In our last installment we showed you how patching fiberglass on a T body wasn’t as hard as you might think. You’ll use some of what you learned before to do some easy T-Bucket interior enlarging in this installment in our Bob Hamilton ’27 T roadster building series. Bob covers all the details of street rod building in a similar logical fashion in the very informative StreetRod 101 DVD Library available at our sister site, StreetRodPlans.com.
Follow along to see just how easy it is to gain a nice extra four inches of room for more comfortable road trips in this T-Bucket interior enlarging how-to in Bob Hamilton’s informative series about the building of his 1927 T roadster.
T-Bucket Interior Enlarging
“Well after looking at the back of the cockpit on this roadster and realizing that I am a big guy, I decided to do some T-Bucket interior enlarging by increasing the cockpit length by about four inches. This way I will sit further back and gain more room inside and wind up with a much more comfortable ride. So here I go to build a better ride.”
“You can see in the photo below how and where I cut the back of the cockpit. I then moved it back about four inches and laid it on top of the remaining piece and bonded it together with some fiberglass bondo. This is really great stuff! Whoever came up with it should be in the hot rod hall of fame, if there is such a thing.”
“Next I cut a piece of 1 x 2 inch poplar and glued it (using bondo) to the top sides of the body and clamped it in place. Actually the cut piece of the body is not fiberglassed in place yet , but I wanted to show how it was cut and ‘glued’ down. So I got a little ahead of myself but now it is hopefully a little clearer.”
“Below is a closeup of the 1×2 in place and ready for the removed fiberglass piece to be bondoed in place both on the back and on the front.”
“After it has set up, I took some small pieces of fiberglass matte and tied the ends to the body. I used three layers of 1 oz matte to do this. Then I used fiberglass bondo to finish shaping the contour so that it would blend in and flow.”
“This picture below shows how nice the whole process came together and flowed out.”
“When you look at the rough finished product, it flows nicely and looks good. The benefits from the added four inches of T-Bucket interior enlarging will make this two hour remodel well worth the effort. When I get to the actual finishing of the body, I will use ultra light bondo and this will smooth everything out and get it ready for primer.”
The straightforward, methodical approach Bob brings to T-Bucket interior enlarging in this 1927 T roadster building series is meant to give you a taste of the kind of terrific hot rod building information he shares in both the Fiberglass Body Modifications and the Fiberglass Bodywork and Paint DVD sets in the comprehensive StreetRod 101 DVD Library we’re proud to make available through our sister website, StreetRodPlans.com.
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