, we forgot to mention that the next best thing to getting it quickly as an eBook is getting it cheaply.

After you’ve paid, be sure to click on the “Return to Merchant” button in PayPal and it will immediately take you to a Thank You page with your encrypted download link. Simply click on the link to save it to your computer, be patient for about 5 minutes while all 250+ pages download and then you’re ready to start using Chester’s tons of valuable information.

It’s delivered to you as a PDF file that you can read on your monitor or, if you wish, you can print it out. Remember that the encrypted download link expires in 12 hours and just to be safe we automatically send you an email with the encrypted download link in it also. If you have any doubt about downloading or being able to read the PDF eBook, click here to download a FREE Chapter NOW>

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What purchasers have to say, Part IV:

Love the book, and would have to be pretty desperate to give it up.

Personally I am glad I bought this book years ago … not because I have an interest in T-Buckets but because it has down to earth ways to build a car … which can be adapted to any vehicle you are making. This book has a lot of info for someone who hasn’t done it before but is also not an idiot with tools … I have purchased many ‘how to’ books and each dissapointed me due to the lack of real info needed.

Good stuff and maybe it will get some of the ‘I can’t afford to build a rod’ guys thinking and doing.

I just got mine. Section alone on Radiator sizes is worth the price!!

There’s a lot of great info in it that supplements some of the material I already have, and lots of stuff that in it that I don’t have. And what can you really buy for this price these days?

It was this book that I showed to a friend that was just getting into drag racing. He had a ’73 Nova and was about to spend a fortune on it.

I showed him the book and said wouldn’t you rather have something like this than that Nova? He aleady had an engine and I gave him the cost vs. cost … weight vs. weight, etc. Well, the decision was made. He wanted a “T” … LOL. We made a few changes from the book but as I said it was the book that steered the way. He has had the car for about 6 years now and I don’t think he will ever let it go … too much fun. Come to think about it … he still has my book!

I think it’s still one of the best books out there. My family has been Drag Racing since the 60s and I know I have loaned it out dozens of times to just family alone.

This is your last opportunity to order!

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With “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000″ you’ll get 250+ pages of detailed, money-saving information to help you successfully build your T-Bucket or just about any other kind of hot rod! This one-of-a-kind eBook also features over 400 photos, templates, diagrams and illustrations that will save you time, trouble and money! And, it’s great fun and entertaining to boot! So, don’t delay …

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