So you say you love the wild and wonderful T-Bucket, but need to take a few buddies with you to the cruise night? Then check out this trick 4-seater T-Bucket that has all the familiar styling cues with room for four to hit the road.
This car is registered as a 1996 ASPT kit car in Florida, so that will give you a few clues as to where it came from and who built it. Unlike so many modified cars (and a 4-seater T-Bucket qualifies as deviating from the usual recipe), this one has great proportions that might even look better than the usual 2-seater. The styling cues are all there, from the open engine bay to the upright windshield, and towering convertible top, and its obvious that someone spent a ton of time putting this one together. Painting it eyeball-burning bright yellow with a black stripe was probably unnecessary to grab everyones attention, but it sure looks good on the outrageous little roadster, particularly with the contrasting black upholstery work. A shiny Model T grille shell ensures that it will always be recognized, and those powerful halogen headlights mean that its not a liability at night like a lot of old cars. Other neat and useful details include the wind wings, the carriage lights on the cowl, and a matching set of carriage lamps out back for taillights.
All T-Buckets have bare-bones interiors, but this one delivers a classic look with pleated black seats fore and aft. The material is vinyl, which is a smarter choice than leather for an interior exposed to the elements, and it looks quite good. The upright steering column with a wood-rimmed Model T wheel gives you the full experience of the T-Bucket, and the Hurst T-handle shifter falls easily to hand. Theres also a custom wooden dashboard full of white-faced VDO gauges that monitor all of the engines vitals. Its actually quite easy to get comfortable in this car, and even though its not really designed for cross-country travel, you probably wont get many complaints from passengers. Seat belts are a nice addition in such a minimalist vehicle, as is the full black canvas folding top that provides some weather protection should the elements turn against you at a show. And no, there is no trunk, so perhaps that back seat area can be practical for two, as well.
The engine is a built 355 cubic inch Chevy small block based on a 4-bolt main block. With double-hump heads, forged TRW pistons, and a Comp Cam, it cackles and snorts with genuine horsepower. Being exposed like it is, you know they drenched it in chrome dress-up, including the valve coves and velocity stack air cleaner, which force-feeds the Edelbrock carburetor underneath. Long-tube headers terminating in side pipes is the T-Bucket way, and its backed by a Muncie 4-speed with a scatterproof bellhousing around a 12-inch clutch. Out back, a 9-inch Ford rear end was narrowed and custom fitted to the Ts custom-made 115-inch frame. Traditional wishbones and a transverse leaf spring hold up the front end, while the rear rides on a 4-link with coil-overs. Traditional Cragar wheels with massively staggered 145SR15 front and 29x15.5-15 Hoosiers out back.
Another unusual, fun, and well-finished rod that isnt the same-old, same-old, but is definitely something that everyone can appreciate. If this is your kind of cruiser, give us a call today!