T-Bucket Blog Archive

T-Bucket Engine Paint Time for Dave Melling&;

T-Bucket Engine Paint Time for Dave Melling&;

Beautifying that old donor engine was the next step in Dave Melling‘s do-it-yourself T-Bucket. You’ll discover that Dave’s T ...
T-Bucket Engine Disassembly in Dave Melling&;

T-Bucket Engine Disassembly in Dave Melling&;

In building a T-Bucket on a budget, the only way to go is with an inexpensive donor engine that, hopefully, is in good running condition and not ...
T-Bucket Donor Engine Overview of the Rover

T-Bucket Donor Engine Overview of the Rover

Get ready to watch a silk purse be crafted from a sow’s ear as our next series of installations cover the transformation of the Rover V8 T ...
T-Bucket Wiring in the Dave Melling Project:

T-Bucket Wiring in the Dave Melling Project:

Some of the most experienced fabricators, welders and car builders shudder at the thought of T-Bucket wiring. Even though Chester Greenhalgh shows ...
T-Bucket Paint Application on Dave Melling’

T-Bucket Paint Application on Dave Melling’

When building your own T-Bucket, paint application can be kind of scary. If you do it yourself, it might be a learning experience that produces a ...
T-Bucket Upholstery Insert for Dave Melling&;

T-Bucket Upholstery Insert for Dave Melling&;

One way to save a lot of money in a budget T-Bucket build is to fabricate your own T-Bucket upholstery insert. That’s what Dave Melling did ...

T-Bucket Dashboard Construction in Dave Melling&

The T-Bucket dashboard is another way in which you can exercise your creativity to build a T-Bucket that is not only different and beautiful, but ...
T-Bucket Interior Fabrication for Dave Melling&

T-Bucket Interior Fabrication for Dave Melling&

How you go about your T-Bucket interior fabrication can make all the difference in the world in terms of your hot rod’s overall appearance. In ...
Jaguar Independent Rear Suspension for Dave

Jaguar Independent Rear Suspension for Dave

This installment wraps up coverage of the Jaguar independent rear suspension in Dave Melling‘s T-Bucket project. The treatment has been ...
Jag Rear Axle Assembly in Dave Melling’s T

Jag Rear Axle Assembly in Dave Melling’s T

This is where the hard work on Dave Melling‘s Jag rear axle assembly is starting to pay off. After replacing the early S-type Jag rear axle ...
Jag IRS Beautification for Dave Melling’s-

Jag IRS Beautification for Dave Melling’s-

A typical question is, “why would you want to go to all the time, trouble and expense of putting in a Jag IRS when building a T-Bucket?” ...

Jaguar Rear Axle Swap in Dave Melling’s T

The Jaguar rear axle became a popular high-end T-Bucket option in the 1970s. Today, a properly installed and detailed or chromed Jaguar rear axle on ...
T-Bucket Parts Bonus in Dave Melling’s

T-Bucket Parts Bonus in Dave Melling’s

Finding and buying T-Bucket parts is an important part of any T-Bucket build. Dave Melling was very lucky to find a bargain unfinished T-Bucket ...
Dave Melling’s Ed Wimble Unfinished T

Dave Melling’s Ed Wimble Unfinished T

The purchase of an unfinished T-Bucket project at a bargain price can sometimes be a great aid in building a T-Bucket. In this case, Dave Melling ...
Donor Car for Dave Melling’s Ed Wimble T-Bucket

Donor Car for Dave Melling’s Ed Wimble T-Bucket

Just as Chester Greenhalgh emphasizes the importance of a cheap donor car in his legendary “How to Build a T-Bucket” eBook, Dave Melling ...
British T-Buckets: Dave Melling’s Ed

British T-Buckets: Dave Melling’s Ed

I love British T-Buckets! Take a moment to think about how difficult it is to build a T-Bucket hot rod in the U.K.  The normal T-Bucket components ...
1926 T Roadster, Legendary “Moonshiner&

1926 T Roadster, Legendary “Moonshiner&

I was excited to learn today that the awesome “Moonshiner” 1926 T roadster created by Mickey Himsl is for sale again. This time at ...
1927 Ford Model T Coupe Hot Rod Built by Bob

1927 Ford Model T Coupe Hot Rod Built by Bob

Somebody recently noted that all of our T-Bucket love was focused on roadsters. Why not coupes? Just because they have a roof they shouldn’t ...
Iowahawk’s Top Ten T-Buckets

Iowahawk’s Top Ten T-Buckets

Back in 2008, I came across a really interesting top ten list of T-Buckets, T roadsters or T hot rods, depending on your preference or definition. I ...
Vicky Modified Body for a Low-Buck Enclosed T

Vicky Modified Body for a Low-Buck Enclosed T

I was leaving a car show at the end of the day a few years ago, looked up and couldn’t believe my eyes. I snatched the lens cover off my, ...