SLICK T-BUCKET, STRONG RUNNING 350CI, TH350 TRANS, REBUILT FRONT I-BEAM
Like it or not, the T-Bucket is back in a big way. There's surely a reason why we can't keep them in stock, and when they're as cool as this 1923 T, we're quite certain one of you traditional hot rod guys will grab this one up in the next few weeks, too.
The look is perhaps the most instantly-recognizable hot-rod of all time, equal parts cartoon and serious performance threat, and the abbreviated Model T roadster pickup body has a few styling cues to let you know its origins. Painted in bright electric blue, this one stands out through the clever use of unique details and quality workmanship. The paint shines reasonably well and while it's not show-quality, it's quite presentable and does nothing to diminish the fun that the T-bucket represents. It's got a clean, simple, no-nonsense look, as if the essence of the minimalist T-bucket was bared down even farther, leaving just the basics. Some of the other cool items on this car include the grille and radiator shell, the polished aluminum firewall, and the wrap-around upholstery on the door panels to soften the spot where you'd rest your elbow. Out back, the abbreviated pickup "bed" has been finished with a pseudo tonneau cover, and there are LED taillights offer a traditional 1939 Ford look with modern tech that looks great at night.
The interior is, of course, minimalist, but the checkered cloth upholstery is a cool alternative to the usual button-tufted vinyl that looks like a restaurant booth from the '70s. I suppose it's technically a bench, but it, too, is minimalist, and you'll have to brace yourself to stay planted behind the track-style 3-spoke steering wheel. A full complement of Equus white-faced instruments in the dashboard show you what's going on up front (well, the things you can't see, anyway), and a slightly raked column makes for a far more comfortable driving position than most T-buckets. And dig that pistol-grip shift knob, the perfect complement to the T-bucket's outrageous looks and a nod to the past. A modern AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo with speakers throughout the interior provides enough sound power to overcome the side pipes and you'll have to get used to running alfresco, because there is no top.
A small block Chevy V8 provides motive power, and since it's out in the open like that, the 350 cubic inch mill is dressed up for show. Chrome valve covers are a super traditional touch matched by an Edelbrock air cleaner and a block painted to match the bodywork, so it blends right in. There's a mild cam inside, a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, and those long-tube headers and side pipes that are part of the T's DNA, so it runs well enough to need all that rubber out back. A quick-shifting TH350 3-speed automatic drives a narrowed Ford 9-inch rear end, which has snappy 4.10 gears inside. The front suspension uses a dropped I-beam front axle and a leaf spring to hang it waaaay out there, giving the T a rather sleek look. Shiny Weld aluminum wheels look vintage and wear traditional skinnies up front and giant track-style meats out back.
Hot rodding has evolved, but the T-bucket remains a constant. Perhaps that's why people like them so much. At the very least, I can guarantee this one will always put a smile on your face. Call today!
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 350 V8
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
- Body Or Basic Color
- 262 (Actual)
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console