What “How to Build a T-Bucket …” Purchasers Have to Say

We want to hear from you.

That’s why we’re reviving this post that started a couple years ago. Back then, we were capturing some of the nice comments made after purchasing Chester Greenhalgh‘s legendary, “How to Build a T-Bucket …” eBook. At the time, we didn’t have the capability to properly post such testimonials in a more informative way. But, now we do! Take a look at my own as an example:

[testimonial testimonialimgurl=”http://www.tbucketplans.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/JohnM_TBucketPlans.jpg” tessize=”small” style=”TI”] [hilight color=”FFFF00″]“Without it, you’re doomed”[/hilight]

I was so blown away by how helpful, comprehensive and funny Chester’s hot rod ‘how to’ was that I became his partner to help share this legendary eBook with T-Bucket lovers and prospective hot rod builders around the world.

I’m convinced it’s the absolute ‘bible’ for anyone wanting to build a T-Bucket. Without it, you’re doomed to hours of needless frustration, thousands of dollars in unnecessary expense and maybe even not being able to finish your T-Bucket project, simply because you may not know how to — the simple, easy Chester way.

OK, maybe I’m a bit biased. But, I’m just one of many who’ve become a dedicated follower of Chester’s practical T-Bucket building wisdom.

John M / Sycamore, IL [/testimonial]

So, if you’ve received benefit from Chester’s T-Bucket eBook, found it informative, time and money saving, or just plain entertaining please let us know. Just email your comments to john@tbucketplans.com and attach either a photo of yourself or your car (any size, any format: whatever’s easiest for you) along with your name and where you’re located and we’ll be happy to post your testimonial for others to see and benefit from. It’ll be fun and we really appreciate hearing from you.

For now, you can enjoy these comments from our May 6, 2011 post.

Just what do purchasers of Chester Greenhalgh’s legendary “How to Build a T-Bucket Hot Rod Roadster for Under $3000” book have to say about it? Here are just a few comments and we hope to add yours, too:

  • Anybody who wants to build, buy, or dream of a T-Bucket should have this book. It is by far the best printed word on our drivers and dreams.
  • Just bought Chester’s “How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster” book. Cool stuff – I might even build a T-bucket just to do it.
  • The thing I liked about this book is, it covers every freaking thing it takes to build a T. Most just cover the basics. It’s all those little things that will get ya when you build something.
  • This particular book is not like others … but ‘how to’ step-by-step put one together with an emphasis on not buying parts but making them yourself or, if you have to, where to and what to buy that is cheap and still safe.
  • I love “How to Build a T-Bucket Hot Rod Roadster for Under $3000”, and would have to be pretty desperate to give it up.
  • I am glad I bought this book … not because I have an interest in T-Buckets but because it has down to earth ways to build a car … which can be adapted to any vehicle you are making. This book has a lot of info for someone who hasn’t done it before … I have purchased many ‘how to’ books and each disappointed me due to the lack of real info needed.
"How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000"
Chester’s 1986 original edition
  • There’s a lot of great info in it that supplements some of the material I already have, and lots of stuff that in it that I don’t have. And what can you really buy for (less than 15) bucks these days?”
  • Good stuff and maybe it will get some of the ‘I can’t afford to build a hot rod’ guys thinking and doing.
  • I just got mine. Section alone on radiator sizes is worth the price!! (Note: This comment came before we started generously offering that particular chapter for FREE, just so people could see the value they get for the money. So, special thanks for that comment).
  • So, I ordered my first eBook. And, I have to say the book is awesome. The Craziest part is the book has been out of print for almost 16 years and it’s pretty much the bible of … building not just a T-Bucket but any hotrod.
  • It was this book that I showed to a friend that was just getting into drag racing. He had a ’73 Nova and was about to spend a fortune on it. I showed him the book and said wouldn’t you rather have something like this than that Nova? He aleady had an engine and I gave him the cost vs. cost … weight vs. weight, etc. Well, the decision was made. He wanted a “T” … LOL. We made a few changes from the book but as I said it was the book that steered the way. He has had the car for about 6 years now and I don’t think he will ever let it go … too much fun. Come to think about it … he still has my book!


  • I think it’s still one of the best books out there. My family has been Drag Racing since the 60s and I know I have loaned it out dozens of times to just family alone.
  • I love it when the original authors get rewarded and their readers do, too. I just ordered a copy.
  • I’m an advanced rodder and like other advanced rodders rarely need a how to book. But in the blurb about the book it was mentioned that there was a cheap way to make a good looking windscreen frame. So I bought the book primarily for that info which I may find very helpful. For a novice/intermediate rodder it should be a very helpful book … I had another look at it this morning and I’m inclined to think it is quite a good book. There are various patterns and templates included, even patterns for the mounting brackets for disc brakes on a beam axle.
  • I’d like to say thank you for making the book available as an eBook as I wouldn’t have been able to get a copy otherwise.
  • I’ve already gotten my money’s worth, just from this phrase: “Everybody says they’re an expert arc welder, but most of them look like they’re stacking chickenshit with chopsticks when they try to do it.” That’s (worth the price), right there.

"How to Build a T-Bucket Roadster on a Budget"

  • When I bought my first copy from an ad in the back of a car magazine, I about wore the darn thing out reading and day dreaming about building a cheap T-bucket, always enjoyed that book…
  • I’m probably the only one … in the known universe to go the Library of Congress … and Xeroxed the whole book. Sorry, Chester but I could not find the book when I needed it—-I leafed thru it at a bookstore once and thought “this is a really good book,” but, being the cheapskate that I am, I didn’t buy it at the time. Then, when I needed it, I couldn’t find it … This was around 1995-97 … This shows you how well the book is written—that I would go to such extremes to find it. I thought the way things were explained was great and how you went into detail. I found the electrical section to be especially helpful. All books and magazines dealing with cars should be written this way! p.s. I’m probably the first and only patron of the Library of Congress to touch that particular copy of the book. Now that I know where to get a copy, I will buy one since I’ve lost most of the Xeroxed pages anyway.
  • It’s equal parts interesting, nostalgic and funny. You know you’re in for a good read when the acknowledgments start like this: ‘I wrote, published, and sold this book despite the ridicule, harassment, and constant nagging of my wife (now ex-wife) and her entire family . . .’
  • This new ebook contains a TON of good information on how to build a hot rod T-Bucket …
  • I built a T-Bucket roadster and enjoyed it for years thanks to the original version of Chester’s book.
  • I have an original copy of Chesters book that I have owned for at least 20 years. … Mine is dog eared and worn and I refer to it more times than I would ever care to admit. This book has built at least 5 T-Buckets over the years for me and friends. I would never sell mine at any price but I am glad to hear that old Chester is doing well … Over the years I would hit a spot on a build and just not be sure what to do next. Without a doubt Chester has pulled me through some of those tough spots with his ‘Common Sense’ approach.
How to Build a T-Bucket Hot Rod Roadster: kickin' it old skool
Digitally Remastered, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition of “How to Build a T-Bucket Hot Rod Roadster: kickin’ it old skool” Now Available
  • This book has got some cool (stuff) in it like how to make a windshield frame out of EMT!!
  • It’s a little gold mine of how to build a car start to finish. If you want to spend more it’s in there too.
  • I downloaded the free chapter and then the full meal deal. The more info I have, the better I hope to do with my build. Thanks for making it available online instead of snail mail.

We encourage you to go ahead and add your own comments about Chester Greenhalgh’s “How to Build a T-Bucket …” book. Just go to the “Leave a Reply” area below and submit your comment. And, just in case you don’t already have a copy, get ready for the most informative, fun time you’ll ever have for only $14.99.

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