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Kyle
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posted 04-22-2002 11:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kyle   Click Here to Email Kyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is a T-Bucket considered an exotic ford? Well, maybe some are.

Anyway, anybody here ever built one? My dad and I are thinking about selling the Jeep and buying a kit from Total Performance, Inc. We have a 5.0 and a C4 to use in it.

The problem is that some of the parts they sell are so darned expensive! The kit is very complete, and costs $4000. It's the rest of the things, like a radiator ($770) and an upholstery kit ($900) that are killing the somewhat "low cost" idea. We would like to try to keep the cost around $7000, but with these prices, no luck for us.

We can round up stuff like front brakes and rear axles, but these things seem to be got-you-over-a-barrel-so-I'll-charge-you-a-lotta-$ type of items. I have been looking around at other T-Bucket websites, and have been able to find better deals that they offer, but the radiator and upholstery kits have got me stumped. Anybody got any suggestions? Any building tips? Here is the link to their kit, if you wanna see it:

http://www.tbuckets.com/street_rods/t_bucket_kits/

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-23-2002 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe Scoop {Fastymz} is building a T-bucket with his dad.

I looked at your link, I got to say that's a brilliant marketing program. But I agree with you, the stuff is expensive!

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Fastymz
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posted 09-13-2002 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
I believe Scoop {Fastymz} is building a T-bucket with his dad.

I looked at your link, I got to say that's a brilliant marketing program. But I agree with you, the stuff is expensive!


Kyle my dad I are trying to build one.It's going real slow.
Let me know what you did,or are doing.

SCOOP

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Moneymaker
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posted 09-17-2002 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best bet is to try and find a used unfinished one. There are dozens in Hemmings. Guys get middle aged crazy or try to ressurect a father son relationship and spend a ton of money starting one and give up for a multitude of reasons. A freind bought one last year, less engine and trans set up for a chebbie for spit. $15k investment was purchased 5 years old with 75% of the parts needed for $3500 turn key. All brand new. I loaned him one of my trailers to go and pick it up. That's how I would do it anyway.

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Fastymz
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posted 09-17-2002 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ALex thats what my dad did.He got the frame and complete front end that only needs new brakes and steering parts.A 9" rear end all set up,needing only new shocks,But we put in 4:11 auburn posi in it already.
The body gutted,all for $1200.We are doing it all Ford power,it'll be one of two in Reno. He's now looking for a 351w and a AOD for it.

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MissingCat
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posted 09-22-2002 01:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MissingCat   Click Here to Email MissingCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, what the hell is WRONG with some of these people? Just having a look through this site and clicked on the cars for sale link. Every one of the T-Buckets (and an old Ford truck replica kit) have 350's in them!? WHY???

I guess the Chebby people don't have any nice looking old body styles of their own so they have to use a Ford!

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Fastymz
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posted 09-22-2002 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MissingCat:
Ok, what the hell is WRONG with some of these people? Just having a look through this site and clicked on the cars for sale link. Every one of the T-Buckets (and an old Ford truck replica kit) have 350's in them!? WHY???

I guess the Chebby people don't have any nice looking old body styles of their own so they have to use a Ford!


Very ture,but sad it's always neat to see a Ford motor in a Ford street rod. It shouldn't be that way.I would not lift the hood or show the motor if I had a Chevy in a Ford.There is a real nice 38 Ford pick up in town.The guy is all Ford the whole truck is painted engine color Dark Ford blue.I was so happy to find at least two Fords with Fords around HERE.

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65 coupe,351w,C4,Big Boss 429 hood scoop,8"3.40 TracLoc,Cragar SS,Black Suede.

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Moneymaker
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posted 09-22-2002 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, like my old pappy used to tell me, ANY FOOL CAN BUILD A CHEBBIE!

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Kyle
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posted 09-23-2002 01:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kyle   Click Here to Email Kyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you ever tried to find street rod headers for a 302? Almost impossible!

I want to try and find one that is almost complete, but they are tuff to find around here and they all have chebbies in them! Not like that couldn't be changed. I did see one that had a 351C in it, but it sold fast. Scoop, where are you getting parts from for your project? Or did you not really need any major parts?

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Fastymz
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posted 09-23-2002 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kyle:
Have you ever tried to find street rod headers for a 302? Almost impossible!

I want to try and find one that is almost complete, but they are tuff to find around here and they all have chebbies in them! Not like that couldn't be changed. I did see one that had a 351C in it, but it sold fast. Scoop, where are you getting parts from for your project? Or did you not really need any major parts?


Yes the headers are hard to find.And the motor mounts an trans mounts too.We are getting parts from many different companys.We have found some good stuff from So Cal,let me know what your looking for.My pops dose most the research on the parts.It's his car I'm just helping him.

SCOOP

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65 coupe,351w,C4,Big Boss 429 hood scoop,8"3.40 TracLoc,Cragar SS,Black Suede.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-16-2002 05:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How is the progress going, Scoop?

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Fastymz
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posted 11-16-2002 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dose any one know if any of the Hooker super comps will fit a T-bucket with a 351w.My pops dose not want to run the standard chrome street rod headers.

SCOOP

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Fastymz
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posted 11-16-2002 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve it's going REAL slow, pops dose not get around well.So we only work on it alittle at a time.And money is always an issue.We are still shotting for next Hot August Nights.
We have the rear end almost all done,and have the front end all planned out.The motor we know will be a 351w from where???
And a AOD for the trans.
We have a Vega steering box,and wheels and tires.
Thats it for now.

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Kyle
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posted 11-19-2002 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kyle   Click Here to Email Kyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scoop, what made you decide to use an AOD? Just something you already have? You gonna use a stock converter?

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Fastymz
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posted 11-22-2002 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kyle:
Scoop, what made you decide to use an AOD? Just something you already have? You gonna use a stock converter?

Mostly because Dad wants an AOD.With the 4.11 rear gears he wants to be able to still take it on trips.
We are thinking of talking to some local Rod shops and see what convertor people are happy with.It wont be a stock one,we thinking around 2500-3000 stall.
We dont have any drive train parts for it yet.My Dad and I want the Bucket to be more GO then show.

SCOOP

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oddly obsessed with big scoops on little Mustangs

2.26 60'S
14.9 @ 90.86MPH

65 coupe,351w,C4,Big Boss 429 hood scoop,8"3.40 TracLoc,Cragar SS,Black Suede.

https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/Fastymz.html

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-22-2002 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you need much for gears with a light rod like a t-bucket?

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posted 11-22-2002 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
Do you need much for gears with a light rod like a t-bucket?


Yes and NO and I'd never use the words "NEED" and "T-bucket" together.
Most of the rods use 29-31" tall tires.SO that kills some of the gear.
And do we need it,HECK YES.
MORE POWER.....

SCOOP

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oddly obsessed with big scoops on little Mustangs

2.26 60'S
14.9 @ 90.86MPH

65 coupe,351w,C4,Big Boss 429 hood scoop,8"3.40 TracLoc,Cragar SS,Black Suede.

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