Roth Outlaw Tribute Car You’ve Just Gotta’ See

Roth Outlaw Tribute
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T-Bucket fanatic since 1957 when my 8 year old eyes became glued to a full page LIFE magazine photo of Norm Grabowski in the wildest hot rod I had ever seen! I later discovered the fascinating T-Buckets of TV Tommy Ivo, Marty Hollmann, Bob Johnston and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s T-Bucket inspired Outlaw. I was hooked for life on T-Bucket hot rods!

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 of hot rodding’s most famous cars is Ed Roth’s Outlaw. Built in 1959 as the beatnik embodiment of a space age T-Bucket, it was the first free-form fiberglass show car and it started a revolution. I’ve drooled over the original at the Petersen Museum. I’m also a big fan of the Outlaw clones built … Read more

The Best T-Bucket Car Show Ever!

T-Bucket car show Norm Grabowski Kookie
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T-Bucket fanatic since 1957 when my 8 year old eyes became glued to a full page LIFE magazine photo of Norm Grabowski in the wildest hot rod I had ever seen! I later discovered the fascinating T-Buckets of TV Tommy Ivo, Marty Hollmann, Bob Johnston and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s T-Bucket inspired Outlaw. I was hooked for life on T-Bucket hot rods!

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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With the 2016 T-Bucket Nationals in Indianapolis less than 30 days away, I thought it a good time to write about what I consider the best T-Bucket car show ever! That’s saying a lot, but you have to put it in perspective. It was 57 years ago. T-Bucket hot rods were in their infancy. But … Read more

1915 T Roadster Built by John Gates in High School in ’58

1915 T roadster Marcus Edell
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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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No, the photo below wasn’t taken in 1956, although with the Chevy Delray and the cool 1915 T roadster it sure looks like it could have been. Actually, that 1915 T roadster didn’t get built until a couple years later in 1958 and it debuted at the local drag strip as a supercharged Modified Roadster. … Read more

Von Esser Speed Shop “Von T” Still Showing Strong

Von T Von Esser Speed Shop
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T-Bucket fanatic since 1957 when my 8 year old eyes became glued to a full page LIFE magazine photo of Norm Grabowski in the wildest hot rod I had ever seen! I later discovered the fascinating T-Buckets of TV Tommy Ivo, Marty Hollmann, Bob Johnston and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s T-Bucket inspired Outlaw. I was hooked for life on T-Bucket hot rods!

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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Yesterday, the distinctly different proportions of the Von Esser Speed Shop “Von T” jumped out of my Facebook newsfeed. With a tall top almost as high off the ground as its stubby wheelbase is short, you just have to admit that the Von T is in a T-Bucket class all its own. And I’ve held … Read more

John Geraghty Automotive Founder, Grasshopper Builder Passes Away

John Geraghty Automotive Grasshopper
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T-Bucket fanatic since 1957 when my 8 year old eyes became glued to a full page LIFE magazine photo of Norm Grabowski in the wildest hot rod I had ever seen! I later discovered the fascinating T-Buckets of TV Tommy Ivo, Marty Hollmann, Bob Johnston and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s T-Bucket inspired Outlaw. I was hooked for life on T-Bucket hot rods!

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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It was sad to read in yesterday’s LA Times that “John J. Geraghty, an automotive engineer who made his mark in hot rod design (John Geraghty Automotive) before switching gears and becoming an expert in the art of the American West, has died. He was 85.” His obituary noted, “a native of California, Geraghty was … Read more

Ed Roth’s Outlaw/Excalibur/Excaliber

Ed-big-daddy-roth-outlaw
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T-Bucket fanatic since 1957 when my 8 year old eyes became glued to a full page LIFE magazine photo of Norm Grabowski in the wildest hot rod I had ever seen! I later discovered the fascinating T-Buckets of TV Tommy Ivo, Marty Hollmann, Bob Johnston and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s T-Bucket inspired Outlaw. I was hooked for life on T-Bucket hot rods!

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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Note: To honor the memory of the late Ed Roth, I am reposting (with a new image gallery) this brief tribute from 2010. Nine years ago (April 4, 2001), we lost Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. I felt fortunate that two months prior I had a chance to say hi to Ed and get him to … Read more

Fiberglass T Bucket Body History

Fiberglass T Bucket Body Curt Hamilton Cal Automotive

We take the fiberglass T-Bucket body for granted. It seems like they’ve always been around, in abundance and economically priced: the ideal starting point for an exciting, budget hot rod.

“Plastic” T-Buckets?

Three years prior to the introduction of the first fiberglass T-Bucket body, the car-loving world was all excited about the possibilities of fiberglass bodies, no doubt fueled by …