Hot Rod Santa and How He Built His T-Bucket Sleigh

Hot Rod Santa and His T-Bucket Sleigh

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Santa T-Bucket Hot Rod Sleigh

Hot Rod Santa T-Bucket Sleigh

Hot Rod Santa faced global population explosion and the escalating costs of reindeer food so he turned to Chester Greenhalgh-like T-Bucket hot rod ingenuity for a better way to serve his billions of little customers.

Santa's T-Bucket Hot Rod Roadster Sleigh

This 400+ horse open sleigh was built by Russian artisans using only the highest quality Canadian Maple for the body.

Santa's T-Bucket Hot Rod Sleigh

With a dual-quad, tunnel ram-fed small block Chevy for power this T-Bucket sleigh was designed to leave Rudolph and his eight friends behind in the snowflakes.

Santa's T-Bucket Hot Rod Sleigh

Hot Rod Santa is T-Bucket Inspired

And, Santa’s Express features such standard T-Bucket features as carriage lamps (but, of course), a matching metalflake steering wheel and chromed differential cover.

Hot Rod Santa T-Bucket Sleigh

The plush interior is in keeping with T-Bucket hot rods past, like Marty Hollmann’s.

Hot Rod Santa T-Bucket Sleigh

It even features a tall shifter undoubtedly inspired by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth‘s weirdo cartoon character cars.

Hot Rod Santa T-Bucket Sleigh

In actuality, this Hot Rod Santa sleigh was built by Butch and Tina Reeves in a span of just over two weeks before Christmas back in 2002.

Hot Rod Santa Holiday T-Bucket (9)

They used it around St. Louis for charity events to make children happy like the ones at Ronald McDonald House. According to Butch, “It was thrown together out of a lot used parts. We loved building it and we still love the car.”

Hot Rod Santa Holiday T-Bucket (56)

It was sold on eBay in October, 2010, for $12,000 — a bargain if you not only enjoy leading the annual Christmas parade, but also bringing joy to the heart of every youngster who sees it.

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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! 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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