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 Coast — California, more specifically. So, it was quite a shock to see a really dramatically unique T-Bucket appear in both Hot Rod and Car Craft that year from the East Coast “birthplace of the American industrial revolution”, Waltham, Massachusetts.
Heck, it even made the cover of Car Craft!
It meant business with its six-deuce Buick nailhead power and the bobtail look was further accentuated with a unique fuel tank and a very short wheelbase.
What was really cool was that the magazine coverage noted that Gould drove his hot rod to shows all over New England and even beyond.
This 1961 snapshot from an event confirms the fact.
Alas, it wasn’t too long before George’s T-Bucket was next seen in the classifieds in the back of Hot Rod magazine. Oh, to have had $4k back in the day, but back then the asking price was almost a thousand dollars more than the average new car price.
A few months later another for sale ad ran and instead of the “$4000, firm” it was “Must sacrifice, best offer”.
The revised ad also noted “June ’62 HRM cover”, which was in error because that edition featured Buzz Pitzen’s “world’s first fiberglass T-Bucket hot rod.”
To me, George Gould’s T-Bucket roadster was a very influential East Coast show car that proved such a hot rod could be a beautiful winner, yet could also be driven hard and put away wet.
With thanks to Jay for his comment below I’m happy to add a photo of the George Gould T-Bucket in its current state.
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.