T-Bucket & Model A HotRod Mod’s DVD Set

The response to our StreetRod 101 hot rod “how to” DVDs featuring Bob Hamilton has been so terrific that we are proud to introduce [hilight color=”FFFF00″]the 4th DVD in the series[/hilight]:T-Bucket and Model A HotRod Mods.

StreetRod101 T-Bucket Model-A Hot Rod Mods

This new 4+ hour, 2-DVD set covers how to install opening doors in a fiberglass body, how to build a custom fiberglass dashboard, how to modify a fiberglass grille shell, how to understand street rod electric wiring, kingpin bushing replacement, and two special bonus features for handicapped hot rodders: how to build a sliding seat and installing hot rod hand controls.

All of these modifications can be equally applied to either a T-Bucket or Model A HotRod or just about any early model street rod you’re building.

Take a look at all the detailed information you’ll learn in the seven chapters of this 4+ hour, 2-DVD set:

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  • Build Opening Doors in a Fiberglass Body


Fiberglass body opening door

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  • Why it’s important to have a plan before cutting doors out

  • How “body stress” can be a problem when cutting the door out and how to avoid it

  • Two ways to reinforce door and frame before cutting

  • How to install “bear jaw” latches

  • How to use $5 hardware store hinges, rather than paying $50-$120 for special street rod hinges

  • How to build reinforced door jambs that will look great and ensure smooth door operation

  • Which side door you should always start with first

  • How to lay out door outline before cutting and why pre-cuts will help

  • Where your final cuts should be to avoid problems

  • Which edge of the door is best to alignment from

  • How to build up sheets and strips of fiberglass matte and resin to build your own door jambs for a finished look and durability

  • How to plan ahead for easy upholstery panel mounting

  • How to mount fiberglass strips around 90 degree curves

  • Where to center your hinges in the door

  • Where and how to mount the door latch

  • How to modify a striker bolt to lengthen it and give longer life, smooth operation

  • How to easily square a door edge that wasn’t cut perfectly straight

  • How to build door upholstery panel mounting structure

  • Why you should start saving your popsicle sticks

  • How to reinforce the door for hinge mounting

  • How to ensure precise top and bottom hinge alignment for smooth, dependable opening and closing

  • How to tighten door gaps for that real “pro” look

  • How to “bed” the hinges in fiberglass

  • How to tighten or loosen hinge tension

  • How to build door sills

  • Optional ways of further strengthening door jambs, while also providing upholstery panel mounting

  • How to most efficiently and effectively prime the interior door fiberglass work

  • Plus, how to build a frenched fiberglass license plate frame

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  • Build a Custom Fiberglass Dashboard


Build Fiberglass Dashboard

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  • How to start with a pattern for your own custom fiberglass dashboard

  • Using homemade fiberglass sheet as a starting point

  • How to recess dash and add a wood insert

  • Using fiberglass bondo to reinforce joints and fill in gaps in dash

  • How to use hand-formed brake line for dimensional molding to give 3D effect

  • How to cut out dash for best gauge mounting

  • How to prime, fill, sand and paint for smooth finish

  • Building your own wood dash insert

  • Adding programmable speedometer switch bracket and dash mounting support brackets

  • Power, ground, and gauge wires simplified

  • Simple tips to make maintenance easier

  • Provisions for headlight and turn signal indicator lights

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  • Modify a Fiberglass Grille Shell


Grille Shell Modifications

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  • Grille shell considerations when running a hood

  • Variations to be aware of in grille shells and radiators — even from the same supplier

  • Best looking way to fill those unsightly gaps between radiator and grille shell

  • When’s the best time to use a chopped ’32 grille shell vs stock height

  • What CFM fan is recommended for most dependable cooling

  • Which type of radiator support rods to use

  • Why you may want to order your radiator without a “foot”

  • How to make rugged radiator support brackets with enough flexibility to avoid damaging your radiator

  • Routing radiator fan (and turn signal) wires so they don’t show

  • How to chop, or section, a fiberglass grille shell the right way

  • How to “french” turn signals into the grille shell for a smoother appearance

  • How to build a custom polished stainless steel vertical bar grille

  • Best way to drill stainless steel tubing

  • How a fiberglass Deuce grille shell compares to the metal version

  • How to install a grille insert without damaging grille shell paint

  • Various front turn signal choices and mounting options

  • How to properly ground electric lights mounted on fiberglass

  • The easy way to spot-prime your fiberglass modifications

  • How to fabricate fiberglass pads to mount grille shell to radiator

  • Low-buck, homemade radius, corner and curved sanding tools you can make

  • The easy way to measure grille bar spacing

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  • Street Rod Electric Wiring Simplified


Street Rod Electric Wiring

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  • Primary considerations: battery location, master disconnect switch

  • Constant power source requirements

  • Wire color coding tips

  • Neat, effective grounds

  • Nicer looking battery terminals

  • Fuses, fuse box types and location

  • Simple wire gauge choices

  • Importance of a neutral safety switch

  • Logical dashboard gauge placement

  • Simple turn signal indicator lights

  • How to prewire dash gauges and build your own wiring harness

  • Simplified gauge hookup explained

  • When and how to use crimp connectors or solder joints

  • Good soldering procedure

  • Types of solder to use and the type not to use

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  • Kingpin Bushing Replacement


Replace Ford Kingpin Bushings

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  • How to differentiate wheel bearing wear from kingpin wear

  • Overview of the 3 simple tools used to replace kingpin bushings

  • The “poor man’s bushing driver”

  • Removing zerk fittings

  • How to drive out old bushings

  • Optional: build your own spindle mounting fixture for your vise

  • Proper way to orient and drive in new bushings

  • How to adjust, lubricate and clean reamer

  • How to properly ream both bushings

  • Properly fitting kingpins to bushings

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  • Build a Sliding Street Rod Seat


Sliding Seat Street Rod

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  • Constructing a support framework to permit cantilevered load of a 200+ pound driver on seat sliding 18″ to the outside of body to allow easy access

  • Building a removable external support leg with roller to engage pavement for more secure support

  • How to cover for upholstery

  • How to build a simple, positive locking mechanism for seat when in driving position

  • Materials of construction for seat support framework, seat carrier mechanism, bearings and bushings

  • How to adjust seat track

  • A unique 3-5 point harness mounting arrangement

  • How to mount securely to floorboard of street rod


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  • Installing Hot Rod Hand Controls


Street Rod Hand Controls

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  • Demystifying the operation of hand controls for brake and accelerator

  • How to mount hand controls in a hot rod

  • How to modify hand controls for different street rod driver dimensions and layouts

  • Making controls easily removable for regular drivers

  • Dual braking explained

  • How to make everything disappear when it’s time to sell your street rod

  • How to modify conventional passenger car mounting brackets to fit hot rod interiors


Like all of Bob Hamilton’s videos, you’ll pick up a ton of tips, tricks and knowledge that will save you untold hours of frustration and needlessly wasted money in your street rod building efforts.

If you’re already a StreetRod 101 collector, you’ll want to add this DVD set to your library and if you’re not this is an ideal one to start with. To order your StreetRod 101 T-Bucket and Model-A Hot Rod Mod’s 4+ hour, 2-DVD set for only $24.95 plus $4 shipping ($7 international), just click on the Buy Now button below.

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