Grand National Roadster Show 2016 Top T-Buckets, Part 1

Just for you, here’s our coverage of the Grand National Roadster Show 2016 Top T-Buckets. This year was the 67th Annual and, as always, it’s an event well worth attending if you happen to be in Southern California. In case you weren’t able to attend, here’s the show through our T-Bucket focused vision — in no particular order.

Grand National Roadster Show 2016 Top T-Buckets

John Stone 1923 Track Roadster

John Stone T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

I love louvers! And does John Stone’s ’23 Track T have them!

John Stone T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The interior features a great looking engine-turned dash and Bell-style wheel along with great synthetic leather upholstery by Tommy Krish interiors.

John Stone T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The turtle deck appears abbreviated and it’s mounted high on the original steel T-Bucket body for just the right track roadster look.

John Stone T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The body is unchanneled and the frame is nicely tapered to follow the body lines as Bob Hamilton shows how to do in our StreetRod 101 Hot Rod Frame and Chassis DVD. What’s really cool are the neat louvered panels that cover the frame.

John Stone T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

With a custom windshield frame for a nicely laid back look and a Model A grille shell, it’s all wrapped up in subtle DuPont base tan and PPG “flats” clear coat, applied by Al Stone.

John Stone T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The bugeye headlights are ’34 Ford and motivation is by a modern 350 GM small block. The front axle is a ’47 Ford half-ton pickup item, suspended with Posies quarter elliptic springs.

Roger Scott’s 1926 Dodge D-Bucket Roadster

Roger Scott T-Bucket Dodge D-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

I love unconventional power plants and the 270 cubic inch Dodge polysphere engine in Roger Scott’s bucket was built by Y-Block Guy, Tim McMaster. What else would you want to put in a D-Bucket?

Roger Scott T-Bucket Dodge D-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The nostalgic looking upholstery and tonneau cover by Eduardo’s is awesome and perfectly complements the red paint finish by Marty Lebarr.

Roger Scott T-Bucket Dodge D-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The wide whites and hubcaps complete the traditional look.

Roger Scott T-Bucket Dodge D-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

Just gotta’ love the Frenched in license plate and those cool taillights thanks to the work of Dan Sigl.

 

Roger Scott T-Bucket Dodge D-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The chassis is by Mark Skipper, who knows a thing or two about traditional T’s as noted in our earlier story about his own. Of course, it features an early Dodge smiling front axle.

Roger Scott T-Bucket Dodge D-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

This is just the kind of car that made my trip to the Grand National Roadster Show 2016 such a worthwhile endeavor. But, there’s much more.

Larry McCullah’s 4-Cylinder Tub-T

Larry McCullah T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The T-Bucket and Tub-T world is populated by many who like to march to a different drummer and Larry McCullah is one.

Larry McCullah T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

No “belly button” motor for Larry. Instead, he went with a modern take on a traditional theme. Larry’s tub is four-banger powered, but how about an Olds dual overhead cam Quad Four for something different — with some real punch.

Larry McCullah T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

Coming at ya’, Larry’s T is all tradition with a V8-60 style front axle and drum brakes.

Larry McCullah T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The red wire wheels keep the traditional vibes going and the capped lakes plug exhaust is really a nice nostalgic element.

Larry McCullah T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

Larry’s build is also representative of what can be done on a modest budget, too. With the right parts and paint, chrome just isn’t necessary.

Larry McCullah T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

Of course it’s gotta’ have a quickchange center section and transverse rear spring to be as traditional looking going as coming.

John Geraghty “Grasshopper” Recreation by Dave Shuten

Grasshopper T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

Of course, I had to visit the Galpin Autosports tent to once again lovingly look at Dave Shuten’s beautiful recreation of the late John Geraghty’s “Grasshopper”, the history of which I covered last year. You can read about it in the older story, but for now you can just feast your eyes on the incredible beauty of this T-bodied work of art>

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David Yerger’s Full-Fendered ’27 T Roadster Pickup

David Yerger T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

Here’s one more fine example of the variety of different approaches to T building found at the Grand National Roadster Show 2016.  With its full fenders and straight front axle, David Yerger’s 1927 T roadster looks like a gasser from the front.

David Yerger T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

It’s a nice blend of old and new because that late model steering column attaches to a rack and pinion steering assembly.

David Yerger T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The coil-over-shock rear suspension is attached to a cool looking third member and the rear axle is running disc brakes as well.

David Yerger T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

In addition to the full fender look, David has chosen to shorten his pickup bed only to where it’s about even with the fenders and it has left plenty of room for actual storage.

David Yerger T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

Again, this proves you absolutely do not have to follow some rigid outline in building a T hot rod. Rather, by following your own likes and inspiration you’ll have the ingredients for a distinctive looking ride. After all, that’s what it’s about.

David Yerger T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

A Real T-Bucket on a Budget!

Budget T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

First off, my apologies to the owner of this bucket because I didn’t get his name.  With the undropped I-beam front axle with wrapped spring mounted on top, rather than behind, you’ll note a nice tall spring perch on this T in order to get it closer to the ground in front. The disc brakes are a nice addition for safety.

Budget T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

Out back, the theme continues with a California-modified look having the fuel tank behind the bucket.

Budget T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

And a quickchange center section gives great visual appeal.

Budget T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

It’s an original steel body, but the interior has been left sparse and functional.

Budget T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

In my mind, this little T with those red wires shows how nice a modest 6-banger can look in one of these.

Budget T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

The original steel body is the truly unique feature here and you can see the holes in the firewall that were originally there for spark plug wires.

Budget T-Bucket Grand National Roadster Show 2016

It just goes to show that at the Grand National Roadster Show 2016 it’s not all high dollar show cars. The outdoors car show includes every aspect of the sport.

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4 thoughts on “Grand National Roadster Show 2016 Top T-Buckets, Part 1”

  1. Some great looking rides again! I never tire of seeing these. Love the front axle on the Dodge bucket. A friend here has a Dodge bucket but it has a Model A axle and a Model A front bumper. Kind of hokey looking but he bought it that way.

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