Let’s See Your T! Bob Zellhoefer’s Ever-Changing T-Bucket

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster

A real treat is in store for you T-Bucket photo lovers in this Let’s See Your T! installment because I frequently run into Bob Zellhoefer‘s flamed T-Bucket from Roscoe, Illinois at local events. So, some of the photos here were provided by Bob and others I took.

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster

And if you compare the above photo with the first one you’ll see why I titled this Bob’s “Ever-Changing T-Bucket”.
Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster
I really like Bob’s tasteful use of brass because it evokes the older “Fad-T” look, but it’s combined with more modern elements.
Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster
While the brass headlights and grille shell catch your eye, the more you look you’ll notice the clever use of brass as a nice cover for his spring perch.

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster
And the brass windshield stanchion rods flow from the front of the car to the brass windshield brackets and sideview mirrors.
Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster
And it’s really not evident until you look closely in this view that the T-Bucket body has been nicely stretched in the cowl for more leg room.

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster
The orientation of the steering box and Pittman arm work nicely to parallel the lines of the frame.
Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster
The monster rear tires tuck in nicely, close to the body and the rear axle is positioned so that they’re in perfect alignment with the short pickup bed.
Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster
Personally, I think Bob has one of nicest shaped tops I’ve seen on a T-Bucket.
Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster
The interior combines a Fad-T wooden dash housing a full complement of gauges (with matching brass bezels) with a more modern tilt steering wheel column

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster

In this view of Bob and his T you can see it start to evolve in appearance — most notably with the carb velocity stacks being replaced by the shotgun scoop.

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster

And, as you move to the side view, that awesome wing comes into view signaling that Bob’s T is now in its “competition” mode.

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster

If you hadn’t noticed yet, Bob’s not content with a small block Chevy, as that front-mouned distributor indicates.

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster

To complete the competition look, you’ll also note the wheelie bars and the drag chute.

Bob Zellhoefer T-Bucket hot rod roadster

What’s really great about Bob’s T, aside from its versatile appearance, is the fact that the more you look at it the more nice details you see. We hope you’ve enjoyed these photos as much as we have in sharing them with you. Now, Let’s See Your T!

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