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Gary Meadors Beer T

Gary Meadors Beer T

It’s been five years since we lost Goodguys Rod & Custom Association founder Gary Meadors. Gary was inspired by his lifelong love of rods ...
Santa Hot Rod, He Really Drives a T-Bucket

Santa Hot Rod, He Really Drives a T-Bucket

It’s that time of year when if you look carefully you may be lucky enough to see the Santa Hot Rod, a T-Bucket roadster!. 🙂  Yes, Santa and ...
Kookie Kar Kopy of Gary DeFer

Kookie Kar Kopy of Gary DeFer

“Yes, I copied the Kookie Kar and Ivo’s T,” said Gary DeFer when I met him at the 2017 T-Bucket Nationals in Carson City, Nevada. ...
Uncertain T Exposed!

Uncertain T Exposed!

I’ve been fascinated by and a fan of Steve Scott‘s radical Uncertain T since I first saw it on the cover of the November, 1965 issue of ...
The Steve Scott Uncertain T

The Steve Scott Uncertain T

I was hugely influenced by the Steve Scott Uncertain T when it exploded on the hot rod show car world back in 1965. So in 2010 I wrote a post here ...
Alexander Brothers Ridler Award Winning “

Alexander Brothers Ridler Award Winning “

I first published this story about the Alexander Brothers Ridler Award winning T-Bucket 44 years after it won that very prestigious award. I had ...
Just a few T-Buckets built using our plans

Just a few T-Buckets built using our plans

TBucketPlans.com started out as a one-page website back in 2009 offering the digital version of Chester Greenhalgh’s much-in-demand, yet out- ...
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 ...