A few years ago, while surfing the web, some photos of a super-low supercharged T-Bucket really caught my eye.
Then, I was shocked to notice the steering wheel on the right hand side and learned the bucket builder’s name was Pip Biddlecombe. Those two facts could only mean one thing: this mind-blowing bucket was British built!
Turns out Pip is a well-known U.K. hot rod builder who in the 70s built a rather famous Austin known as Rubellion, which was powered by a blown Daimler hemi. I believe that today Pip is into military vehicles, like tanks.
Pip’s radical T-Bucket was featured in “Rod Action” magazine back in 1986. Based on a 1 1/2 x 3-inch rectangular tube frame, it was only natural for Pip to employ a Jaguar independent rear suspension and a very nicely dropped 1940 Morris I-beam front axle.
The one-piece fiberglass top flipped up for “step-in” entry into this extremely low-profile T-Bucket.
You gotta’ love the simple, clean interior which featured a Pip-built chainlink steering wheel topping a short vertical column coming out of the floor. Speaking of floor, that’s where the two sparse bucket seat cushions were placed with the automatic tranny shifter mounted in between.
With its extremely low profile and ground clearance, though, it was not a trailer queen and was driven to rod runs and shows around England.
And Pip gets huge points from me for his unique choice of motorvation (even more so in the U.K.), a 389 cubic inch 6-71 blown Pontiac fed by a pair of Holley 600 series carbs.
In case you’re wondering, the windshield height was listed at a mere 9 inches which was certainly tough on headroom and creature comfort, but who can argue against that sinister low profile?
I had always heard Pip’s T referred to as “Low Blow” and would guess that was emphasized by the tailgate question, “How low can you go?”
I’m a huge fan of this car, despite the fact that I later learned it was likely very much inspired by another radical T-Bucket which was built a decade earlier. If you love the look of Pip’s super low T-Bucket, then you’ll want to check out our story on Scott Ellis and the original Low Blow, as well as our combo story on The Two “Low Blow” T-Buckets.
Somewhat surprisingly, a lot of great looking T-Buckets have been built in England and I’d have to say that Pip Biddlecombe’s “Low Blow” has to be one of my favorites.
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9 thoughts on “Pip Biddlecombe’s “Low Blow” T-Bucket”
I’m looking for a hardtop for my CCR stretched bucket,and ideas??
Dale, T-Bucket hardtops are few and far between because even though T-Bucket has become a generic term there’s really no such thing as a standard T-Bucket. Part of it is because many of the current T-Bucket bodies are from a mold that was pulled from another fiberglass T-Bucket body. Steel Model T’s weren’t that uniform to begin with and when you think about the molds that have been pulled over the years dimensions can vary across the back of the body and that’s just one point of difficulty. Another is that there is no standard T-Bucket windshield height; plus some windshield posts are straight up and others are angled back. Stretched and “big boy” bodies just make it more complicated. What I’m saying is that for someone to build one today it would have to be with the understanding that the buyer was expected to do the necessary modifications to make it fit his body. Years ago, Total Performance made a hardtop that was designed to fit their T-Bucket bodies. Any other and you were on your own. After Total was acquired by Speedway the hardtops were discontinued. https://www.facebook.com/groups/657694624411046/posts/1914610092052820
Spirit has one, but you’d need to modify it to fit your body.
Love seeing how others handle the engineering challenges of building extremely low cars. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Does anybody know the whereabouts of a one off belch beer truck which was stolen from 59 taunton lane, old coulsdon in approx. 2009. It was being stored at this address but I have only recently found out that it is no longer there. If anyone has any information on this please call the owner of the truck, Simon James Maw, on 02087719622 asap.
I’m sorry to hear that. Is this the truck?
Thought a picture might be helpful.
I love this. Where is it now? I enjoy mine a lot and now have had it in constant use for 6 years, 25,000 miles plus.
Pip is my uncle and i remeber this car being built during my childhood, contrary to the above info this car was never road legal in the uk because of the lack of mudguards and also, more importantly, it was virtually impossible to see the direction of travel past that massive pontiac engine! Pip won many awards for this car but after several years he converted it with a new chassis to a roadster so that it could be driven on the road, it lost its roof and was painted black with dark blue flames. This car also suffered from engine overheating problems that Pip never completely managed to cure. It was eventually sold and after that i have no idea what happened to it. Great to see it again on the net though, thanks