T-Bucket Paint Application on Dave Melling’s Project: Part 12

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TBucketPlans.com originated in 2005 as a personal blog extolling the virtues of T-Buckets. In 2009 I blogged about Chester Greenhalgh, the "how to" genius who wrote the legendary, out-of-print “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000”. That led to a friendship with Chester and our partnership in marketing the updated eBook version of his T-Bucket building bible. The T-Bucket fire burns stronger and stronger.
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When building your own T-Bucket, paint application can be kind of scary. If you do it yourself, it might be a learning experience that produces a good “ten foot paint job”. But if you have the budget and you really want eyes to pop up close then it might be worth following what Dave Melling … Read more

T-Bucket Upholstery Insert for Dave Melling’s Project: Part 11

T-Bucket interior fabrication
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TBucketPlans.com originated in 2005 as a personal blog extolling the virtues of T-Buckets. In 2009 I blogged about Chester Greenhalgh, the "how to" genius who wrote the legendary, out-of-print “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000”. That led to a friendship with Chester and our partnership in marketing the updated eBook version of his T-Bucket building bible. The T-Bucket fire burns stronger and stronger.
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One way to save a lot of money in a budget T-Bucket build is to fabricate your own T-Bucket upholstery insert. That’s what Dave Melling did and his home made T-Bucket upholstery insert formed the basis for his beautiful diamond button tuft upholstery. Diamond button tuft upholstery, by the way, can be done at home … Read more

T-Bucket Dashboard Construction in Dave Melling’s Project: Part 10

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TBucketPlans.com originated in 2005 as a personal blog extolling the virtues of T-Buckets. In 2009 I blogged about Chester Greenhalgh, the "how to" genius who wrote the legendary, out-of-print “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000”. That led to a friendship with Chester and our partnership in marketing the updated eBook version of his T-Bucket building bible. The T-Bucket fire burns stronger and stronger.
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The T-Bucket dashboard is another way in which you can exercise your creativity to build a T-Bucket that is not only different and beautiful, but also customized in its functionality just for you. Some T-Bucket dashboards may be sculpted and come built into the body or you may have a body where the T-Bucket dashboard … Read more

T-Bucket Interior Fabrication for Dave Melling’s Project: Part 9

T-Bucket interior fabrication
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TBucketPlans.com originated in 2005 as a personal blog extolling the virtues of T-Buckets. In 2009 I blogged about Chester Greenhalgh, the "how to" genius who wrote the legendary, out-of-print “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000”. That led to a friendship with Chester and our partnership in marketing the updated eBook version of his T-Bucket building bible. The T-Bucket fire burns stronger and stronger.
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How you go about your T-Bucket interior fabrication can make all the difference in the world in terms of your hot rod’s overall appearance. In Chester Greenhalgh‘s “How to Build a T-Bucket” eBook we cover the simple basics of T-Bucket interior fabrication. But in Dave Melling‘s build he takes his T-Bucket interior fabrication to another … Read more

Jaguar Independent Rear Suspension for Dave Melling T-Bucket Project: Part 8

Jaguar independent rear suspension
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TBucketPlans.com originated in 2005 as a personal blog extolling the virtues of T-Buckets. In 2009 I blogged about Chester Greenhalgh, the "how to" genius who wrote the legendary, out-of-print “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000”. That led to a friendship with Chester and our partnership in marketing the updated eBook version of his T-Bucket building bible. The T-Bucket fire burns stronger and stronger.
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This installment wraps up coverage of the Jaguar independent rear suspension in Dave Melling‘s T-Bucket project. The treatment has been extensive because the Jaguar independent rear suspension can be the most dramatic element you can include when building a T-Bucket hot rod. We hope that by following along with these descriptions and photos that you’ll … Read more

Jag Rear Axle Assembly in Dave Melling’s T-Bucket Project: Part 7

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TBucketPlans.com originated in 2005 as a personal blog extolling the virtues of T-Buckets. In 2009 I blogged about Chester Greenhalgh, the "how to" genius who wrote the legendary, out-of-print “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000”. That led to a friendship with Chester and our partnership in marketing the updated eBook version of his T-Bucket building bible. The T-Bucket fire burns stronger and stronger.
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This is where the hard work on Dave Melling‘s Jag rear axle assembly is starting to pay off. After replacing the early S-type Jag rear axle assembly with the wider Mk 10 Jag rear axle assembly and chroming just about everything Dave now starts to put it back together. The above photo shows my design … Read more

Jag IRS Beautification for Dave Melling’s T-Bucket Project: Part 6

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TBucketPlans.com originated in 2005 as a personal blog extolling the virtues of T-Buckets. In 2009 I blogged about Chester Greenhalgh, the "how to" genius who wrote the legendary, out-of-print “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000”. That led to a friendship with Chester and our partnership in marketing the updated eBook version of his T-Bucket building bible. The T-Bucket fire burns stronger and stronger.
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A typical question is, “why would you want to go to all the time, trouble and expense of putting in a Jag IRS when building a T-Bucket?” For one, the Jaguar independent rear suspension rides smoother and tracks the road much better than the conventional rear transverse leaf spring. But, the big reason is that … Read more

Jaguar Rear Axle Swap in Dave Melling’s T-Bucket Project: Part 5

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TBucketPlans.com originated in 2005 as a personal blog extolling the virtues of T-Buckets. In 2009 I blogged about Chester Greenhalgh, the "how to" genius who wrote the legendary, out-of-print “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000”. That led to a friendship with Chester and our partnership in marketing the updated eBook version of his T-Bucket building bible. The T-Bucket fire burns stronger and stronger.
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The Jaguar rear axle became a popular high-end T-Bucket option in the 1970s. Today, a properly installed and detailed or chromed Jaguar rear axle on a T-Bucket really makes it stand out from the crowd. Our California Custom Roadster T-Bucket Chassis Plans are very popular because they include detailed measurements and templates for installing a … Read more