2011 T-Bucket Nationals Report, Part 9

Ben Griffin 1927 T-Bucket Ford roadster

Ben Griffin’s beautiful, blue ’27 T roadster is all Ford and a study in what a clean hot rod should look like. Of course, the ’26-’27 T roadster might be considered the sophisticated sibling to the rowdier ’15-’25 T-Buckets, but they all come together at the T-Bucket Nationals to cover the spectrum of hot rod interests.

Ben Griffin 1927 T-Bucket Ford roadster

Up front, Ben hit a home run with the deeply dropped front axle, low-slung headlights framing the Model A grille shell, and all backed up by a nice coil-over-shock suspension and disc brakes.

Ben Griffin 1927 T-Bucket Ford roadster

The body sits perfectly atop the tailored frame rails, while the side pipes flow nicely from the nicely detailed small block Ford engine, with its body-matched blue color.

Ben Griffin 1927 T-Bucket Ford roadster

The interior is tastefully simple and delightfully clean looking with a simple dual-gauge dash arrangement and the steering wheel coordinated with the contoured seat and matching carpet.

Ben Griffin 1927 T-Bucket Ford roadster

To me, this Indy-based roadster has the perfect pairing of paint and polish and my photos don’t do it justice. However, the HD video includes much more detail that the photos don’t show.

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4 thoughts on “2011 T-Bucket Nationals Report, Part 9”

  1. Hi,

    I have a ’26 Model T roadster with a Buick V6 in it and a drop axle front end.

    I’d like to know what kind of suspension Ben Griffin’s car has and where I can get it.

    Mustang II won’t fit…and look ugly on T’s….great for A’s, B’s and 30’s/40’s and 50’s cars.

    Anything you can advise me…..with perhaps a price…would be appreciated.

    • Hi Court, If you look closely at the video Ben’s car uses a dropped tubular front axle with coil over shock suspension. To my knowledge, nobody sells a kit for such a suspension. You’ll note that he’s fabricated pretty sturdy upright mounts on the frame for the shocks and what may not be visible is that you need to run a panhard bar for lateral stability on this type suspension. While it’s not widely seen, it isn’t exotic and somebody with chassis building skills should be able to do it.


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