2017 T-Bucket Nationals Preview: Stainless Steel T-Bucket of Winfield Scott
Sure, some guys might have stainless steel T-Bucket headers but only one guy I know of has a stainless steel T-Bucket. And if you come to the 2017 T-Bucket Nationals in Carson City, Nevada, from June 22-24, you’ll see it up close and personal.
Winfield Scott of Marcellus, Michigan works in the stainless steel fabrication industry. So when it came time to build the T-Bucket of his dreams it was only natural that he would apply his considerable stainless steel fab skills.
The First Stainless Steel T-Bucket
About the only things on Winfield Scott’s T-Bucket that are not stainless steel are the body, windshield, upholstery, engine and tires. Most of everything else, though, was fabricated by Winfield using that durable, shiny material.
The proper welding of stainless steel is something that can take years of experience and lots of knowledge, both of which Winfield possessed.
It’s interesting to note that when Winfield began the construction of his stainless steel T-Bucket chassis that he used the California Custom Roadsters T-Bucket Chassis Plans.
However, Winfield exercised quite a bit of his own creativity in the chassis construction. While 99% of T-Bucket tubular front axles use round tubing, Winfield chose the road less traveled and went with rectangular stainless steel tubing.
He also fabricated his own stainless steel friction shocks to ensure a nice, clean look for the front suspension.
You could say the trademark touch on Winfield’s T is the beautiful grille shell insert he fab’d from stainless and which bears his “SS-T” logo representing the Stainless Steel T-Bucket.
For rear suspension, Winfield used the chapter of the CCR Plans covering how to install a Jaguar independent rear suspension in a T-Bucket, which is pretty much the ultimate in a smooth riding, stable rear suspension.
For plenty of interior room Winfield went with the California Custom Roadsters Long T-Bucket Body, which is stretched eight inches longer than a standard T body: five inches in the passenger area and three inches more under the cowl for more leg room.
Of course, the interior also sports a great looking tooled stainless steel dash insert.
And as long as you’ve got the skills, how about fabbing up a one-of-a-kind stainless steel cup holder with your own logo. Talk about awesome detail!
When you look at Winfield’s engine, be ready to be blown away by more incredible stainless steel detail. Like the carb scoop, valve covers with personalized breather, plug wire looms, and exhaust header heat shields. But wait! Take a look at that intake manifold. Winfield wanted room for an HEI distributor so he fabricated his own tunnel ram manifold from stainless steel, naturally! And that’s not all. Take a look at the beautiful stainless steel fan and grille shell support. Incredible!
Let me draw your attention to some more stainless wizardry. The tooled firewall, the nifty shroud over the steering shaft, and the elegantly unique radius rods.
Of course, Winfield made his own stainless steel headers and went the extra step to make a really sharp heat shield that cleverly disguises the muffler on each side.
The pickup bed naturally houses an ample stainless steel fuel tank, which is easily accessed by sliding the bed cover back on the nice tracks Winfield used. Even some room left over for incidentals.
But for even more storage space there’s the sharp stainless luggage rack that holds a custom-made antique looking trunk. Why?
With all the incredible detail you’ve probably pegged Winfield Scott’s stainless steel T-Bucket as a show car. Although it’s brought home quite a few trophies, Winfield really like to drive his T — and I mean not just around the block. He racked up over 35,000 miles in the ten years after it was completed.
Check out that sticker on the headlight. It’s from being at the prestigious L.A. Roadsters annual show in California. While you’re at it, check out the neat headlight stanchions Winfield made.
I could go on, but I think you’ve got the point: Winfield Scott has built one of the most unique, incredibly detailed T-Buckets ever. And you can see it June 22-24 at the 2017 T-Bucket Nationals in Carson City, Nevada. If you’re anywhere near, don’t miss out or you’ll regret it.
(Note: We’re not the organizers of the event; we’re just happy to help promote it. For further information and all event questions please go to the helpful NTBA Event Forum.)
TBucketPlans.com 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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