T-Bucket Blog Archive

First Rail Dragster: “The Bug”, Dick

First Rail Dragster: “The Bug”, Dick

Bet you didn’t know that the first rail dragster was actually a stripped down Model T roadster. While Big Daddy Don Garlits’ first ...
The Gadberry “Low Bucket”

The Gadberry “Low Bucket”

This is a major update of my original post about David Gadberry’s “Low Bucket” T-Bucket from 2010. You’ll find oodles more ...
Bob Johnston’s T-Bucket, Later to Become

Bob Johnston’s T-Bucket, Later to Become

Beyond Norm Grabowski’s “Kookie Kar”, one of my other significant influences was a short wheelbase T-bucket built by Californian ...
The World’s First Fiberglass T-Bucket Hot

The World’s First Fiberglass T-Bucket Hot

It’s time to update my original two-part story done over ten years ago about Buzz Pitzen building “the world’s first fiberglass T ...
The World’s First Fiberglass T-Bucket Hot

The World’s First Fiberglass T-Bucket Hot

As noted in Part I, Buzz Pitzen’s T-Bucket was the world’s first using a fiberglass body. It paved the way for tens of thousands to ...
T-Bucket History: Marty Hollmann’s Hugely

T-Bucket History: Marty Hollmann’s Hugely

Martin Hollmann is without a doubt the most underrated T-bucket builder of the 50’s and 60’s. I first wrote about Marty’s T-Bucket ...
Erv Campbell T-Bucket Then and Now

Erv Campbell T-Bucket Then and Now

While checking out all the cool T-Buckets at the 2017 T-Bucket Nationals in Carson City, Nevada I did a double take when I came upon this yellow ...
Norman Letendre Traditional T-Bucket Roadster is

Norman Letendre Traditional T-Bucket Roadster is

You could say that the Norman Letendre traditional T-Bucket and the Bill Strickland T-Bucket roadster are birds of a feather. They both evidence a ...
Bill Strickland T-Bucket Roadster

Bill Strickland T-Bucket Roadster

In the mid-1950s Tommy Ivo built one of hot rod history’s two most influential T-Bucket roadsters. At the time, he had the geographic ...
Ted Brown: T-Bucket Chassis Designer

Ted Brown: T-Bucket Chassis Designer

It was five years ago today that we lost a man who was one of the most influential contributors to the everlasting popularity of T-Bucket hot rods. ...
The George Gould East Coast T-Bucket

The George Gould East Coast T-Bucket

Up until 1962, pretty much every T-Bucket that had appeared in the Big 3 car magazines (Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Car Craft) had been from the West ...
Don Brusseau T-Bucket: 1949 to Today

Don Brusseau T-Bucket: 1949 to Today

In 1967, I was fascinated by the incredible detail of the Don Brusseau T-Bucket that appeared in two of the major magazines that year. I originally ...
Hot Rod Santa and His T-Bucket Sleigh

Hot Rod Santa and His T-Bucket Sleigh

On Christmas eve we’re happy to repost this popular T-Bucket Hot Rod Santa story from several years back. Hot Rod Santa faced global ...
Drag-U-La and the Coffin Car Fascination

Drag-U-La and the Coffin Car Fascination

In 1966, I was fascinated by way-out show cars like Steve Scott’s “Uncertain-T”, so when the “Hot Rod Herman” episode ...
Munsters Car, Dragula, and Casket Cars Galore

Munsters Car, Dragula, and Casket Cars Galore

It’s that time of year when interest peaks in the legendary Munsters car, Dragula. It’s also the time when hot rod builders start ...
Halloween Hot Rod, The Bumpkin Pumpkin T-Bucket,

Halloween Hot Rod, The Bumpkin Pumpkin T-Bucket,

If you\'ve always wanted to be the star of the Halloween Parade, scare small children, incite chasing dogs and draw gape-mouthed stares at every car ...
T-Bucket Car Show Gold You’re Missing Out On

T-Bucket Car Show Gold You’re Missing Out On

If you’re a T-Bucket owner, I’m going to tell you about the T-Bucket car show gold you’re missing out on. Unless you’ve ...
T-Bucket Nationals: Toolman’s T-Bucket

T-Bucket Nationals: Toolman’s T-Bucket

We just published a cool Hooked on T-Bucket Hot Rods Podcast interview with Tim Taylor about how his high miles T-Bucket came about, as well as his ...
Happy Birthday Ed Iskenderian — 98 Years

Happy Birthday Ed Iskenderian — 98 Years

Ed Iskenderian\'s T roadster is one of the most famous hot rods ever built. Featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine in 1948 and turning 120 mph at ...
“La Cucaracha”, the Iskenderian T

“La Cucaracha”, the Iskenderian T

Today, July 10. 2019, is Ed Iskenderian\'s 98th Birthday! We\'re happy to help celebrate by republishing this story about Ed\'s legendary T roadster ...