Bob Johnston’s T-Bucket, Later to Become Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Tweedy Pie: Part 1

Bob Johnston Tweedy Pie T-Bucket
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T-Bucket fanatic since 1957 when my 8 year old eyes became glued to a full page LIFE magazine photo of Norm Grabowski in the wildest hot rod I had ever seen! I later discovered the fascinating T-Buckets of TV Tommy Ivo, Marty Hollmann, Bob Johnston and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s T-Bucket inspired Outlaw. I was hooked for life on T-Bucket hot rods!

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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Beyond Norm Grabowski’s “Kookie Kar”, one of my other significant influences was a short wheelbase T-bucket built by Californian Bob Johnston, which appeared on the cover of the December, 1959, issue of the “little mag”, Rodding and Restyling. At the time, it was flathead powered and had one of the coolest profile’s I had seen. … Read more

The Larry Ryan T-Bucket Legacy

Larry Ryan T-Bucket
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T-Bucket fanatic since 1957 when my 8 year old eyes became glued to a full page LIFE magazine photo of Norm Grabowski in the wildest hot rod I had ever seen! I later discovered the fascinating T-Buckets of TV Tommy Ivo, Marty Hollmann, Bob Johnston and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s T-Bucket inspired Outlaw. I was hooked for life on T-Bucket hot rods!

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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The Larry Ryan T-Bucket isn’t likely to be found in the annals of T-Bucket history. But for me it deserves a special place because it really caught my attention when it appeared in the October, 1961 issue of Rod & Custom magazine. At the time I’d already been bitten hard by the Grabowski and Ivo … Read more

Ed Roth’s Outlaw/Excalibur/Excaliber

Ed-big-daddy-roth-outlaw
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T-Bucket fanatic since 1957 when my 8 year old eyes became glued to a full page LIFE magazine photo of Norm Grabowski in the wildest hot rod I had ever seen! I later discovered the fascinating T-Buckets of TV Tommy Ivo, Marty Hollmann, Bob Johnston and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s T-Bucket inspired Outlaw. I was hooked for life on T-Bucket hot rods!

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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Note: To honor the memory of the late Ed Roth, I am reposting (with a new image gallery) this brief tribute from 2010. Nine years ago (April 4, 2001), we lost Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. I felt fortunate that two months prior I had a chance to say hi to Ed and get him to … Read more

Tweedy Pie T-Bucket Sells for About Half What it Did Four Years Ago

Tweedy Pie T-Bucket Ed Roth

This historic T-Bucket was originally sold by it’s builder, Bob Johnston, to Ed “Big Daddy” Roth for $1150. By early 2007, when stupid money was bidding up every hot rod of any significance, it sold for $335,500. Last Friday, it sold for …

Who Built the First T-Bucket With Spindle Mount Wire Wheels?

first T-Bucket spindle mount wire wheels

By the 1970s Fad-T era, front wire wheels were the norm for T-Buckets. I’ve researched this subject over the years, bounced it off others, and now feel confident the cycle wheel trend setter award goes to none other than …