Sunday, March 20, 2005


In it's "pre-Kookie" days, Norm Grabowski's influential T-bucket graced the cover of Hot Rod sporting a blower on the Cad engine and black paint without flames. Posted by Hello

Sunday, March 13, 2005


Norm Posted by Hello

Here's Norm's car in it's first incarnation when he ran a blower with a single 4 barrel and before flames appeared on the body. Posted by Hello

Saturday, March 12, 2005

My original T-bucket inspiration


Norm Grabowski's "Kookie" car from the TV series 77 Sunset Strip got me hooked on the T-bucket hot rod 47 years ago. Posted by Hello

Friday, March 11, 2005


Norm Grabowski's T-bucket, which was likely one of the most influential cars in hot rod history, met its end with this desecration. "Hmmm, I'll just add two more headlights, two more rear tires, two blowers, two high-back bucket seats and, oh yeah, the most hideous exhaust stacks ever seen on a rod." I can see a clueless ten-year-old building a model car with this "more is better" attitude -- however, for an adult to do this to a car that was inherently so visually perfect is absolutely shameful!
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Thursday, March 10, 2005


The Norm Grabowski-built "Kookie Car" from 77 Sunset Strip. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


The wealth of chrome gracing the March, 1962 cover of Hot Rod was found on the Highland Plating Special, which had its roots as Dick Kraft's T-bucket. Posted by Hello

While Dick Kraft may be most famous for his pioneer rail job, the "bug", his T-bucket which was built for dry lakes racing in the 1940's later morphed into the Highland Plating Special. Posted by Hello

Monday, March 07, 2005


Ivo's Buick powered T-bucket also appeared in the movie, "The Choppers." Posted by Hello

TV Tommy Ivo's T-bucket appeared in several movies, including the Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow. Posted by Hello

Ivo's T-bucket


"TV" Tommy Ivo's Buick "nailhead" powered dual-threat T-bucket was another great inspiration for me. Not only did it look great, but it was a consistent winner at the drag strip.Posted by Hello