Halloween Hot Rod, The Bumpkin Pumpkin T-Bucket

Halloween Hot Rod, The Bumpkin Pumpkin T-Bucket, Rides Again

With Halloween tonight, it’s time to revive the most fun T-Bucket Halloween Hot Rod post we have.

Pumpkin T-Bucket For Sale

The old joke goes, “Doctor, doctor, I’m so ugly. What can I do about it?
Hire yourself out for Halloween parties.”

Pumpkin T-Bucket For Sale

(Originally posted January 15, 2011) OK, guys and gals. If you’ve always wanted to be the star of the Halloween Parade, scare small children, incite chasing dogs and draw gape-mouthed stares at every car show and cruise you attend then you missed your chance when this Halloween hot rod was listed on eBay with a “buy it now” for only twelve grand!?

Halloween Hot Rod Pumpkin T-Bucket

(Hey, we’ve already brought you Santa’s T-Bucket Hot Rod Sleigh coverage, so we’ll continue our holiday-themed T-Bucket coverage — anybody got a turkey-bucket)?

Halloween Hot Rod Pumpkin T-Bucket

In all fairness, either this Halloween hot rod was inspired by some creative artwork or vice-versa.

Pumpkin T-Bucket For Sale

With its Jack-O-Lantern headlights, this T-Bucket based (check out the T grille shell) Halloween hot rod curiosity features a “one of a kind” (no duh) fiberglass body and if there was ever a car to win the Shriner’s Choice Award, this is it — and it did.

Pumpkin T-Bucket For Sale

While the eBay listing was titled as a “1927 Ford Model T-Bucket”, I’d say it’s more ’23 based but arguing that seems a moot point.

Pumpkin T-Bucket For Sale

Powered by a 302 Ford, I have to wonder why the builder didn’t choose the Chevy small block, since they’re pumpkin orange to begin with! 😉

Pumpkin T-Bucket For Sale

The orange-tinted, pumpkin-shaped windshield is a creative touch but that dash features a 160 mph speedo, which presents its own spooky visions given the lack of front brakes.

Pumpkin T-Bucket For Sale

And, yes, it’s just as frightening-looking going as coming.

Halloween Hot Rod Pumpkin T-Bucket

1/21/11 Update: Looks like the highest bid was almost $10k short of the $12k asking price, so it was a no sale. But if you’re a Halloween fan, don’t despair because the Pumpkin T was relisted on eBay and may have sold. If you know its whereabouts, please let us know. We’d love to expand this post with more info on how it was built, how it rides, and what this Halloween hot rod is up to this spooky season.

10/27/15 Update: Just because we like to keep improving on our past posts we wanted to add another Halloween Hot Rod that might be more in line with you C-Cab fans.

Halloween Hot Rod Pumpkin Car

Dig that chromed tubular front axle with disc brakes and the vertical steering column in the narrow cab.

Halloween Hot Rod Pumpkin Car

And it is a true hot rod, judging by the use of a Corvette independent rear suspension.

Pumpkin Hot Rod Car

If someone wanted to build something like this it wouldn’t be that hard to do because they could construct the custom fiberglass body themselves using the techniques covered in the cool “Build a Custom Fiberglass Body at Home” DVD set at our sister site, HotRodPlans.com.

Halloween Hot Rod Pumpkin Car

This one can be found at Pumpkintown USA in East Hampton, CT.

Halloween Hot Rod Pumpkin Car

Happy Halloween Hot Rodding!

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My grandparents subscribed to Life Magazine and I would look through each new weekly issue when I visited them. In the Spring of 1957, my 8 year old eyes were transfixed on a full page photo of Southern California rod builder Norm Grabowski chowing down on a car hop-delivered cheeseburger while seated with a buddy in the coolest car I had ever seen! The flames were awesome and the Cadillac engine hanging out there for all to see was mind-boggling. Contrary to popular misconception, the photo of Norm in what would shortly become known as the “Kookie Kar” was not on the cover. Rather, it was part of a Photographic Essay titled, “The drag racing rage: hot rodders grow in numbers but the road to respectability is a rough one.” Wow! A radically cool looking car that’s also part of an outlaw movement — I was hooked. About a year later, I was able to feed my appetite for more of this fascinating rod that started what would later become known as the T-bucket movement. Warner Brothers introduced the detective TV drama, 77 Sunset Strip, which ran for six seasons and featured car valet Edd “Kookie” Byrnes whose personal car in the show was Norm’s hot rod that had been rented out to the producers for $50 per day. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in every episode, but I became an avid fan always hoping to catch a glimpse. The T-Bucket fire still burns strong.

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