Thursday, February 24, 2005

East Coast steel-bodied T-bucket performer

I particularly liked William Strickland of Niantic, Connecticut's '24 T-bucket. The white interior, wide whitewall tires, pinstriping and white VHT-sprayed pipes coordinated nicely... and the Moon discs completed the look. The Hilborn injected, '58 Vette 301 engine continued Norm and Ivo's performance tradition by turning 114 mph the first time at the drags. When this car appeared in the December 1958 Hot Rod it featured pinstriped slicks ... with striping on the contact patch! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Scotty's Muffler Service

This Ardun-powered drag racer was the epitome of clean design. The above pic, shows the addition of a Paxton/McCullough centrifugal supercharger to the already injected engine. But, what really got my attention was the unique competition exhaust system. Posted by Hello

With the lift-off T-bucket body removed, those gorgeous megaphone pipes are revealed in all their glory. Reportedly, the auditory effect was as stunning as the visual. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Ed Roth T-bucket influences

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's Outlaw, while not a T-bucket, was a fiberglass vision of how futuristic styling cues could be applied to a classic body style. Posted by Hello

Bob Johnston was the original builder of "Tweedy Pie", but Big Daddy Roth's replacing the flathead with a 283 and adding some tasteful chrome really made it stand out. Posted by Hello

So what did they look like 82 years ago?

The model T pickup truck was a true utility vehicle with a much longer bed than you'll see on any T-bucket today. Posted by Hello

The 1923 model T passenger car was quite a bit higher off the ground, in order to traverse the crude roads of the time. Posted by Hello