It’s easy to build a HotRod that’s both good-looking and great-performing on a working man’s budget — if you make the right choice and follow a proven plan.
If you want to build a hotrod on a budget, the hands-down winner when it comes to getting the greatest bang for your buck is the T-Bucket. Inspired by Norm Grabowski’s “Kookie Car” of the 1950s, the 1923 Ford T-Bucket you build today is the best value going! Here’s why:
- Appearance: It screams HOT ROD.
- Performance: When you build a HotRod without excess weight, even a stock V8 will blow away most anything on the road today.
- Popularity: With their exposed mechanicals, T-Buckets draw crowds everywhere — and make big bucks Deuce owners envious.
- Simplicity: Only basic, readily available components and easy to work on.
- Do It Yourself: Build a HotRod in your home garage with a minimum of tools and experience.
- Unique: Unlimited personalization means virtually no two T-Bucket HotRods are identical.
- Fun to Drive: Looking over the running engine and watching the rotating wheels and tires gives you the feeling of complete control. For the pure thrill and feel of driving, there’s nothing like a T-Bucket.
- Fuel Efficient: If you want to build a hotrod on a budget, chances are good you don’t want to waste gas money either. Light weight = more mpg.
- Profitable: Depending on your skills, taste and attention to detail, you should be able to sell the T-Bucket you build for a 100% to 200% profit, or more. Use that profit to start building the Deuce coupe you’ve always wanted but couldn’t afford — or have so much fun with your T-Bucket you keep it!
- Economic: You can build a HotRod T-Bucket for under $3000! We’ll show you how.
It’s been called “The most complete Hot Rod how-to ever written!” Not too long ago, people wanting to build a HotRod T-Bucket paid over $200 for it if they could find a copy. Why? Because professional HotRod T-Bucket builder Chester Greenhalgh poured years of blood, sweat and tears into revealing every detail of how anybody can easily build a HotRod T-Bucket on a beer budget, using readily available everyday materials and junkyard parts (or new ones, if you prefer).
Here’s a little secret most people don’t know. You can use this same information to build just about any kind of hot rod, rat rod or street rod: Fiat Topolino, Austin Bantam, or even build a HotRod Model A with only minor adjustments. Or, you can mount just about any old pickup truck body you find for cheap on this chassis to build a kick-ass rat rod.
You can use the valuable information in your eBook to build any kind of T-Bucket you want: a 60’s era T-Bucket, a “Fad-T”, a “Kookie” T or a traditional T-bucket just like Chester’s flathead powered T shown above which, aside from the fiberglass body, used no parts newer than 1952! Or use it to build a ’26 or ’27 T, a C-Cab or a track-T. Your choices are almost limitless.
Build a HotRod with 258 pages, over 400 photos, templates, diagrams and illustrations.
See for yourself! Take a look at what’s in this extensive, 250+ pages of practical “how to” build a HotRod information. Here’s everything that you will learn to save you time and money, and be able to scratch build a HotRod truly custom T-Bucket! You are no longer limited by T-Bucket “kits” and T-Buckets and hot rods for sale — and now this legendary, money-saving tool can be yours for not much more than you’d pay for a decent pizza!
Table of Contents: Build a HotRod T-Bucket
- Frame: Complete detailed plans to build a HotRod T-Bucket frame with dimensions and templates.
- Body: What is really cool is that you can shop around and find a fiberglass T-Bucket body for less than $500 — sometimes way less. We show how to install a floor and reinforce the body, channel it over the frame, build a seat riser, windshield bracket reinforcements and everything else you need to know to build a HotRod T-Bucket on a budget.
- Pickup Box: How to save money and build your own from junkyard parts.
- Bodywork: Removing mold release from your fiberglass T-bucket body, sanding and “On the eighth day, God created Bondo.” How to set up your Bondo table, how to use a body file and finish sand. Working with Feather Fill.
- Painting: A professional’s tips for garage painting your T-bucket.
- Springs: Front and rear transverse springs. How to find, rebuild and refinish old springs. All spring mounting templates included.
- Front Axle: Low cost T-bucket front axle options.
- Rear Axle: How to prepare inexpensive GM 10 and 12 bolt rear ends.
- Rear Radius Rods: The truly lowest cost radius rod solution — used successfully for years.
- Steering Column: Build a HotRod super cheap chrome steering column.
- Firewall: Easiest way to make your T-bucket firewall template. Variety of materials, what to avoid using. How to attach the firewall and how to shorten transmission dipstick for clearance, if necessary.
- Engine: What to do before you pull the engine from your donor car, how to clean it up and get the most from your dress up bucks. How to build your motor and transmission mounts, with templates.
- Brakes: Templates to adapt GM disc brakes to early Ford and Econoline axles; building an integral brake pedal/master cylinder assembly; and how to lay out and plumb your brake lines, including proportioning valve, and a junkyard find emergency brake.
- Radiator, Mounts and Shell: $50 junkyard or low-cost parts store alternatives to high dollar T-bucket radiators.
- Battery Box: Using bedrail to build your own.
- Driveshaft: Proven, do-it-yourself build a HotRod driveshaft shortening that’ll save big bucks!
- Fuel System: Low cost gas tank alternatives and how to plumb your fuel system.
- Headlights and Taillights: Build your own brackets and best sources for cheap hot rod head and tail lights.
- Dashboard: Easy technique to build a HotRod custom wood dash, including installing instruments and lights.
- Electrical System: This chapter alone will save you 90% off the purchase price of a specialty T-bucket wiring harness and you can avoid ten times the headaches. Where to locate cheap gauges and suggestions for cool junkyard speedometers.
- Gas Pedal: How to adapt a junkyard gas pedal to your T-bucket, along with routing the throttle cable.
- Gear Shifter: Save big bucks when you build a HotRod nostalgic, long-arm T-bucket floor shifter for your Turbo-Hydro 350 or 400.
- Upholstery: Poor man’s quick and easy T-bucket upholstery for the interior side panels, seat bottom and back, seat riser panel, floor and firewall. And, if you decide to turn the upholstery over to a pro, the techniques and prep covered will save you a couple hundred dollars.
- Windshield: Save big bucks by constructing your own custom T-bucket windshield frame that can be polished to a chrome-like finish. Make your own windshield support rods.
- Suppliers: Sure, you can find most suppliers you’ll need to build a HotRod on the Internet today, but here are a few sources for some of the T-bucket build components you either can’t find in a junkyard, make yourself, or purchase locally.
- Epilogue, Titling your T-Bucket: Not legal advice, but some words of experience on how to most quickly and economically figure out this vital step to getting your T-bucket on the road.
EVERY detail of how to build a HotRod T-Bucket is covered: this will be absolutely your best hot rod investment!
Just what do purchasers of Chester’s legendary hot rod “how to” eBook have to say about it? Here are just a few comments and we hope to add yours, too:
- So, I ordered my first eBook. And, I have to say the book is awesome … it’s pretty much the bible of … building not just a T-Bucket but any hot rod.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- There’s a lot of great info in it that supplements some of the material I already have, and lots of stuff in it that I don’t have. And what can you really buy for (less than 20) 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!!
- 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 already 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. I don’t think he will ever let it go … too much fun. Come to think about it … he still has my book!
- 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 find very helpful. For a novice/intermediate rodder it should be a very helpful book … 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 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!
- This book has built at least 5 T-Buckets over the years for me and friends. I would never sell mine at any price … 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.
- This new ebook contains a TON of good information on how to build a hot rod T-Bucket …
The Newly Revised Digital Edition of “How to Build a HotRod T-Bucket Roadster for Under $3000: kickin’ it old skool” is only $18.99. For that, you get 258 pages, with over 400 photos, templates, diagrams and illustrations that will reveal to you every detail of how to build a HotRod T-Bucket roadster on a budget. You’ll save literally thousands of dollars with the money-saving tips and instruction detailed in this eBook. You’ll also save untold hours of frustration and searching around who knows where because it’s all clearly laid out for you.
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