Fast n Loud T-Bucket Brings ’70s Nostalgia to Gas Monkey Garage

Gas Monkey Garage T-Bucket
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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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I heard that this week on Discovery Channel’s Fast n’ Loud that they would be purchasing a T-Bucket. So, I dutifully tuned in to the Fast n Loud T-Bucket episode to see if there might be anything worth sharing with our followers at TBucketPlans.com. And I was pleasantly surprised. As soon as I saw the … Read more

Pip Biddlecombe Low Blow T Bucket: Before, During and After

Pip Biddlecombe Low Blow T Bucket
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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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Back in 2010, I did a story about the Pip Biddlecombe Low Blow T Bucket that generated a lot of interest. It’s easy to see why this British-built, Pontiac-powered T-Bucket attracted such attention with its sinister looking low profile. Construction of the Pip Biddlecombe Low Blow T Bucket had begun around 1980. What I didn’t … Read more

Raked T-Bucket 1970s Survivor — You Either Love It or Hate It

Raked T-Bucket
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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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For quite some time I’ve been fascinated by a wildly raked T-Bucket with roots that go back almost 60 years in the Spokane, Washington area. Its lingering appearance from the 1970s is something most people either love or hate. Personally, I love it and when I saw that it was recently relisted on eBay I … Read more

Joe Pirronello’s Dragster-Inspired Long Wheelbase T Bucket, “All-American”

long wheelbase T Bucket Joe Pirronello All American
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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 long wheelbase T Bucket era began in the late 1960s. Two factors contributed to the long wheelbase T Bucket fad. The first factor was the growth of drag-strip inspired street machines: from gassers to altered wheelbase funny cars to dragsters. The second factor was by that time T-Bucket hot rods were quite numerous and … Read more

Terry Brown T-Bucket Sets the Fad-T Standard

Terry Brown T-Bucket
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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 I first saw the Terry Brown T-Bucket on the cover of Street Rodder magazine in 1975 I was mesmerized! The opposed coil front suspension, the bug eye headlights, the tall-T top, the weedburner headers, the independent rear suspension and monstrously wide rear tires were sensory overload. My euphoria turned to frustration, though, as I … Read more

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

Chauvin Emmons Indianapolis 500 T-Bucket roadster
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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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I just returned from watching the MAVTV 500 (yeah, I never heard of MAVTV, either) Indy Car race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA and it was one of the most fun and exciting races of any kind that I’ve seen in quite a few years. Some of the drivers weren’t crazy about it, … Read more

T-Bucket Headers History

T-Bucket headers wild
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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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T-Bucket headers are an important component that are easily taken for granted. They can make all the difference in the overall appearance of a T-Bucket. As an early example from the 1940s, the Ed Iskenderian “La Cucaracha” T roadster utilized pretty utilitarian, although beautiful in terms of lines and chrome, headers with the three individual … Read more

Lee Neiman’s Supercharged T Bucket Reappears

Lee Neiman Captain Nemo Supercharged T Bucket
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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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Recently on Twitter I saw a cool 1970s era supercharged T Bucket for sale that caught my attention. (Which reminds me: if you’re on Twitter and you don’t follow us you should. We tweet some pretty cool stuff. Just follow us at https://twitter.com/TBucketPlans). Two things jogged my memory about this supercharged T Bucket. The first … Read more